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, 24 March 2019 20:09

Let’s Be Over-Encouragers Today

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God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 

who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thess. 5:9-11 (ESV)

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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” When hard pressed, I cried to the...

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Friday, 22 March 2019 20:25

Peace Tied to Jesus Not Circumstances

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

I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isa. 41:10 (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...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 19:21

The Profound Comfort of Jesus’ Tears

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Jesus weptJohn 11:35

Lord Jesus, we all know this verse answers the question, “What’s the shortest verse in the Bible?” But it’s also a candidate for the most profound and comforting verse in the Scriptures. Your compassionate tears, shed outside of Lazarus’s...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 20:30

Overtaken by Gladness and Joy

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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. 51:11–12 (NIV)

Father, this passage blasts our...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:23

Heart Gentleness

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I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.

And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.Ezek. 36:26

Gracious Father, the promise of a new heart beating within our breast shouts your grace and declares your might. There are few things...

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May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus,

for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome, he searched for me earnestly and found me. 2 Tim. 1:16–17

Dear Jesus, Onesiphorus is one of many of our brothers and sisters we’ll have...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 20:11

A Gospel-Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner, Too)

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Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.

Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.Psalm 143:8

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 19:22

Deep, Stress-releasing, Soul-replenishing Rest

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My soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. ...

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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 evildoers shall be cut off, but those who...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 18:05

Blasting All Forms of Bitterness with the Gospel

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Resentment kills a foolJob. 5:2 (NIV)

Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Heb. 12:15 (NLT)

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 19:55

Heart-Grace and Mouth-Mercy

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A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out follyProv. 15:1-2

Lord Jesus, as with all the Scriptures, this passage makes us immediately think of you. No one is more filled with kindness and gentle...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 19:16

When We Don’t See Eye-to-Eye Theologically

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The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone. 2 Tim. 2:24

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Gal....

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Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved…

Lord Jesus, thank you that this is our truest, most life-defining, heart-encouraging, life-transforming identity. We are chosen by God (not choice people); holy (righteous in you and set apart for God’s...

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 20:23

Subpoenaed to Hope and More of Jesus

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.Eph. 1:18 NIV

Merciful Father, if a sheriff knocked at our door with a subpoena, we’d be a bit unnerved. But today, like every day, the gospel is knocking at our door to...

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Saturday, 09 March 2019 17:38

Sabotaging Our Gospel-Amnesia and Ingratitude

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[The older brother] was angry and refused to go in.

His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, “Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 18:39

Rich, Current Fellowship with Jesus

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Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline,

so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:19–20

Lord Jesus, every day we have the privilege of living the hymn...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 18:46

Proper Hope, Wise Choices, a Free Heart

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O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days;

let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 19:40

In Praise of God’s Outrageous Goodness

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May the God of endurance and encouragement

grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus. Rom. 15:5

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

May the God of peace...

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And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?

As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.” Mark 2:19-20

Lord Jesus, on...

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Monday, 04 March 2019 19:19

The Ever-Lurking Beast of People-Pleasing

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Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Col. 3:23-24

Lord Jesus, we begin this Tuesday profoundly grateful for everything you’ve accomplished for us, and...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 19:19

A Growing Passion for Jesus and Delight in Him

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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. 1:8-9 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, this...

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Saturday, 02 March 2019 19:02

The One Glorious Constant in Our Lives

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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Heb. 13:8

Lord Jesus, I don’t like surprises and change. I like controlled excitement and planned adventure. When it’s all said and done, I love to come home to the familiar and predictable. But until the Day of “all things...

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Friday, 01 March 2019 19:40

No More Disgrace for Us, only Grace upon Grace

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“Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.

Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood. For your Creator will be your husband; the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name! He is your...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 19:11

Jesus, Please Heal Us

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When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 

He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a...

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