5 Ways The Holy Spirit Empowers

  This month, over at Do Not Depart, we are attempting to answer this question: Who is the Holy Spirit? Today I published a short and simple little post about five of the ways the Holy Spirit empowers believers. Here’s an excerpt: “Repent, let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) These were the words Peter boldly proclaimed as He finished his first Holy Spirit powered sermon. Repent. Be baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit. All this […]

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The Battle for Connection {Why Bother With Church?}

Today I am excited to welcome Whitney. Whitney and I have know of each other for years, but only recently, through our shared passion for writing and blogging, have we started to connect as friends. I absolutely love to read her work. She shares from her heart in a way that makes you feel like you are reading a letter from a dear friend. Today she helps us tackle our current topic: why bother with church? I am sure you will appreciate her thoughts. “Forget it. Let’s just stay home.” Read that aloud. Did you hear that? […]

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3 Resources To Help You Read the Book of Mark {Quietly Through Thursday}

If you’ve been reading Quietly Through your Bible then you know our little community began the Gospel according to Mark today. Here are a few resources to help you read the Book of Mark. (Not sure what Quietly Through is? Check it out here.) Caught by Jesus is a 6-week Bible study in the Gospel of Mark. Six weeks is much longer than the time the Quietly Through reading plan takes to get through Mark. However, you could simply read the Bible study commentary that goes along with the Quietly Through passages and skip the […]

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Is Our Definition of Church Too Narrow? {Why Bother With Church}

Why bother with church? Why bother with church? It’s a tough question, right? One many of us secretly ask, but rarely voice openly. And it’s time to bring these thoughts out into the light and shine some truth on to them. Last week, when we first decided to brave the topic, we settled on this fact: Jesus loves the Church. So much so that He gave His life for her. And if Jesus loves and bothers with His Church, we probably should too. Is our definition of church too narrow? But here’s another tough question […]

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Doesn’t life beg the question: why bother with church?

Doesn’t life itself beg the question why bother with church? I need to tell you something. Something that has been weighing pretty heavy on my heart lately. I’d rather not admit it, but I know I’ve got to. I know I’ve got to get some junk out into the light. Are you ready? I don’t care for church right now. There I said it. I know my attitude is wrong, but the first step in fixing a problem is admitting one exists. Right? If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us […]

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Quietly Through Thursday :: That Our Eyes May Be Opened

This post was written while ready Quietly Through the Bible. Join the community.   Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want […]

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Another 2017 Book List

Yes, Another 2017 Book List Yes, I know January is almost over and you’ve probably had your fill of 2017 book list recommendations. But what the heck! Here’s mine, too. A friend of mine recently reminded me of the importance of keeping a “to-read” book list. Quite simply, keeping a list helps us to plan and remember what we want to read and why we want to read it. I’ll be honest, my book list had become, up until that point, not much more than a bunch of “save for later” items in my Amazon shopping cart. […]

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Quietly Through Thursday :: Doubt Doesn’t Weaken His Promises

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10 I doubt. A lot. I doubt whether or not I’m doing enough for God. I doubt whether or not I’m actually living for Him. I doubt whether or not He will say welcome when I approach His throne at the end of my time on earth and say, “Lord, Lord.” I doubt. Because I know I am a sinner. I know I stink at just about everything I do. I know my motives are often […]

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Is It All For Nothing? :: A Look At Matthew 7:21-23

 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23 I never knew you? This passage makes me squirm a little. The idea that I could live my life (or think that […]

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Grateful Hearts Start with Humbled Hearts

This month, over at Do Not Depart, we are writing about having a renewed mind. More specifically, we are writing about submitting our minds to Jesus’ Lordship. Today I published a short and simple little post on being grateful because you are humbled. Here’s an excerpt: What is Gratitude? Gratitude. Simply put, it is the state of being grateful —  feeling or showing an appreciation for a benefit received. We can be grateful for all sorts of benefits, such as family, friends, home, health, career, car, and so on. But is there more? We should […]

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