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On hearing this, Jesus said,It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” — Matthew 9:12

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Why did Jesus associate with sinners? Because we need him to associate with us! What’s the most crucial part of that truth: Jesus’ desire to save or our recognition of our sinfulness? Of course the most crucial part is Jesus’ desire to save because without him, recognizing our sinfulness would only lead to despair. But without recognizing our need for his grace, his sacrifice for us is lost. So let’s praise Jesus as our loving and sacrificial Savior, but let’s also acknowledge our need for his merciful and mighty grace!

Prayer

Gracious Father, I praise you from the bottom of my heart for providing Jesus as my Savior. At the same time, dear Father, I confess to you I struggle with sin. I want it completely out of my life, but I find that I cannot rid myself of its constant shadow and its penetrating stain. Without your grace and the sacrifice of Jesus, I know I could not stand before you as your pure child. Please forgive me for the following sins … and please receive my praise for your gracious forgiveness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud:This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” — Mark 9:7

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Who are you listening to in your life? We can hear all sorts of different voices, but we can follow only one. So who are you going to listen to as you make your decisions about morality, values, ethics, and character? Who has earned the right to be heard regarding life, death, salvation, and sin? God makes it unmistakably clear; we must listen to his Son Jesus!

Prayer

Almighty God, please help me silence the voices of doubt, deception, and demagoguery that surround me. Help me hear the voice of Jesus and follow him and obey your will in all things no matter what everyone else around may choose to do. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” Philemon 1:25

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Have you noticed how words of blessing are in such short supply? There is something about our fallen state that makes sarcasm and ridicule easier to use than blessing. But, in God’s family, words are always to be used for the benefit and blessing of others. What simpler or kinder words do we need to use to bless others than these words Paul sent to Philemon? Let’s find a way to say them … and say them again … and again …

Prayer

Loving Father, you have blessed me so much with your grace. Please use me to be a blessing to everyone I meet today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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“By God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed. “ Romans 15:32

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Our lives, our futures, and our plans are in God’s hands. This inescapable reality is the basis of our existence. It is also the foundation of our joy and refreshment when we are with each other. Think about it a second: our meetings with each other, and our ministry to each other, are not chance happenings. They are acts of God’s grace that gives us a chance to share in God’s blessing and joy.

Prayer

Holy Father, thank you for your direct involvement in my life. Thank you for the leading of your Spirit, the guidance of your Word, and the wisdom of older Christians. These have all deepened the meaning of my life and empowered my service to your Kingdom. Please give me a more profound sense of grace and joy when I am able to be with Christians wherever that may be. I know these precious members of your family are not chance acquaintances I make along the way, but are the reminders of your desire to bless me and refresh your children with your presence. In Jesus’ name I thank you. Amen.

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“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”   Psalm 91:1

Thought

How good it is to be as close to God as his shadow and to share in the comfort of his sheltering presence. He is not far if our hearts choose to draw near him. Let’s choose to draw near!

Prayer

O great Almighty God, tender Shepherd and Abba Father, make known to me your nearness. I long to live in your presence as I try to reflect your holiness and grace. By Jesus’ blood I draw near to you in full assurance of your love and grace. In the name of Jesus, the name above all names, I pray. Amen.

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“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”  Romans 8:37

Thought

Are we really conquerors despite “trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword“? Yes! That is the ultimate Christian assurance. Nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ. The Evil One and his allies can kill our bodies, ruin our finances, wrack our bodies with pain, and seek to destroy our relationships. However, the Evil One cannot have our hearts when they are surrendered to Jesus. And when our hearts belong to Jesus, so does our future! The empty tomb of Jesus assures us that our future with him is glorious, victorious, and unending.

Prayer

Give me eyes to see, O God, and a heart to believe that Jesus’ victory over death is my victory, too! I don’t want to be derailed from my hope, faith, and love by the difficulties of life. Instead, I want to be a living testimony to your power, victory, and grace. In Jesus’ name, and for his glory, I live and pray. Amen.

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“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32

Thought

Be kind and compassionate — two qualities that seem to be in short supply. Maybe it’s because we hold up the wrong heroes. Unfortunately these two qualities are often seen as signs of weakness rather than strength. To forgive as God forgave us requires great courage and great strength. So let’s be strong!

Prayer

Holy God, there is no way I can adequately thank you for sacrificing so much to forgive me. So this day, I pledge to be more like you: to share more of your kindness and grace with those who have wronged me. Today, I ask you to help me release my bitterness toward _____________ and I ask you to bless this person with your kindness and grace. By the power of Jesus’ example I ask this. Amen.

