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What the World Needs Now - by Michael Phillips
1 John - Part 6
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1 John 2:15-17
Jun 10, 2018 am - Here's a name you didn't expect to hear: Jackie DeShannon. If you're as old as I am, you know that she was a pop singer in 1960-70's with a (short) string of hits, including the one I heard just the other day- What the world needs now is love, sweet love; It's the only thing that there's just too little of. To her way of thinking, a world so full of hatred, bigotry, contempt, and violence had to be sorely lacking in love. On one level, of course, she was right. But if you think more deeply about it, you'll see that she was wrong. There was no lack of love in 1965, in 2018, or when John wrote his Epistle back in the late First Century. In fact, every age has exactly the same amount of love, differing only on...the objects of that love. According to the Bible, man's problem is not that we don't love enough, but that we love the wrong things! Paul is not celebrating people when he says, for example, that they are- Lovers of themselves, or Lovers of pleasure. He is sharply criticizing them, but you notice, not for failing to love, but for failing to love the things that ought to be loved. Thus- Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. And so, with all due respect to Jackie ... More >>>

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