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June 15—Pleasure The word for today is pleasure. “I thought in my heart, ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.’ But that also proved to be meaningless. ‘Laughter,’ I said, ‘is foolish. And what does pleasure accomplish?’” (Eccles. 2:1-2). “But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives” (1 Tim. 5:6). “Treacherous, reck...

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June 14—Heart The word for today is heart. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Prov. 4:23). “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” (Gen. 6:5). “I will praise you, O Lor...

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June 13—A Pearl for Today “For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every FAMILY in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to compr...

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June 12—Hatred The word for today is hatred. “Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it’” (Gen. 4:6-7). “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” (Luke ...

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June 11—Guilt The word for today is guilt. “When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, ‘What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?’ So they sent word to Joseph, saying, ‘Your father left these instructions before he died: “This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the ...

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June 10—Good Works The words for today are good works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10). “For you are all sons of God through faith...

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June 9—Goodness The word for today is goodness. “Now arise, O Lord God, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. May your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, may your saints rejoice in your goodness” (2 Chron. 6:41). “You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit” (Job 10:12). “I am still confident of this: I wi...

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June 8—Flattery The word for today is flattery. “But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues” (Ps. 78:36). “For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin” (Ps 36:2). “Whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet” (Prov. 29:5). “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much” (Pr...

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June 7—Experience The word for today is experience. “I thought to myself, ‘Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.’ Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind” (Eccles. 1:16-17). ...

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June 6—A Pearl for Today “You are always righteous, O Lord, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?” (Jer. 12:1). THAT’S NOT FAIR! Parenting has helped me, in a small way, understand God as our Father. Mothers often hear those immortal words: “MOM, THAT’S NOT FAIR!” A...

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