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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Quietly Through 1st John (Week 4) :: Their Spiritual State (1 John 2:12-14)

It’s Tuesday and the fourth week of our Quietly Through 1st John online Bible study. I’m so glad you came back to study God’s word with me. Please let me know you’re here by leaving a comment at the end of the post or by sending me an email. I so appreciate hearing from you. Their Spiritual State 12 I write to you, little children,     Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I write to you, fathers,     Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young […]

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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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Quietly Through 1st John (Week 3) :: The Test of Knowing Him (1 John 2:3-11)

Welcome back! It’s Tuesday and time for us to continue our journey quietly through 1st John. If you missed week one or week two, I highly encourage you to read those posts first. If you are ready for week three, let’s go. The Test of Knowing Him 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in […]

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Quietly Through 1st John (Week 2) :: Fellowship with Him and One Another (1 John 1:5-2:2)

It’s Tuesday and the second week of our Quietly Through 1st John online Bible study. I’m so glad you came back to study God’s word with me. Please let me know you’re here by leaving a comment at the end of the post or by sending me an email. I so appreciate hearing from you. Fellowship with Him and One Another This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with […]

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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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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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