1 Peter 1:1


This is “just” the introduction to 2 Peter, but it’s such a powerful verse – expressing the identity of the author, the name of Jesus Christ, the intended reader’s relationship to the author, and the source of our faith. Now that we’ve seen it translated into our heart language, let’s see it in His love language:


We’re going to study this verse word for word in the next few posts. Here is the first word:

Συμεὼν ΠΕΤΡΟΣ: This is Simeon Peter. This was one of the men on earth chosen, not only to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, but one of the three closest disciples to Jesus (along with James and John.) This was Simeon Peter – the rock on which Jesus would build His Church (Matt 16:18) And this was Simeon Peter – the one who promised to stand by Jesus no matter what, but was not diligent in prayer, and instead denied Him three times. This was Simeon Peter who – when filled with the Holy Spirit – was not the fearful man he used to be, but instead proclaimed the gospel boldly, even in the face of death. This was Simeon Peter – the one with enough faith to walk on the water when he had his eyes on Jesus, but as soon as he took his eyes off of Him, began to drown.

The Laborers Are Few: Pray

“And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Luke 10:12

Click here for the Greek interlinear for this verse.

The Lord says this: “pray earnestly.”

Lord, send out laborers. Send out brothers and sisters in the Lord who will bring Your good news to the world. Send our families. Send our friends. Send our churches. Send our children. And, beloved Lord, Send me!” 

A. Ariel Vandebrooke

ps. I love You back.

2 Peter 1:1

There’s a great twitter hash-tag I just found recently: #writetheword. The concept is very simple. Just write the Bible out word for word. It’s a great practice, and a very Biblical one.

 18“Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19“It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes, 20that his heart may not be lifted up above his countrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.” – Deuteronomy 17:18-20 NASB

I can’t help but join in:) I’m going through 2 Peter – writing it out and studying it. I want to take it slow and write it out in Greek – getting to know each word as written in the Love Language. I hope you’ll join me:)

Here is the first verse in Interlinear.

Here it is in Greek.

Read it. Pray about it. Read it aloud in Greek, aided by the pronunciation guides in the interlinear version. It’s beautiful:)

Questions we’ll talk about in our next posts: Who is Peter? (character study) What is 2 Peter about? (book overview) And how does that information help us understand 2 Peter 1:1.

Lord, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your love language. Thank You for faith. I praise You because You are righteous, because You are my God and You are my Savior.

Ariel Vandebrooke

ps. I love You back.

Race On (Five Minute Friday)

“Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...”


Run in a way so that you may win the race –

Run hard. Run long. Run till you’re out of breathe – and then – run on. 

Know when to rest and know when to push far beyond the strength you ever thought you had in you and realize – this strength is not your own. 

Find out that the race was harder than you thought and longer.

Find out that you’ve got more more moxy than you ever thought possible and that you’re stronger than you thought you could be – ever – in your wildest dreams.

And find out that your dreams were pale in comparison to Reality.

Carve out of this broken world a beautiful monument to the one Who is your salvation, your strength, and your song. And when your arms are aching from your sisters’ burdens you’ve carried. And when you’re out of breathe from breathing life into the dying. Breathe in deep from the Breath of Life. Look into the eyes of your greatest Prize.


And race on. 

Hebrew Music

Some Hebrew music I’m listening to while doing my Hebrew homework. Some of them are prayers. I don’t know the translations for all of them, though.













With God Under the Tree

Today I got a word wrong on my Hebrew test, but that wasn’t the real problem. The real problem was that I gave this lesson half-effort. I wasn’t pouring my heart and soul into it. I wasn’t using this opportunity to get to know the Lord and glorify Him and grow in His knowledge and work out His will for my life. I feel awful about it. And I’m so greatful to the Lord that He forgives us and gives us grace in what we lack, not merely wiping away our transgressions but even filling us with holiness, with His very Self, for His Name’s sake.

The word I got wrong was תַּ֥חַת – a word that simple means “under.” When the Lord appeared to Abram by the oaks of Mamre, Abram said to Him “My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not pass Your servant by. Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have visited your servant.” And they said, “So do, as you have said.” So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.” Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and choice calf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried to prepare it. He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree as they ate.” (Gen 18:3-8)

I don’t have some incredible exegesis for this passage, but what strikes me about this is that when He saw the Lord, He asked Him to linger there, he immediately began to serve and honor Him – in a holy hurry, and then he stood in the presence of the Lord under the tree. That’s what I always want to be doing. I want to be ever asking the Lord to linger with me, ever serving Him, ever standing in His presence תַּ֥חַת   the tree.

Like Abram, Lord, I falter – desperately. But like Abram, I long to serve You. Oh, God, I want You more and more.


ps. I love You back.

colorful chairs


Lord, thank You for colorful chairs in the classroom, and the happy chatter of knowledge. Thank You for the chipped paint on that wall that is so beautiful and for the sound of hebrew words – Your love language spoken even in this classroom on a wednesday morning.

I praise You because You are a good Creator, giving me eyes to behold and a mind to comprehend all this simple incredible beauty.



in glimpses

It’s working. I’m speaking the language of prayer!

My thoughts are transformed, in the slightest yet most powerful ways. I think and the thoughts come out prayer and the true Word.

It’s only in glimpses I see it. Only in swift phrases do I catch it, but it’s catching. And it’s thrilling my very soul.

Oh, Beloved Abba, praise and glory to Your name! Holy are Thou, my most Dear.