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I love my Quest Study Bible!  I can personally almost guarantee there will be a gem, a hidden nugget, on every page.  The design of this study Bible is to answer questions, things that common, ordinary people wonder about when they read the Bible.  Here’s one: “Why did Jesus compare hypocrisy to yeast?”  This is found in the column next to Luke 12:1, quoted here from the New International Version. ““Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”  There is more to the answer than I will give you here.  What I will say is a condensed version along with a direct quote that hit me between the eyes.  The nature of yeast is to expand just as evil does to corrupt a person, family, town, state, country, and on to the world.  My thoughts at this point are, “Okay, I get that, but I need more.”  Then at the end of the answer came this.  “…a little hypocrisy can spread through a person, contaminating his or her spiritual integrity.”  Ouch!  There’s the danger.  It starts small in one person.  Not his or her family, but one single person.  As a normal human being, my thoughts immediately went to other people I had known.  It explained what I had seen in their massive downfall.  Right away, the Holy Spirit cautioned me against judging.  At this point I looked carefully at myself and asked Him if there was any of that in me.  If He shows you any in your life, please agree with Him that you’ve been hypocritical when you ____________ (you fill in the blank with what He reminds you that you did).  Forgive yourself for that/those thing(s), then ask the Father to forgive you.  He will!

Start over fresh, living authentically with Him.

(Recommended reading:  the section “lean listen obey”.


Philippians 1:28

Both of the verses below are Philippians 1:28, but from two different versions from the Amplified Bible.  When I read these, it ministers peace so deeply to me!

“And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of [their impending] destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God.” – Amplified Bible (AMP)

“And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.” – Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

His Mind

“For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.” –
1 Corinthians 2:16b, Amplified Classic Edition


Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way:

‘I’ll live in them, move into them;
    I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people.
So leave the corruption and compromise;
    leave it for good,’ says God.
‘Don’t link up with those who will pollute you.
    I want you all for myself.
I’ll be a Father to you;
    you’ll be sons and daughters to me.’
The Word of the Master, God.” – 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

My Strength

“I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’
Don’t panic. I’m with you.
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
**I’ll give you strength. **

I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”

**Each time I read that sentence, I heard the Holy Spirit add the word “My”; I’ll give you My strength.”  Wow!  Speechless!  That means limitless strength.  He, the Creator of everything, give me, a dot on the spectrum of eternity, His own strength.  Speechless.


“For whatever God says to us is full of living power: it is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are.” – Hebrews 4:12, The Living Bible

wisdom and honey go together

“From a wise mind comes careful and persuasive speech.
Kind words are like honey—enjoyable and healthful.”

Proverbs 16:23-24, The Living Bible (TLB)