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Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33 (NIV) My life was in shambles. Working three jobs, I still couldn’t … more
The LORD your God . . . goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. — Deuteronomy 31:6 (NRSV) My grandson, Keagan, thrashed his arms and legs in the pool as he tried to swim. But he … more
Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” — Matthew 14:27 (NIV) Twenty years after I had written my last term paper, I sat looking at a blank … more
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. — James 1:12 (NIV) My … more
Brothers and sisters, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to keep living the way you already are and even do better. — 1 Thessalonians 4:1 (CEB) The Cávado River is a small river … more
Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. — Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV) … more
On every side, the LORD’S messenger protects those who honor God. — Psalm 34:7 (CEB) Some time ago while driving on the main highway in the eastern zone of my country, I noticed a car in … more
Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” — Acts 10:34-35 … more
The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things. One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part. It won’t be taken away from her.” … more
O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. — Isaiah 33:2 (NRSV) Two years ago, after two days of almost cyclone-force winds, I … more
May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely. — 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NRSV) My husband and I decided to buy a charming home built in 1911. Leaded-glass windows, built-in cabinets, a … more
Be rooted and built up in [Christ Jesus], be established in faith, and overflow with thanksgiving just as you were taught. — Colossians 2:7 (CEB) My twin eight-year-old daughters take swim … more
The LORD says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” — Isaiah 55:9 (NIV) Getting things done gives me … more
The psalmist wrote, “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” — Psalm 103:2 (NIV) My oldest granddaughter loves to hear my stories about “the good old … more
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. — Romans 12:6 (NIV) A few years back I was shopping with my wife. All of a sudden, I got the urge to go to the frozen food … more
Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch, “Do you understand what you are reading?” — Acts 8:30 (NIV) In 1965, I was in a special reading class to develop my comprehension skills. When I … more
Do not be anxious about anything. — Philippians 4:6 (NIV) I sat on my sofa reading. My left hand was gently stroking the fur of my 9-year-old pet rabbit, Alice. Suddenly, she sat upright, her … more
The LORD says, “See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” — Isaiah 42:9 (NIV) Scientists once … more
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. - 1 John 5:14 (NIV) For years my daughter Deanna has suffered from frequent, severe … more
We are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. - 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NRSV) Years ago, six of my relatives and I … more
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