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, 22 September 2019 19:51

Monday Mercies

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hopeRomans 15:13

     Heavenly Father, what a great verse for focusing, fueling, and filling our hearts this September Monday. No matter how...

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 20:27

Comrades-in-Grace

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A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Prov. 17:17

When we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Cor. 7:5-6

But...

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Friday, 20 September 2019 19:18

It Almost Seems Too Good to Be True

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“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” Isa. 43:25 NLT

Heavenly Father, it’s a heart-liberating joy to begin this Saturday remembering your forgetfulness. You promise never again to remember our sins against us....

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:43

Let’s Have Done with “I’m Sorry, But”

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Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;

According to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! Ps. 51:1-2

Heavenly Father, this Scripture is both encouraging and convicting. Few things are as attractive as...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 20:02

Joy Deposits

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You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:7-8 ESV

Heavenly Father, this is an awesome attitude-checking Scripture. We affirm with the Psalmist that peace, joy,...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 19:36

Life in “Wait-on-the-Lord” Mode

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I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,

and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire…. Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord.Psalm 40:1,4

Heavenly Father, we look forward to the Day when our weary cry of...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 18:33

Forgiven Much Love Much

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You (Simon the Pharisee) neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head,

but she (the “sinful” woman) has anointed my feet with rare perfume. I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little...

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Sunday, 15 September 2019 19:42

Stewardship of Delight

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Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me. Psalm 18:19

Heavenly Father, the command to delight ourselves in you causes us pause and intrigue. It contradicts the way we...

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Saturday, 14 September 2019 19:28

Expressing Love for Jesus

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Though you have not seen him (Jesus), you love him;

and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.1 Pet. 3:8-9

Lord Jesus, Peter’s words...

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Friday, 13 September 2019 20:08

Desired, Known, Loved

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I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me. Song of Sol. 7:10

Dear Lord Jesus, we believe you love us this much, because you say it’s true. But we don’t believe it as much as you intend. Heal us and free us.

Our deepest longings find their origin and fulfillment in you. Our...

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 19:56

Practicing the Heart-Habit of Gratitude

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You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Psalm 119:28

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus1 Thess. 5:18 NLT

Heavenly Father, we begin this September Friday with the heart-habit...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:42

When Feelin’ a Bit Listless, “Blah-ish,” and Tired

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Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.Isa. 40:30-31

Heavenly Father, nothing major...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 20:25

Living and Loving with Hope in a “9/11” World

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Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousnessJames 3:18

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.Matt. 5:9

Lord Jesus, it’s here again—the day with its own dark branding, “9/11.” There have been many days in...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 19:56

Jesus the Liberator

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 If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:23

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal. 5:1

    Lord Jesus, none of is as free as you intend. Thankfully, you still...

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Sunday, 08 September 2019 19:54

Relentless, Hope-Filled Encouragers

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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 doing1 Thess. 5:9-11

Heavenly...

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Saturday, 07 September 2019 19:40

Through the Gospel, Every Day Is Father’s Day

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Behold what great love the Father has lavished on us,

that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made...

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Friday, 06 September 2019 20:07

Praying for Marriages… Our Friend’s and Ours

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,

clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put...

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 19:48

Let’s Not Waste Our Restlessness

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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 thisday what would bring you peace.”  Luke 19:38-42

Lord Jesus, we live with a deep ache for peace—a longing for everything to be the way you designed...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 19:41

On Being Weak

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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 containing this great treasure. This makes it clear...

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 19:45

Gospel-Friendship

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A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Prov. 17:17

Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. Prov. 13:20

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Prov. 18:24

As iron...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 20:16

God’s Hand and Heart

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The life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being. Job 12:10 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, though I sang it before I believed it, you do have the whole world in your hands. This frees us to release our white-knuckled grip on all kinds of things we’d love to...

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 19:42

When Literal and Figurative Hurricanes Threaten

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When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:19

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Lord Jesus, something’s afoot when personalities on the Weather Channel become household names to us. Hurricane Dorian is stirring up...

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Saturday, 31 August 2019 19:31

A Heart and Attitude Check

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Resentment kills a fool. Job. 5:2 (NIV)

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

Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.Heb. 12:15 (NLT)

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with...

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I am eager to preach the gospel

to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is...

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:30

Having a Mercy Mouth

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The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45 (NIV)

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

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.Prov...

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