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The Importance of Role Models


Daily Bible Reading – Amos 7-9; Psalm 104; Titus 2

Today’s Key Passage – Titus 2:1-8

 

How do you learn what it means to be a good parent?  How do you learn to become a good husband or a good wife?  For many things in life, we need instruction to actually learn how to do things, and we can get that instruction from a variety of places.  We can read books or magazine articles for tips and advice on different topics.  We can study historical figures to learn how they completed the tasks we are trying to learn.  One of the best ways to learn, however, is through seeing our desired results lived out in the lives of role models.  When we have strong, Godly people in our lives we can watch them to learn new behaviors.  Some of us are very fortunate in this area.  Some of us grew up in Christian homes surrounded by role models.  As I was growing up, I learned about being a good parent by watching what my own parents did in raising me.  I also learned what it meant to be a good husband by watching how my father treated my mother on a daily basis.  I continue to learn more and more about becoming a better parent and husband by the people I have surrounded myself with in my life today.  My circle of friends who are following Christ continue to influence me and effect my behavior in a variety of ways.  They do this not by telling me how to be a good parent or a good husband, but by actually living these behaviors out in their own lives.

In today’s key passage, Paul speaks to Titus about the importance of role models.  Paul knows that the young men in the church can learn a lot about life simply by watching the older men in action.  Likewise, the young women in the church can take their cues from the older women.  As Titus teaches the older people in the church with sound doctrine, these people can then in turn show the younger people in the church how to live through their everyday actions.  For example, Paul says that the older women, “can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” (Vss. 4-5)  In addition, Paul reminds Titus of the importance of a strong pastor who can be an example to all of the people in the church.  He says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” (Vss. 7-8)

Would you like to become a better husband to your wife?  If so, surround yourself with Godly men who treat their wives well.  Do you want to learn to become a better parent?  If so, spend some time with other believers and watch how they behave around their own children.  Few things in life are more important than having strong role models.  As you seek to improve in different areas of your life, ask yourself who your role models are in that area.  Then as you learn more, ask yourself who you can be a role model to in the church.  When we have strong role models, we can all improve and can all learn to live more Godly lives.

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Facing God


Daily Bible Reading – Amos 4-6; Psalms 86,87; Titus 1

Today’s Key Passage – Amos 4:6-13

 

Amos was a shepherd from Judah who was sent by God to prophesy to the northern kingdom of Israel.  At the time, Israel was a powerful nation with a good economy, but the nation was also spiritually corrupt, so God sent prophets to try to convince the Israelites to repent.  As you read his words, you will notice the boldness of Amos and the directness of his words.  He feared no king or priest in this world, and he spoke the words of God with honesty and integrity.  He denounced the sin of all of Israel’s neighbors, likely to the delight of his Israelite audience, before turning his attention to Israel itself and denouncing their sins before God.  In today’s key passage, Amos is talking to the Israelites about their stubbornness in the eyes of the Lord.  Speaking through His prophet, God declares that He used many methods to attempt to draw His people back to Him.  He sent famine to their lands, but the Israelites would not repent.  He sent drought to their lands, but the Israelites would not repent.  He sent pestilence to their lands, but the Israelites would not repent.  God even sent plagues and death to their lands and replaced some of the leaders, but still the Israelites would not repent.  No matter what God tried, the Israelites remained an evil nation filled with sinfulness.  What was God to do?  He answered that question in verses 12 and 13 when He said, “‘Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.’  He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth—the LORD God Almighty is his name.”  After constantly refusing to return to God, the Israelites were reminded that they were going to have to face God.

When I read this passage, I cannot help but think of our world today.  After repeated warnings, signs, and evidence of the glory of God, there are still many people who refuse to repent.  Despite all that God did in sending His only Son to create a bridge between the sinful world and the perfect Father, there are still many people who refuse to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  Despite all that the Bible says, there are still many “Christians” who choose to live by the standards of this world instead of living by God’s standards.  My prayer today is that everyone in this world will be reminded that we will all have to face God.  Whether we like it or not, we all must prepare to meet our God.  That day is coming for all of us.  Are you, your family, and your friends prepared to meet the Lord?

