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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Quietly Through 1st John (Week 9) :: Sin & the Child of God

You’re here! And I’m so glad! Don’t forget that if you‘ve missed any of the weekly posts, or just want to go back and reread one or two, they are all posted here. Sin and the Child of God 4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. […]

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But If It Dies, It Produces Much :: Plus #QuietlyThroughThursday Link-Up

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” (John 12:24-26) Can I be honest? Really, truly, not-about-to-give-the-“Christian”-response honest? I don’t like this verse. I don’t. […]

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Quietly Through 1st John (Week 8) :: The Children of God (1 John 2:28-3:3)

It’s Tuesday and time to look at another chunk of 1st John. I’m so glad you are here. Have you been following along since week one of Quietly Through 1st John? What have you learned that has made the biggest impact on you so far? Please let me know in the comments below. The Children of God 28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices […]

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Quietly Through Your Bible in June :: Plus #QuietlyThroughThursday Link-up

For those of you following along with the Quietly Through 2-Year Bible reading plan, I thought I’d share some resources to go along with the books we’ll be starting this month. In the Old Testament we will start and complete Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. We’ll also begin the Book of Isaiah. In the New Testament we’ll get started in the Book of Acts. Each of these links will take you to a short video or a podcast, giving you an overview or a more in depth commentary. Ecclesiastes Read Scripture Ecclesiastes Wisdom Literature: Proverbs, […]

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