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, 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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Philippians 2:1-4Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ,

Lord Jesus, what encouragement do we have through our union with you? What a blessed rhetorical question. Because we’re united to you, all our sins are forgiven, and your righteousness has been...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 19:33

When Feeling “Blah-ish” or a Bit “Funky”

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Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 

     But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.Isa. 40:30-31 NLT

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 19:07

Storms, Sovereignty, and Servanthood

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     The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

     The LORD givesstrength to his people; the LORD blesses his people withpeacePsalm 29:10-11

     Most glorious and gracious Father, it’s not...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:56

Gratitude Is a Discipline Before It’s a Feeling

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You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol youPsalm 119:28 ESV

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus1 Thess. 5:18 NLT

Heavenly Father, we want to begin (and continue) this day...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:07

When Hurricanes Threaten, Literally and Figuratively

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When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.Psalm 94:19

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.Prov. 12:25

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7

Heavenly Father, something’s afoot when...

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God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.Matt. 5:9 NLT

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousnessJames 3:18 NIV

Lord Jesus, it’s the day on our calendar that has its own dark branding, “9/11.” There have been many...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 16:38

Remembering God’s Commitment to Finish His Work

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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 Christ Jesus returns.Phil. 1:6 (NLT)

Heavenly Father, here’s a huge understatement: I am so thankful “salvation is of the Lord,” from beginning to end....

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 16:42

The Freedom We Have and Long to Experience More Fully

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It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal. 5:1

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.John 8:23

    Dear Lord Jesus, spending these past few days in the Swiss Alps has made my...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 15:04

Let’s Be Tenacious, Unrelenting Encouragers

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     God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 

     Who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 16:06

Forgiveness Is Better Than Sin-Amnesia

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     Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord,

Hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.  If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. Psalm...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 15:05

Let’s Steward Our Restlessness

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“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

     Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 22:11

Listen Up, My Heart

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The heavens declare the glory of God,

and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Ps. 19:1-3

Heavenly Father, right now I’m looking out over a magnificent...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 19:24

A Heart Tattoo Verse

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Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Eph. 4:32 ESV

Heavenly Father, this ought to be a “heart-tattoo” verse, or at least one of those “post-it-on-the-front-of-the-refrigerator-verses.” No matter the situation,...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 20:08

A Labor Day of Love

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He said, “It is finished” John 19:30

     Lord Jesus, on this Labor Day 2018, we praise you for our vocations and the gift of work. By our various vocations, we provide for our families and participate in the Creation Mandate—our calling to steward...

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