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The Last Words of the Apostle Paul


Daily Bible Reading – Amos 1-3; Psalm 80; 2 Timothy 4

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 4:6-18

The last book in the Bible written by the apostle Paul is 2 Timothy.  At this point in his life, he was locked away in a prison in Rome for preaching the Gospel.  Paul knew that he was nearing the end of his life, and he sent one last letter to his friend Timothy.  When I read 2 Timothy, I cannot help but feel a little bit sad and I cannot help but feel a little bit sorry for Paul.  After all, he did nothing wrong and was living a Godly life, but because of the sinfulness of this world he was persecuted, imprisoned, and eventually killed for his faith.  Today’s key passage contains the last known words we have written by Paul, and while he had every right to be depressed or even angry about his current predicament that is not what we see in his words.  As Paul was closing his letter, and in fact as he was “closing” his life, his words show that even when nearing death, Paul’s character did not change.  His words near death reflected the same three characteristics that defined his entire life – faith, love, and forgiveness.

Faith – Our passage begins with these words from Paul – “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (Vss. 6-8)  As Paul grew closer and closer to his last days, he had no fear of death.  He had no doubts about where he was going or about the reward that was awaiting him in Heaven.  In the face of death, Paul had the same unshakable faith that he had during his entire life.

Love – Though Paul was most likely living in a cold, damp dungeon, in his words we still see love.  Though Demas deserted him (Vs. 10), in his words we still see love.  In his words, we see the love Paul has for Luke who was the only person left with him who was faithful.  In his words, we see the love for Timothy as he asked his good friend to visit him soon.  In his words, we even see a love for Mark as he asks Timothy to bring Mark with him when he comes to visit.  If you will remember from Acts 15:36-41, earlier in his life Paul did not have the best relationship with Mark.  During his first missionary journey, Mark left Paul and Barnabas which was upsetting for Paul.  This strained relationship with Mark was so bad that it caused Paul and Barnabas to part company completely.  Obviously, though, Paul and Mark must have reconciled and we see that Paul had nothing but love for Mark.

Forgiveness – We have already seen that Paul must have forgiven Mark for his past indiscretions, but we also see a greater level of forgiveness in Paul’s words.  He says, “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.” (Vs. 16)  Paul forgave the people who deserted him, and he was hoping that God would forgive them as well.  Just as Jesus forgave even the men who crucified him, Paul forgave the ones who deserted him.

Near the end of his life, Paul still had a great message and he still had great character.  My prayer today is that at the end of our lives, we all have the same characteristics of faith, love, and forgiveness that Paul displayed in this book.  Since we do not know when the end will come, we have to be prepared by living our lives each day with these characteristics in mind.  There is no better day to begin that than today.

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The Origin and Purpose of the Bible


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 13,14; 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Timothy 3

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 3:14-17

 

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the Bible?  Where did it come from?  Or what about its purpose?  Why do we have the Bible?  If you have ever found yourself asking these questions, then today’s key passage has the answers you have been seeking.  In it, the Apostle Paul is writing to his friend Timothy.  Timothy was a young man and was one of the first second-generation Christians.  At this point in history, most Christians were first-generation, meaning they converted because they heard the good news about Jesus Christ from an evangelist and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.  Timothy, on the other hand, grew up learning about God.  As a small boy, his mother and grandmother read him the Holy Scriptures and taught him about God and about the Gospel of Christ, which led him to becoming a believer himself.  In today’s passage, Paul reminds Timothy of his youth, and then reminds him of the origin and purpose of the Word of God.

Origin of the Bible

Paul reminds Timothy that, “all Scripture is God-breathed” (Vs. 16).  What does this mean?  A lot of times people have a tendency to think of the Bible as simply a collection of stories about God.  They wrongly believe that the Bible represents merely our human interpretation of who God is and what He has done.  While it is technically true that the Bible was written down by the hands of human beings, that is only half of the story.  The people who wrote the Bible did not do so on their own.  They did not write it based on their own ideas of God.  Instead, they wrote exactly what God wanted them to write.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God inspired these writers to tell His story.  The Bible comes from God, and we can trust in it because God was in complete control of its writing.

Purpose of the Bible

Paul continues in our passage and reminds Timothy of the purpose of the Bible.  He says that the Bible, “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. (Vs. 16)  Because the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we can trust what it says about Him.  We can have faith that the character of God represented in the Bible is accurate, and therefore by reading His Word we can learn about Him.  In addition, the Bible helps us to know the difference between right and wrong.  As we read it, we can begin to discern how God wants us to live our lives, and we can discern the things in life He wants us to avoid.  Through following His Word, we can be trained in righteousness, and can learn to live a holy and blameless life through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

As we study the Bible, we must never forget one final note about its purpose.  Paul reminds Timothy that the Bible is useful, “so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (Vs. 17)  The purpose of the Bible is not simply education or training for the sake of training.  We read it to learn how to do God’s will, and it is only useful to us if it leads us to action.  We can read the Bible all day from cover to cover, but the real power of God’s inspired Word comes when we begin living it.

