Friday, December 20, 2019

Ephesians 5:15-16a, James 3:17 NIV 2011 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Ephesus was an area Paul used for more than two years…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Psalm 16:11, Nehemiah 8:10 NIV 2011 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve,…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Ephesians 5:3-4 NIV 2011 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.  Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus included a…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Romans 12:16, James 3:18 NIV 2011 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.  Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. Paul’s letter to the faithful in Rome offered them insight into living in peace with those around them. Ephesians 2:14, “For…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Isaiah 11:4-5 NIV 2011 But with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. Isaiah offered…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Isaiah 54:8b, Ephesians 2:7, 4:32 NIV 2011 “But with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer. In order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in…

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Romans 12:12, Hebrews 6:12, James 5:10, 2 Peter 3:15a NIV 2011 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Luke 19:2a, 3b-4, 10 NIV 2011 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus…he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Zacchaeus was a wealthy chief…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Matthew 2:14-15 NIV 2011 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Jesus’ birth account in Matthew differs from other Gospel writers. A tax…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Acts 16:30-31, Ephesians 2:8 NIV 2011 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God… In prison,…

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