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July 4—A Pearl for Today “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you” (Deut. 8:10). AMERICA, AMERICA, GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE On July 4, 2003, I wrote in my journal: “Don is at work on th...

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July 3—Strength The word for today is strength. “So he said to me, ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty’” (Zech. 4:6). “But those who hope in the Lord will renew...

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July 2—Character The word for today is character. “Even if these three men—Noah, Daniel and Job—were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord. … as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, ...

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July 1—Sacrifice The word for today is sacrifice. “But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all” (Phil. 2:17). “But He, having offered one sacrifice for...

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June 30—Reality The word for today is reality. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31). “I...

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June 29—Quiet The word for today is quiet. “But let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 3:4). “It is good to wait quietly for the salvatio...

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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...

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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 injur...

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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 Ishmae...

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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 steadfa...

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