The next time you sit down to read your Bible, keep these things in mind.  Remember that the Book you are holding in your hands was written by the Creator of the universe.  Remember that He wrote it to show you who He is, and how you should live your life.  When you read, allow the words to strengthen your spirit and your faith in God.  Above all else, when you read, allow the words to lead you to do God’s will.

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Jonah and the Whale


Daily Bible Reading – Jonah 1-4; 2 Timothy 2

Today’s Key Passage – Jonah 1-4

 

As you know by now, each day I select a relatively short key passage from our daily Bible reading and talk about a specific lesson we learn from that passage.  Today, though, I am going to have to do things a bit differently.  As I was reading the book of Jonah today, I realized that selecting only a short passage from this book was going to do it a complete injustice.  There are simply too many valuable lessons throughout this book to focus on just one, so I decided to make the entire book our key passage for today.  As we review the four short chapters of this book, we can learn a lot from Jonah’s journey.  (Please avoid the temptation to read my brief synopses of each chapter below and skip reading the actual book of Jonah.  If you only have time to read one or the other, read the actual story in the Bible.  After all, God’s words are A LOT more important than anything I can possibly write here.)

Chapter 1 – God told Jonah to go to Ninevah to warn the people of God’s coming judgment and tell them to repent.  Jonah, not wanting to risk the possibility that the evil people of Ninevah would actually repent and receive God’s mercy, decided to run from God.  He boarded a ship headed to Tarshish, and fell asleep below deck.  Jonah should have felt guilt and shame for his sin, but instead he was able to sleep peacefully because sometimes the absence of guilt does not necessarily mean we are obeying God as we should.  During the journey, God sent a great storm that endangered the lives of everyone on board.  Jonah’s sin (just like our own sin) was now affecting not just himself but other people as well.  When the ship’s crew realized that Jonah’s sin was the cause of the storm, they threw him overboard and the seas immediately calmed.  When the crew saw this, they stopped worshiping their pagan gods and turned to the one true God.  Even though Jonah was disobeying God by running away, God still used Jonah’s disobedience to bring others to Him.

Chapter 2 – After being thrown in the water, God sent a whale to swallow Jonah.  Jonah spent three days and three nights inside the whale.  He could have used this time to curse God for the predicament he was now in, but instead he ran back to God and recommitted to Him.  Jonah realized that while he was not in the perfect situation in the belly of the fish, he was there because God saved him from drowning in the sea.  When we find ourselves in a tough situation, it might be because God has saved us from something much worse.

Chapter 3 – God commanded the whale to release Jonah on dry land, and he went to Ninevah and told the people the words of God.  He warned them that in 40 days they would all be destroyed by God unless they returned to faith in Him.  Upon hearing this, the entire city (over 120,000 people) repented and turned back to God.  Jonah was given a second chance by God to do His will, and the people of Ninevah were given a second chance by God to stop sinning because God’s mercy and forgiveness are unceasing.

Chapter 4 – When God had compassion on the people of Ninevah and decided not to destroy them, Jonah became angry with God because he did not want to see these wicked people saved.  He sat down under a tree and God caused a vine to grow to give Jonah shade and comfort.  The next day, God sent a worm to destroy the vine and Jonah was miserable in the hot sun.  God did this to teach Jonah a lesson.  Jonah was angry about the destruction of a vine that only lived for one day, but was not upset at all about the possible destruction of over 120,000 people because the loss of the vine affected him personally and the loss of the people did not.  How often do we get upset by the loss of a prized possession but fail to get upset by a friend who is not saved?

The story of Jonah and the whale teaches us a lot about God and a lot about ourselves.  If I had to sum up the entire story into one lesson it would be this – God’s will is unstoppable.  You can choose to run from God your entire life, but His will is still always going to be done and you are going to have to face many storms along the way because of your disobedience.  Alternately, you can choose to run toward God and obey Him, accepting His will and avoiding the pitfalls of your sins.  The choice is yours.

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The Expectation Gap Audio Message


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On 6/24/13, I was able to preach a message entitled The Expectation Gap at Milestone Church in Keller, TX.  Just a few short years ago, no one (including me) would have ever thought I would be teaching from God’s Word, but our God is a redeeming God.  He loved me despite my sin, and despite my brokenness, and He saved me.  Then he began to change me to prepare me for things like preaching this message.

