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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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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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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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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Quietly Through 1st John (Week 7) :: Let Truth Abide in You (1 John 2:24-27)

It’s Tuesday! Which means we’re taking another look at 1st John. We are in week seven. If you missed any of the previous weeks of this online Bible study I encourage you to go back and take a look. Even if you just read the previous passages and skim over the earlier content, it will help you to better understand today’s and future studies. Let Truth Abide in You 24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide […]

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Train Up Your Children in the Way they Should Go :: Quietly Through Thursday (Plus LinkUp)

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 This almost sounds like an awesome promise, doesn’t it? A promise that says, “Lead your kids to salvation and they will stick with Christ forever.” Yes, that would be an awesome promise. But that’s not what this verse is saying. Each person is responsible for working out his or her salvation with the Lord (Philippians 2:12). This includes our children. Mommas, we can not “make” our babies be saved. No matter how […]

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