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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Good Friends Don’t Fake It

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7, emphasis added) If you look up the definition of the Greek word for fellowship you won’t find the word friendship. You will, however, find several words that describe what friends share — association, community, communion, joint participation, intimacy. You can’t be a true friend to your sister in Christ without fellowship. How do we have fellowship? By walking in the […]

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Quietly Through 1st John (Week 1) :: What Was Heard, Seen, and Touched (1 John 1:1-4)

Yay! It’s Tuesday! And its officially the first day of our Quietly Through 1st John online Bible study. But before we begin I want to clarify something that I realized might be a bit confusing. Quietly Through the Bible, Quietly Through Thursdays, and Quietly Through 1st John are different things. Quietly Through the Bible is the name for the two-year reading plan I shared last January. Quietly Through Thursdays is a series of posts I publish on Thursdays in response the two-reading plan. Quietly Through 1st John is an online Bible study that we are starting today […]

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Quietly Through 1st John :: An Online Bible Study

The first epistle of John. It’s rich with truths about God’s love for us and His love working through us. It’s also full of instructions on how to allow His love to grow within and pour from us. First John also contains some intimidating verses like “by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments “(1 John 2:3) or “whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in Him” (1 John 2:5). I know that I don’t keep the Lord’s commands perfectly and at one point in my life […]

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In the Holy Spirit? :: a Book Review of Forgotten God by Francis Chan

  This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here. For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans‬ ‭14:17‬ ‭ASV‬‬) The kingdom of God is… righteousness and peace and joy… in the Holy Spirit? In the Holy Spirit? Step back from the Christianese for a minute and ask yourself, “Do I really know what that means?” Do you? A few months ago I would have stumbled over my words trying to explain “in the Holy Spirit.” A few years ago I would […]

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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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When Church People are the Reason You Stay Away {Why Bother With Church}

  Why bother with church? Isn’t it full of hypocrites? People who say one thing and then act completely different. People who think they are better than the rest. People who gossip, not only about the people outside the church, but also about those who are in the “club.” And they argue! Oh, they argue! About how to worship and how to take communion. They argue over theology and how to address sin. Heck, they even argue about what actually is sin and what isn’t! Now, just to be clear. Not everyone who chooses to […]

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Why the Most Broken and Hurt People Need to be at Church {Why Bother With Church?}

Sometimes our real lives, our attitudes and our behaviors are messy. But instead of hiding our messes and pretending they don’t exist, we need to bring them out into the light and deal with them head on. The bravery it takes to unmask the mess is something my friend Julie possesses. Today she is here sharing why we need to bother with church. She courageously handles this subject and gently reminds us how we, the hands and feet of Jesus, need to love and accept broken people. I’m sure you will be moved by her words. Only by […]

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Nothing Knocks the Church Down Faster Than Division {Why Bother With Church}

Hey Friends, today I’ve asked Kelly to help answer the question why bother with church? She has graciously decided to share a personal story of conflict and forgiveness within her local church. I’m sure many of us can relate to this type of situations. I’m also sure many of us can use and give the forgiveness Kelly encourages here. Only by grace, Kelli Imagine two preschoolers stacking up some blocks and making a tall tower. Then one of them decides he doesn’t want to build together, and with one swift hit he smacks it and down […]

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When You Don’t Have a Church Home {Why Bother With Church}

Meet Alyssa. You may remember her from a few years back when she shared her testimony here on my blog. I have asked her back again to share how she managed to stay connected to the Church in a season when she didn’t have a “church home”. Alyssa’s story certainly helps answer our question: why bother with church? I’m sure you will appreciate her honesty and glean from her life lesson. Only by grace, Kelli I grew up in the church, and I never once questioned the benefits of attending. In my mind, it was simply somethings Christians were […]

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