January 6: “Love and Pray for Your Enemies”

TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Genesis 13:5–15:21 Matthew 5:27-48 Psalm 6:1-10 Proverbs 1:29-33 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Matthew 5:44 (CSB) “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Christians are typically familiar with the command found in our Verse for Today. We know that our God has […]

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Quit Hurting Jesus!

Friend, if you are trusting in Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins and make you right in God’s eyes, there are so many wonderful things that are true of you. If I were to address each of those truths, the length of this post would rival a large library. So, let’s focus on […]

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How to Endure Injustice

In my Bible reading this morning, I came across Matthew 5:38-42. This is a difficult passage to swallow. To theologians, it’s known as the lex talionis. To the rest of us, it’s known as the law of non-retaliation. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a […]

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Praying for those who mistreat us

DAILY BIBLE READING:Isaiah 15:1–18:7 Galatians 1:1-24 Psalm 58:1-11 Proverbs 23:12TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):Galatians 1:23-24 (ESV) “They only were hearing it said, ‘He who used to persecute us in now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.’ And they glorified God because of me.”REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):In our Verse for Today, we read that Paul was talking about […]

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Standing strong in times of persecution

DAILY BIBLE READING:1 Chronicles 5:18–6:81 Acts 26:1-32 Psalm 6:1-10 Proverbs 18:20-21BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY:Acts 26:11 (CSB) “In all the synagogues I often punished them and tried to make them blaspheme. Since I was terribly enraged at them, I pursued them even to foreign cities.”REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):In America, we celebrate our freedoms. Unfortunately, our understanding of the power […]

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The Gospel, prison, and what it means to the rest of us

In my Bible reading this morning, I couldn’t help but notice the last verse of Colossians. “I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.” (Colossians 4:18) As I read that, it seemed as if the words “Remember my chains” lifted off the page and demanded my attention. “Remember […]

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Sermon (video): Maintaining our First Love (Revelation 2:1-7)

Did you know that it is quite possible that Jesus could remove His hand of blessing from a church even if it was 1) theologically correct, 2) busy in ministry, and 3) enduring persecution for their faith? It is in Revelation 2:1-7 that we realize just how important it is to maintain our first love […]

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Book Review: "Tortured for Christ" by Richard Wurmbrand

This is an incredible, sobering book! It is so easy for us who enjoy the freedom of the West to forget that many of our brothers and sisters in Christ are presently experiencing persecution for their faith. We read of Jesus’ words in John 15:20, “Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A slave is […]

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