New Testament In a Year: May 29 – John 11:30-57

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John 11:30-57
(30-37) Jesus Weeps
When we hurt, Christ hurts. When we cry, Christ cries. Never has there been any one closer to the human emotions that our Savior. He feels sorrow and joy, pain and happiness, grief and loneliness, agony and weakness, betrayal and hate more acutely than any other. This is why He is able to sympathize with us and meet us where we are, not where we wish to be.

(38-44) Jesus Raises Lazarus
Even before He called Lazarus out of the grave, Jesus thanked God for hearing Him. He knew that God always heard Him because He had the same will as His Father and pleased Him in everything. If we strive to follow God with all our hearts and seek to please Him in all that we do, we can have the same confidence that Jesus had of God hearing us.

Because Martha and her sister, Mary, believed, they were able to see the glory of God displayed in a dead man coming back to life. As believers, we also see the glory of God displayed around us. We see it in bits and pieces now, catching glimpses of it at work in our lives and in the lives of others. One day, we shall see it clearly and fully.

Favorite verse: (35) Jesus wept.

New Testament In a Year: May 28 – John 11:1-29

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John 11:1-29
(1-16) The Death of Lazarus
When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, He said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” If Jesus had rushed to heal Lazarus, a great miracle would have been worked. But God wanted to work an even greater miracle, and it is for this reason that He remained at the place He was for two days before going to Bethany – the village where Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, lived.

Jesus did not see Lazarus’ illness as one that would lead to death. He did not even think of Lazarus as dead. He thought of him as being asleep. And He was going to awaken him.

(17-27) I Am the Resurrection and the Life
Martha sort of blamed Jesus’ late arrival for Lazarus’ death; however, she also had complete faith that He was able to do something miraculous if He so chose to do so. Because she believed that Jesus was the Christ, she also believed that God would give His Son whatever He asked for. As believers, we should believe that God is able to do the impossible. We should also believe that as His sons and daughters, God will give us whatever we ask for, if what we ask for is in accordance with His will.

Jesus could confidently tell Martha, “Your brother will rise again,” because He Himself was the Resurrection. In Christ there is life, not death; light, not darkness. Death has no power over Christ, and it has no power over those who believe in Christ. For the believer, death is like an extended uninterrupted sleep. Even though we die, we know we shall live again. And when we live again, we shall never die.

Favorite verse: (23) Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

New Testament In a Year: May 27 – John 10:24-42

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John 10:24-42
(24-42) I Am the Good Shepherd
Those who are truly of the flock of the Good Shepherd, believe in Christ, hear and listen to His Word, and follow Him. We know Him, and He knows us. We receive the eternal life that is offered to all, and have assurance that we will never perish. Nothing is able to snatch us out of Christ’s hand. Nothing is able to snatch us out of God’s hand. God and Christ are one. We will never be separated from them.

Favorite verse: (28) I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

The Virtuous Girls E-Zine – SPRING 2016

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The April-June Spring 2016 Edition of the Virtuous Girls E-Zine is out!

SECTIONS INCLUDE:

FABULOUS FAITH

  • Featured Woman of the Word: Candace, Queen of the Ethiopians
  • Faith of Our Fairy Tales: Rapunzel
  • Taylor Swift Theology
  • Friends of Other Faiths: Why (and how!) to be friends with people who follow different religions, by Elisabeth Neale

FAITH & FASHION

  • Blaze Ann Carbonell, P31beauty
  • Jireh De Jose, Fashion Meets God (@JirehDeJose)
  • Elizabeth Roy, Downtown Demure (@theLizzyKinsroy)
  • Diana Poulter, Dressed by Diana
  • Kristina Dapaah, Kouture Kitten (@KoutureKBlog)

