Here I Am :: Quietly Through Thursday Link-up #23

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Issac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt […]

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The Breath of Life :: Quietly Through Link-up #22

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 There is currently a song on the radio that has a lyric that I keep mulling over in my mind. The chorus starts, “It’s Your breath in our lungs…” Genesis 2:7 confirms that it is the breath of God in our lungs. His breath gave us, humans formed from dust, life. The chorus goes on to say “…so we pour out our praise to You only.” […]

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If We Confess Our Sins :: Quietly Through Thursday Link-Up #20

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 We simply confess. He forgives. He cleanses. What a wonderful promise! What a verse to keep in mind as I pray! In fact, it is the verse I most often pray back to God when I am struggling with sin.  So, needless to say, I pray this verse pretty regularly — almost daily. Probably should pray it daily. Definitely, need to pray it daily. Because I am a sinner. A […]

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Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace :: Quietly Through Link-up #19

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 I love this verse. It is an invitation to pray with confidence — confidence that we will be heard by a compassionate and loving God — whenever there is a need for mercy and grace. It’s a wonderful promise, isn’t it? But I wonder something: am I selfishly taking advantage of this promise? As of late, I have been deeply convicted of my selfish prayers. I have become aware […]

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Zealous for Good Works : Quietly Through Thursday Link-up #18

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14) Zealous for good works. Zealous. Zealous simply means to have an intense burning or eager desire for something. We, […]

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Crown of Rejoicing :: Quietly Through Thursday Link-up #17

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? 1 Thessalonians 2:19 I recently heard someone say (and I’m paraphrasing), “Don’t try to collect stuff here on Earth, God has a big pile of stuff waiting for you in heaven.” The statement made me cringe. The person was referring to Matthew 6:19-20, the passage about laying up treasures for yourself in heaven. Maybe I miss understood the man. Or maybe he wasn’t making himself very clear. But […]

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To Him be the Glory in The Church :: Quietly Through Thursday Link Up #16

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 To Him be the glory in the church.  May God receive the glory in our congregations. In our homes. In our lives. May we recognize that the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the Creator. That he granted us breath and welcomes us into His family. May we recognize that […]

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Godly Sorrow Brings Repentance :: Quietly Through Thursday Link-up #15

“Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, […]

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Hold Fast :: Quietly Through Thursday Link-up #14

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Hold fast. Keep in memory. Keep secure. Keep firm possession of it. Retain it. Seize it. Stay your mind on it. Never let it go. Never forget the reason – the first reason — you fell in love with Jesus. Not the reason you started going to church. Not the reason […]

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The Potter and the Clay :: Quietly Through Thursday LinkUp #13

The Potter and the Clay 1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O […]

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