May 22: “Craving Heaven’s Applause”

John 12:43 (NLT): “For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.”

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July 18: “Whose Applause Do You Crave?”

8 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Judges 1Acts 5Jeremiah 14Matthew 28 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Acts 5:1–2 (CSB): “But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property. However, he kept back part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge, and brought a portion of it and laid it […]

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January 6: “Prepare for Heaven’s Award Ceremony”

5 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Genesis 6 Matthew 6 Ezra 6 Acts 6 Today’s Bible Verse(s): “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20 (CSB) Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): Some Christians are stuck in […]

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January 19: “3 Great Motives for Abstaining from Sin”

4 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Genesis 39:1–41:16 Matthew 12:46–13:23 Psalm 17:1-15 Proverbs 3:33-35 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Genesis 39:9 (CSB) “No one in this house is greater than I am. He has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. So how could I do this immense evil, and how could I […]

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It’s What’s In Your Heart That Counts

Followers of Jesus (if we aren’t careful) will settle into a kind of Christianity that looks like this: We are trying our best to abstain from what the Bible says is sinful but our heart isn’t in it. We say we have forgiven those who hurt us but our fake smile when we encounter them […]

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It’s What’s In Your Heart that Counts

TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Genesis 48:1–49:33Matthew 15:29–16:12Psalm 20:1-9Proverbs 4:20-27 BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY: Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): It doesn’t take long as we read the Bible before we realize that God cares deeply about our hearts. Over and over […]

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The Power of an Encouraging Word

I came to realize just how powerful an encouraging word is when I started running.I usually hit the pavement about 3-5 times a week and put in training runs. Just me and the road … with my phone and running app that logs my miles. Periodically, I’ve tried to push it and do some sprints. […]

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Leadership: The power of motivation!

One basic human longing is to be a part of something that makes us feel good about ourselves. Whether we are bragging about “our” team winning or “our” church’s size or ministries or “our” business’ success, we love to associate ourselves with something that gives us a sense of worth and satisfaction. A leader who […]

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