December 27: “Refusing to Stir Up Anger”

Proverbs 30:33 (NLT): “As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels.”

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December 9: “God, and the Old Testament Prophets”

Joel 2:12-13 (NLT): “That is why the Lord says, ‘Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.’ Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”

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December 3: “Love and Church Splits”

1 John 3:14-15 (NLT): “If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.”

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December 1: “Jesus, Our Defense Attorney”

1 John 2:1 (NLT): “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.”

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October 16: “No One Is Too Far Gone”

1 Timothy 1:15-16 (NLT): “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.”

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October 10: “Celebrate God’s Grace But Never Presume Upon It”

Jeremiah 14:11-12 (NLT): “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Do not pray for these people anymore. When they fast, I will pay no attention. When they present their burnt offerings and grain offerings to me, I will not accept them. Instead, I will devour them with war, famine, and disease.’”

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September 1: “Forgiven and Righteous”

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT): “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”

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June 12: “Our Forgiving God”

Psalm 130:3-4 (NLT): “Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you.”

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