August 17—Conformity The word for today is conformity.  “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10). “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4). “In that day you shall know that I ...

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August 16—Purpose The word for today is purpose.  “The Lord will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands” (Ps. 138:8). “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Prov. 19:21). “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Prov. 16:9). “For there...

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August 15—A Pearl for Today “Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done” (Col. 2:7 NLT). GROW DOWN TO GROW UP A tree behind a cabin on Ross Avenue in Cannon Beach, Oregon, causes me to ponder the ways of nature and God. Years ago,...

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August 14—Circumstances The word for today is circumstances.  “Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms” (Ps. 68:19 NLT). “The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him” (Gen. 40:23). “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from be...

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August 13—Risk The word for today is risk.  “‘Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘Now, I have put my words in your mouth’” (Jer. 1:8-9). “‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for...

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August 12—Teaching The word for today is teaching.  “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments” (Ezra 7:10 KJV). “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long” (Ps. 25:4-5). “Teach me your way, O Lord; lead...

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August 11—Renewal The word for today is renewal.  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Ps. 51:10). “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isa. 40:31). “Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may return; renew our days as o...

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August 10—Power The word for today is power. “Strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously” (Col. 1:11). “Who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Pet. 1:5). “After these things I heard, as it were, a loud voice of a great multitude in heav...

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August 9—Discipleship The word for today is discipleship.  “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light” (Matt. 11:28-30). “And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses...

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August 8—A Pearl for Today “If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword” (Ps. 7:12a NASB). WHEN HYSTERICAL, DON’T GET HISTORICAL As I approach an intersection on the way from our house to the office, a moment of decision with minor consequences arises. Do I go left or keep going straight? The distance is about the same either way. Most of the time before I have to make the final co...

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