The Pursuit of Humility

God's Grace ~ God's Glory!

Humility — the Beauty of Holiness  (audio) by Andrew Murray became a gripping study for me over twenty years ago. In those first years, the conviction of my own need for this trait of the Christian life led me to study and memorize particular quotes. These were truths I had never heard and I began to long for this as part of my relationship and union with Christ.

In 2014, I shared for twelve months on this blog what was published in 2016 as A Broad Review of Andrew Murray’s Humility. Since then I have used my book which highlights the main points that I had memorized as a daily devotional. (A free PDF copy is available upon request.)

Why have I become so intrigued with this subject?

Because I have experienced the difference Christ’s humility has made in my life. I continue to witness of…

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Monday Morning: 22 Jul 2019 – 1 John 3:1-12 ~ God’s children: will be like Christ.

The Peanut Gallery

Monday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for the Renewal of Life – Monday)

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Morning Reading – 1 John 3:1-12 (NLT)

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear…

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Bible Study Plans: What is My Responsibility as a Believer?

AtoZMom's Blog

Responsibility these days is hard to find. No one wants to take any. That’s why when asked what is your responsibility as a believer, many Christians have no idea what that is. In this blog post by AtoZMomm, we’ll answer that question for you. Contact me with questions!


  • Unwavering belief in Jesus as the Son of God and in his resurrection and death for our sins.
  • “Standing firm, letting nothing move us” and “always giving ourselves full to the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
  • If we have no eternal home or earthly ramifications then we will be “tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).
  • God has given us everything; we need to give to him…

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“He saved them for the sake of His name, that He might make His power known.” ~King David

Jesus Quotes and God Thoughts

God Knows

God is God. God is to be honored and His name is to be revered. This is a shock to many today. Our culture considers it okay to dishonor God. I must honor God. I must be proud of following King Jesus, His Son.

As followers of Jesus, because we honor God, we have an inheritance. God is God. God knows what is going to happen. He has determined what is going to happen (aka predestined). We can be confident it will.

Who does He consult with? Himself. It is His will that is the only thing that counts. It is all about God and I must honor His name.

  • Ephesians 1:11–14 — Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope…

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45 Scholar Quotes On Jesus’ Resurrection Appearances | James Bishop

Reasoned Cases for Christ

neckJames Bishop is from South Africa. He is a graduate in Creative Brand Communication and Marketing (CBC), and in Theology (majoring in psychology). James obtained his BTh with cum laude, and is currently pursuing his postgraduate in Religious Studies. He has aspirations to teach Religious Studies and the philosophy of religion.

This is a WordPress repost of one of James Bishop’s articles documenting 45 scholarly quotes on the Resurrection of Jesus’ appearances. In case you think that James made a mistake when he numbered the quotes, the 45 is the number of individual quotes identified within this post. Accordingly, some scholars have multiple quotes. References to all quotes are provided in the direct link below.

You hear a lot of hype these days on how the claims for the Resurrection of Jesus’ appearances are not considered as historical fact by scholars. Don’t believe all the hype you hear. These are…

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Beholding Him Ministries

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
II Timothy 1:7 NKJV

Your mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. You should seek to be “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:5). This will be one of the greatest assets of your faith when a time of trial comes, because then your faith and the Spirit of God will work together.

~Oswalt Chambers

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J.P. Moreland asks: does truth matter when choosing a religion?


Dr. J.P. Moreland Dr. J.P. Moreland

This lecture contains Moreland’s famous “Wonmug” illustration. Ah, memories! If you don’t know who Wonmug is, you can find out in this lecture.

The MP3 file is here.


  • Is it intolerant to think that one religion is true?
  • Is it more important to be loving and accepting of people regardless of worldview?
  • How should Christians approach the question of religious pluralism?
  • How does a person choose a religion anyway?
  • Who is Wonmug, and would you like to be like Wonmug?
  • Is it enough that a belief “works for you”, or do you want to believe the truth?
  • Can all the religions in the world be true?
  • Is it wise to pick and choose what you like from all the different religions?
  • Is it possible to investigate which religion is true? How?
  • Which religions are testable for being true or false?
  • How you can test Christianity…

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There is something about finishing a theatrical production.  It leaves you with a feeling of loss, excitement, exhaustion, extra time and a feeling of accomplishment – especially when you have achieved what you set out to do.

For the past several weeks, this ensemble has been guided by the hand of a talented director.  Each performer has been given the opportunity to shine somewhere within the script, thanks to two talented playwrights,.  We were surrounded by a fantastic set which felt as though the audience was right there with us in the living room of the Frye family.  There were no egos – only a blend of friendship, helpfulness and camaraderie – a tightly knit mixture of comedic talent and timing and a true fellowship between all.

So now what?

After a full week of rehearsals starting last Saturday, with a four hour time slot and every night until opening night…

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Handling the Gift of Discernment

Matthew Winters (Honest Thoughts from a Pastor)

My wife and I were having a conversation after one of the morning church services we attended. She asked, “I know you discern all these things, but can you be more positive about it?” The question made me think.

The gift of discernment can be a blessing and a curse. I can sense how a situation will be handled before it happens. Because of that, I don’t come across as Mr. Positivity. It is especially difficult when I sense that something will be handled negatively.

Does anyone else have this problem? If so, how do you handle it? Some gifts from God are simultaneously a blessing and burden. Those who do not possess the same gift do not understand. Please feel free to share your thoughts.

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Modular Fall Course on Septuagint Genesis at TWU (Fall 2019)

Septuaginta &c.

Students interested in the Septuagint know how difficult it can be to find reliable guides to get familiar with the field. Books are one thing. But nothing quite substitutes for in-class instruction. That is one reason I am so glad that the fine scholars at the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies at Trinity Western University (Langley, BC) are stepping into the gap in North America.

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