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Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling

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Can We Find God in the City? Psalm 48:1-14 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. Walk around and count the many towers. Take note of the fortified walls, and tour all the citadels, that you may describe them to future […]

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How Does God Bring Destruction?

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How Does God Bring Destruction? Psalm 46:1-11 Come, see the glorious works of the LORD: See how he brings destruction upon the world. He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Face Down in the Dust

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Face Down in the Dust Psalm 44:1-26 We collapse in the dust, lying face down in the dirt. Rise up! Help us! Ransom us because of your unfailing love. Psalm 44:25-26 Has your life ever been so difficult that you […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Riding the Roller Coaster of Genuine Faith

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Riding the Roller Coaster of Genuine Faith Psalm 42:1-11 Why am I discouraged?      Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God!      I will praise him again–      my Savior and my God! Psalm […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Waiting Patiently for God?

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Waiting Patiently for God? Psalm 40:1-17 I waited patiently for the LORD to help me,      and he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 When I first read Psalm 40:1, I was immediately reminded of how hard […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: God Knows Everything You Long For

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God Knows Everything You Long For Psalm 38:1-22 You know what I long for, Lord;      you hear my every sigh. Psalm 38:9 Psalm 38 was written in a time of deep anguish and exhaustion. David was physically ill, believing […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Fathoming the Unfathomable

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Fathoming the Unfathomable Psalm 36:1-12 Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; ?     your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, ?     your justice like the ocean depths. Psalm 36:5-6 I’ve said “God […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: God is Not Watching Us From a Distance

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God is Not Watching Us From a Distance Psalm 34:1-22 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;      he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18 Two decades ago, the song “From a Distance” streaked to the top of […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: The Best Hiding Place of All

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The Best Hiding Place of All Psalm 32:1-11 For you are my hiding place;      you protect me from trouble.      You surround me with songs of victory. Psalm 32:7 When I was a boy, one of my favorite games […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Avoiding the Trap of Self-Reliance

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Avoiding the Trap of Self Reliance Psalm 30:1-12 When I was prosperous, I said,      “Nothing can stop me now!” Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain.      Then you turned away from me, and I […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Standing on Solid Ground

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Standing On Solid Ground Psalm 26:1-12 Now I stand on solid ground,      and I will publicly praise the LORD. Psalm 26:12 We don’t know the exact context for Psalm 26. It could be that David was impressed with the […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Open the Doors!

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Open the Doors! Psalm 24:1-10 Open up, ancient gates!      Open up, ancient doors,      and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory?      The LORD of Heaven’s Armies–      he is the King of […]

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling: An Expansive Vision for Family Worship

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An Expansive Vision for Family Worship Psalm 22:1-31 The whole earth will acknowledge the LORD and return to him.      All the families of the nations will bow down before him. Psalm 22:27 Many years ago while on a sabbatical […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Renew My Life!

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Renew My Life! Psalm 119:33-40 I long to obey your commandments!      Renew my life with your goodness. Psalm 119:40 Today is the first Sunday of the new year. Thus, before we return to our normal walk through the Psalms […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Peace on Earth!

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Peace on Earth! Luke 2:8-14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,      and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:14 Merry Christmas! Yes, I know it’s the day after Christmas. But many Christians think of […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Where is God’s Unfailing Love?

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Where is God’s Unfailing Love? Psalm 89:1-52 Lord, where is your unfailing love?      You promised it to David with a faithful pledge. Psalm 89:49 Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent, a day to remember how much we need […]

Advent Inspiration from The High Calling: Streams in the Desert and Shouts of Joy

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Streams in the Desert and Shouts of Joy Psalm 126:1-6 Restore our fortunes, LORD,      as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears      will harvest with shouts of joy. Psalm 126:4-5 Where I live in the Texas […]

Advent Inspiration from The High Calling: Waiting for Forgiveness

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Waiting for Forgiveness:A Devotion for the Second Sunday of Advent Psalm 130:1-8 LORD, if you kept a record of our sins,      who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness,      that we might learn to fear you. […]

Advent Inspiration from The High Calling: Waiting for the Shepherd

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Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,     you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock.O God, enthroned above the cherubim,     display your radiant glory     to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.Show us your mighty power.     Come to rescue us! Psalm 80:1-2 Introduction to […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Is God a Dragon?

