But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 13:53

A Monday Loaded with the Joys of a Friday

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since...

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Saturday, 22 April 2017 14:32

Smelling Like Grace, Wherever We Go

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     But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 14:38

Father, Send Grace in the Shape of Our Need

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     Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praiseJer. 17:14 (NIV)

     Restore to me the joy of your salvationPsalm 51:12 (ESV)

     Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:53

Why We Should Be Perpetually Grateful

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     One of them (one of the lepers), when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten...

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Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Heb. 13:5

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:11

Gentle Me, Lord

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Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Phil. 4:5

     Lord Jesus, this Scripture immediately makes me think of you, for you are quintessential gentleness. No one is as kind to the broken, patient with the challenging, calm in crisis, or peace-full in...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 13:16

Speaking Words of Grace, Life, and Healing

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If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthlessJames 1:26 (NLT)

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.Prov. 12:18 (ESV)

Let your conversation be always...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 13:41

Post-Resurrection Awesomeness

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     And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in...

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     Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 14:24

Saturday of Holy Week

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     The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’ So we request that you seal the tomb...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:40

Good Friday

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And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”Luke 23:34 NIV)

Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”Matt. 27:46 (NIV)

“It is finished.”John...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:37

Thursday of Holy Week: Maundy (Mandate) Thursday

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     Now before Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.John 13:1 (NIV)

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:16

Wednesday of Holy Week

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     Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question: “What do you think about the Messiah? Matt. 22:41-42 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, there’s no greater privilege, honor, and joy than knowing you, and there’s so much more of you to know. Even in...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 13:35

Tuesday of Holy Week

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     As he [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Luke 19:41-42 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, long before the Day...

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Sunday, 09 April 2017 13:10

Monday of Holy Week

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      “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I...

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 12:58

Palm Sunday: The Making of Prisoners of Hope

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     Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from...

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     To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Jude 1-2 (NIV)

Most loving heavenly Father, on this Saturday, like every day, we need a fresh encounter with the daily-ness of your...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 13:52

Perfect Peace in a Perfectly Peace-less World

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     You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rockIsa. 26:3-4

Most kind and trustworthy Father, you haven’t promised us a storm-less, hassle-free, conflict-empty...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 13:02

The “It Is Enough-ness” of God’s Grace

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     Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Cor. 12:9 (NLT)

     We ourselves are like fragile clay jars...

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     Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my GodPs. 43:5

Heavenly Father, we come to your throne of grace today on behalf of those who struggle with some degree of sadness—from mild...

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Monday, 03 April 2017 13:56

Joyful Enough to Dance

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You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you foreverPs. 30:11-12

David danced before the LORD with all his might2 Sam 6:14

Let them praise his name with dancing...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 14:03

Your Father Is in Control

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     Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Ps. 115:3 (ESV)

     Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens....

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 13:03

In Praise of Past, Present, and Future Grace

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     Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former...

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Friday, 31 March 2017 12:53

Getting Freer from “Me-First-Ness”

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     I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 13:27

Let’s Try to Out Encourage One Another Today

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     God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thess....

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