August 17—Conformity The word for today is conformity.  “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10). “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bea...

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August 16—Purpose The word for today is purpose.  “The Lord will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands” (Ps. 138:8). “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’...

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August 15—A Pearl for Today “Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done” (Col. 2:7 NL...

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August 14—Circumstances The word for today is circumstances.  “Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms” (Ps. 68:19 NLT). “The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him” (Gen. 40:23)....

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August 13—Risk The word for today is risk.  “‘Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘Now, I have put my words in your mouth...

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August 12—Teaching The word for today is teaching.  “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments” (Ezra 7:10 KJV). “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide...

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August 11—Renewal The word for today is renewal.  “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Ps. 51:10). “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will ru...

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August 10—Power The word for today is power. “Strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously” (Col. 1:11). “Who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salv...

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August 9—Discipleship The word for today is discipleship.  “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls...

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August 8—A Pearl for Today “If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword” (Ps. 7:12a NASB). WHEN HYSTERICAL, DON’T GET HISTORICAL As I approach an intersection on the way from our house to the office, a moment of decision with minor consequ...

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