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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     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...

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     Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:26

Who Gets to Be Your Heart Boss?

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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Col. 3:15

Gracious Jesus, today, like every day, somebody or some entity is going to claim "dibs" on the attention and affection of our hearts. Our hearts willb...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:16

Non-Contingent Joy

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     There are many who say, "Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!" 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...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 14:07

Thankfully, God’s Faithfulness Trumps Our Unbelief

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     "He (Peter) went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s...

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Monday, 18 September 2017 14:15

Wary, Weary, and Weak?

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     Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 14:24

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 Monday in...

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

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

Heavenly Father, the command to delight ourselves in you is both astonishing and...

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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 sunEccles. 8:15

Gracious Father, the past...

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We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Prov. 16:9 (NLT)

To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open....

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 14:10

Like Peter, We Too Deny Jesus of His Cross

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     He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside...

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1 Chronicles 29:11- Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth, is yours.

Heavenly Father... wow, how this passage rescues us from our meager, me-centered thoughts of...

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

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 want to begin (and...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 14:07

Storms, Sovereignty, and Servanthood

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The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever. The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peacePsalm 29:10-11

     Most glorious and gracious Father, it's not just media footage from...

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Saturday, 09 September 2017 14:03

When Fear Is Palpably Real

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 He placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”  Rev. 1:17-18

Lord Jesus, on this...

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     Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:46

Hurricane Watching Anxiety

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

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.Prov. 12:25 ESV

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

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 13:20

When Needing a Bit of Encouragement and Strength

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2Thessalonians 2:16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,

Heavenly Father, what a great Scripture. You are crazy-good to us--irrepressibly kind and incessantly faithful....

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:27

The Valley of Fear and the Grip of Grace

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When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise--in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Ps. 56:3-4

Heavenly Father, because of the Internet, the world feels smaller than ever, and the struggles and suffering of humankind...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 15:13

Where Do We Look for Peace?

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“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 14:26

The Eternal Rest of Labor Day

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He said, “It is finished” John 19:30

     Lord Jesus, on this 2017 Labor Day, our hearts are filled with gratitude and praise. We're grateful for our vocations and the gift of work. Indeed, through work, we provide for our families...

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Saturday, 02 September 2017 13:33

Hands on Fatherly Sovereignty

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

Heavenly Father, though I sang it long before I believed it, you DO have the whole world in your hands. This frees me to release my white-knuckled grip on all kinds...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 13:12

Everyday Grace for Everyday Relationships

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Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Eph. 4:32 ESV

Heavenly Father, this ought to be one of those “post-it-on-the-front-of-the-refrigerator-verses." No matter the situation, story, or scenario, you call us...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 14:04

Fiercely Avoid Bitterness, Resentment, and Spirt

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     Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.Heb. 12:15 (NLT)

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

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     Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he...

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