New Testament In a Year: May 31 – John 12:27-50


John 12:27-50
(27-36) The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up
The soul of Christ was troubled because He knew that the time for Him to die on the cross was near. He knew that His death would involve great pain and agony. For the first time in His life, He would be separated from God due to the sins He would have to carry. Yet, He did not ask to be delivered from death on the cross because it was for that purpose that He had come to earth.

God’s name was glorified through the life of Christ. His name was glorified again through the death of Christ. Christ was lifted up from the earth through the cross so that many people could be drawn to Him and to God. While we have the light, we should believe in the light and urge others to do the same. In Genesis 6:3, God says, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever.” One day, we will no longer have the opportunity to believe in the light.

(36-43) The Unbelief of the People
Even after seeing the signs that Jesus performed and being witnesses to His miracles, there were some who refused to believe. Today, there are still many people who refuse to believe. And there are also many who do believe, but are ashamed to say so because they prefer the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

(44-50) Jesus Came to Save the World
Whoever believes in Christ, believes in God. Whoever sees Christ, sees God. Christ and God are one and the same. Christ does not judge those who refuse to believe. He only considers it His duty to save the world. Judgment from God, however, is certain for those who reject the works and words of Christ.

Favorite verse: (32) And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

Women of the Word: Devout and Honourable Women


In the book of Acts, the term “honourable women” is mentioned twice. The first mention is used in a negative situation, and the second mention is used in a positive situation. Acts 13:50 says:

But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

Acts 17:4, 12 says:

And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

Both mentions are an example of how women can use their influence and power for evil or for good. Continue reading

New Testament In a Year: May 30 – John 12:1-26


John 12:1-26
(1-8) Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany
This is a beautiful picture of a family making the most of their time with Jesus in their own way. Lazarus kept Jesus company. Martha served Him. And Mary anointed Him. Since they were communing with Christ in sincerity from their hearts, each of their actions were equally important. Mary’s was not greater than Martha’s, nor was Martha’s greater than Lazarus. Do not underestimate the time you spend in service to God. Make the most of it.

(9-11) The Plot to Kill Lazarus
On account of Lazarus, many Jews were believing on Jesus. Lazarus had an amazing life-to-death-to-life-again testimony to share. All believers in Christ have a similar testimony. We have died (been crucified with Christ), nevertheless we live (Christ liveth in us), and we will never die again. Are people moved to believe on Jesus by looking at our life?

Favorite verse: (15) “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

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


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


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


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


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



  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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”


  • 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


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


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.