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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     What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom. 8:31 (NIV)

 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed,...

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

Lord Jesus, like baby Robins, we’re poised to feast on the promises of your loving heart contained in this one verse. We welcome the nourishment of your daily mercies and grace riches.

It’s freeing to know that we...

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Saturday, 16 June 2018 19:55

Gratitude for Our Perfect Father

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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!1 Jn. 3:1NIV

     You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he...

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     I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 20:44

Remembering to Remember Why We’re Grateful

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Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eph. 5:20 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, thank you for only commanding things that intensify our love for you and free us from a boring preoccupation with ourselves. The command to give you thanks is just such a...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:48

Owning the Vulnerability of Not Having Control

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The life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being. Job 12:10 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that you, quite literally, have the whole world in your hand. That frees us to acknowledge the obvious. We don’t. We don’t have control over a lot of...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 20:00

The Awesome Destination of God’s Kindness

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     Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? Rom. 2:4 

Heavenly Father, for the gift of another Wednesday, we praise you; for the privilege of...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 20:50

Heart Boss

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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

Lord Jesus, today, like every day, somebody or something is going to claim “dibs” on the attention, affection, and allegiance of our hearts. We will be wooed,...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 20:01

Loving Much Because We’re Forgiven All

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     “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47 NLT

Lord Jesus, it’s as simple and profound, daily and real as this: Because...

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Saturday, 09 June 2018 18:59

Craving to Be Controlled by the Love of Jesus

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2 Cor. 5:13 If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us.

Heavenly Father, what a beautiful and inviting image Paul gives us in this passage—being controlled by...

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Galatians 5:22But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:

     Heavenly Father, to start with, thank you for sealing us with your Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22), indwelling us by your Spirit (Rom. 8:9), and transforming us through the...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 20:14

Affirming the Goodness of God

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Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!Psalm 34:8

You are good and do good.Psalm 119:68

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!Psalm 27:13

    Heavenly Father, as I get older, my eyes strain to focus and hearing...

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Isaiah 55:1-3 Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk—it’s all free!

Heavenly Father, we need to hear and heed your invitation to the free banquet of grace three times a day—breakfast, lunch, and suppertime. Thank...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 19:39

Those Short-Fused Irritability Days

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     Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. Eccl. 7:9 (ESV)

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Prov. 14:9(ESV)

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be...

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     “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 20:24

Trusting God to Do Big Stuff

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     Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Eph. 3:20-21 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, on this Monday...

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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 vanishes. Instead, you...

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“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?Isaiah 45:9 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, even your...

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Heb. 2:5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.

Rev. 21:5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and...

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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...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 20:00

Remembering Whose and Who We Are

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I said to the Lord, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” 

The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them. Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. I will not take...

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“Fear not, foryou will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth.” Isa. 54:4 (ESV)

Jesus, we’re thankful today for the healing truths of the Scriptures. and the liberating power of the gospel. Especially...

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Jesus Christ …the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. Rev. 1:5

On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Rev. 19:16

Lord Jesus,...

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     For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.2 Cor. 7:5-6

Gracious Father, the travel-log commentary in the...

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Friday, 25 May 2018 19:34

Love Well: Kindness Trumps Contempt

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1 Corinthians 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 passage, we’re...

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