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July 18—A Pearl for Today “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).  A SERVANT FOR JESUS’ SAKE  This verse describes our Lord as a suffering servant. What an example He left us to follow. Let me give you a servant-heart litmus test. You know you have a servant’s heart when you are treated like a servant and d...

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July 17—Greed The word for today is greed. “Achan replied, ‘It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath’” (Jo...

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July 16—New Birth The words for today are new birth. “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’” (Isa. 1:18). “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not ...

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July 15—Conversion The word for today is conversion. “Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren” (Acts 15:3). “My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner f...

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July 14—Blood of Christ The words for today are blood of Christ. “For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Matt. 26:28). “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him” (Rom. 5:9). “Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread...

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July 13—Rest The word for today is rest. “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil” (Job 3:25-26). “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest’” (Ps. 95:11). “Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you” (Ps. 116:7). “As I swore in My wrath, ...

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July 12—Eternity The word for today is eternity. “For this is what the high and lofty One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite’” (Isa. 57:15). “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting ar...

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July 11—A Pearl for Today “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:6-7).  FELLOWSHIP WITH THE SHEPHERD AND OUR FELLOW SHEEP One evening on our way home from a ...

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July 10—Provision The word for today is provision. “Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ And the two of them went on together. … Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provid...

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July 9—Worship The word for today is worship. “He said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you’” (Gen. 22:5). “Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exod. 34:14). “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the grou...

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