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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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 die. But as a result, we stopped relying on...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 19:35

Hope Shrinking Our Fears

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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 will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.I...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 20:43

Relishing and Releasing God’s Kindness

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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...

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 19:19

Pondering and Praying a Classic Passage

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1 Cor. 13:1 If I don’t have love … I’m a clanging cymbal. 

2 If I don’t have love… I am nothing. 3 If don’t have love… I gain nothing.

Heavenly Father, as we meditate through this timeless, humbling, classic passage, we’re...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 20:00

Who or What Will Rule Our Hearts Today?

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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

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27

Lord Jesus,...

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.Prov. 3:5–6 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, as we start this May Monday, many of us are staring decisions in the face. It’s a joy to come to...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 20:06

Our True Enemy and Best Armour

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A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 

Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies…” Eph. 6:10-11 (NLT)

But put on the Lord Jesus...

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We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. 1 John 4:16 (NIV)

The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior. Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—for all its strength, it cannot save you. But the Lord watches...

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Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! 2 Cor. 9:15

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Col. 2:6-7

(Friends, as...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:26

Heal Us, Loving Father, and Those We Love

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I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the LORD.Jer. 30:17 (ESV)

We who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.1 Cor. 15:52-53 (NIV)

Heav...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:38

Freedom from Our Lingering Entanglements

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Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:43–44 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, as surely as you...

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Monday, 13 May 2019 21:14

Waiting for the Lord and the Resulting Joy

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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 song to sing, a hymn...

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“Does Job fear God for nothing?”

Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he...

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Saturday, 11 May 2019 21:21

A Mother’s Day Muse and Prayer

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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. Romans 8:28

Dear Jesus, I dreaded this day for decades. I grew up in a church that celebrated Mother’s Day by everyone wearing a rose to honor their mother. If your...

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Friday, 10 May 2019 20:20

When Feeling a Bit or a Bunch Anxious

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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 neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and...

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Thursday, 09 May 2019 20:12

Owning Our Flickering-Candle-Ness

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He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Isa. 43:2 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, thank you for perpetually presiding at a throne of grace, and for doing so with burden-bearing love and all-welcoming kindness. When we feel like “fragile reeds” or...

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 20:00

God’s Sovereignty, and Our Sanity and Peace

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At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my sanity returned to me,

and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are...

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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 20:26

Suffering with Joy, not Guilt

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Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you,

as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 1 Pet. 4:12–13 (NIV)

Lord...

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Monday, 06 May 2019 20:54

Timely Grace for Testy Moments

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Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Cor. 12:9 NLT

Heavenly Father, thank you for promising to give us all the grace we need, no matter the...

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Praying through 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

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, you are over-the-top good to us—always immeasurably kind, incessantly faithful, and...

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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 will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess....

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A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot (Prov. 14:30 ESV).

Love does not envy (1 Cor. 13:4 ESV).

“You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything...

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 20:14

Slaying the “Approval Suck” in Us

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Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety. Prov. 29:25 (NLT) 

We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers. Num. 13:33 (NLT)

God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like...

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 20:26

Heavenly-Mindedness and Christ-Heartedness

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I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ,

which would be far better for me.Phil. 1:23 (NLT)

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of...

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Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:52

Jesus Is Our Active and Caring Advocate

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But he [Stephen], full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.

And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”Acts 7:55–56

Lord Jesus, everything about this...

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