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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Of the increase of his government and ofpeace there will be no end…

on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isa. 9:7

Lord Jesus, your righteousness is our...

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     As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.John 15:9 (ESV)

Lord Jesus, how can it be? How is it possibly that you love us as much as the Father loves you? Everything in our culture, world, and experience tells us we get what we deserve and earn. But...

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Saturday, 14 July 2018 19:24

Gospel-Filled Hearts and Life-Giving Words

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A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart…

And an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, this Scripture is the chase to which we must always...

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Friday, 13 July 2018 20:45

Blasting Our Own Heart with the Gospel

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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...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:57

Enjoying God’s Multiple Good Gifts

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     So I commend the enjoyment of life…

    … because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. Eccles. 8:15

He...

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     “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

     Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:07

When Feeling a Bit of Envy and Discontent

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Godliness with contentment is great gain…

For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.1 Tim. 6:6-8 (NIV)

Do all things without grumbling.Phil 2:14 (ESV)

Take delight in...

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     How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! 

     For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew...

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Psalm 103:1- Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—

Heavenly Father, King David’s words provide the perfect vehicle for us to engage in one of the most...

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Saturday, 07 July 2018 19:40

The Loss of Memory Loss

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“I will not forget you.”     

     Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls...

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Friday, 06 July 2018 21:02

Healing and Health Concerns

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I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the LORD.Jer. 30:17 (ESV)

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.3 John 2(NIV)

Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your...

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 20:38

The Day for Which We Long… More Than Ever

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The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through loveGal. 5:6

Lord Jesus, there are so many things we intensely crave about our coming life in the new heaven and new earth. For starters, “no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Rev. 21:4). But in light...

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Wednesday, 04 July 2018 19:58

Where Else Are We Gonna’ Take This Stuff?

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     The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.

     Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—for all its strength, it cannot save you. But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who...

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     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 slaveryGal. 5:1 

Lord Jesus, it’s the Fourth of July—a holiday set aside in the USA to remember the freedom we enjoy as citizens. As...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 19:52

Living As Servants, Not Cynics or Pawns

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     “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. Jer. 29:7 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, these words you spoke through Jeremiah are quite...

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 20:14

When Jesus Must Be “Enough”

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Watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. Gen. 4:7 (NLT)

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matt. 26:41 (NIV)

 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in...

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Saturday, 30 June 2018 19:47

Our Most Awesome, Unbroken, Eternal Marriage

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I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. Hos. 2:19 (NLT)

As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.Isa. 62:5 (NIV)

“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad...

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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. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.Isa....

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 20:54

Grace to Love Hard to Love People

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If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you?

     For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 20:50

Trusting God with Our “Impossibilities”

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Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”Luke 18:27 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, on this last Thursday in June, we praise you for your promises of steadfast love, daily mercies, and doing the impossible. We need all three.

Because of your steadfast love, we have...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 20:27

Expressing Our 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 (NIV)

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Monday, 25 June 2018 21:01

The Revolutionary Power of God’s Grace

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 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead.Rom. 5:21 (NLT)

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was...

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.  James 1:17-18

Heavenly Father, I woke up...

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Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. 

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For...

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Friday, 22 June 2018 21:44

Eagles Dancing and Our Father Caring

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In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him.

     He guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft....

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