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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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 20:11

Jesus’ Peace Ruling in Our Hearts and Moment

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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, there’s no part of our being, chapter in our stories, or place in...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 19:21

Proper, Transcendent, Palpable Joy

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     The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and...

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     Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming...

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     One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, it’s only through the gospel of your grace we...

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Friday, 09 March 2018 17:52

Called and Calmed, Cherished and Changing

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     May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thess. 5:23-24 (NIV)

Holy and loving Father,...

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Thursday, 08 March 2018 18:46

This Brief Gospel-Claimed Life

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     Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 18:36

Fear(s) Driving Us to Jesus

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     The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom should I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom should I be afraid? 2 When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh, my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell. 3 Though an...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 18:00

Thirsting and Panting for Jesus

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     As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Ps. 42:1-2

Lord Jesus, the image of thirst is fresh in my mind, for after my 12-mile bike ride yesterday, I couldn’t...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 18:00

When We Differ Biblically and 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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Sunday, 04 March 2018 18:33

For God’s Glory, not Man’s Approval

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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 Monday profoundly grateful for everything you’ve...

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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)

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Friday, 02 March 2018 17:41

Grace for Disruption and Change

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

Lord Jesus, I don’t like disruption, surprises, and change. I like newness, excitement, and adventure; but when it’s all said and done, I love to come home to the normal and the predictable. Grant me grace to be more...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 18:10

Grace Displacing All Disgrace

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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...

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 18:22

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...

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     Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another on to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 18:15

There’s No “Something More” Than the Gospel

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     But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and...

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Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:38

The Gift of Disruptive, Redirective Grace

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     I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, “I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off...

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Saturday, 24 February 2018 19:02

More Carpe Diem, Less Daily Carping

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I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Phil. 4:11-12 (ESV)

Keep your life free from love of money, and be...

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Friday, 23 February 2018 19:38

The Day of No More Badness and Eternal Gladness

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The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 1 John 3:8 (NIV)

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil.&nbsp...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 19:25

Rejoicing in God, Not in Circumstances

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     Though the fig tree does not budand there are no grapes on the vines,though the olive crop failsand the fields produce no food,though there are no sheep in the penand no cattle in the stalls,yet I will rejoice in the Lord,I will be joyful in God my Savior. The...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 18:53

Once. And. For. All! (Microphone Drop)

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     Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, once and for all. Then he sat...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:27

Hope Trumping Hype

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy SpiritRom. 15:13 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, meditating on this verse today is like standing under a gentle shower of grace, after our hearts have experienced a...

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For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children,...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 18:36

On President’s Day 2018

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     Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 18:32

Getting Serious About Joy

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What has happened to all your joy? Gal. 4:15 (NIV)

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvationPs. 85:6-7 (NIV)

Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.John 16:24 (NIV)

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