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“And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.”  2 Corinthians 8:5

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Paul was surprised at the Macedonians’ generosity to the Lord’s work for two reasons. First, they were very impoverished and didn’t have much to share. Second, rather than viewing what they had as their own, they gave themselves to God and then to his servants who were asking for their help in ministering to others. Their example is a great reminder to us of how we need to approach our giving to help others in need.

Prayer

O Righteous Father and Holy God, forgive me for being selfish with the funds you have so richly shared with me. I want to give my heart and my life to you fully, not holding back anything from your will, and I ask you to help me know how to best use the blessings you have entrusted to me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

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As Christians, we are not called to isolate ourselves from culture. We are not called to be hermits or monks. Instead, we are to recognize that we are in a world of darkness and live as light — not as little candles tucked away in some inner bedroom, but as candles set on their stands so all can see their light or cities on a hill that can’t be hidden. Of course, our goal is not to call attention to ourselves, but to help others see the glorious grace of our Father.

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, may my life bless others today, and every day, so they can see you and your love more clearly. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” — Matthew 6:25

Thought

God gives beauty to the flowers and life to grass. In the grand scheme of things, these are transitory and insignificant. He sent his Son from Heaven to save us. So, he most definitely is going to give us what we need until we go home to live with him!

Prayer

Loving Father and Almighty God, forgive my distraction over temporal things. I do believe that you have given me everything I need in Jesus and in the gracious abundance of your blessings. In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen

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“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18

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Talk is cheap!” “You can tell me with your words, but I’ll show it with my life.” “Put your life where your mouth is.” We know the slogans, now let’s live love in truth. In a world where barter has replaced sacrificial and steadfast love, let’s go against the grain and do the truth!

Prayer:

Sacrificial Father, I confess to you that at times I am selfish. Other times my intentions are good, but my follow- through and faithfulness are lacking. Use your Spirit to empower and enable me to be what I hope to become, to your glory. May your love be seen in my actions of genuine concern today. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

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“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

Thought

This is war! We face a daily battle and it is not just with sin and temptation. We have a real foe whose desire for us is our destruction. But, our foe has already been defeated and his angels stand rebuked. So, let’s keep our spiritual vigour knowing that we’re not playing church but fighting for the Kingdom.

Prayer

Almighty and Victorious King, I praise you for conquering sin and death and law for us, and making us righteous and sinless by your grace. Thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”  Isaiah 40:29

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Even the most pumped up and positive ones of us find ourselves broken and weary at some point in our life. It isn’t so hard to believe and follow Jesus when we are soaring on the wings of eagles or running and not getting weary in our walk with God. Often the toughest time to keep our faith vibrant is when we are trying to keep putting one foot in front of the other while not fainting. In those moments of absolute powerlessness, weakness, and brokenness the Lord is often most real, most powerful, and most present.

Prayer

Thank you, God, for sustaining me and keeping my faith alive when I have been under attack from the Evil One and have grown weary with the challenges and hardships of life. Please give those I love, and mention now by name, the strength to press on even though they are weary and weak. Please be real in their lives and let them know that you are coming with grace to help and redeem as their Great Deliverer. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.

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“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold”  Ephesians 4:26-27

Thought

Pent up anger is an explosion waiting to happen. Sooner or later, the pent up frustration will explode, either in our own life or into the life of someone else. Jesus taught us to forgive and to reconcile (Matthew 18). Anger must be dealt with. Otherwise, the devil will use it to abuse us as well as others in our lives. Don’t give him a foothold in your life. If you give him an inch (2.54 cm), he’ll take a mile (1.61 km)!

Prayer

Father in heaven, thank you for the ability to get angry at the things that anger you. Please help me channel that emotion in ways that are productive and help me to be repulsed at evil. Please stir my heart to reconciliation, especially when that anger is against one of your children. By the power of your Holy Spirit, help me to forgive as you have forgiven me. In the name of Jesus, my Lord, I pray. Amen.

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“Cast all your anxiety on him [God] because he cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

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Isn’t it absolutely incredible that the God who made the universe cares about us and our needs, hurts, and fears! So let’s trust that he will do what is best for us and show it by living for him!

Prayer

Loving Father and Almighty God, I consciously place all of my anxieties, worries, cares, and frustrations in your hands. I will do my best to not dwell on them and trust that you will do what is best for me and those I love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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