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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In your book were written, every one of them the days that were formed for me … 

when as yet there were none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I were to count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Psalm...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:04

Less Annoyance, More Overlooking

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Fools show their annoyance at once.Prov. 12:16

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.Prov. 19:11

Lord Jesus, it’s a good thing there’s no condemnation remaining for our sins, because these Scriptures surely convict me. As I own my...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 19:52

Non-Selective Kindness

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     You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else…

for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based...

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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 hopeRomans 15:13

     Heavenly Father, what a great verse for focusing, fueling, and filling our hearts this last Monday of...

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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...

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Friday, 27 July 2018 20:16

God Is Never Tardy and Always Faithful

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     But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years…

…and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you.2 Pet. 3:8-9(NIV)

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 19:40

Quick to Listen, Slow to Quarrel

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And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone…

     Able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth2 Tim. 2:24-25 NIV

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 20:31

Who or What Will Rule My Heart Today?

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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

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27

Lord Jesus,...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 20:21

Heavenly Mindedness and Earthly Goodness

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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...

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Monday, 23 July 2018 19:52

Be at Rest Again

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Let my soul be at rest again, for the LORD has been good to me.Psalm 116:7

    Lord Jesus, what a great and gracious Savior you are. Your patience is inexhaustible, your welcome is irrevocable, and kindness is inextinguishable. There is no savior like you; there is no savior but...

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Sunday, 22 July 2018 21:43

All We Really Need IS Love

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1 Cor.13:1– 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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Saturday, 21 July 2018 22:22

So Many Reasons to Be Thankful

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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. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.  James 1:17-18

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Friday, 20 July 2018 22:30

Feasting Now, As We Will Feast Then

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“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Rev. 3:20

    Lord Jesus, thank you for perpetually pursuing us—for desiring to engage with us in deeper, richer, lingering...

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We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia.

We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:11

Finishing Well with Friends

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Encourage one another daily

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...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 23:19

The In-All-Things-Goodness of Jesus

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     And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,

for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many...

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Of the increase of his government and ofpeace there will be no end…

on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isa. 9:7

Lord Jesus, your righteousness is our...

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     As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.John 15:9 (ESV)

Lord Jesus, how can it be? How is it possibly that you love us as much as the Father loves you? Everything in our culture, world, and experience tells us we get what we deserve and earn. But...

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Saturday, 14 July 2018 19:24

Gospel-Filled Hearts and Life-Giving Words

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A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart…

And an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45 (NLT)

Lord Jesus, this Scripture is the chase to which we must always...

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Friday, 13 July 2018 20:45

Blasting Our Own Heart with the Gospel

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     I am eager to preach the gospel…

… to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:57

Enjoying God’s Multiple Good Gifts

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     So I commend the enjoyment of life…

    … because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. Eccles. 8:15

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     “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

     Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:07

When Feeling a Bit of Envy and Discontent

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Godliness with contentment is great gain…

For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.1 Tim. 6:6-8 (NIV)

Do all things without grumbling.Phil 2:14 (ESV)

Take delight in...

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     How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! 

     For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew...

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Psalm 103:1- Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—

Heavenly Father, King David’s words provide the perfect vehicle for us to engage in one of the most...

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