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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Sunday, 03 December 2017 21:10

Advent: Waiting Hopefully, or Rushing Frantically?

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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 of the Lord is...

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Saturday, 02 December 2017 23:06

The First Sunday of Advent 2017

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You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 22:27

The Pressure Is Off. God’s Promises Claim Us

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Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise. 1 Kings 8:56

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 01:09

Friends Help Their Friends Finish Well

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See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ,...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 22:49

The Freedom of Being Completely Known by Jesus

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

Lord Jesus, I wish I could have been there to watch this stunned Samaritan woman recount the tale of her collision with the gospel—her story of meeting you and coming alive to the...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 21:54

Continuous Contagious Gospel Advancement

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“This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’” Zech. 8:23 NIV

Gracious Father,...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 21:10

Jesus’ Way with Words and with Us

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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 the rest of the Bible, this passage makes us think of you, and sends us to you for daily mercy...

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The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  Exodus 33:14 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, the promise of your presence with us, and the gift of rest for us, is timely and precious. Like the children of Israel traveling from Egypt to the Promised...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 22:28

Resting and Rejoicing in the LORD

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I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

 You said, “I have made a covenant with...

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Friday, 24 November 2017 22:27

Trusting Our Father—the God of Peace and Hope

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Rom. 15:13 ESV

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand....

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Thursday, 23 November 2017 22:05

The Longing to Be with Jesus, and Like Jesus

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I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. Phil. 1:23 (NLT)

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 23:05

Reasons for HUGE Thanks Today

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Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Cor. 9:15

“… the boundless riches of Christ…” Eph. 3:8

Heavenly Father, of the 10,000 things for which we’re grateful today, none surpasses the “indescribable gift” of the gospel. You loved us so much you sent...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 22:23

Traffic and Turkey, Trusting and Thanking

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Who do I have in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Ps. 73:25-26

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,...

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And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 22:48

Loving Well in Stories of Memory Loss

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“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Isa. 49:15-16

Heavenly Father, an increasing number of my friends find themselves in the...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 22:31

Trusting in the LORD and Owning Our Options

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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 trust is rigorous and relentless. As this Sunday in November begins, we affirm only you are worthy of our worship, love, and trust. Yet we also...

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“…Our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” 2 Tim. 1:10

     Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 22:02

Beautiful Boasting

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Jeremiah 9:23: This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches…

Heavenly Father, your Word anticipates every dead end we’re tempted to enter, when you don’t seem to be...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:31

In Praise of Jesus’ Commitment to Show Us His Love

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Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. John 13:1 NIV

 

Lord Jesus, when you stripped and stooped to wash the apostles’ feet, you opened the curtains on the kind of Savior you really are. It wasn’t primarily dirty feet, but sinful...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:02

We Cannot Believe This Too Deeply

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For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11(NLT)

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 17:53

The Day of Wiped Tears and No Death

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 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death. Rev. 21:4
 
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 1 Thess. 4:13

Most sovereign, caring, and...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:40

This is Impossible, Apart from the Gospel

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Do everything in love. 1 Cor. 16:10

Heavenly Father, “Do everything in love?… seriously? I know you don’t exaggerate, just to make a point, so, I’m going to take this command at face value. Which means I must take the gospel even more seriously.

We love you...

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Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26

Heavenly Father, as we marinate in Asaph’s exquisite words, and taste his heart of impassioned worship, our...

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Friday, 10 November 2017 20:13

Be a Refreshing Kind of Friend

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May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me. 2 Tim. 1:16–17

Lord Jesus, Onesiphorus is just one of many of my brothers and sisters...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 21:44

Resetting Our Hearts on Jesus

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 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life...

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