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Sanctified Speech

Father, Keep reminding us of these things. Guard our speech against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Help us to do our best to present ourselves to you as ones approved, workers who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle the word of truth. Help us avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Remind us…

Universal Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) God comforts us so that we can comfort others with the comfort we received from him. Our trouble doesn’t have to match the trouble of the other person because his comfort…

Last and Least

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father;…

Crowns

“For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.” (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20) When we stand before the Lord, our gifts to him, the crowns we lay at his feet, are the people we loved and served in his name while on earth. He created the heavens and earth in six days, why would…

True Fasting

1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins. 2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. 3…