Sunday, January 22, 2017

10 Actors with Celebrity Siblings: Where Are They Now?

Just like doctors, lawyers, and military veterans, actors are often following in their parents’ and siblings’ vocational footsteps. It can be easy to spot family resemblances in acting families like the Baldwins, or brothers Owen and Luke Wilson, but you may not always realize which of your favorite celebrities are related. These famous actors all have celebrity siblings who have kept it in the arts and entertainment family, as actors, writers, directors, muscians, and more. Find out how their careers have intertwined, and what they’re up to now:

John Cusack, Joan Cusack, and Ann Cusack


One of Chicago’s favorite families, the Cusacks are brimming with talent. John Cusack, though the youngest, is perhaps the most well known actor of this close-knit family. Through teen stardom in films like Sixteen Candles and Say Anything, and quirky cult hits Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity, John has enjoyed working with his big sisters Ann and Joan. (He’s also snuck siblings Bill and Susie into some of his films.) John Cusack balances popcorn flicks like 2012 with independent films like Being John Malkovich, and helped found film company New Crime Productions. Next up is Shangai, a 40s period piece that also stars Ken Watanabe, Li Gong, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chow Yun-Fat; as well as horror crime film The Factory with Sonya Walger.


Due to Hollywood’s idiotic insistance on actresses that all look the same, Joan Cusack has settled into the colorful and comedic character actress through much of her career. Though perhaps not as well known as her brother John, Yahoo! Movies points out that Joan has an Academy Award nomination to her name, for 1988 film Working Girl. Best known for her memorable turns films like Broadcast News, In & Out, and Addams Family Values, Joan Cusack has also done admirable work in dramas like Friends With Money and Arlington Road. Up next is Mars Needs Moms! with Seth Green and possibly Hitman 2.


You might not know that Ann Cusack is the oldest of the Cusack siblings, and you also might not realize how many acting roles she’s had. With a lead role in Jeff Foxworthy’s 1996 self-titled sitcom, she’s also appeared on a myriad of blockbuster series, including Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Legal, Frasier, Bones, and The Unit. Up next is the big screen thriller Crooked Lane with Brett Cullen.


Ralph Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes


We didn’t yet know about younger brother Joseph when Ralph Fiennes was making a name for himself in stirring award-winning dramas like Schindler’s List, Quiz Show, and The English Patient. Then, in 1998, Joseph Fiennes burst onto the scene with roles in two Oscar-nominated films, Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love. Joseph moved on to smaller, independent films, but looked to break out of his “brother of Ralph” shadow on American TV with mystery series FlashForward. Sadly, it was cancelled, but TVOvermind rumors suggest Starz may pick it up. This could get tricky for Joseph, who’s set to star as Merlin in 2011 series Camelot with Eva Green and Claire Forlani.


Big brother Ralph Fiennes has continued to cultivate a strong career with his creepy-terrifying role as Voldemort in the Harry Potter series, along with his usual talent for landing Oscar-bait films like The Reader, In Bruges, and The Hurt Locker. Along with the much-anticipated final Harry Potter films, Ralph has an upcoming role in an adaptation of John LeCarre’s novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The latter also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Fassbender, and Colin Firth.


Ralph and Joseph Fiennes support each other’s work, and have appeared on talk shows together, and with sister Sophie, a producer. The Fiennes brothers have three additional biological siblings and one foster brother, all with a variety of occupations.


Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson


Like many folks who took years to realize Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine were siblings, I only recently realized the family connection between Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson. Though younger, Kate Hudson made a splash in Hollywood with her resemblance to mom Goldie Hawn and her breakthrough role as Penny Lane in Almost Famous. She went on to a successful career in lightweight comedies like How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and You, Me, and Dupree, but has since moved into more serious territory with thriller The Killer Inside Me and Oscar winner Nine. Next up is romance dramedy Earthbound, with Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Bates, Peter Dinklage, and Gael Garcia Bernal.


Oliver Hudson has done film work as well, but is best known for his work on two hit TV series: Dawson’s Creek and Rules of Engagement. When not working on his series, Oliver supports his baby sis’ at premieres, and People reports he and his wife Erinn Bartlett are busy with the latest addition to the family, baby Bodhi Hawn Hudson. (Try to say that three times fast!)


