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June 28—Prejudice The word for today is prejudice. “They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians” (Gen. 43:32). “Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite” (Num. 12:1). “And he said to...

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June 27—A Pearl for Today “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Ps. 147:3).  PERMANENT v. TEMPORARY Some things in life we have no choice but to accept. Permanent things include a loved one’s death, an unwanted divorce, or injuries from a debilitating accident. Temporary setbacks might include other physical maladies, kid problems, alcohol or drug dependency, or strained...

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June 26—Pessimism The word for today is pessimism. “Abraham fell face down; he laughed and said to himself, ‘Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?’ And Abraham said to God, ‘If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!’” (Gen. 17:17-18). “But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Phar...

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June 25—Mind The word for today is mind. “And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Eph. 4:23). “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5). “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” (Isa. 26:3). “Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and th...

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June 24—Mercy The word for today is mercy. “And may God Almighty grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved” (Gen. 43:14). “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer” (Ps. 4:1). “Blessed are the merciful, fo...

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June 23—Meekness The word for today is meekness. “Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent!” (2 Cor. 10:1). “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way” (Ps. 25:9). “But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace” (Ps. 37:11). “But flee from these t...

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June 22—Materialism The word for today is materialism. “And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’” (Luke 12:19-20). “But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when acc...

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June 21—Lust The word for today is lust. “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will ...

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June 20—A Pearl for Today “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other” (Rom. 12:10 NLT). DELIGHT IN DELIGHTING When I was two my mother, Mabel Combs, died a few days after giving birth to my younger brother. My maternal grandparents took the newborn baby and raised him. Our paternal grandmother, a widow, took in her heartbroken son and his other three sma...

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June 19—Loyalty The word for today is loyalty. “After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return to his father’s house. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along...

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