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April 22—Hope The word for today is hope. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Pet. 1:3-4). “For the grace of God has a...

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April 21—Hell The word for today is hell. “Now there was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day. And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. Now it c...

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April 20—Heaven The word for today is heaven. “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven; inasmuch as we, having put it on, shall not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, b...

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April 19—Guidance The word for today is guidance. “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day” (Prov. 4:18). “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end” (Ps. 48:14). “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet wate...

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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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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 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 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 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 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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