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May 16—A Pearl for Today “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4 NIV).  GREAT JOY Every father and mother who reads this verse in 3 John knows the joy of which John speaks. We have great delight as Christian parents when we see our children following God and growing in their walk and relationship with the savior. Let me share my joy with you....

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May 15—Parenting The word for today is parenting. “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. … To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool” (Prov. 17:6, 21). “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Eph. 6:1). “A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his ...

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May 14—Vision The word for today is vision. “But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (1 John 2:11). “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not...

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May 13—Victory The word for today is victory. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5). “And I saw, as it were, a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had come off victorious from the beast and from hi...

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May 12—Unity The word for today is unity. “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were call...

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May 11—Substitution The word for today is substitution. “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us...

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May 10—Solitude The word for today is solitude. “Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you” (Ps. 116:7). “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (Dan. 6:10). ...

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May 9—A Pearl for Today “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15). A FRIEND FOR ALL SEASONS A person who seems to enjoy being the bearer of bad news does not have our best interest at heart. A person who softens the blow of bad news is a compassionate friend and worthy of our trust. There are friends we seek when we need to weep. They are friends who hurt wi...

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May 8—Discipline The word for today is discipline. “But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Tim. 4:7-8). “But I buffet my body...

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May 7—Sensitivity The word for today is sensitivity. “Being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness” (Eph. 4:18-19). “But realize this, that in the last...

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