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Show Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7) Are you a merciful person? When others think of you, do they paint you with the strokes of mercy?  Because it was important enough for Jesus to speak these words in the Sermon on the Mount, it should be important to us, as well. Mercy…

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The Day and the Hour Unknown

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)         While Jesus was on earth, He promised His people that He would return one day. Jesus talked about this Second Coming during one of His many conversations with His disciples. He…

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Don’t Let Your Love Grow Cold

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase…

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Developing Your Dream

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. (Mark 10:51)    The New Testament tells a wonderful story about a beggar who knew how to dream. (Mark 10:46-52)  Blind Bartimaeus sat on the side of the road, probably with a group of other unfortunate friends and professional beggars.  When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth…

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Forgetting Your First Love

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You…

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Align with the Lord

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:5-7) Andrew Murray gave us a better understanding of prayer. He said,…

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Pray, Just Pray!

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that…

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Pray for Your Family and Friends

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16) Intercession is one of the greatest powers we have as followers of Jesus. Unfortunately, we rarely tap into it. When we are praying and interceding in…

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Thinking About My Next Step

“Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways.” (Haggai 1:5)    What a probing verse! It’s not a friend or a parent who challenges us today, but the Lord Himself! “Give careful thought to your ways.” There are so many things we do each and every day without a…

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Praying for Our Country

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come…

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