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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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Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently…

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Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell…

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To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy —  25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (Jude 1:24-25) Do you ever have feelings of insecurity? Like Velcro, they often stick…

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12For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) Many people are searching for the will of God. Not only do they want to know the will of God, but they want to…

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Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. (Genesis 16:1-2) This story starts as a…

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I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. (Romans 8:18-19) Paul knew all about suffering. Just follow his life through his writings and the accounts of his journeys in the book…

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105) I love the story of a grandfather walking with his grandson. At one point on their trek, the grandfather looked down at the little boy and asked, “Where are we?” The grandson looked up and said, “I don’t know.” Then…

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17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17) Levi, the same man known as Matthew, began to follow Christ. The first thing he did after leaving his tax collecting booth was to throw a…

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