Quietly Through 1st John (week 13) :: Knowing God Through Love (1 John 4:7-11)

Knowing God Through Love 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. […]

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Constant Prayer :: Quietly Through Thursday (Plus Link-Up)

Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. (Acts 12:5, emphasis added) Constant prayer. Constant prayer offered to God. Constant prayer offered to God by the church. This shouldn’t strike me as odd or different or out of the ordinary. But it does. It should strike me as wonderful and ordinary and just-part-of-life. Oh, but it doesn’t. Maybe it’s the Christian circles I run in… or maybe it’s just me, but I don’t witness or practice constant prayer. Even when times are desperate. But what if […]

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Quietly Through 1st John (Week 12) :: The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error (1 John 3:24 – 4:6)

Happy Independence Day and welcome to week 12 of our online study of 1st John. This week we are studying the difference between the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error and how we can spot them. Let’s get started. The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of […]

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Persecution, Scattering, Preaching, Heeding :: Quietly Through Thursday (Plus Link-up)

Saul Persecutes the Church “Now Saul was consenting to (Stephen’s) death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. Christ Is Preached in Samaria Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. Then Philip went down […]

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When Your Blog Isn’t Bearing Fruit

“…first remember what I taught you: ‘Apart from me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5). “Come, relax in me and let my Spirit work through you. I know you are unskilled, clumsy and awkward, but the Spirit is the Master-worker. If he controls your heart and your hands, he will work through you. Now turn around.” Then putting his great strong arms around me and his hands under mine he picked up the tools and began to work through me. “Relax. You are still too tense. Let go — let me do the work!” (Robert […]

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Quietly Through 1st John (Week 11) :: The Outworking of Love (1 John 3:16-23)

The Outworking of Love 16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts […]

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Beaten and Rejoicing :: Quietly Through Thursday (Plus Link-up)

…and when (the council) had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (Acts 5:40-42) Beaten and rejoicing. Those don’t sound like two words that complement each other. Or how about worth and shame? Again, words that I wouldn’t […]

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Quietly Through 1st John (Week 10) :: The Imperative of Love

Week 10! What!?! It doesn’t feel like we’ve been studying 1st John for two and half months, but we have. Have you appreciated the slow journey through this book? Do you like the format? Let me know. I’d like to here your feedback as I prepare for the next Quietly Through series. THE IMPERATIVE OF LOVE 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message […]

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He Poured Water into a Basin

Today I’m over at DoNotDepart.com talking about how Jesus used water to teach us about truly humble serve. Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. (John 13:3-5) Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. He was just […]

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With One Accord :: Quietly Through Thursday (Plus Link-Up)

4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own […]

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