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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“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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Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:40

Fresh Gratitude for God’s Many Gifts to Us

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     Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

     What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast...

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May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word2 Thess. 2:16-17 

Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that...

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:05

When Temptation Is Particularly Powerful

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     No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.1 Cor. 10:13

“… the...

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     Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Cor. 12:9NLT

Heavenly Father, thank you for promising to give us all the grace we need,...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 18:04

Pentecost Isn’t Just for a Day

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Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy SpiritEph. 5:18

Heavenly Father, celebrating Pentecost yesterday really stirred me up—especially remembering you sent the Spirit to make much of Jesus, in our hearts and in your world. So,...

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“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each...

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“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”John 4:29

Lord Jesus, I wish I had been there to hear this liberated woman recount her collision with the gospel—her story of meeting you and coming alive to the transforming power of grace (John...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 22:06

Generous Refreshment from Jesus

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One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshedProv. 11:24–25

Lord Jesus, I cannot read these words without lifting my heart and hands towards heaven. I cannot...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 20:09

Pray for Your Friends in Vocational Ministry

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     But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.

And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and...

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“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he...

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For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Philemon 1:7

Heavenly Father, I can’t imagine navigating storms, bearing burdens, and handling heartaches without good friends. A recent trip to San...

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Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. (Ps. 143:8)

Lord Jesus, we’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What we consume early will greatly impact the of the rest of our day. We’ve proven this true, especially on those mornings...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:25

Perpetually Coming to Jesus

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A Come to Jesus Meeting

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...

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“I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me.”Song of Songs 7:10

Living in awe of people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.Prov. 29:25

The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Psalm 118:6

Heavenly Father, of all pl...

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Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 

Lord Jesus, though brokenness is in us and around us, we have multiple reasons to rejoice in you today. For starters, you are our perfect righteousness and constant Advocate, our sovereign King and loving Spouse. Don’t let...

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Praying through 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,

Heavenly Father, you are over-the-top good to us—immeasurably kind, incessantly faithful, and irrepressibly...

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Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.Psalm 20:7 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, the battle for our heart’s treasure and trust is relentless, vicious, and diverse. As this day begins (and continues), we affirm only you are worthy of our worship, love,...

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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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