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Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12) If you are human, there is a 100-percent chance, someone, somewhere…

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“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21-22) Let’s face it: Forgiveness is complicated! When Simon Peter asked Jesus how many times he should…

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“If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.”  (Psalm 34:18) I was fortunate to grow up in a neighborhood with lots of kids. We would gather in a back yard or across the street in a park to play kick ball.…

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“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18 C.S. Lewis once said, “Pain is the megaphone of God, where He whispers to us in our pleasures, He shouts to us in our pain.” There is so much truth to this statement. Have you ever noticed…

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“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” (James 1:26) There is not one person reading this devotional right now who has not had a verbal stab in the back. At one time or another, people are caught with their venomous tongues…

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“Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, ‘Stand up in front…

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“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job.  This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” (Job 1:1) Some believe the book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible. Regardless, the issue of suffering leads the list of the most difficult questions to reconcile…

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