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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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 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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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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The Wise Woman Builds Her House :: Quietly Through Thursday (Plus LinkUp)

The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands. Proverbs 14:1 When I read this verse Monday morning I had just finished day one of the new Hello Mornings study, At My Savior’s Feet (aff. link). The parable of that day’s focus? Build on a Rock. 46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug […]

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He Must Increase, I Must Decrease :: Quietly Through Thursday {Plus Link Share}

John answered, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. “He must increase, but I must decrease. “He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of […]

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And the Lord Turned and Looked :: Quietly Through Thursday {Plus Link-Share}

But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowded. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”  So Peter went out and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:60-62) And the Lord turned and looked at him. The Lord. Jesus. The Man who said, “Peter, you are going to reject Me, deny Me, turn your back on Me.” When Peter did what […]

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Turn My Eyes From Worthless Things :: Quietly Through Thursday {plus Link Share}

  Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way. Psalm 119:37 This verse just grabs your attention, doesn’t it? It make you stop and go wow, right? Do you have a handful of worthless things that come to mind? I could give you a list a mile long of my worthless things. Things I spend…no, waste my time on that are of no benefit to anyone. Scrolling through social media, binge watching tv, binge eating, mopping the floor…. ok, maybe the last one isn’t worthless, but it’s so not […]

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Quietly Through Thursday :: Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8) Depart! I am a sinner! Get away from me Jesus! Do you hear the sorrow in Peter’s voice? The agony? The urgency? Because of the fishing miracle Jesus had just performed, Simon Peter knew (or at least has some idea) that he was in the presence of a Man of great power and significance. Whether or not he knew he is in the presence of God, I don’t know. But what […]

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