Matt Dillon and Kevin Dillon


Though only a year apart in age, Kevin Dillon has long been the little brother living in the shadow of famous actor Matt Dillon. Big brother Matt made a name for himself as a strong actor and teen hearthrob in The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, and Drugstore Cowboy, and went on to have an impressive career of dramatic and comedic roles, including surprise smash There’s Something About Mary.


Kevin Dillon started strong with big name films like Heaven Help Us and Platoon, he eventually lost ground and ended up plugging away in straight-to-video and TV films. As Yahoo! Movies notes, recurring guest spots on NYPD Blue and 24 got him noticed again, and he landed the role of a lifetime as Johnny Drama on HBO’s smash hit Entourage. With art imitating life, Kevin artfully added a lovable sincerity to his part as the hard-working, hapless, and unknown actor brother of swoonworthy movie star Vincent Chase.


Kevin has the 8th and final season of Entourage to work on, along with the rumored follow-up big screen version. Up next for Matt Dillon is Rio Sex Comedy with Irene Jacob, Bill Pullman and Charlotte Rampling.


Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd


Big sister Wynonna Judd started out as the more famous sister. Pairing up with their mother Naomi in country music duo The Judds, Wynonna enjoyed a decade of successful singles and mountains of Grammys and Country Music Awards. After her mother’s retirement in 1991, Wynonna set off on a solo country music career. Her website lists amongst her accomplishments 16 top ten singles, 10 million albums sold, and 17 years of sold-out tours. Along with a new album, Sing, Wynonna will be touring once again with Naomi for a Judds finale tour.


Right when Wynonna was starting on her solo endeavor, little sister Ashley got a 2-episode role on Star Trek: The Next Generation. An award-winning role in the film Ruby in Paradise and a part on popular TV series Sisters got Ashley Judd noticed. She’s well known for the films Smoke, Heat, Kiss the Girls, Someone Like You, and Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. Next up for Ashley Judd is the crime comedy Flypaper with Patrick Dempsey.


As she revealed to Oprah in 2006, Wynonna wasn’t told that she and Ashley had different fathers until she was 30. This caused a strain in the relationship with her mother, along with other issues. Ashley has also had conflicts with her conservative mother over the content of many of her film roles. Ashley and Wynonna have tried to maintain a close relationship despite these family struggles.


Jennifer Lopez and Linda Lopez


Anyone who’s seen a magazine cover in the last decade should recognize Jennifer Lopez, aka J-Lo. The musician/actress started out as a “Fly Girl” dancer on improv series In Living Color, working her way up to her breakthrough role in 1997 biopic Selena. With films like Out of Sight (with George Clooney) and The Cell (with Vincent D’Onofrio and Vince Vaughn), Lopez seemed poised for a respectable film career. Her first love was music, however, and she interspersed her movie roles with successful dance/pop albums. Her 2010 album Love? is her 9th solo release. After a long hiatus, she also recently appeared in The Back-up Plan with hunky Alex O’Loughlin.


Not everyone knows that Jennifer Lopez has a celebrity sister, however. TV journalist and personality Lynda Lopez has had a media career that started in radio, and branched into news and entertainment. She’s had a variety of TV hosting and anchor jobs for local and national networks, including Fox 5 LIve in New York, VH1, and E! Entertainment. Jennifer and Lynda Lopez are very close, and have recently teamed up to form the charitable Maribel Foundation, which they hope will help bring health services and education to women and children around the world.


Bill Murray & Brian Doyle-Murray


With iconic work on Saturday Night Live and in pop culture films like Caddyshack, Stripes, and Ghostbusters, as well as memorable work in independents like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Lost in Translation, Bill Murray might be considered the more successful than his brother Brian. But guess what? Bill Murray might not be anywhere without his big brother, who wrote for SNL as well as penning the screenplay for cult fave Caddyshack.


Brian Doyle-Murray also turns up as a hilarious character in Bill Murray’s films, including Caddyshack, Ghostbusters II, and Groundhog Day. He’s appeared on many popular TV shows like Seinfeld and Married With Children, and in movie hits like Wayne’s World and Sixteen Candles. He currently appears as Mr. Ehlert on ABC sitcom The Middle. Little brother Bill Murray has thriller Passion Play coming up, but Screen Rant reports that the mythical Ghostbusters III may be a pipe dream after all.


Penny Marshall and Gary Marshall


Forever known as Laverne from the hit sitcom Laverne & Shirley, Penny Marshall continues to act in small roles while she takes on bigger challenges behind the camera. She’s taken on the director’s chair for successful films Big, A Leauge of Their Own, and The Preacher’s Wife. This year she directed an episode of The United States of Tara.


