Micah 6:8 (NIV) 8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. A lot has happened in the last 30 days. A daughter is married, officially cutting the cord, moves back to […]
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Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. He shows us the way if we bother to look. We might not like that path, but it’s there […]
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Isaiah 26:1-6 (NLT) 26 In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song: Our city is strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation. 2 Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter. 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in […]
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Zephaniah 3:17 17. The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Mark 16:16 (ESV) Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe […]
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Psalm 82:3-5 (NLT) 3 Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. 4 Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people. 5 But these oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! They wander about in darkness, while the whole world is […]
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Proverbs 3:11-12 (NLT) 11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. 12 For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Nahum 1:7 (NLT) 7 The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close […]
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Joshua 1:8 (NLT) 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. 1 Peter 2:6-9 (NLT) 6 As the Scriptures say, “I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen […]
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Romans 8:1-4 (NLT) 8 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the […]
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Psalm 94:18 (NLT) 18 I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. Deuteronomy 32:4 (NLT) 4 He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is! Isaiah 26:4 (NLT) […]
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John 6:27 (NLT) 27 “But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” Romans 13:8 (ESV) Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the […]
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Psalms 107:1 1. Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Matthew 5:9 (ESV) Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Luke 6:35-36 (NLT) 35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your […]
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Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NLT) 11 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. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. The […]
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Psalm 27:14 (NLT) 14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Wasting patiently is not my strong suit. I only have x number of years here and I want it now. I don’t want to waste one minute of it. We all feel pretty strongly about that […]
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2 Peter 3:8 (NLT) 8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. Psalm 37:4 (NLT) 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 91:4 He will cover […]
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Luke 24:6-7 New Living Translation (NLT) 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day. Luke 24:6-8 The […]
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1 Peter 2:24 (NLT) 24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. Philippians 1:29 (NLT) 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also […]
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It’s spring here in Chicago*. Spring means spring cleaning. The leaves that refused to drop before the snows (which were many many) are cleaned up. The garden tractor I cracked up last summer is fixed and now has a heavy duty guard on the front. The snow blower is going back to the shed and […]
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1 Chronicles 16:10 (NIV) 10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into […]
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1 Peter 2:22-25 (NLT) 22 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. 23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. 24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we […]
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Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) 31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Philippians 4:5-7 (NLT) 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is […]
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1 Corinthians 3:14-23 (NLT) 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames. 16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the […]
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Isaiah 6:8 NIV 8. And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Sounds good, eh? (I’m in Wisconsin again) Who’s comfortable here in the place Isaiah volunteers for? Especially when the next verses are about what […]
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Romans 12:9-10 (NLT) 9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love and delight in honoring each other. It’s […]
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2 Corinthians 6:1-10 (NLV) 1 We are working together with God. We ask you from our hearts not to receive God’s loving-favor and then waste it. 2 The Holy Writings say, “I heard you at the right time. I helped you on that day to be saved from the punishment of sin. Now is the […]
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John 13:12-17 (NLT) 12 After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? 13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. 14 And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you […]
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Psalm 25:14-15 (NLT) 14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. 15 My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. Anna Heistad. Marcy House. You’ve probably never heard of them. Yet, she had a profound impact on many […]
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2 Peter 1:5-7 (NLT) 5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and […]
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Luke 14:28 (NLT) 28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” Probably no one (except the State of Illinois, then the complaint of shutting down schools and kids programs starts, but […]
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Jeremiah 17:5 (NLT) 5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.” This is what we do though far to frequently. We trust in ourselves like we know better. It seems that I feel […]
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James 2:19 (NLT) 19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. But, are you worshipping Him or are you worshiping your worship of Him? Does God show up in your life like he should? Habakkuk 2:3 […]
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Genesis 22:2 (NLT) 2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” Acts 5:20 (NLT) 20 “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of […]
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Psalm 103:2 (NLT) 2 Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more […]
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1 Chronicles 28:20 (NLT) 20 Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is […]
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Romans 6:4-6 (NLT) 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. 5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life […]
