The Breath of Life :: Quietly Through

“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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When We Don’t Love Jesus Like We Think We Should

Shortly after giving birth to my first child I called my mom. “Thank you for loving me so much,” I said. I had always known that my mom loved me, but until I had my own child I could not understand the depths of her love. I believe the same will be true for my own children. They know I love them, but they won’t begin to grasp the intensity of my love unless they have children of their own.  I have never left that I’ve had to prove to my mom that I love […]

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Happy New Year 2023!

It’s a new year and now is as good as time as any to revive this old blog. It’s been 2 years since I published anything here! For the time being, I won’t be producing a ton of new content. Instead, I’ll be promoting the Quietly Through reading plan, which I originally published back in 2015 (eight years already!). You can learn more about the reading plan in my original post. I’ll also be taking the time to update and revise old blog posts to better reflect how my faith has grown and changed over […]

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Jesus Prayed :: Quietly Through the Gospel According to John

We’ve enter the last week of reading quietly through John’s gospel and I’ve nearly dropped the ball. I apologize for this late post, but here are the last five days of the reading plan. Nov 9-13 Day 1 John 17 Day 2 John 18 Day 3 John 19 Day 4 John 20 Day 5 John 21 As you read the final chapter, remember that Jesus was not forced to the cross. He went willingly. But first he prayed. Jesus Prayed Jesus prayed for Himself, but not to be spared from the cross. Not to be […]

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A New Commandment & The Answered Prayer :: Quietly Through the Gospel According to John

We are nearing the end of John’s gospel. This week as we read quietly through Scripture we come to Jesus’s final conversation with His disciples before He heads toward the Cross. Nov 2- 6 Day 1 John 12:37-50 Day 2 John 13 Day 3 John 14 Day 4 John 15 Day 5 John 16 The New Commandment Beginning in chapter 13 Jesus starts to make mention of a new commandment. “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this […]

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Opening Blind Eyes :: Quietly Through the Gospel According to John

This week as we read quietly through John’s gospel we will see Jesus demonstrate that He is the True Shepherd. Oct 26-30 Day 1 John 9 Day 2 John 10 Day 3 John 11:1-37 Day 4 John 11:38-57 Day 5 John 12:1-36 In chapter 9 Jesus encounters a blind man and heals him on the Sabbath. It is a beautify story of love and compassion for a man who has been rejected by society his whole life. The prevailing belief at the time was that if you were blind or suffered from another impairment it […]

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His Glory :: Quietly Through the Gospel According to John

This week, as we read quietly through John’s gospel we come to a long dialogue between Jesus and the Pharisees. In this exchange Jesus claims that He gives living water (John 7:37-39), that He is the light of the world (John 8:12), and that He is the great I AM (John 8:58). The religious leaders grow furious and attempt to kill Him. Oct 19-23 Day 1 John 7:1-24 Day 2 John 7:25-44 Day 3 John 7:45-8:12 Day 4 John 8:13-36 Day 5 John 8:37-59 Back in chapter 6 we read about how many “were about […]

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Most Assuredly :: Quietly Through the Gospel According to John

We are entering our third week of reading quietly through John’s gospel. Oct 12 – 16 Day 1 • John 5:15-30 Day 2 • John 5:31-47 Day 3 • John 6:1-21 Day 4 • John 6:22-40 Day 5 • John 6:41-71 This week as we read about Jesus we will see Him proclaim His equality with God the Father and be rejected by the religious leaders, feed thousands with just two fish and a few loaves of bread, and walk on water. Jesus explains that He is the Bread of life, is rejected and gossiped […]

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Hear, Understand, Believe, and Experience Jesus :: Quietly Through the Gospel According to John

This is week two of our John reading plan. As we read quietly through John’s gospel, we will see Jesus speaking with four different people. October 5 – 9 Day 1 John 3:1-21 Day 2 John 3:22-36 Day 3 John 4:1-26 Day 4 John 4: 27-54 Day 5 John 5:1-15 Nicodemus is a Pharisee who seeks out Jesus to find out who He is and what He is teaching (John 3:1-21). Jesus crosses ethnicity boundaries with the Samaritan woman who has a shady and sinful past. The nobleman pursues Jesus to ask for his son’s […]

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And the Word Became Flesh :: Quietly Through the Gospel According to John

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 The Greek word for manifest is phaneroo and it appears 14 times in John’s Gospel. Synonyms for the word include reveal, show, and appear. Manifest means to make visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way. It can also be defined as to become known, to be plainly recognized, thoroughly understood; […]

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