Our Strong and Perfect Plea: Why God, the Just, Was Satisfied (1 Jn 1:8-9)

| Dec 4, 2016 | Set 1 Week 49

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If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:8-9 One of my favorite lines in the song ‘Before the Throne of God […]

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Mouths of Mission, Not Destruction (Ps 141:3-4)

| Nov 26, 2016 | Set 1 Week 48

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Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! 4Do not let my heart incline to any evil, —Psalm 141:3-4 We find ourselves at a time in American life and culture when it can feel like evil is winning. It’s often hard not to feel like things are spinning […]

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Our Immovable God (Ps 125:1-2)

| Nov 19, 2016 | Set 1 Week 47

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Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 2As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.  –Psalm 125:1-2 When Bob and I moved to southern California, we were entranced by the endless differences from the Midwest where […]

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Abiding in Christ (John 15:5)

| Nov 6, 2016 | Set 1 Week 45

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I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  –John 15:5 As I reflect on this verse, I think about the walks I take in the nature preserve near my home. I see […]

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Be Slow to Anger (Prov 19:11)

| Oct 31, 2016 | Set 1 Week 44

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Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. –Proverbs 19:11 These verses are so beautiful to me, because they go beyond just good sense. Being slow to anger reflects the very character of God. Our God is slow to anger (Psalm 103:8). This attitude, the “good sense” […]

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