Category Archives: first-love

Our Salvation Is Quite Sure

My favorite of all the apostles is John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” I love his Gospel, and the three epistles that he wrote, and of course,  Revelation. There are a couple of things I love about John’s writings: He … Continue reading

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Going Crossless

“Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.“ Matt. 10:38 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” … Continue reading

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Putting It Simply

“But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42, ESV I tend to over-think things a lot. Everything … Continue reading

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A Sheltered Spot for You

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.” Isaiah 26:3 All we need to do in time of sorrow and loneliness is to stay our minds upon God, to trust Him, to rest in Him, … Continue reading

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Living Tethered to the Cross

St. Francis of  Assisi once wrote, “The devil never rejoices more than when he robs a servant of God of the peace of God.” Sometimes I think I’ve made the devil dance far too many times. I confess that peace has … Continue reading

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Superglue Your Crown On

“Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. 11 I am coming soon. Hold on … Continue reading

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We Want to See Jesus

20 “Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told … Continue reading

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