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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Saturday, 01 December 2018 19:36

The 1st Sunday of Advent 2018

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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...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 20:48

If We Only Knew What Our Father Knows

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I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,

plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hopeJer. 29:11 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, this well-known beloved verse both confronts us and comforts us. It confronts that part of us that wishes you would...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 19:50

Eyes to See God’s Presence and Provision

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“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered.

“Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lordopened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw...

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Rom. 8:28 NIV

Heavenly Father, perhaps right after John 3:16, this is the first verse we were taught to cherish and claim. But in reality, we don’t claim this...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 19:14

Nobody Loves Us Like Jesus

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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.Proverbs 15:1–2

Lord Jesus, as with the rest of the Bible, this passage makes us think of you. No one is more filled with kindness and gentle...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 19:54

Let’s Get Low. Grace Runs Downhill

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     Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here.

When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet...

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Sunday, 25 November 2018 18:33

A Pre-Advent Prayer: Could THIS Be the Messiah?

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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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Saturday, 24 November 2018 19:22

Worshipping God with Unfettered, Gospel-Fueled Joy

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Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song,

his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For...

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Friday, 23 November 2018 18:49

Grace for Downcast-ness, Distress, and Depression

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Why, my soul, are you downcast?

Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my GodPs. 43:5

Heavenly Father, we come to your throne of grace today on behalf of those of us who live between mild melancholia and deep depression. Father of mercies...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 19:15

Ethan, Us, and God’s Great Love and Faithfulness

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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.Psalm 89:1-2 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, beyond his...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 20:14

Giving Thanks

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

Heavenly Father, our thanks-list is long, and it would be much longer if we were more fully alive to the “boundless riches of Christ.” But here are some of the things we are most grateful for on Thanksgiving Day 2018....

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Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.Rom. 15:7

Lord Jesus, it’s heart-freeing and peace-fueling to begin this day with the assurance of your acceptance. You know everything about us. You know our failures, fickleness, foolishness, and...

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Monday, 19 November 2018 19:36

Fleas, Vexation, and Adoration

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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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Sunday, 18 November 2018 19:57

Priming Our Gratitude Pump

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So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,

rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Col. 2:6-7 

Lord Jesus, on this Monday before Thanksgiving Day, we want to get an early start...

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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… There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:16-18 Heavenly Father, this portion of your Word highlights the wonders of your love, the...

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Friday, 16 November 2018 20:08

God’s Grace Isn’t a Cute, Cuddly Puppy

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So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead.Rom. 5:21 (NLT)

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:25

Pretending Less and Trusting More

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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. Isa...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 19:44

No, It’s Not Too Early!

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isa. 9:6

     “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these...

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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 incidental pictures in the...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 19:25

Righteous 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, and every dry well from which we...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 19:15

What Does Loving Well Look Like?

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Do everything in love. 1 Cor. 16:10

Heavenly Father, “Do everything in love?… seriously? There’s only one way we can begin to love this often, this deeply, and this sincerely. It’s only because you’ve hidden our lives in Jesus, have given us your Spirit, and promise us...

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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 ponder the impassioned declaration of the Psalmist, we also cry out, “Us too, Lord,...

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“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe…” Acts 2:42-43

Heavenly Father, by your grace, I’ve known Jesus for 50 years and have been ordained into...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 18:51

Living More as 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 me2 Tim. 1:16–17

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

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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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