The Great Co-Mission // Matthew 28:19

Today’s verse is the first part of the Great Commission where Jesus told the disciples to go out into the world, proclaiming God’s love, teaching others God’s way, and baptizing them into God’s forever family. Jesus issued this just before His ascension, but He also gave it with a promise: “And surely I am with…

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Multiplying Miracles // Proverbs 11:24

I love how the Message renders today’s verse: “The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.” How does that strike you? It might seem like a contradiction to those without faith. How can giving something away cause you to have more? Well, the answer is…

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The Holy Botanist // John 15:2

I am not a botanist, but I have a basic knowledge of the importance of pruning. You remove less productive parts to make room for those that can be more productive. It can hurt at the time, but there is faith involved that what is to come far surpasses what exists right now. This helps…

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Proclaim the Goodness of God // Romans 10:14

Our verse for the day culminates in v.15 as Paul asked rhetorically, “How can someone preach unless they are sent?” This proves to be a call and challenge to all of Jesus’ followers harkening back to the Great Commission: go into all the world teaching people about the Lord and baptizing them into God’s Forever…

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Reoriented Requests // Matthew 7:8

Today’s verse is a beautiful promise but can also be a stumbling block for people who misunderstand it. Jesus isn’t saying we can ask for a Mercedes Benz and get it, hunt for the pot-o-gold at the end of the rainbow and find it, or knock on the door of the Oval Office and gain…

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Ascension Sunday // Acts 1:1-11

Ascension Sunday: The day we remember when Jesus ascended into Heaven. Acts 1:1-11 (NIV) | In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.…

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Happy Mother’s Day // Luke 1:45

Happy Mother’s Day! I cannot think of a higher calling than that of mother. Our verse from today comes from Elizabeth’s greeting to her cousin, Mary, the maiden carrying Jesus. Elizabeth blessed God for allowing her to experience that moment, blessed Mary for her obedience, and I think by virtue issued a blessing to all…

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Ruth’s Song // Ruth 1:16

The Book of Ruth in the Old Testament is beautiful. It is a story of loyalty and how God turns tragedy to triumph and despair into joy. Our verse from today comes from a slightly larger section where Ruth expresses her determination to stay with her mother-in-law, Naomi. Check out Ruth 1:16-17, “Don’t urge me…

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Protected // 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Today’s verse comes in a section where the Apostle Paul acknowledged that there were wicked people, and people under the influence of wicked spiritual forces, who were trying to stop their work. If wickedness wasn’t successful in stopping the movement of God, then perhaps discrediting it even a little could prove effective. This still happens…

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Jesus: The BIG Difference Maker // Hebrews 13:8

Today’s verse is one that flies in the face of current conventional wisdom that truth evolves with the times. Jesus claimed Himself to be truth (John 14:6) and that truth sets us free (John 8:32), but problems can arise when we think about the meaning of freedom. Jesus didn’t set us free so we wouldn’t…

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