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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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:39

Think About Such Things

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We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor. 10:5

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Rom. 12:2

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 20:32

Blasting Our Hearts with the Love of God

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1Cor. 13:1-7 – If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move...

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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 toward heaven. I cannot read...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 20:11

Our Hostility Destroying, Peace Making Savior

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For he himself (Jesus) is our peace, 

who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the...

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 20:18

When Sharp and Serious Disagreements Threaten

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     Sometime later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.”

Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him,...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 20:37

Longing to Hear God Laugh, Today and in THE Day

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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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Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear. Isa. 59:1 (ESV)

Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. Jer. 32:17...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 19:57

Our Care-Catching, Angst-Welcoming Father

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Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Heavenly Father, thank you for catching every care we cast in your direction, taking every burden we offload onto your heart, and for welcoming all the...

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If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthlessJames 1:26 (NLT)

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.Prov. 12:18 (ESV)

Let your conversation be...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 20:28

Resting and Trusting in Our Father

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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 is our...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 20:37

More Valuable Than Birds

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“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life…

whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 20:48

The Matchless, Scandalous, Awesomeness of the Gospel

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     Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to...

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Friday, 28 September 2018 21:14

Our Cravings, God’s Promises, and the Waiting Mode

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I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!Ps. 37:13-14

Heavenly Father, I hate waiting. The tension between craving what you’ve promised and waiting...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 20:35

Heavy Hearts, “Full Plates,” and Our Gentle Savior

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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your soulsMatt. 11:28-29 (ESV)

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Is...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:55

A Scripture I Haven’t Been Faithfully Praying Lately

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I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Heavenly Father, I begin this prayer repenting for having disregarded...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 21:47

Let’s Choose Our Heart-Boss Wisely

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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

Gracious Jesus, today, like every day, somebody, some story, or something is going to claim rulership of our hearts. The control-center of our lives willbewooed and ruled,...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 21:37

Reasons for Non-Dancers, Like Me, to Dance

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You turned my wailing into dancing;

     You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.Ps. 30:11-12

Lord Jesus, apparently King David loved dancing more than any king. His victory over...

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     Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines;

Even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be...

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Saturday, 22 September 2018 19:13

Remembering God’s Forgetfulness and Our Great Hope

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“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”

And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessaryHeb. 10:17-18

Heavenly Father, it’s a mind-centering, heart-encouraging, soul-liberating joy to begin this Sunday remembering your...

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Friday, 21 September 2018 20:25

Humility with Zero “Buts”

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Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;

     According to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sinPs. 51:1-2

Heavenly Father, this Scripture is both encouraging and convicting. Few things...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 19:21

The Priceless Gift of Sojourning-Home Friends

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A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Prov. 17:17(NIV)

When we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.2 Cor. 7:5-6 (NIV)

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 20:13

Taming Our Inner “Judge-Jury-Executioner”

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Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matt. 7:1-2) 

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36)

Lord Jesus, just when I was starting to feel pretty...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:29

Let’s Be Careful Where We Abide

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     As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  

     If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 19:28

The God Who Puts Joy in Our Hearts

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     Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 19:19

Delighting Ourselves in the Lord

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Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

     He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me. Psalm 18:19 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, the command to delight ourselves in you causes us pause and...

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