Yes, really.

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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Shovels Isaiah 26:1-6

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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Whoever believes Mark 16:16

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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We need to do the same

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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Let’s go Romans 8:1-4

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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Rock Deuteronomy 32:4

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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The cure. John 6:27

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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Alive. Jeremiah 29:11-13

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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Wait… Psalm 27:14

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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Risen. Luke 24:6-7

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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I want to be like Wally

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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Remember the Lord is near

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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Wearing that skin

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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Red letter justice. Isaiah 6:8

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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Boat wake. Psalm 25:14-15

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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Do we live at the edge? 2 Peter 1:5-7

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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Make Him the center

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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Endurance

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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What does it look like?

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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Purify me

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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Humble. Matthew 11:29

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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Ask God, act Godly.

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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In but not of. Mark 14:16

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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Inbetween

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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Rebel. Matthew 5:8

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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The Word already existed…

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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Knowing. Mark 12:30

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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Black and white.

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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Live fully. Matthew 4:4

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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Stay on the safe path.

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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Fight, finish. Matthew 28:19

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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Big ifs… Zephaniah 3:17

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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Love each other. John 13:34

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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Lost. Like me.

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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Taste and see… Timothy 4

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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Until then… James 3:15-18

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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Hope in troubled waters

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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Wilderness. Isaiah 43:19

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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Imagine if the Creator of all the universe told us how to live – would you listen? Genesis 1:1-2

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 […]

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Free Will. Jeremiah 29:11

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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Gifts… Luke 12:15

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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Here I am. Exodus 20:3

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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Nice idea…

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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