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Is God a Dragon? Psalm 18:1-50 Smoke poured from his nostrils;      fierce flames leaped from his mouth.      Glowing coals blazed forth from him. Psalm 18:8 Psalm 18 celebrates God’s deliverance of David from danger and distress. “The ropes […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Where Have You Fixed Your Attention?

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Where Have You Fixed Your Attention? Psalm 16:1-11 I know the LORD is always with me.      I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. Psalm 16:8 Psalm 16 begins with a cry for divine help: “Keep […]

No One Does Good? Really?

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Psalm 14:1-7 But no, all have turned away;      all have become corrupt. No one does good,      not a single one! Psalm 14:3 I remember when I first resolved to read through the whole Bible. I was in high […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: What To Do When Things Keep On Getting Worse

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What To Do When Things Keep On Getting Worse Psalm 12:1-8 Help, O LORD, for the godly are fast disappearing!      The faithful have vanished from the earth! Psalm 12:1 Psalm 12 begins with a dire description of a culture […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Justice for Orphans and the Oppressed

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Psalm 10:1-18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed,      so mere people can no longer terrify them. Psalm 10:18 Psalm 10 begins by wondering why the Lord lets the wicked do their evil deeds and even […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Real, Basic Stewardship

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Real, Basic Stewardship READ Psalm 8:1-9   You gave them charge of everything you made,      putting all things under their authority. Psalm 8:6 At this time of year, many churches focus on stewardship. For sixteen years as pastor of Irvine […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Is There a Place for Sadness in Authentic Christianity?

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READ Psalm 6:1-10 I am worn out from sobbing.     All night I flood my bed with weeping,     drenching it with my tears. Psalm 6:6 I grew up in a culture, church, and family that didn’t have much room for sadness. If […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Abundant Joy

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Abundant Joy! READ Psalm 4:1-8   You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. Psalm 4:7 When have you felt really, really joyful? When have you been so full of gladness […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: The Antidote to Worship Crankiness

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The Antidote to Worship Crankiness READ Psalm 150:1-6   Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;     praise him with strings and flutes! Psalm 150:4 Worship crankiness. As a pastor, I’ve dealt with it for years. As a worshiper, I struggle with […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: An Expansive Call to Worship

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An Expansive Call to Worship READ Psalm 148:1-14   Praise the LORD!     Praise the LORD from the heavens!     Praise him from the skies! Psalm 148:1 As a pastor for more than twenty years, I have “called people to worship” dozens, if not […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Are You in Good Hands?

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READ Psalm 31:1-24   My future is in your hands. Psalm 31:15a I can still hear the television commercial’s promise echoing in my memory: “You’re in good hands with Allstate.” In fact, this slogan was created by David Ellis, the […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Why Do We Praise the Lord?

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READ Psalm 96:1-13   Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise!     He is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:4 There are many reasons to praise the Lord. Scripture repeatedly calls us to do it, so we […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Toss Your Burden on the Lord

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READ Psalm 55:1-23   Give your burdens to the LORD,     and he will take care of you.     He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22 But something is lost in this more contemporary rendering. The Hebrew verb translated […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Why Do We Praise the Lord?

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READ Psalm 96:1-13   Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise!     He is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:4 There are many reasons to praise the Lord. Scripture repeatedly calls us to do it, so we […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Your Heart’s Desires

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READ Psalm 37:1-40   Take delight in the LORD,      and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 Psalm 37:4 is one of those verses that Christians can twist to suit their own fancy. I have heard some preachers […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Home Depot and Experiencing God’s Joy

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READ Psalm 146:1-10   [J]oyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,     whose hope is in the LORD their God. Psalm 146:5 The other day I needed an unusual piece of hardware. I wasn’t sure what it […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: How Could God Be a Rock?