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The Promise of Heaven


Daily Bible Reading – Joel 1-3; 2 Timothy 1

Today’s Key Passage – Joel 2:18-27

 

Joel was a prophet in Judah who many Biblical scholars believe was one of the prophets urging the people to return to God during King Joash’s reign.  Joel began his book by telling the people about the devastation that was coming to them because of their sin.  He spoke about a plague of locusts that was coming that would destroy Judah, which symbolized an invading army that would defeat Judah if they did not repent of their sins and return to God.  By the second chapter of his book, Joel switched his focus from the impending invasion and the consequences of their sins to a much more joyous topic – God’s mercy and forgiveness.  He told the people of Judah that if they repented of their sins and turned back to God, then God would forgive them and save them from destruction.  In today’s key passage, he discusses God’s response to Judah’s repentance, and he speaks of a few promises for the people if they return to God.  As I read these words, I cannot help but be reminded of another promise from God – the promise of eternal life with Him in Heaven.

The first promise God makes to those who have turned to Him is to, “drive the northern army far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land, with its front columns going into the eastern sea and those in the rear into the western sea. And its stench will go up; its smell will rise.” (Vs. 20)  When we are saved and God promises us eternal life, He promises us that at the day of judgment He will drive away our enemies.  He will drive away all of our sinfulness as He gives us perfect bodies and perfect minds in Heaven.  In addition, he will drive out all of the evil in the world and separate it from us, and we will be left surrounded by only the best of God.

The second promise God makes is to, “repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm — my great army that I sent among you.” (Vs. 25)  In our present life, we face many hardships and times of trial.  We will all face tragedies of one degree or another, and they are all brought about by the evil that is inherent in this world.  God promises that in Heaven, He will repay us for all of the hard times we have faced in this life.  He will provide us with the greatest award imaginable when we stay faithful to Him.  This reward is referenced in the symbolism of Vs. 26 when God promises, “You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you”.

Finally, God promises that, “never again will [His] people be shamed” (Vs. 27)  When we make it to Heaven, we will not have to worry about facing any trials.  We will not have to worry about sin.  We will not have to worry about the guilt and shame that comes when we are unable to live up to God’s perfect standard.

When we repent of our sins, turn to God, and accept His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, we receive a promise from God that is greater than anything we can possibly imagine.  We are promised to spend eternity in Heaven in the presence of the Creator of the Universe, and we are promised eternal blessings from Him.  While some of those blessings might not come during our lives here on earth, we can be assured that we will receive God’s very best on “that day”.  Praise God for His promises to us.  Praise God for the promise of Heaven.

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Our Persistent God


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 11,12; 2 Chronicles 24; 1 Timothy 6

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Chronicles 24:17-25

 

Joash was seven years old when he became the king of Judah, and he reigned as king for forty years.  In the beginning of his reign, Joash lived  a life that was “right in the eyes of the Lord” (Vs. 2)  After many years of idol worship and evil kings in Judah the temple was in disarray, so in the first part of his life Joash collected a tax from the people of Judah and Jerusalem that allowed him to make repairs to the temple.  The money he collected from the people was used to restore the temple of God “according to its original design” (Vs. 13) and also to reinforce it.  In addition, after the temple was restored the money that was left over was used to make “articles for the service and for the burnt offerings, and also dishes and other objects of gold and silver.” (Vs. 14)  After spending years away from God, Joash finally brought the people of Judah back to Him and burnt offerings were once again presented in the temple according to God’s original decrees.  Sadly though, when Jehoiada the chief priest died, everything changed.  Upon his death, Joash and the officials of Judah abandoned the temple and once again began worshiping idols.

In today’s key passage, we read about God’s response to the renewed interest in idol worship in Judah.  We often have a tendency to wrongly believe that when we turn away from God and sin, He immediately gets angry at us and lashes out at us in punishment, but today’s passage tells a different story.  Today’s passage tells us the truth about God.  He is a God of persistence.  When the people of Judah turned from Him, He tried many times to make the people recognize their sins and come back to the faith.  He, “sent prophets to the people to bring them back to him, and though they testified against them, they would not listen.” (Vs. 19)  When the prophets God sent were unsuccessful, God sent Zechariah the son of Jehoiada to try to convince the people to repent.  Since the people were faithful to God when Jehoiada was alive, perhaps God was hoping that his son could get through to them.  It was only after the people killed Zechariah that God finally sent his judgment to the people of Judah, and even then it was designed not to punish the people but to bring them back to Him.