Big brother Gary Marshall has worn all four hats in Hollywood: Producer, Director, Actor and Writer. He’s worked with sister Penny on many projects, including Laverne & Shirley and A League of Their Own. Gary often plays larger than life, demanding and terrifying comedic bosses, as in movie Soapdish and TV series Murphy Brown. He’s directed hits like Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, and recent rom-com Valentine’s Day. Next up is directing State of the Union with Richard Gere and Annette Bening.


Jared Leto and Shannon Leto


While talented actors who try to be musicians are common, those who are talented in both arenas are rare. Jared Leto has cultivated a respected acting career in films like Prefontaine, Fight Club, and Girl, Interrupted. At the same time, he’s acted as front man and song writer for successful multi-platinum selling rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. His equally ethereal-eyed brother Shannon Leto handles drums and percussion for 30 Seconds to Mars, as well as taking part in song-writing duties. He’s also dabbled in acting, appearing with brother Jared in My So Called Life and Prefontaine. According to Hollywood News, the successful siblings are currently working on a Latin American tour for fall 2010.


Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal


Maggie Gyllenhaal has been an indie favorite, and though she was steadily working, didn’t gain wider notice until 2002 when she appeared in both the quirky S&M comedy Secretary and Oscar-winning Adaptation. After high profile roles in Stranger Than Fiction and The Dark Knight, she was nominated for an Oscar for 2009 film Crazy Heart. In 2011, Maggie will appear in Hysteria, with Hugh Dancy and Rupert Everett.


Maggie also appeared in cult fave Donnie Darko with her little brother Jake Gyllenhaal, who then turned in similarly quirky performances in Bubble Boy and The Good Girl (with Jennifer Aniston). Jake went on to act with the late Heath Ledger in the beautiful yet controversial film Brokeback Mountain, followed by big roles in Jarhead, Zodiac, and Rendition. Recently he appeared in Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and next up is quirky romantic comedy Nailed with Jessica Biel and an all-star ensemble cast.


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10 Airplane Conversation Starters

Airports can be exciting places to start a conversation. People from all over the world gather at the airport. You never know who you might meet. There are numerous ways to physically leave if talk becomes sour in an airport. Airplanes however, are not that convenient. This article explains the differences in starting a conversation on the ground verses being in the air as well as ten ways to make great conversation that will have you fly’n through the sky.

Airport conversation is do-able. It seems more difficult than on the airplane because it is harder to get someone to actually talk. But if you do get someone to yak-it up then you have a greater chance for a mutually rewarding conversations. That is in part do-to-the fact that it’s easier to end the bad conversation compared to when you are stuck in your seat. Do not feel guilty for telling a stranger to have a nice flight, see ya in Denver, and hitting up the next magazine shop for a different conversation.


For instance, if you see a person and think, ‘they might be down for nice conversation a a good beer.’ Only it ends-up that they are a recovering alcoholic. Suddenly, your four hour layover has you knowing more about this person than either of you expected. Well you always have the option to fake your next flight, stumble away, and hide out until the coast is clear.


Unfortunately, there is not that much freedom on an airplane. The odds of have great conversation on the airplane are against you. There are too many variables involved. You do not choice who you sit next. The chances of having pleasant conversation on a flight depends on your odds of picking a good seat. If you really like to chat sit in the middle. You have two people to talk with, thus if one ends up being a dud than you have a whole new person on your other side.


You are on your flight, board as hell and want a little bit of conversation. Warning!!! You will have to sit next to this person the whole flight. If the conversation is good or bad that is your seat and you need to sit in it.


So, yeah you have to sit there. But so does everybody else. It is time to liven things up. First of all be observant. Is the person asleep. If so, do not talk to them. If they seem nervous or scared about flying do not say things like,’Sure hope we don’t crash. Looks like a long way down, yea?’ Bad move. Unless, you seek negative attention and want a different seat.


What should you say? Well, after you check to see that they are not going to start snoring on your shoulder. Start with a small conversation. This way it gives the person the choice to engage in more conversation or go back to the happy place inside their head.


Don’t ask where they are going and why, what they do for a living, or what they ate for breakfast. You are a stranger and that is none of your business. If you ask people you ask these kind of questions you create a situation where they are probably going to lie and then blow you off.