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Matthew 11:29 (NLT) 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Let me teach you Christ asks. Are our hearts in a place to receive him? Why does he follow it with: Because I am humble… We […]
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Romans 6:9-11 (NLT) 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. […]
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Mark 14:61-62 (NLT) 61 But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the […]
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Matthew 26:28 (NLT) 28 for this is my blood, which confirms the [new] covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. Interesting that Christ had to remind people of what the prophecies had said. Kind of like today. And another covenant. Yet another time […]
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1 Peter 2:24 (NLT) 24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. By his wounds you are healed. So close to Easter, we can envision the wounds he endured for us. […]
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Matthew 20:18-19 (NLT) 18 “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die. 19 Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. […]
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Genesis 15:6 (NLT) 6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. Exodus 14:13-14 (NLT) 13 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord […]
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2 Peter 1:1-7 (NLT) 1 This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior. 2 May God give you […]
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Matthew 5:8 (NLT) 8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. Daniel 9:9 (NLT) 9 But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. Psalm 16:8 (NLT) 8 I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he […]
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Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT) 14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Two of my daughters went to the gun rallies yesterday. Cool, I hope. Senseless murder is senseless murder whether it’s a product […]
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Hosea 6:1-2 (NIV) 6 “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his […]
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Hebrews 11:8 (NLT) 8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. Our life is like that – we start out, we go, we’re just not sure where […]
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2 Corinthians 7:1-4 (NLT) 7 Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God. 2 Please open your hearts to us. We have not done wrong to anyone, nor led anyone astray, nor […]
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Psalm 1:1 (NLT) 1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NLT) 10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil […]
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Romans 6:16 (NLT) 16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. We don’t want to consider ourselves slaves, but it’s true. When whatever it is […]
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2 Samuel 22:4 (NLT) 4 I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies. John 3:16-17 (NLT) 16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. […]
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Malachi 4:2 (NLT) 2 “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. Mark 10:28 (NLT) 28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said. […]
Read more "On such subtle nuances does our eternity rest. Malachi 4:2"
Psalm 147:11 (NLT) 11 No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear* him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love. John 1:16 (NLT) 16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another [or received the grace of Christ rather than the grace of the law]. 2 Timothy 4:2 […]
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John 1:1 (NLT) 1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. Stephen Hawking might know what happened before the big bang, might be able to prove it using imaginary time, might come up with an explanation that gravity caused everything to happen. OK, but what […]
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Mark 12:30 (NLT) 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ Psalm 73:27-28 27 Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you. 28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God! […]
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Romans 15:13 New Living Translation (NLT) 13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. I’m on a bit of an atheist thing in my head. Having been […]
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John 7:16-17 (NLT) 16 So Jesus told them, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me. 17 Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own.” Proverbs 14:27 (NLT) 27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving […]
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2 Timothy 3:15 (NLT) 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. Ecclesiastes 5:2 (NLT) 2 Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, […]
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Psalm 25:4 (NLT) 4 Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. It’s taken me quite a while to write this. For a primer, read Loons, crows, and things that aren’t what they seem. Last night I sat in the activity room in the jail, really a very small […]
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Matthew 4:4 (NLT) 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” James 1:14 (NLT) 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. Acts 19:4 (NLT) 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism called […]
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Matthew 21:21 (NLT) 21 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.” Luke 1:1-4 (NLT) 1 Many […]
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Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) 6 Direct your children onto the right path,and when they are older, they will not leave it. This is as true for us as it is for our children. We should always remember that we’re always God’s children. We never grow out of that so we can always be directed to the […]
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Matthew 28:19 (NLT) 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. We’re called. It’s that simple. Share the gospel and make disciples of all peoples. That means we are to be disciples as well, not prissy pew warmers wringing […]
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1 Chronicles 16:11 (NLT) 11 Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. I seem to get stuck on searching for his strength. I seek the Lord, continually seek him, yet count on my own strength. Lately, I’m beginning to learn how to seek him and his strength. It’s not surprising considering […]
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1 Samuel 2:2 (NLT) 2 No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. Psalm 23:5 (NLT) 5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. […]
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Psalm 16:2 (NLT) 2 I said to the Lord, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” Psalm 22:19 (NLT) 19 O Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid! Psalm 37:24 (NLT) 24 Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord […]
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Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT) 17 “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Just another confirmation of the coming of Christ to a recalcitrant people […]