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Praise the LORD, who is my rock. Psalm 144:1 Psalm 144 begins with a call to praise the Lord, “who is my rock.” But what does mean to call God a rock? In what sense is the living Lord like […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: All I Really Want in Life

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READ Psalm 142:1-7   Then I pray to you, O LORD.     I say, “You are my place of refuge.     You are all I really want in life.” Psalm 142:5 I grew up in a family of four children. My brother, sisters, and […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Remembering God’s Justice

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READ Psalm 140:1-13   But I know the LORD will help those they persecute;     he will give justice to the poor. Psalm 140:12 If I were to stand up in front of a group of Christians today and say, “God will […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: God Will Work Out His Plans for My Life

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READ Psalm 138:1-8   The LORD will work out his plans for my life–     for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever.     Don’t abandon me, for you made me Psalm 138:8 When life goes in directions we didn’t expect, and when those […]

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling: Some Things Deserve to Be Repeated

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READ Psalm 136:1-26   Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!     His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 My grandmother had a collection of sayings that she repeated again and again and again. I heard her say, “Make somebody […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Living in the Circle of Blessing

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READ Psalm 134:1-3   Oh, praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD. . . . May the LORD, who made heaven and earth, bless you from Jerusalem. Psalm 134:1-3 The life of faith might be described as living […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: A Prayer for Church Leaders

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READ Psalm 132:1-18   May your priests be clothed in godliness;     may your loyal servants sing for joy. Psalm 132:9 Psalm 132 focuses on David and his concern for God’s “house” in Jerusalem, the temple that David’s son Solomon would build. […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Crying to God Out of the Depths

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READ Psalm 130:1-8   From the depths of despair, O LORD,      I call for your help. Psalm 130:1 The first line of Psalm 130 is one of the most frequently quoted of the Psalms: “Out of the depths have I […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: The Blessing of Fear

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The Blessing of Fear READ Psalm 128:1-6   How joyful are those who fear the LORD     all who follow his ways! Psalm 128:1 When I was a child, I was afraid of sirens. If a police car was racing through our […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Streams in the Desert

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Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert. Psalm 126:4 Psalm 126 begins by celebrating the return of the Israelites from exile (126:1). It was a time of laughter as God’s people rejoiced in the “amazing things” God had […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: What If?

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What If? READ Psalm 124:1-8   What if the LORD had not been on our side     when people attacked us? Psalm 124:2 Have you ever found yourself wondering “What if”? Perhaps you’ve asked yourself this question from a place of disappointment […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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READ Psalm 122:1-9   Pray for peace in Jerusalem.     May all who love this city prosper. Psalm 122:6 It seems sadly ironic that Psalm 122:6 is still just as relevant today as it was when it was written, about three millennia […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Messy Praying READ Psalm 120:1-7   “I am tired of living     among people who hate peace.” Psalm 120:6 Psalm 120 is the first in a series of psalms known as the “Psalms of Ascent.” They were used by the Jewish people […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Lord Is for Me READ Psalm 118:1-29   The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear.     What can mere people do to me? Psalm 118:6 Psalm 118 was written in the context of hostility. The unnamed psalm […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving READ Psalm 116:1-19   I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving     and call on the name of the LORD. Psalm 116:17 Psalm 116 celebrates God’s goodness. The psalmist has experienced God’s grace in manifold expressions. God […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Tremble! READ Psalm 114:1-8   Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,     at the presence of the God of Jacob. Psalm 114:7 One Saturday morning when I was a teenager, my friend Mike and I rode our bikes to […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week: The First Word READ Luke 23:1-34  “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 The seven last “words” of Christ are, in actuality, seven sentences spoken […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Foundation of Wisdom READ Psalm 111:1-10  Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever! Psalm 111:10 Wisdom seems to be on the wane these days. […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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What Should You Do When People Speak Poorly of You? I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them!   Psalm 109:4 Psalm 109 is David’s prayer when people around him […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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A Cry for Help READ Psalm 107:1-43  “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress. Psalm 107:6 Psalm 107 reminds us to “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!” (107:1). The bulk […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Seek the Lord READ Psalm 105:1-45  Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him. Psalm 105:4 Psalm 105 calls God’s people to give him thanks and praise in response to his “wonders” (105:5). The bulk of the […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Lord Remembers We Are Only Dust READ Psalm 103:1-22  The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. […]

