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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Friday, 16 February 2018 20:06

Obeying God’s Command to Be Glad and Enjoy Life

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So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. Eccles. 8:15

Heavenly Father, for many of us, the first several...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 23:34

Owning Our Jar-of-Clay-ness

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2 Cor. 4:7 – But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Lord Jesus, Ahhh… the life-giving joy of this passage. To have you plus nothing, makes us as rich as anybody in the history of the universe. You...

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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...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:01

The Only Love Better Than Life

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I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me. Song of Sol. 7:10 (NIV)

And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 21:51

What a Compassionate Father We Have

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I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faintJer. 31:25

Heavenly Father, this one little verse is as big as the Grand Canyon. How good, kind, and compassionate you are. Come, nourish our hearts with the riches of your grace and the wonders of your love.

Thankfully, we don’t have to...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 20:16

When Feeling a Bit Down

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Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be...

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 22:04

This Life of Extravagant, Radical, Never-ending Grace

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It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasurePhil. 2:13 (NIV)

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me1 Cor. 15:10&nbs...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 22:00

100 Healing Words for Every Harmful Syllable

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The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healingProv. 12:18 (NIV)

Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. Prov. 15:4 (NLT)

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his...

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     How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 21:09

Shocked and “Rocked” by Grace

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“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table. Mephibosheth bowed down and said,...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 02:04

Getting Freer and Healthier

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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, you spoke the...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 22:28

With God for Us, All Is Well

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

Heavenly Father, when we consider your great love for us in Jesus, how is it possible for us to indulge in whining, justify our complaining, or linger in griping? When we do the...

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 23:11

Every Day as a “Come to Jesus Meeting”

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As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:...

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Saturday, 03 February 2018 22:37

Trusting Jesus with Stuff We 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 neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and...

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Friday, 02 February 2018 23:26

More Certain Than Death and Taxes

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Behold what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 20:26

Hallelujah for the Bible’s Last Command

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The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.  Rev. 22:17

Heavenly Father, of all the commands with which you could have finished your...

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But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousandyears, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you. 2 Pet. 3:8-9 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, you’ve written this good news on...

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I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11 

Heavenly Father, this much-loved, oft’ quoted verse, both challenges and comforts us. It challenges the part of us that wishes you’d simply sign off...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 22:07

The State of Our Union… with Christ

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Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God....

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Sunday, 28 January 2018 20:42

Extending God’s Welcome

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In Christ Jesus, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Eph. 2:13  

When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in...

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Saturday, 27 January 2018 23:52

Get Still, Trust, Wait

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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 deliverance the Lord will...

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Friday, 26 January 2018 23:13

Off-the-Charts-Glorious

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Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 22:19

No Greater Gift Than to Pray for Each Other

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As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. 1 Sam.12:23

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Heb. 4:16 

Lord Jesus, with freedom, needs,...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 20:52

Peace = God Is God and We Are Not

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“After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 20:00

The Always-more-ness of God’s Love

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May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thess. 3:5 (NIV)

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work...

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