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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     Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 20:42

Easter 2018: Silent Saturday

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     The next day, on the Sabbath, the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. They told him, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise from the dead.’ So we request that you seal the tomb...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:05

Easter 2018: Good Friday

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And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”Luke 23:34 NIV)

Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”Matt. 27:46 (NIV)

“It is finished.”John...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 20:55

Easter 2018: Maundy (Mandate) Thursday

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     Now before Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1 (NIV)

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:03

Easter 2018: Wednesday of Holy Week

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     Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question: “What do you think about the Messiah? Matt. 22:41-42 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, there’s no greater honor and joy than knowing you. And there’s so much more of you to know. Forever, we’ll be...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 19:34

Easter 2018: Tuesday of Holy Week

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     As he [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Luke 19:41-42 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, long before the Day...

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Sunday, 25 March 2018 19:37

Easter 2018: Monday of Holy Week

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     “Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’?”

     “But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already...

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Saturday, 24 March 2018 19:50

Palm Sunday 2018: Living as Prisoners of Hope

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O, Prisoners of Hope…

     Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from...

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Friday, 23 March 2018 19:30

Forgiven Much? Love Much

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     Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 20:49

Repenting of Performance-itis and Perfectionism

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     When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:49

Lamenting Evil and Longing for Its Demise

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

He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.Col. 2:15

“Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!Rev. 22:20

Lord Jesus,...

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     That is why the Lord says, “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...

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Monday, 19 March 2018 20:03

Holy Spirit Turn UP the Volume!

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     For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.Romans 8:15-16

Gracious Father, on any given...

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Resentment kills a foolJob. 5:2 (NIV)

Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting manyHeb. 12:15 (NLT)

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate...

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Saturday, 17 March 2018 19:53

DEEP Rest

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     My soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God...

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Friday, 16 March 2018 19:51

The Law of Liberty and a Life of Mercy

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Be merciful, just as your Father is mercifulLuke 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 judgmentJames 2:12-13 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, thank...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 19:33

Mouth Mercy

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A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. Prov. 15:1-2

Lord Jesus, as with all the Scriptures, this passage makes us immediately think of you. No one is more filled with kindness and gentle...

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritableor resentful.1 Cor. 13:4-5 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, though there’s a lot more convicting stuff in this famous passage about love,...

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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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