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Light + Life Devotion for January 19

Posted by Michael Thornton on

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

Posted by Michael Thornton on

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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Light + Life Devotion for January 12

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage Psalm 119:9–16 9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?   By living according to your word.10 I seek you with all my heart;   do not let me stray from your commands.11 I have hidden your word in my heart   that I might not sin...

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Light + Life Devotion for January 11

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage 2 Timothy 1:6–14 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony...

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Light + Life Devotion for January 8

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Today's Passage 1 Timothy 6:11–16 11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the...

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