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John 3:16 (NLT) 16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” or “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in […]
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1 Corinthians 13 (NLT) 13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I […]
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Isaiah 54:10 (NLT) 10 “For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you. 1 Peter 4:8 (NLT) 8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each […]
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Ephesians 4:2 (NLT) 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Habakkuk 3:19 (NLT) 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. There’s an interesting article at the Futurism.com […]
Read more "I wonder if there’s a place for eternity… Ephesians 4:2"
John 13:34 (NLT) 34 “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” Matthew 19:17-19 (NLT) 17 “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to […]
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James 1:5 (NLT) 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. “If you need wisdom….” I wonder if that’s not a rhetorical statement – “If you need wisdom….” Really? Today is a scary place where we’re getting into things we […]
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Exodus 23:12 (NLT) 12 “You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working. This gives your ox and your donkey a chance to rest. It also allows your slaves and the foreigners living among you to be refreshed.” What do donkeys, ox, and slaves have […]
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Proverbs 9:12 (NLT) 12 If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer. Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT) 10 Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom. So often […]
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Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Ecclesiastes 11:10 (NLT) 10 So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth, with a […]
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This is what we should have: Romans 8:29-31 (NLT) 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, […]
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Psalm 147:6 (NLT) 6 The Lord supports the humble, but he brings the wicked down into the dust. To humbly walk in the ways of the Lord is downright difficult today. I think maybe it has been for as long as we’ve been human. Adam sure couldn’t do it, nor could Eve. The Pharisee’s couldn’t […]
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2 Timothy 4:1-2 (NLT) 4 I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your […]
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Ephesians 3:16-19 (NLT) 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the […]
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James 3:15-18 (NLT) 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace […]
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Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) 11 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. 1 John 1:5 (NLT) 5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and […]
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Isaiah 43:19 (NLT) 19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Ephesians 2:22 (NLT) 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where […]
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Ephesians 4:22-24 (NLT) 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Another powerful night at the jail. Hadn’t been […]
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Genesis 1:1-2 (NLT) 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. I wonder what it was like when the world was created. What it was like […]
Read more "Imagine if the Creator of all the universe told us how to live – would you listen? Genesis 1:1-2"
Ezekiel 11:19-20(NLT) 19 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, 20 so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God. […]
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Ecclesiastes 1:18 (NLT) 18 The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow. Met with someone who’s son in law’s brother (call him Jim) went back out there (drug/alcohol abuse) and his marriage is in jeopardy. Two kids, 3 years and 18 months old. Wife looking to seperate. Jim is […]
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Psalm 33:3 (NLT) 3 Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy. So, we were entrusted with our neighbors dog, their family pet (we’ll call him Dog), while they went on vacation eight hours away by plane. Dog and our dogs get along very well, romping, […]
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Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) 11 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. James 1:19-20 (NLT) 19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and […]
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1 John 4:7-8 (NLT) 7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. Proverbs 21:5 (NLT) 5 Good planning and hard work lead […]
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Jeremiah 32:17 (NLT) 17 “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! Job 1:21 (NLT) 21 He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and […]
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Psalm 42:11 (NLT) 11 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again — my Savior and my God! Because he delivers. He delivers out of selfless love and all we have to do is turn to him. Isaiah 9:6 (NLT) 6 […]
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Luke 12:15 (NLT) 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Merry Christmas, eh? Last night at the jail one of the guys mentioned a fact I found pretty interesting (a quick search on the single source of truth [at least that’s what […]
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Matthew 1:20-21 (NLT) 20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and […]
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Jeremiah 31:31 (NLT) 31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. And it came in the form of Christ and the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t about more laws – God had given us all that we needed in 10. This was […]
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Nehemiah 9:30-31 (NLT) 30 In your love, you were patient with them for many years. You sent your Spirit, who warned them through the prophets. But still they wouldn’t listen! So once again you allowed the peoples of the land to conquer them. 31 But in your great mercy, you did not destroy them completely […]
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Matthew 16:24-26 (NLT) 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for […]
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Luke 1:26-28 (NLT) 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The […]
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Exodus 20:3 (NIV) 3 “You shall have no other gods before [besides] me. Here I am. And so it is laid out for us – don’t put anything before/above God. It’s clear, straightforward, succinct, and doesn’t leave room for interpretation. I think He wrote it for our days more than he did for the days […]
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Psalm 4:8(NLT) 8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. Nice idea, but not for today you might think. There’s too much stuff going on to trust anything but my Glock. But, that’s the way the world thinks, not how God is. We can go […]
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