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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imageThen Peter came up and said to him [Jesus], “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Matt. 18:21-22

Lord Jesus, both joy and knots...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:22

THE Day, MLK Day, and Today

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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my Disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

Lord Jesus, remembering the work of Martin Luther King Jr. ignites our longings for the Day...

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 21:57

The HUGE Gifts of God’s Presence and Rest

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The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  Exodus 33:14

Heavenly Father, to know that you are with us and for us—to know that you intend for us to feel rest in our hearts right now, and eternal unbroken rest… what more could we possibly...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 23:08

Our Grit, or God’s Grace?

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Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 22:06

Jesus’ Love for His Every-Nation Bride

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After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:56

The Gospel as a Stradivarius, Bugatti, and Swiss Alps

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But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that,...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 22:31

Repenting of Faith-less, Grace-less Parenting

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Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 22:32

Living and Lingering in the Love of Jesus

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As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full....

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 22:50

Burnout Is Not a Calling

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We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 23:59

Loving Jesus Above All

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Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 23:35

Seeing with Gospel Eyes

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But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 22:53

Busy Rushing Around or Perfect Peace of Heart?

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This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lam. 3:19-24 (NIV)

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I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus....

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 23:06

Hope and Holiness by 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 ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you...

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But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 22:22

A Gospel-Shaped 2018

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This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 00:00

On New Year’s Eve 2017

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Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 (NLT)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared...

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Saturday, 30 December 2017 00:17

Singing, Soaring, Settled Hearts

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And when they [Joseph and Mary] had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. Luke 2:39–40

Lord Jesus, everything...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 22:45

Anna Meets Jesus, and Jesus Transforms Everything

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There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying....

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 00:39

Embracing the One Who Holds All Things

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Simeon took him [Jesus] in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 22:56

Jesus Constantly Preaches Peace to Us

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And he [Jesus] came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. Eph. 2:17–18

Lord Jesus, what is Christmas? It’s you breaking into the shame of our sin and the illusion of our...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 23:43

Post-Christmas Day Shepherds

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And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:20 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, it’s the day after Christmas, and many of us are over-stuffed, under-slept, and quite-spent (in more than one way). But above all, we’re...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 01:23

Christmas Day Gladness

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The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! Luke 2:11 (NLT)

 

Lord Jesus, today we celebrate the day angels “harked,” shepherds ran, and Mary treasured. For God so loved the world, he gave you—blessed Savior, Christ...

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Saturday, 23 December 2017 21:45

The Day and Reason Jesus Was Born

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Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to...

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In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being...

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