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Welcome to The PASSION Blog. It is a place where I share my reflections on faith, life and the Bible. I also share the resources I have written, recorded and preached over the years.

I hope and pray that you enjoy your visit and that God blesses you while you are here.

God's Richest Blessings,
Dave Quinn

Latest Blog Posts

A firm foundation

November 18th, 2018

Isaiah 28:16 NLT – Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.

This foundation that Isaiah was talking about is the coming Messiah – the Christ. Fast forward 2700 plus years, we now have faith in Jesus Christ. He is our firm foundation that does not change. Our lives and circumstances change. But Jesus does not. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. It makes sense to build our lives on the eternal, unchanging, unshakeable foundation that is Jesus.

Prayer

Thank You Jesus that I can build my life on You. You are my solid foundation that does not change. Help me to remain anchored firmly to You each and every day. Amen.

Follow the Great Shepherd

November 16th, 2018

Psalm 23:1-4 NLT – The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. [2] He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. [3] He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. [4] Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of his own experience, because he had spent his early years caring for sheep in the fields (1 Samuel 16:10, 11). One thing he would have learned during this time is sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, leading and protection.

The New Testament calls Jesus the good shepherd in John 10:11 and the great Shepherd in Hebrews 13:20 and 1 Peter 5:4. The Lord is the good shepherd and we are his sheep. However, we are not frightened, passive animals, but obedient followers, wise enough to follow one who will lead us in the right places and in right ways.

Psalm 23 does not focus on the animal-like qualities of sheep, but on the discipleship qualities of those who follow. As Christians we need to recognize when the good shepherd leading us, then we need to follow him in complete obedience. Where He leads is always for our own good.

Let us follow the Great Shepherd and bring honour to His name today.

God Bless,
Dave

Being godly men and women

November 15th, 2018

1 Timothy 6:11-12 NLT – But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. [12] Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.

This section is titled Paul’s final instructions. He reaffirms Timothy at the start and at the end. He starts with saying he is a man of God and finishes with you have declared your faith so well before many others.

In the middle Paul reminds Timothy to run from evil, to hold tight to his faith, to be loving, to persevere, and to be gentle. Paul wants Timothy to hold tightly to his faith in Christ and to live in a way that reflects that.

These are all things we should strive for if we too want to be godly men and women for Christ. Let us purpose in our hearts today to strive for these things.

God Bless,

Dave

Four ways to get wisdom

November 14th, 2018

Proverbs 1:1-7 NLT These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. [2] Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. [3] Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. [4] These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. [5] Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance [6] by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. [7] Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

If you want wisdom from God there are a number of ways to get it.

1. Read Proverbs – the first few verses of the Book of Proverbs tell us their purpose – to give wisdom and understanding. Read a chapter of Proverbs a day to become wise. Read whatever chapter the date it is today. Then do the next one tomorrow.

2. Ask for wisdom – The best way to receive wisdom is ask God. James 1:5 says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” God wants to give you wisdom and it is just a prayer away.

3. Spend time – to become wise we need to spend time with wise people. Wisdom has a way of rubbing off. Proverbs 13:20 NIV reminds us to “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”

4. Fear God – the last verse in the passage above tells us that the “Fear of the Lord is the beginning on wisdom”. Having a reverentual fear of God puts God in the right place and us in our. We need to remember that His ways are above our ways and His thoughts are above our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8).

Prayer

Dear God, I ask for wisdom today. I seek understanding from You. I pray that as I read Your Word in Proverbs that I will grow wiser. Help me to spend time with the right people so their wisdom will impact me too. Help me to understand Your ways and thoughts are above mine. Amen

Blessings from God

November 13th, 2018

I was reading 2 Corinthians for my devotions this morning and something in chapter 9 reminded me of how God’s blessings not only bless us, but it flows on to others.

2 Corinthians 9:10-14 NLT – For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. [11] Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. [12] So two good things will result from this ministry of giving-the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. [13] As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. [14] And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. [15] Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

Seven things jumped out at me today…

1. God provides the seed. Which in turn provides more seeds, which provides more seeds.

2. God’s provision helps us to be generous. 

3. When we are generous peoples needs are met.

4. When we are generous people praise God.

5. Our generosity proves we are obedient to the message of Christ.

6. People will pray for us with deep affection because or our generosity.

7. We need to be thankful to God because of His blessing that blesses us in so many ways.

It is amazing how God blesses us in so many ways. He provides for us, but in that provision there are many more blessings. Not only are we provided for, but when we extend His generosity to others the blessings are mulitplied. 

We receive more seed, people see the genuineness of our faith, people praise God and we get to be a part of God’s plan to bless those around us.

Dear God, thanks You for Your many belssings to us. I pray that we will take these blessings and be generous with them. Thank You that we are blessed to be a blessing. Amen.