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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“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

Lord Jesus, the murder of George Floyd this week breaks our hearts, fuels our disgust,...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 21:00

What Is Music to God’s Ears?

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Take away from me the noise of your songs;

to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:23–24

Heavenly Father, these are strong words about true worship, and what you crave from us, as your daughters...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 20:14

Gentle Me, Jesus

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Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.Matt. 11:29

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.Phil. 4:5

Lord Jesus, no one is more gentle than you. No one is as welcoming of sinners, as kind to the broken, or as understanding of strugglers as you. Unlike me, you never get...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 19:31

Apologizing Without “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 sin!Ps. 51:1–2

Loving Father, few things are as attractive as genuine humility. It’s like a 4-course meal in...

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Monday, 25 May 2020 20:07

A Gushing Fire Hydrant of Grace

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In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,

and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.Eph. 1:13–14

Gracious Father, sometimes reading...

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Sunday, 24 May 2020 20:30

Jesus Is the Quintessential Serviceman

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Jesus Christ …the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. Rev. 1:5

On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Rev. 19:16

Lord Jesus,...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 20:35

Jesus Gives Us Every Good Thing

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I said to the Lord, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” Psalm 16:2

Lord Jesus, as we meditate on these words of King David, our response is quick and simple. “Yea, verily, and indeed!” You are our Master and Redeemer, Creator and Re-Creator,...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 20:28

Remembering God’s Forgetfulness

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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 necessary. Heb. 10:17–18

Heavenly Father, your promise to us in the passage is astonishment-fueling, heart-palpitating, and gratitude-enlarging. It is so good...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:34

Our Belonging Longing

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And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.Rom. 1:6

Gracious Jesus, so much of life is about the desire and delights of “belonging.” From the day we offered our first cry as newborns, our deep longing for attention, attachment, and affection have been...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 20:10

Smelling Like Grace

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But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession,

and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Cor. 2:14

Lord Jesus, hallelujah… you are the great warrior of the heart. You’ve come to overthrow the reign of sin and...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 20:23

Fear Less, Trust More, See Jesus

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“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him (Elisha’s servant).

“For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 20:22

Jesus’ Joyful Kingship

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But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,

the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”Heb. 1:8–9

Lord...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 19:50

A 3rd Kind of Son

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And he arose and came to his father. 

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.Luke 15:20

Heavenly Father, most of us aren’t beginning this week in a faraway country—bankrupt and feeding somebody’s...

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Saturday, 16 May 2020 20:06

The Deathless Day

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“He will wipe every tear from their eyes.

There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are...

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Friday, 15 May 2020 20:07

Jesus Thoughts

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While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question,

saying, “What do you think about the Christ?”Matt. 22:41–42

Dear Jesus, the question you directed to Pharisees, keep before us: “What do you think about the Christ?” There’s no more important...

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Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth,

for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.Rev. 21:1

Heavenly Father, good friends just sent me an iPhoto of a gorgeous Florida beach, after journeying by car all the way from Green Bay. It connected me with John’s...

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 20:11

Be a Refresher

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One person gives freely, yet gains even more;

another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.Prov. 11:24–25

Lord Jesus, it’s impossible to read this passage without lifting our heart and hands toward heaven. We...

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 19:47

God Claims “Dibs” on Our Battles

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The Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s. 1 Sam. 17:47

This is what the Lord says to you: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.2 Chron. 20:15

Heavenly Father, thank you for...

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Monday, 11 May 2020 20:31

Fish, Eggs, and the Holy Spirit

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What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent;

or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!...

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 20:20

Subpoenaed to Hope

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened

in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.Eph. 1:18

Heavenly Father, if a sheriff rang my doorbell this morning with a subpoena, it’d make me nervous. But today, like every day, the Gospel is ringing the doorbell of our...

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Saturday, 09 May 2020 20:47

When Mother’s Day Is Easy or Not

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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. Romans 8:28

Dear Jesus, I dreaded this day for decades. In the church of my youth, on Mother’s Day you wore a red rose if your mom was living, and a white one if she had...

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Friday, 08 May 2020 19:57

Gospel Cover Up

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Whoever covers an offense seeks love,

but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.Prov. 17:9

Lord Jesus, rarely does the phrase “cover-up” do anything other than raise suspicion, eyebrows, and ire. We recoil when we experience the manipulation of facts, the minimization of harm,...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 19:55

Tranquility of Heart

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Love does not envy 1 Cor. 13:4

Godliness with contentment is great gain 1 Tim. 6:6 

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot Prov. 14:30

Heavenly Father, this tapestry of Scriptures is both convicting and consoling. It’s convicting, because,...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 20:20

Serious Enjoyment of Little Things

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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.Ecclesiastes. 8:15

Heavenly Father, the past several weeks have been...

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 19:39

Pits, Patience, and Praise

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I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Ps. 40:1–3

Heavenly Father, my heart goes out...

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