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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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. 5:16-18...

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     A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity. The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he...

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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....

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Friday, 04 May 2018 19:27

On Cinco de Mayo 2018

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     As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. Isa. 62:5

Lord Jesus, on May 5th, 1862, a very unlikely thing happened—the Mexican army defeated the French forces at...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 19:55

Ditching Envy and Embracing Contentment

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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 else that belongs to...

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He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candleIsa. 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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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 20:04

When People Seem Bigger Than God

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 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safetyProv. 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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Monday, 30 April 2018 20:28

Heavenly Christ-Mindedness

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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...

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Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and...

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Saturday, 28 April 2018 18:55

We Are SO Very Blessed

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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 April Sunday. In response to everything...

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Friday, 27 April 2018 20:23

Becoming More Merciful, Kind, and Free

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36 (NIV)

Speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.James 2:12-13 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, we’re so glad you are...

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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thess. 3:16(NLT)

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.Col. 3:15 (ESV)

Lord Jesus, we are so glad there’s no part of our being or story, no sphere of life or place in...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 19:09

Resting in the Prayers of Jesus and the Spirit

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Therefore he (Jesus) is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.Heb. 7:25 (NIV)

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us...

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“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 is merciful and compassionate, slow...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 19:08

Smelling Like Grace

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     But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:55

More Than a Job, It’s a Vocation

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since...

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Saturday, 21 April 2018 20:07

Need-Shaped Grace

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Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praiseJer. 17:14 (NIV)

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Matt. 11:28(NLT)

Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you...

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Friday, 20 April 2018 19:35

What Do We Really Treasure and Trust?

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Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.1 John 5:21

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.1 Cor. 10:14

Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. Jonah 2:8

Heavenly Father, these Scriptures about idolatry raise the core question: What do we really treasure...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:19

White-Knuckled Fear, or Hands Raised Hope?

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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, 18 April 2018 20:21

It’s Making Us Hollow and Wearing Us Out

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 LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. Ps. 16:5

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Heb. 13:5

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 19:47

Gentle Us, Jesus

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Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Phil. 4:5

Lord Jesus, no one is more suited to gentle our hearts than you, for you are “gentle and humble in heart” (Matt. 11:29). No one’s gentleness is more “evident to all,” for you are kind to the broken...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 19:33

In Stillness and Trust

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     Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 19:42

A Gospel Heart and Mouth

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The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.Luke 6:45 (NIV)

If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthlessJames 1:26 (NLT)

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 19:24

Fresh Gratitude for the “God-ness” of Our God

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       “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” Isa. 46:10 (NIV)

     Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and...

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Friday, 13 April 2018 19:51

Good News Hearts in a Bad News World

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     Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure; they will have no fear. Psalm 112:6-8 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, we...

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