Shout! Romans 8:29

Romans 8:29 (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. Shouting! Why don’t people get this? Why does the world so hate Christ? What is it about His message that garners such […]

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Compassion John 3:17

1 John 3:17 (NLT) 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Shows no compassion. Shows no compassion. What a world. I used to drive by a jail or other penal institution and think “lock […]

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Evil vs. my fortress Psalm 27:1

Psalm 27:1 (NLT) 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Protecting me from danger. Sutherland Springs. So many folks are blogging about what good prayer did. Nice. Compassionate. Let’s politicize it as quickly […]

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Worldview John 4:26

John 4:26 (NLT) 26 Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!” Christ didn’t claim to be a god, he clearly and unequivocally claims to be God. Singular, as in the only God. That doesn’t leave room for any others to be God, only a god, a false god. 2 Samuel 7:22 (ESV) 22 Therefore […]

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Iron, alive Hebrews 4:12

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Acts 13:47 (NLT) 47 “For the Lord gave us this command when he said, ‘I have made you […]

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The right path

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) 6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. It sure seems that way. Raise them wrong and it takes a miracle to get them back. And were good at raising them wrong. Maybe it’s because I spend so much time with the […]

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Psalm 136:1-3 (NLT) 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 66:16-20 (NLT) 16 Come and listen, all you who fear […]

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Test James 1:12-14

James 1:12-14 (NLT) 12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never […]

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Loyalty divided James 4:8

James 4:8 (NLT) 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Isaiah 32:17 (NLT) 17 And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever. Think of a divided […]

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Teach me Psalm 143:10

Psalm 143:10 (ESV) Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground! Ephesians 2:4-5 (ESV) But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with […]

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Promises 2Corinthians 7:1

2 Corinthians 7:1 (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. Philippians 1:6 (NLT) 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue […]

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Evil Psalms 5:11-12

Psalms 5:11-12 11. But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. 12. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield. Isaiah 30:21 (NLT) 21 […]

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Path to eternity Psalms 4:8

Psalms 4:8 (NIV) 8. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. 1 Corinthians 15:32-34 (ESV) 32 What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we […]

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Hope in grace Romans 8:32

Romans 8:32(NLT) 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Hope. Such a powerful thing. Light in darkness, a beacon to guide. Where does your hope come from? Do you have any hope? I know many who are hopeless […]

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Pick your stink

Psalm 119:105 (NLT) 105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Imagine if Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, and Edward Witten showed up at your door and said that they were going to personally advise you for the rest of your life – and they were going to […]

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Fascinating things. John 6:51

John 6:51 (NLT) 51 “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.” Galatians 6:7 (NLT) 7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what […]

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Really rich Matthew 5:43-44

Matthew 5:43-44 (NLT) 43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” Proverbs 21:17 (NLT) 17 Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich. Rich. Rich is being […]

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Good enough Leviticus 20:26

Leviticus 20:26 (NLT) 26 You must be holy because I, the Lord, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own. Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT) 9 The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? You must be […]

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Alt Delete Colossians 1:17-18

Colossians 1:17-18 (NLT) 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. 18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. Why? We think we humans are the top of […]

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Passions Matthew 6:24

Matthew 6:24 (NLT) 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” Matthew 8:26 (NLT) 26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he […]

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Believe. Love. Go forward. 

1 John 4:10-11(ESV) 10. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. Propitiation. An action. An appeasement. A satisfying. An atonement. The ultimate […]

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Faith comes Romans 10:17

Romans 10:17 17. So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Or does it? Everyone has faith in something even if they don’t believe in Christ. Why? You have faith that you exist and that it all started somewhere, sometime, right? But we don’t know how it all started. We have […]

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Yes and yet Numbers 23:19

Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Isn’t that the truth. God isn’t human. The first indication is that he doesn’t lie. That tells us quite a bit about […]

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The path home Luke 12:6-7

Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Mark 13:5-6 (ESV) And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads […]

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Smoke and Mirrors John 15:16

John 15:16 (NLT) 16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. Matthew 6:24 (ESV) 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, […]

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Run for cover 2 Samuel 22:31

2 Samuel 22:31 (NLT) 31 “God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. 2 Samuel 22:31 (NIV) 31 “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. 2 Samuel 22:31 […]

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Thbbft Deuteronomy 8:17-18

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 17. You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18. But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is […]

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Vanguard 1 John 4:15-20

1 John 4:15-20 (NLT) 15 All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and […]

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No regrets Deuteronomy 32:4-5

Deuteronomy 32:4-5 (ESV) 4 “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he. 5 They have dealt corruptly with him; they are no longer his children because they are blemished; they are a crooked and twisted generation. Deuteronomy 32:4-5 (MSG) […]

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Faith 1 Timothy 6:1

1 Timothy 6:12 12. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. Faith is different than The Faith. Fight the good fight of the faith. What the heck. I have faith that God […]

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Yoke up Isaiah 55:10-11

Isaiah 55:10-11 10. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11. so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will […]

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Vanilla ice cream Psalms 51:10

Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Vanilla ice cream. Why,when you can have chocolate peanut butter? Or sea salt caramel truffle? Or hazelnut chocolate chip? Or decadent chocolate moose tracks (right next to the regular chocolate moose tracks,  vanilla moose tracks, and what’s next […]

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