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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Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city,

spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  James 4:13-1...

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Saturday, 25 January 2020 19:01

The Swiss Alps of God’s Grace

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Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. 5:1  

   Heavenly Father, meditating through this passage is like hiking among in the Swiss Alps of the Gospel. Make the riches of your grace ...

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Friday, 24 January 2020 19:15

What More Do We Need?

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Because Jesus lives forever,

he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 19:03

Heart-Treasure Determines Word-Choice

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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, when it comes to how we speak to each other, this Scripture is the bottom line,...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 18:27

The Grand Theft of Worry and Fear

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Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’?

It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will...

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 18:52

Treasuring Our Savior, Master, and Inheritance

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I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!

Every good thing I have comes from you.” The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them. Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak the names of...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 19:22

Life Isn’t about Jesus Joining Our Team

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Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man

standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now...

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“A new command I give you: Love one another.

As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my Disciples, if you love one another.”John 13:34-35

Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!Amos 5:24

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Saturday, 18 January 2020 19:21

Praying for Our Worship of God

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The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father

in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. Jn. 4:23

I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and...

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Friday, 17 January 2020 18:19

We Have an Extremely Kind Father

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“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him,

“for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table. Mephibosheth bowed down and said,...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 18:16

When the Gospel Takes Over Our Parenting

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Unless the Lord builds the house,

those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 18:48

We Don’t Have to Spin or Pretend

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Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Isa. 43:1-2(NIV)

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:26

No Abba-less Days

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The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you,

and I will give you rest.” Ex. 33:14

Heavenly Father, on this mystery-laced, mercy-graced journey Home, you’re always with us and completely for us—even when circumstances may seem to contradict that affirmation. We will never...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 18:53

The State of The Union… Our Union with Christ

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Since you have been raised to new life with Christ,

set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God....

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 18:05

Better Than All Cookery-Goodness

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May the Lord direct your hearts 

into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.2 Thess. 3:5

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word....

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 18:24

When Jealousy Is Glorious

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I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness.

Please bear with me. For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve...

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Friday, 10 January 2020 19:05

Unforgiveness Is Too Expensive

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Then Peter came up and said to him [Jesus],

“Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”Matt. 18:21-22

Lord Jesus, any conversation about forgiving...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 19:02

Craving the Day of No More Sickness

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We know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down

(that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new...

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But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,

he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that,...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 18:59

Our Busy Rushing Ends in Nothing

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This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”Lam. 3:19-24 (NIV)

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Monday, 06 January 2020 18:41

Stewardship of Fear(s)

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The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom should I fear? 

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom should I be afraid? … I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 18:56

Peace in An Uneasy New Year

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Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,

yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are...

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 18:59

What Is Your “This?”

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This happened that we might not rely on ourselves

but on God, who raises the dead…

We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.2 Cor. 1:9; 4:7

Heavenly Father, there are some gospel-freedoms that are difficult to remember...

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Friday, 03 January 2020 19:26

Precious Partners and Partnership in the Gospel

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I thank my God every time I remember you.

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil....

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 19:18

Looking and Seeing with Gospel-Eyes

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But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height,

for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”1 Sam. 16:7

Heavenly Father, your words to Samuel grab us...

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