MARVELOUS MISS

  • Meet Mollie Terrill and Lexi Cole: Mission-Minded Girls
  • Meet G Hannelius (@G_Hannelius): Actress, Singer/Songwriter, and “Make Me Nails” Co-Creator
  • Meet Alina Morse: Entrepreneur and “Zollipops” Founder (@Zollipops)
  • Meet Crystal Sanchez: Creator, CEO of Guardian Locket (@GuardianLocket)
  • Meet Anaya Lee Willabus: Reader, Author of “The Day Mohan Found His Confidence”

BOOKS, MUSIC & MOVIES

  • Two great reads! You Got This, by Maya Penn (@MayasIdeasShop); The Day Mohan Found His Confidence, by Anaya Lee Willabus
  • Great music from 1GN (@1GNofficial) with Unite and V. Rose (@VRoseMusic) with Young Dangerous Heart
  • In movies: The Jungle Book (@TheJungleBook), Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Finding Dory (@FindingDory)

Check out all this and more inside HERE!

New Testament In a Year: May 26 – John 10:1-23

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John 10:1-23
(1-21) I Am the Good Shepherd
We are the sheep. Christ is the Shepherd. And He is good.

How can we tell charlatan shepherds from the good and true Shepherd? The Good Shepherd calls us by name. He does not walk beside us or behind us, but in front, so that we will know the way and can follow Him. The Good Shepherd does not come to take, but give. He gives life to all who would receive it and gives life abundantly.

Charlatan shepherds run at the first sign of danger and leave the sheep to be destroyed. The Good Shepherd, however, gives His life in order to save the sheep. No one forced Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. No one took away His life. He gave it up on His own accord. Authority from God gave Him the power to lay down His life, and the power to take it up again.

Favorite verse: (10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

New Testament In a Year: May 25 – John 9:24-41

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John 9:24-41
(24-41) Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
Christ repeatedly told the Pharisees who He was and where He came from. It is not because they lacked information that they did not believe. They refused to believe because they lacked faith and willfully blinded their eyes to the light and blocked their heart to the truth. The man who was born blind, however, quickly believed in the Son of Man because he had the faith to do so and an open heart that was receptive to Jesus and His words.

Christ was not a sinner. Christ came from God. Because everything that He did pleased God, He was able to do mighty works and perform amazing miracles. We are sinners. But God will listen to us and give us power to do great things, as well, if we are sincere worshipers and seek to do His will.

Favorite verse: (31) We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

New Testament In a Year: May 24 – John 9:1-23

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John 9:1-23
(1-23) Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
When God created the world, He created the world perfect – no flaws, no disease, no disability, no deficiency, no genetic defects. All of this perfection changed when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. As a result, we’re now stuck in a world of woe which is filled with imperfection, fault, and deformity. So, generally speaking, all the wrong that we see is a result of the first sin and all the other sins that followed it. God, however, takes the wrong of this world and turns it into good.

The works of God are often displayed in the weak, frail, and sickly people of the world. His glory is greater than all defects. His light shines brighter through cracked souls and broken bodies. Without experiencing the bondage of resentment and anger, we would never know how liberating it is to forgive. Without war, our desire for peace would not be so great. Without sickness, without death, our appreciation for life would dim. Without the horror of hate, we would stop pursuing love.

If God seems to be in no hurry to make the problem of evil go away, maybe we shouldn’t be, either. Maybe our compulsion to wash God’s hands for him is a service he doesn’t appreciate. Maybe…evil is where we meet God. Maybe he isn’t bothered by showing up dirty for his dates with creation. Maybe – just maybe – if we ever solved the problem, we’d have talked ourselves out of a lover. – Robert Farrar Capon

Favorite verse: (3) Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.

New Testament In a Year: May 23 – John 8:28-59

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John 8:28-59
(31-38) The Truth Will Set You Free
We are spiritually in bondage to sin. Only when we let Christ into our lives do we come to know the truth. This truth breaks every chain and sets us free from sin, fear, darkness, and death. We are no longer slaves. We are children of God. Wherever the Lord is, there also dwells liberty.

Favorite verse: (32) And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”