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A Life of Integrity at Home READ Psalm 101:1-8  I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. Psalm 101:2 In Psalm […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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A Time to Be Quiet and a Time to Speak READ Mark 14:41-65 Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Above All Gods READ Psalm 97:1-12  For you, O LORD, are supreme over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. Psalm 97:9 In 1977, as the praise and worship wave was just beginning to crash on the […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Soul of Worship READ Psalm 95:1-11  Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. Psalm […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Mightier Than the Waves READ Psalm 93:1-5  But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the LORD above is mightier than these! Psalm 93:4 When I lived in Southern California, I occasionally […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Numbering Our Days READ Psalm 90:1-17 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12 I have chosen to use the New Living Translation (2nd ed.) of the Bible because it is […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Ingredients of Salvation READ Psalm 85:1-13  Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed! Psalm 85:10 Usually, when Christians talk about salvation, we point to being saved from sin and death through the sacrifice of […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Purpose of God’s Judgment READ Psalm 83:1-18 Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O LORD. Psalm 83:16 Psalm 83 is one of those psalms we don’t know what to do with. It was written in response […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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Honey from the Rock READ Psalm 81:1-16 “But I would feed you with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.” Psalm 81:16 In Psalm 81, the Lord invites Israel to receive the very best […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

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The Wrath of God READ Psalm 79:1-13 Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you— on kingdoms that do not call upon your name. Psalm 79:6 Most Christians I know don’t like to think about the […]

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Has God Forgotten to Be Gracious? READ Psalm 77:1-20  Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? Psalm 77:9 Psalm 77, written by Asaph, begins with a profound expression of anguish. The psalmist has […]

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Drinking the Cup of Judgment READ Psalm 75:1-10  For the LORD holds a cup in his hand that is full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours out the wine in judgment, and all the wicked must drink it, draining […]

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Desiring God Most of All READ Psalm 73:1-28  Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. Psalm 73:25 This verse from Psalm 73 is one of the most beloved of all the psalms. […]

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Hope and Praise READ Psalm 71:1-24  But I will keep on hoping for your help; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14 Psalm 71 is a prayer for deliverance offered by an unnamed poet who has repeatedly experienced […]

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A Time of Favor READ Psalm 69:1-36  But I keep praying to you, LORD, hoping this time you will show me favor. In your unfailing love, O God, answer my prayer with your sure salvation Psalm 69:13 Psalm 69 is […]

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God’s Shining Face READ Psalm 67:1-7  May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. Psalm 67:1 The New Living Translation of Psalm 67:1 speaks of God’s face smiling with favor on us. This […]

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The Hillsides Blossom with Joy READ Psalm 65:1-13  The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy. Psalm 65:12 As I reflect on Psalm 65:12, my mind envisions the lush wilderness “pastures” of Montana. […]

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Fat and Fatness READ Psalm 63:1-11 You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. Psalm 63:5 Psalm 63:5 is one of those verses that doesn’t sound as inviting when it’s translated literally. […]

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Lead Me to the Rock READ Psalm 61:1-8  From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety. Psalm 61:2 Psalm 61 expresses the desperate […]

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Keep on Praying READ Matthew 7:7-11  “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 The New Living […]

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God Was Still with Joseph READ Genesis 39:7-23 But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Genesis 39:21 In the first part […]

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A Discerning God READ Genesis 1:3-5  “And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:4 From the beginning, God saw with moral vision. He saw the light, and saw its goodness. […]

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My Strength READ Psalm 59:1-17  O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love. Psalm 59:17 Psalm 59 begins as David’s cry to be rescued from his […]

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God Will Fulfill His Purpose for You READ Psalm 57:1-11  I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. Psalm 57:2 David composed Psalm 57 when he was surrounded by his enemies, who […]

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Toss Your Burden on the Lord! READ Psalm 55:1-23  Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22 Psalm 55:22 was one of the […]

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God’s Perspective on Human Goodness READ Psalm 53:1-6  God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become […]

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The Sacrifice God Desires READ Psalm 51:1-19 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and […]

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The Inevitability of Death READ Psalm 49:1-20  Those who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind. Psalm 49:10 Psalm 49 isn’t exactly what you’d call cheery. Its main point is that […]

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Clap and Shout! READ Psalm 47:1-9 Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise! Psalm 47:1 In yesterday’s reflection, I mentioned that I am not wired for stillness, but rather for activity and worry. So I need […]

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Defending Truth, Humility, and Justice READ Psalm 45:1-17  In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds! Psalm 45:4 When I was a boy, I loved watching the Adventures of Superman […]

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Hope in God! READ Psalm 43:1-5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalm 43:5 If Psalm 43 seems strangely […]

