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April 1—Resurrection The word for today is resurrection.  “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear shall live” (John 5:25). “Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother shall rise again.’ Martha said to Him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I a...

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April 10—Fear The word for today is fear. “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (Isa. 41:13). “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” (Prov. 29:25). “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal...

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April 11—A Pearl for Today “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7 NLT).                           ...

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April 12—Discouragement The word for today is discouragement. “And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God” (1 Sam. 23:16). “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God” (1 Sam. 30:6). “My soul finds rest i...

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April 13—Encouragement The word for today is encouragement. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord” (Rom. 12:10-11). “And Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means, Son of Encouragement), and who owned a tract of ...

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April 14—Excuses The word for today is excuses. [Jesus said] “A certain man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider...

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April 15—Focus The word for today is focus. “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together” (John 4:35-36). “We must work the ...

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April 16—Freedom The word for today is freedom. “But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25). “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore kee...

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April 17—Grief The word for today is grief. “You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry” (Ps. 10:17). “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may b...

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April 18—A Pearl for Today “But do not recall former events, nor consider any longer the things of the past. Behold, I do a new thing; now it is springing forth; do you not recognize it?” (Isa. 43:18-9 Berkeley). YOU ARE SURROUNDED  Change is hard. We resist anything that forces us out of a comfortable rut. God is known for stirring up our nests and moving us on to new ways and areas of min...

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