Perhaps you know someone who has lived a life that was right in the eyes of the Lord for part of his life but has since fallen away from God.  Perhaps you know someone who is so mired in sin that he seems completely lost or who has begun following a false Gospel.  Perhaps even one of you reading these words is wrapped up in a pattern of sin that you cannot seem to break, and you feel yourself getting further and further away from God.  Know today that our Heavenly Father has many wonderful characteristics, and one of them is persistence.  God will not give up on His elect, no matter how far they turn from Him.  He will continue to work to bring the fallen back to Him according to His perfect will and in His perfect time.  Do not allow your frustration over a “lost” brother or sister in Christ or your own sin patterns overwhelm you.  Instead, be persistent, just as your Father in Heaven is persistent.  When we know that God will not give up on us, we are less inclined to give up on ourselves.

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Spiritual Family


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 10; 2 Chronicles 22,23; 1 Timothy 5

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 5:1-8

If you are a follower of Christ, one of the easiest ways to demonstrate your love for Jesus is in how you treat other people.  For most of us, though, we treat people differently depending on how well we know them.  For example, we treat immediate family differently than we treat distant family, and we treat friends differently than we treat acquaintances.  Perhaps the most striking differences occur between the groups furthest apart, so today I would like to look at the differences in how we treat immediate family versus acquaintances.  To begin with, when we see immediate family we will likely greet them warmly, whereas we might not extend the same type of greeting to an acquaintance.  With members of our immediate family, we will stand by them through thick and thin, but we may not do the same for an acquaintance.  For family members we are probably more inclined to forgive than we are for acquaintances.  There are many more ways in which we treat these groups differently, but the last one I will mention in is in terms of salvation.  We are far more likely to talk to our family members about Jesus than we are to talk with an acquaintance about Him.

In today’s key passage, Paul is writing to Timothy and gives him some advice that really made me stop and think.  Paul is talking about the body of Christ and the family of believers each of us are surrounded by in our lives.  What if instead of treating people differently based on how well we knew them, we treated everyone as if they were immediate family members?  What if we treated older men with the same level of respect we would show our fathers?  What if we treated older women with the same level of love we would show our mothers?  What if we cared for and protected younger people as if they were our sisters and our brothers?  How much better would we treat people as a whole if we treated them the same way we would treat our immediate family?  My prayer today is that as each of us go about our lives, we try to treat others the same way we would treat family members.  Forgive others the way you would forgive family.  Love others the way you would love family.  Care for others the way you would care for family.  When we treat others as family, recognizing that we are all children of the most high God, we will do a much better job in demonstrating the love of Christ to others, which is well worth the effort.

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Leading by Example


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 8,9; 2 Chronicles 21; 1 Timothy 4

Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 4:11-16

 

First and Second Timothy are Paul’s letters to a young preacher named Timothy who Paul sent to lead the church in Ephesus.  Paul had a great deal of love and respect for Timothy, and he wanted Timothy to be successful and to remain faithful.  Paul knew, however, that Timothy’s young age might be a problem for some of the members of the Ephesian church.  Some of the believers might take issue with someone so young preaching to them.  In today’s key passage, Paul encouraged Timothy by telling him not to let anyone look down on him because he was young.  He then went on to give Timothy a piece of advice that still echoes with everyone in any kind of church leadership today.  Paul told Timothy to lead by example.  Specifically, Paul wanted Timothy to set an example for the believers in Ephesus in five areas:

In Speech – What we say and how we say it tells others a lot about us.  How are we talking to others?  What kind of things are we talking about?  Our speech is a direct reflection of our hearts.

In Life – How are we living our lives?  What are we doing?  When others look at us, what do they see?  Good or bad, how we live our lives is our witness for God.

In Love – What do our relationships look like?  Do we treat others with love and respect?  How do we act toward our spouses, our children, and our friends?  When the love of Christ is in our hearts, that love will be shown toward others.

In Faith – Obviously, our faith is important, and we demonstrate our faith to others on a daily basis.  Do we exhibit worry or doubt about trying times, or do we remain calm and focused knowing that God will prevail?  Your faith is your testimony to God’s work in your life, and should be unwavering.

In Purity – As followers of Christ, we are called to be pure.  We are called to stay away from sinful things and temptations.  Our level of purity effects all of the other four areas listed above and will be demonstrated in each.  Remain pure, and watch your speech, life, love, and faith improve.

Leaders in a church environment come from many different backgrounds and serve in many different areas.  Leaders can be pastors, deacons, or elders, but they can also be individual believers who simply have influence with others.  By the simplest definition, if anyone else is watching you and taking their cues from you, then you are a leader.  If that is the case, lead by example.  If you are not a leader today but strive to be one day, then begin the process of leading by example now.  All of us can honor God and demonstrate our love for Jesus Christ when we set an example for others in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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