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4/27/2020

“God’s Inescapable Nearness”

April 27, 2020

 

Where can I go from your spirit?  Or where can I flee from your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.  If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even ...

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4/25/2020

“The Sufficiency of Grace”

April 25, 2020

 

But the Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, ...

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4/24/2020

“Transformation”

April 24, 2020

 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

 

To a large degree, most of us are shaped by the character ...

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4/23/2020

“Having the Mind of Christ”

April 23, 2020

 

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in ...

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4/22/2020

“Making All of Life a Prayer”

April 22, 2020

 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good;&...

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4/21/2020

“The Sacrament of the Present Moment”

April 21, 2020

 

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-32)

 

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4/20/2020

“Anxiety’s Antidote”

April 20, 2020

“But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:33-34)
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4/18/2020

“Spiritual Growth”

April 18, 2020

 

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jes...

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4/17/2020

“The Character Traits of the Christian - Hospitality”

April 17, 2020

 

But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. (Luke 14:13)

 

Jesus attends a formal dinner party hosted by a prominent religious and political leader.  The seating arra...

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4/16/2020

“The Character Traits of the Christian - Humor”

April 16, 2020

 

So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” (Genesis 18:12)

 

Sarah laughed mockingly when she overheard God promise her and Abraham a son. S...

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