“Love or Die”

Pursue love… 1 Corinthians 14:1 With those two words Alexander Strauch opens his book, Love or Die, with its subtitle of Christ’s Wake-Up Call to the Church Revelation 2:4. This terrific small book is divided into two parts, “The Problem of Lost Love: Revelation 2:4,” and “How to Cultivate Love: Hebrews 10:24.” It ends with […]

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Looking Forward to 2012

So what do I have in mind for 2012? I won’t post daily this year, instead I’ll aim for at least two days a week—probably on Wednesday and Saturday. I have several series to continue, including Studying the Bible, and I’ll be writing more on God’s purposes for us as women. One thing I want […]

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1 John 4–5: Truth

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 49: Sunday Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the […]

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1 John 4–5: Love

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 49: Sunday Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and […]

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Proverbs 31: Open Your Mouth & Defend The Unfortunate

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 42: Thursday Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. Proverbs 31:8–9 Thursday’s Bible reading is Proverbs 31. Derek Kidner divides this last chapter of Proverbs into two sections: […]

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Learning Love

Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 When I wrote the story of how I became a Christian I shared how the genuine love I experienced […]

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Creation & Women

The role and nature of women has now been in continual debate for an entire generation. I wrote about the consequent calamity and my personal experience of this crisis in my first post on 1 Timothy 2:9–15. In this post I want to look at who God created us to be as women. Paul’s commands […]

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1 Timothy 2:9–15: Creation, the Fall, & Women

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 33: Sunday “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. “A woman must quietly receive […]

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Psalms 81–83: Worship & Song

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 28: Wednesday Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day. Psalm 81:1–3 – Wednesday’s […]

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Philippians 4:2–3 Euodia & Syntyche

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 27: Sunday I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow […]

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Philippians 3–4: Joy & Peace

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 27: Sunday Furthermore*, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. Philippians 3:1 Sunday’s Bible reading is Philippians 3–4. Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi is about joy in the midst of the circumstances of our lives. If you look at this letter you’ll find that even it’s structure […]

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