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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     Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”Luke 10:40 (NIV)

     I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am

“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth.”Isa. 54:4 (ESV)

     Dear heavenly Father, the eradication of all shame is one of the things I’m most looking forward about our life in the new heaven and new earth. Never again

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.Psalm 20:7 (ESV)

     Dear heavenly Father, the battle for our heart’s trust is relentless, often vicious, and quite deceptive. As this day begins (and continues), we affirm that only you are worthy of our worship, love, and trust; and

     May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted

(This was the prayer I wrote this past Saturday but forgot to post here at the TGC!)

     I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me. I will find joy doing good for them and will faithfully and

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,

     Dear heavenly Father, we live in a vulnerable world as a vulnerable people. Nothing really seems to be overly stable anymore—fewer things get a chance at becoming vintage. The environment and weather patterns are predictably unpredictable—even as

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 on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 

     Dear heavenly Father, when I consider your great love for us in Jesus, how it possible for me in indulge in whining, justify my complaining, or linger in griping? When I do the mercy-math, all the wonderful

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 NIV).

     Dear heavenly

      Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.Matt.

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