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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     "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will...

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 13:44

The Shame-Breaking Power of the Gospel

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Heavenly Father, on this magnificent Sunday in August, drive the beauty and hope of these Scriptures deep into our hearts. Because, to a painful degree, shame has marked and marred all of us. Heal and free us, by the power, truth, and riches of the gospel.

“Fear not,...

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Micah 6:8 – "O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you":

Heavenly Father, you created us for a life of resting and rejoicing in your presence, and revealing your goodness, truth, and beauty... in every place, and every...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:01

When Feeling Angry and Anxious in a World of Evil

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     Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 14:40

Word, Spirit, and Gospel Shaped Thinking

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We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor. 10:5

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Rom. 12:2

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 14:00

Friends Help Friends Grow in the Gospel

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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...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 13:55

All Circumstance Gratitude

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The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me (Psalm 50:23 ESV).

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Cor. 9:15 NIV)

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 13:01

The Knee-buckling Weight of God’s Grace

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 Romans 8:31 – What we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 

Heavenly Father, it's hard to stand up under the weight of all the grace in this passage. Our knees buckle and our hands shoot up heavenward....

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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, the evil events over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA, break...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 13:55

Decluttering

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     Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:56

We Can Totally Trust Abba

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Psalm 33:1 – Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord; it is fitting for the pure to praise him.

Heavenly Father, I have to qualify my obedience to this Psalm a little bit. I don’t have a great singing voice, but my heart is singing today with volume...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:19

Treasuring the Right 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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     The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 13:28

Anxious Over Stuff You Can’t Control?

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     “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 13:15

It’s Time for Personal Retreat with Jesus

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My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away." Song of Songs 2:10

     Lord Jesus, the evidence is clear and convicting. It's time for un-rushed, uncluttered, Spirit-kissed time with you. Emotional tiredness...

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Philippians 4:6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, 

    Heavenly Father, thank you for catching every care we cast in your direction, taking every burden we offload onto your heart, and welcoming...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 14:32

Trusting in the LORD and Naming the Competition

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Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.Psalm 20:7 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, the battle for our heart's trust is relentless, often vicious, and quite deceptive. As this day begins (and continues), we affirm that only you are worthy...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 13:51

Craving to Be Controlled by the Love of Jesus

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2 Corinthians 5:13 –If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us.

Heavenly Father, Paul's words convict and allure me. What a grand image and...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 13:43

On Those Short-fused Temper-flaring Days

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 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. Eccl. 7:9 (ESV)

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Prov. 14:9(ESV)

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You...

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The Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s. (1 Sam. 17:47)

This is what the Lord says to you: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chron....

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Monday, 31 July 2017 13:57

The Beauty of King Jesus

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Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty.  Isa. 33:17

     Lord Jesus, Isaiah’s promise summarizes the deepest longing in our hearts. Though we sabotage, repackage, and squander this intense yearning in a myriad of ways,...

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1 Cor.13:1- If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a...

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 13:54

Whole-Being Worship of Our God

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Psalm 103:1Praise 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 express the desire of our hearts on this summer Sunday....

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Friday, 28 July 2017 13:59

Relying on the God of Resurrection

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     We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to...

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     That is why the Lord says, "Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don't tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead." Return to the Lord your God, for he...

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