You will know you have been blown off by the awkward silence. If this happens respect the quiet moment by waiting a few minutes before you speak. Then muster up your courage to try again.


This time pick a topic circumstantial to the physical situation.


Here are ten ideas:


“I hope the turbulence stops cause I could really use a cup of coffee.” If you make a general statement and they respond then you have given them the choice to engage in conversation. If they do not say anything they probably do not feel like talking.


If you really need to make sure that they are not just good listeners then cut right to the chase by asking, “Do you drink coffee?” Talk about coffee for as long as you can or until they change the subject. If they do not respond, SHUT-UP. They do not have to talk to you. They don’t want to talk to you. If they did you would not like the conversation. Leave them alone.


Try this half-way through the flight, if the person next to you seems like they want conversation, “I love a good beer right before landing.” This lets them know that it is OK to talk to you.


If they agree and start small chit- chat, ask in advance, ” Towards the end of this flight would you like to have a beer with me?”


Ask about the movie, “Have you ever seen this film?”


Ask about the food, “What are you going to order?”


Tell them about the view out your window ask if they would like to see.


Ask them about the view out of their window. If they are eager to tell you about it ask if you can see for yourself.


Ask them if they have ever looked through the sales magazine in the pocket of the seat in front of you. Then point out an item you think is a good idea.


Ask them if the time change works to their benefit.


These ideas make conversation easy. Conversation is easy when the people involved want to talk and listen. Just because you must sit next to a person does not mean that they must talk or listen. Keep it simple and the conversation with flow. Ask too much and you will scared people off.


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10 Acne Free Skin Tips for Everyday Life

Acne is one of those pesky little problems that shows up especially when you don’t want it to. Most people spend a lot of time and money to keep pimples from popping up but it doesn’t always stop them. Because acne has several causes and not everyone experiences the same type of acne, it makes it difficult to completely eliminate acne from occurring. The acne industry is continually growing due to its frequent occurrence. Acne products and treatments are widely available and used. However, what if there was another way to keep your skin clear of acne. Diet, lifestyle, habit, and skin care all contribute to acne free skin. Follow these tips to reduce your acne outbursts and keep your skin looking young and beautiful.

  1. Avoid touching your face. Not just with your hands but also with anything that potentially has microorganisms on it such as hair, towels, pillows, or tissues. All of these can carry oil, dirt or bacteria onto the face, which can cause acne. Although it’s difficult, limit the contact between your face and hands. If you must touch your face remember to wash your hands first. Additionally, use clean towels, pillowcases and tissues when coming into contact with your face.

  2. Don’t pop your pimples. When you pop your pimples the bacterium within the clogged pores comes out, which can further spread the infection and inflammation. So instead of having one pimple you can end up with 20. Additionally you increase inflammation, and redness of the area surrounding the pimple due to the unnecessary pressure. Not to mention that if your hands are not clean when you pop your pimples, you can transfer more dirt, oil and bacteria into your pores making your acne worse.

  3. Eat a healthy, balance diet. This includes eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are loaded with vitamins, minerals and water. Fruits and vegetables are easily digested and keep the flow of elimination in the body up to par. Caffeine, sugar and refined carbohydrates increase the oil produced within the sebaceous glands making acne more likely to occur. Eating a balanced diet keeps your skin healthy and nourished from the inside out. Healthy foods improve the look of your skin.

  4. Drink water. The body needs water to properly hydrate the body, maintain blood pressure and elimination. Dehydrated skin, looks dry, can crack and can retain bacteria and toxins that is normally expelled through perspiration. Additionally water helps to maintain skins elasticity, which promotes cellular growth and repair. A proper amount of water to drink is 6-8 glasses daily. This will keep your skin glowing and naturally acne free.

  5. Use oil free products. This includes cosmetics, cleansers, face washes, and hair products. The oil in these products can contribute to clogged pores and acne outbursts. Oil and cream based products can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Additionally, avoid using cosmetic products over pimples. Although it’s natural to use cosmetic products to cover up acne breakouts, it can actually make acne worse. The chemicals in make up can exacerbate acne and cause more inflammation on the skin.

  6. Always remove make up at the end of the day before you go to bed. Leaving make up on you face allows pores to become clogged and acne bacteria to flourish. Residue from make up can accumulate on pillowcase and cause dirt and oil build up in your pores. Always use a fresh pillowcase to avoid sleeping on dirt and oils from your hair and face.

