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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:28-29)   Isn’t it…

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12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it…

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36 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and…

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23) When there is trouble in our lives, we have a tendency to focus on that. We think we can work through it by mental-emotional gyrations. We dream about it, talk to our friends about it, and dwell on it. We devote…

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Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. (John 14:1) Do you realize that trouble is simply part of life? You can’t avoid it. It is crucial to understand that through Christ we can overcome the trouble, regardless of what it is.  Jesus told us,  “If the world hates you, keep in…

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For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24) I distinctly remember the first time as a child I felt it necessary to admit my guilt. My mother was inquiring who had spilled milk in…

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I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes:…

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What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Romans 4:3) God told Abraham many things, which at the time seemed so unreal to him. God said things like: His descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky, he would be given a son in his old…

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For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) Recently, I had the opportunity to drive across a good portion of the country, from Arizona to Eastern Nebraska. Low desert, high desert; I saw so much of God’s beauty in nature…

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This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15) There is a well-known passage of Scripture in the…

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