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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     Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 15:15

Refreshment, Renewal, and Release

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Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spiritPs. 51:12

What has happened to all your joy? Gal. 5:6

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. ...

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Monday, 17 July 2017 13:44

The Priceless Gift of a Contented Heart

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

“You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your...

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     When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn't use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God's secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I...

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Saturday, 15 July 2017 14:05

Taking the Low Place and High Road

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Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10 NIV)

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Prov. 11:2 NIV)

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Eph. 4:2 NIV)

Blessed are the...

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Friday, 14 July 2017 14:24

Asking Jesus for “Anything”

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     Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified...

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Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36 (NIV)

Speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.James 2:12-13 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, thank...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:44

Longings for Healing

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     Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit,...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 13:11

Don’t Offer Resentment Hospitality

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The godless in heart harbor resentment. Job 36:13 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, this one little verse is bringing big conviction this morning. Today, I confess the ease with which I can generate feelings of resentment towards people, inanimate things, and circumstances. Whether it's...

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     I remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to...

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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...

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Psalm 103:1- Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—

Heavenly Father, King David's words provide the perfect vehicle for us to declare war...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 12:35

The Day of Perfect Relationship

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The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through loveGal. 5:6

Lord Jesus, there are so many things we intensely crave about our coming life in the new heaven and new earth. For starters, "no more death or mourning or crying or pain" (Rev. 21:4)....

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Hebrews 1:1 – Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,

Heavenly Father, thank you for being a God who speaks--a Father who delights to reveal yourself to his children through your Word. The Bible is such a gift to us--a...

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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, as I begin this Thursday...

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“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jer. 29:7 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, these words are pretty shocking. You called...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 14:29

Our True and Lasting Freedoms

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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 

Lord Jesus, it’s the Fourth of July--a holiday set aside in the USA to remember and revel in our...

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     “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?Isaiah...

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Saturday, 01 July 2017 13:58

Knowing the Full Extent of Jesus’ Love

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     Having loved his own who were in the world, he [Jesus] now showed them the full extent of his love.  John 13:1 (NIV 1984)

Lord Jesus, I often return to the scene from which this verse is taken, for it is homeroom for my heart--the place I go to settle...

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His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast lovePs. 147:10-11

Heavenly Father, once again we come before you as repeat offenders--as those...

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     “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 13:24

Grace Rules and “Rocks”

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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...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:25

Growing a Bigger Heart of Contentment

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     I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Phil. 4:11-12 (ESV)

Don't love money;...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 13:20

We’re More Married Than We Ever Imagined

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     I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. Hos. 2:19 (NLT)

As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.Isa. 62:5 (NIV)

"Hallelujah! For our Lord God...

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Sunday, 25 June 2017 13:57

Grace for Times When Things Are Going Well

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     Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die. Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is...

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