  7. Shampoo your hair regularly. Dirty hair or hair with product in it can transfer oil, dirt and bacteria to you face upon contact. By keeping your hair clean you can avoid the transfer of these pore-clogging materials. If you do use product in your hair use a headband, or pull it back off your face. The chemicals in hair products although ok for your hair and scalp may cause irritation when it comes into contact with your face. Always shower after exercise as well. Sweat can cause product, oil and dirt to move from your hair to your face, which can get trapped in your pores causing acne to occur.

  8. Exercise on a regular basis. Exercise increases circulation of the blood, nutrients and oxygen to the skin, which allows for proper expulsion of toxins and chemicals through perspiration. Exercise also reduces stress, which reduces the hormone imbalance within the body, which can cause acne.

  9. Try to 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Our brain and body need time to reboot and recharge through sleeping. When we sleep our body cleanses the system of toxins from the previous day. In addition, sleep gives our body the rest it needs to be able to maintain all the systems of the body especially the immune system that protects our skin. Without adequate energy our body is unable to work properly and our systems don’t work efficiently. Sleep restores our body’s energy levels so we can adequately fight off infection, inflammation and bacteria.

  10. Stop smoking. There is no doubt that smoking is bad for you health. However, in addition to all the terrible things that it does to your bodies it also harms our skin and can actually make acne worse. If quitting is something you struggle with try to cut down on the amount you smoke until you are able to give it up completely.

Sarah Labdar, “10 Acne Free Skin Tips For Everyday Life”, Everyday Health


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007 Top Secrets of Messing Up Your Medical Care Overseas...

Ever heard of botched cosmetic jobs in Brazil or crappy dental work in Mexico? Such situations are very real. Here are the 007 top secrets of messing up your health care overseas.

Top Secret # 001: Not doing research


Don’t do any research and you will successfully fail in your quest to achieving safe and healthy medical treatment overseas. However, if you do want to go abroad and get quality healthcare while saving some bucks then consider doing thorough homework and collecting enough information. Some sources of information are: websites offering medical tourism services like Healthbase http://www.healthbase.com >, news, blogs, articles, videos, testimonials https://www.healthbase.com/hb/pages/testimonials.jsp >, forums, etc. Satisfied medical tourists claim proper research to be a sure-fire way of happy and healthy medical tourism.


Top Secret # 002: Going abroad for a wrong procedure


Your ambulance will not drive you to India during an emergency (or even otherwise). Reasonably, only non-emergency treatments can be considered for medical tourism but not all such treatments fit the criterion as sometimes the travel costs can outweigh the possible savings achievable by going abroad.


Top Secret # 003: Choosing the wrong place


How about going to Thailand for your half-yearly dental cleaning? Superb idea? Not exactly. How about going there for dental implants? Maybe. And for full mouth restoration? Definitely. Choose a wrong place and you will waste your money on medical tourism instead of saving some. Wise medical tourists consider travel cost, lodging cost and number of visits required for full treatment when calculating potential savings.


Top Secret # 004: Choosing an unqualified doctor


Thanks to the power of the Internet, it’s very easy to choose a doctor qualified at accomplishing botched jobs. If you wish to not fall prey to them, better do your homework properly. Check your doctor’s credentials, ask people around and get recommendations from reliable sources to avoid scheduling an appointment with “Dr. Quack”.


Top Secret # 005: Not doing proper planning and preparation


Allowing time for surgery but not for recovery and recuperation? That will require you to modify your itinerary. As a medical tourist you should prepare yourself to stay longer/shorter than expected. If you have travel or tourism on mind, allow time for that as well. A word on arranging your essential documents: Put together your medical records and financial records, acquire passport and visa, and have the information of your important contacts handy. Also, book your travel tickets and hotel rooms well in advance.


Top Secret # 006: Working with a substandard medical tourism agency


There are new agencies cropping up each day. Some of them are there to genuinely help you while others are affiliated with “Dr. Quack”. A good medical tourism agency like Healthbase will have partners that are certified by international or domestic accrediting organizations. It will offer a variety of medical travel services, it will offer numerous medical procedures https://www.healthbase.com/hb/pages/medical-procedures.jsp > in many countries, it will have patient testimonials on its website, it will have been covered by media, and much more. Your research will help you identify the good ones.


