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Light + Life Devotion for January 22

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage John 14:23–31 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to...

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Light + Life Devotion for January 21

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Today's Passage Proverbs 14 The wise woman builds her house,   but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. 2 Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly,   but those who despise him are devious in their ways. 3 A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, ...

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Light + Life Devotion for January 20

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Today's Passage John 10:11–18 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and...

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Light + Life Devotion for January 19

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Today's Passage Psalm 43 1 Vindicate me, my God,      and plead my cause      against an unfaithful nation.   Rescue me from those who are      deceitful and wicked.2 You are God my stronghold.      Why have you rejected...

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Beloved, Let Us Love

Posted by Tim McConnell on

"They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love; they will know we are Christians by our love." Do you remember that song? I remember singing that at camp as a kid. It comes from something Jesus said just before He was arrested and killed: "A new command I give you: Love one another...

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Light + Life Devotion for January 18

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage Romans 5:1–8 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but...

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Light + Life Devotion for January 15

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage 2 Timothy 3:10–17 10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord...

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Light + Life Devotion for January 14

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Today's Passage Proverbs 13 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,   but a mocker does not respond to rebukes. 2 From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,   but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. 3 Those who guard their lips preserve...

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Light + Life Devotion for January 13

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Today's Passage 2 Timothy 2:1–13 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good...

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Prayers for a Nation

Posted by Tim McConnell on

It has been a hard week for our nation. January 6, 2021 is a day that will go down in history. The images are appalling. I say again for any who need to hear, mob violence is not the avenue to the justice you seek. I thank God for a nation of laws. I thank God for a nation of checks and...

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