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Join the Cry

I urge . . . that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1 A women’s prayer group in my country holds regular monthly prayer sessions for Ghana and other African countries. When asked why they pray so incessantly for the nations, their leader, Gifty Dadzie, remarked, “Look around, listen …

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Waiting on God

[The Lord] is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 I was sitting with a group of passengers on an airport shuttle heading to our connecting flight when the bus driver was told to “hold in place.” It looked like we would miss our flight, …

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Come Sit a Spell

Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today. Luke 19:5 When I was a kid, our family made a monthly excursion from Ohio to West Virginia to visit my maternal grandparents. Every time we arrived at the door of their farmhouse, Grandma Lester would greet us with the words, “Come on in …

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Out in the Cold

To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. Job 12:13 In desperation, a woman called the housing assistance center where I worked. A heating problem had turned her rental home into a freezer with furniture. Panicked, she asked me how she would care for her children. I hurriedly replied with the scripted …

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Called by Name

He calls his own sheep by name. John 10:3 When I first meet a new group of students in the college composition class I teach, I already know their names. I take the time to familiarize myself with their names and photos on my student roster, so when they walk into my classroom I can …

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Our Way of Life

We are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. Ephesians 2:10 nrsv I was struck by a phrase I heard quoted from a contemporary Bible translation. When I Googled the phrase “our way of life” to locate the passage, many …

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No Drifting

We must pay the most careful attention . . . so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1 At the end of one school semester, my wife and I picked up our daughter from her school 100 kilometers (60 miles) away. On our way back home we detoured to a nearby beach resort for …

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Shocking Honesty

Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7 nlt When the minister asked one of his elders to lead the congregation in prayer, the man shocked everyone. “I’m sorry, Pastor,” he said, “but I’ve been arguing with my wife all the way to church, and I’m in no …

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Serving Christ

Obey [your earthly masters] . . . as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Ephesians 6:6 “I’m a secretary,” a friend told me. “When I tell people this, they sometimes look at me with a certain pity. But when they find out who I am secretary for, they open their …

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Learning to Love

Follow the way of love. 1 Corinthians 14:1 Love does more than make “the world go round,” as an old song says. It also makes us immensely vulnerable. From time to time, we may say to ourselves: “Why love when others do not show appreciation?” or “Why love and open myself up to hurt?” But …

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Hoo-ah!

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah. Psalm 68:19 nkjv The US Army’s expression “hoo-ah” is a guttural response barked when troops voice approval. Its original meaning is lost to history, but some say it is derived from an old acronym HUA—Heard, Understood, and Acknowledged. I …

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Abba, Father

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. Psalm 68:5 The scene belonged on a funny Father’s Day card. As a dad muscled a lawn mower ahead of him with one hand, he expertly towed a child’s wagon behind him with the other. In the wagon sat his …

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True Communication

A crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Acts 2:6 Walking in my North London neighborhood, I can hear snatches of conversation in many languages—Polish, Japanese, Hindi, Croatian, and Italian, to name a few. This diversity feels like a taste of heaven, yet I can’t understand what they’re …

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God of the Ordinary

He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13 Hearing testimonies about how God did something spectacular in someone else’s life can challenge us. While we may rejoice to hear about answers to prayer, we may also wonder why God hasn’t done anything amazing for us lately. It’s easy …

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Safety Net

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 For years I thought of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7) as a blueprint for human behavior, a standard no one could possibly meet. How could I have missed the true meaning? Jesus spoke these words not to frustrate us, but to tell …

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Our New Name

I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it. Revelation 2:17 She called herself a worrier, but when her child was hurt in an accident, she learned how to escape that restricting label. As her child was recovering, she met each week with friends to talk and pray, …

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Better By Far

I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far. Philippians 1:23 A siren wailed outside a little boy’s house. Unfamiliar with the sound, he asked his mother what it was. She explained that it was meant to alert people of a dangerous storm. She said that if people did not take …

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Tell It!

The man went away and began to tell . . . how much Jesus had done for him. Mark 5:20 The year was 1975 and something significant had just happened to me. I needed to find my friend Francis, with whom I shared a lot of personal matters, and tell him about it. I found …

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If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection —Romans 6:5

Thoughts on Today’s Verse… So, here’s the great news: if we have died with Christ, we’ve already died the only death that really matters. Our lives are joined with his and so we will share in his glory when he returns (Colossians 3:1-4). Even death cannot separate us from his presence in our lives (Romans …

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