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, 25 June 2017 13:57

Grace for Times When Things Are Going Well

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     Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die. Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is...

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 13:29

Reaffirming the God-ness and Goodness of God

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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...

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Friday, 23 June 2017 14:05

Remaining Grateful, No Matter the Story(ies)

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Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thess. 5:18 (ESV)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Rom. 8:28 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, there are some...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 13:28

Grace for Waiting-Upon-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. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 13:11

Worshiping and Trusting the God of Hope

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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 hope.Rom. 15:13 (ESV)

     Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:30

For Our Children and Our Childlikeness

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     People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 13:02

Grace-full Hearts Bring Healing Words

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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 worthlessJames 1:26 (NLT)

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 12:27

Bearing Our Friends to the Throne of Grace

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So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deut. 31:6 (NLT)

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;...

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 14:08

What a Father We Have!

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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...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 13:38

Awesome News for the Tired, Weary, and Faint

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I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faintJer. 31:25

Lord Jesus, like hungry puppies, we're poised to drink in the promise of your loving heart. Come and nourish us with the daily-ness of your mercies and the riches of your grace.

It’s heartening to know that...

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“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the...

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     The godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon; for they are transplanted to the Lord's own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and...

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     Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from...

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Monday, 12 June 2017 14:29

Running to Jesus with Anticipation and Joy

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     As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.  Mark 9:15

Dear Jesus, though brief, this story is profound and timeless.  A gathering of people saw you coming, and overwhelmed with wonder,...

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     Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Rom. 2:4 

Heavenly Father, for the gift of another Monday, we praise you; for...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 13:03

Taking Spiritual Warfare Seriously, Again

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     “The dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus."  Rev. 12:17

Heavenly Father, I’ve never been more...

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     Those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. “I, even I, am he who comforts you.”  Isa....

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     Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 14:27

What Do You Want Jesus to Do for You?

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"What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."Mark 10:51 NIV

Lord Jesus, your encounter with this blind man is both refreshing and convicting. His blindness was obvious, but his desire for healing not quite as...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 13:59

Bearing a Fresh Crop of the Spirit’s Fruit

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Galatians 5:22 - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:

     Heavenly Father, to start with, thank you for sealing us with your Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22), indwelling us by your Spirit (Rom. 8:9), and transforming us through...

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     “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Whi...

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Sunday, 04 June 2017 15:00

Pentecost Wasn’t a One-Day Affair

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     For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life...

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     When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire...

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Friday, 02 June 2017 13:31

Having Jesus As Our Greatest Treasure

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Philippians 3:7 – I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 13:46

Our Brief, Important, Gospel-claimed Life

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     Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little...

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