Top Secret # 007: Failing to follow the right aftercare


Planning to play football the day after your total knee replacement surgery https://www.healthbase.com/hb/pages/total-knee-replacement.jsp >? Ouch, that will hurt! Physical therapy, rest, diet, medication, etc. are all as important as the surgery. Your local doctor might be able to help you with your aftercare so always keep him informed. You might also need his help, for example, for removing sutures or for taking X-Rays.


Remember to avoid the above 7 mistakes and your medical tourism https://www.healthbase.com/hb/pages/medical-tourism.jsp > or dental tourism https://www.healthbase.com/hb/pages/dental-tourism.jsp > abroad will be happy, healthy and successful.


You can learn more about how to plan an affordable medical trip and receive top quality medical care overseas at accredited international healthcare facilities by logging on to http://www.healthbase.com. Healthbase.com is a medical tourism facilitator committed to providing low-cost high quality medical travel services to the global medical consumer.


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1 John 2:3-6: Keeping His Commandments

And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, “I know him,” and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him: he that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk even as he walked (1 John 2:3-6).

In our examination into the first letter of John, we have seen that John’s purpose is to encourage Christians in the face of false teachers and “professors” of Christianity. He has previously established that the message he provides concerns the Word of Life, how He is light, and in Him there is no darkness (1 John 1:1-5). He then establishes that we must walk in the light: we will not do so perfectly, for we all sin, but we must strive to cease from sin (1 John 1:6-2:1). If we do sin, we have an advocate in Jesus Christ, who is the propitiation for the sins of all the world (1 John 2:1-2).


John continues to speak about Jesus, and his specific concern involves how we demonstrate that we “know” Jesus (1 John 2:3-6). In a world of competing claims regarding Jesus, how can we know whether we practice the truth? This question was as concerning in the first century as it is in the twenty-first.


John does not leave the disciples in doubt: to know Jesus is to do His commandments. This message is entirely consistent with the message Jesus provided during His life. The comparison between the man who built on the rock versus the man who built on the sand was the difference between those who keep and do Jesus’ words and those who do not (Matthew 7:24-27). In His farewell address to His disciples, Jesus indicates that if His disciples love Him, they will keep His commandments (John 14:15). Those who have and keep Jesus’ commandments loves Jesus, and such are loved by the Father (John 14:21). We are to keep His commandments just as He kept His Father’s commandments (John 15:10); this is to be done so that the disciples’ joy may be full, which is the very purpose for John’s letter (John 15:11, 1 John 1:4). To keep Jesus’ commands is to be His friend (John 15:14).


John does not shy away from the need to follow Jesus’ commands; in fact, he constantly emphasizes that need. James has similar things to say in James 1:22-25, contrasting those who “hear” the word from those who “hear and do” it.


The only legitimate test as to whether one who professes Jesus is truly His follower is to understand what he does: what is his fruit (cf. Matthew 7:15-20)? Is there evidence of repentance– is there less sin and more righteousness (Galatians 5:17-24)? Do they justify their sin or do they glorify God? Do they represent humble believers in the King, or have they been swept away by some other teacher (Luke 17:7-10, 2 Timothy 4:3-5)? The only way we can demonstrate that we know Jesus is to do what He tells us to do!


Those who profess knowing Jesus and yet do not practice His commands are liars (1 John 2:4). It does not matter how sincere or dishonest they may be: they do not have the truth either way. This is why it is so important to do His commandments!


If we keep His commands, John says that the love of God is perfected in us (1 John 2:5). While some may try to make some kind of absolute out of the statement, such distracts us from John’s true meaning. It is not as if we will ever entirely keep Jesus’ commands (1 John 1:8), but it is the humble obedient servant of Jesus Christ whom God can make complete in the Son. Such people can truly understand the nature of Jesus; they entirely understand, by their practicing of the truth, all the love that God has richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ.


Lest anyone believe that this knowledge is somehow based only in learning, John goes on to demonstrate that “keeping His commandments” is “walking as Jesus walked” (1 John 2:5-6). If we “abide” in Jesus, we ought to walk in His ways. The only way we can ever come to a deeper knowledge and understanding of the ways of Christ are to walk in those ways. We keep His commandments not in some Pharisaical attempt to check off obligations, but in order to be conformed into Jesus’ image: to love as He loved, to show compassion as He showed compassion, to avoid sin as He avoided sin. In short, it is to walk as Jesus walked. The only way to know Jesus is to know His life, His ways, and His suffering in our own lives. Let us strive to know Jesus!


Ethan R. Longhenry


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