September 9: “Getting Your Joy Back After You Sin”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 31 Corinthians 14Ezekiel 12Psalm 51 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 51:12 (CSB): “Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and sustain me by giving me a willing spirit.” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 51 is rugged and honest. David, who penned it, had engaged […]

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August 15: “The Joys of Hard Times”

8 Minute Read + Scripture readings (If you want to listen to an audio version of today’s blog post, simply go to https://anchor.fm/mattellis1997, or search for “Reflections on Truth” by Matt Ellis wherever you download your favorite podcasts.) Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 5-6Romans 5Jeremiah 43Psalms 19 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Romans 5:3–5 (CSB): “And not […]

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July 9: “Gratitude and Happiness”

8 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Joshua 11Psalm 144Jeremiah 5Matthew 19 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 144:15 (CSB): “Happy are the people with such blessings. Happy are the people whose God is the LORD.” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): Some people are not convinced that following Jesus is the pathway to happiness. They […]

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June 21: “A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”

5 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 26Psalm 117-118Isaiah 53Matthew 1 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 118:24 (CSB): “This is the day the Lord has made; let’s rejoice and be glad in it.” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): A big part of how we will respond to life is based upon how we […]

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June 2: “Enjoying Our God”

6 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 6 Psalm 89 Isaiah 34 Revelation 4 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Deuteronomy 6:5 (CSB): “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): Looking at the Bible with all of its “dos” […]

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May 31: “Why We Might Not Desire to Pursue God”

10 Minute Read + Scripture readings + video Today’s Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 4Psalms 86-87Isaiah 32Revelation 2 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Deuteronomy 4:29 (CSB): “But from there, you will search for the LORD your God, and you will find him when you seek him with all your heart and all your soul.” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): […]

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May 30: “Revival and Getting Our Happiness Back”

6 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 3Psalms 85Isaiah 31Revelation 1 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 85:6 (CSB): “Will you not revive us again so that your people may rejoice in you?” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): At our core, all of us essentially want to be happy. A desire for inner joy […]

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May 29: “Joy in God’s Presence”

3 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 2Psalms 83-84Isaiah 30Jude 1 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 84:10–12 (CSB): “Better a day in your courts than a thousand anywhere else. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God than live in the tents of wicked people. For the Lord […]

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