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Paying Attention to the Poor READ Psalm 41:1-13  Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The LORD rescues them when they are in trouble. Psalm 41:1 Yesterday I began reflecting on Psalm 41:1. Today I want […]

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Joy in Doing God’s Will READ Psalm 40:1-17  I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart. Psalm 40:8 Undeniably, there are times when obeying God is hard, times when we’d much […]

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Sickness and Sin READ Psalm 38:1-22  Because of your anger, my whole body is sick; my health is broken because of my sins. Psalm 38:3 In Psalm 38, David makes a strong connection between his devastating physical illness and his […]

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Feeding on God’s Abundance READ Psalm 36:1-12  How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your […]

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Play Skillfully READ Psalm 33:1-22 Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy. Psalm 33:3 The Hebrew expression translated here as “play skillfully” literally means “to do well in playing music.” […]

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Finally, I Confessed READ Psalm 32:1-11  Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt […]

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The Roller Coaster of Genuine Faith READ Psalm 30:1-12 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:11 My children like to ride roller coasters. So, […]

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In the Darkest Valley READ Psalm 23:1-6  Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalm 23:4 We are in […]

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The Joy of God’s Presence READ Psalm 21:1-13  You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence. Psalm 21:6 Psalm 21 focuses on the king of Israel. It celebrates many ways God has blessed […]

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Ultimate Satisfaction READ Psalm 17:1-15  Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied. Psalm 17:15 Psalm 17 overflows with David’s prayers of asking: hear my plea, listen […]

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Worshiping God in Our Daily Lives READ Psalm 15:1-5  Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere […]

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“How Long Will you Forget Me?” Psalm 13:1-6 O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? Psalm 13:1 Psalm 13 is a desperate cry to God. It is an example of […]

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What Can We Do If the Foundations of our Own Lives Collapse? READ Psalm 11:1-7  “The foundations of law and order have collapsed.  What can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3 In the original sense of Psalm 11:3, the foundations are […]

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“There Is No God” READ Psalm 10:1-18  For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart, those greedy for gain curse and renounce the LORD. In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it […]

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God is Thinking of You READ Psalm 8:1-9 [W]hat are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them? Psalm 8:4 I can’t read Psalm 8:4 without remembering how it sounds in the older […]

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God is Thinking of You Psalm 8:1-9 [W]hat are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them? Psalm 8:4 I can’t read Psalm 8:4 without remembering how it sounds in the older translations, […]

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Set Apart . . . by God, for God READ Psalm 4:1-8 You can be sure of this: The LORD set apart the godly for himself. The LORD will answer when I call to him. Psalm 4:3 Throughout the Scripture, […]

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Serve the Lord READ Psalm 2:1-12  Serve the LORD with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalm 2:11 Introducing a Change in Weekend Daily Reflections: Starting yesterday, I began to try something new in my Daily Reflections. During the week, […]

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God’s Perplexing Permission READ Isaiah 63:1-19  LORD, why have you allowed us to turn from your path? Why have you given us stubborn hearts so we no longer fear you? Return and help us, for we are your servants, the […]

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When Work Seems Useless READ Isaiah 49:1-4 I replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the LORD’s hand; I will trust God for […]

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The Arguing Clay READ Isaiah 45:9-13  “What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does […]

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Freedom that Comes from the Servant READ Isaiah 42:5-12  “You will open the eyes of the blind. You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.” Isaiah 42:7 In Isaiah, the Servant of God will […]

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God’s Comfort READ Isaiah 40:1-2    “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the LORD has punished her twice over for all […]

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Learning from God’s Vengeance, Part 2 READ Isaiah 34:1-17 For it is the day of the LORD’s revenge, the year when Edom will be paid back for all it did to Israel. Isaiah 34:8 I want to spend another day […]

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Charging Ahead of God READ Isaiah 30:1-18  This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But […]

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Is Pride Always Wrong? READ Isaiah 23:1-18 The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has done it to destroy your pride and bring low all earth’s nobility. Isaiah 23:9 Once again, Isaiah condemns human pride. In Isaiah 22, the pride of a […]

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Eager to Do What Is Right READ Isaiah 16:1-14  [T]hen God will establish one of David’s descendants as king. He will rule with mercy and truth. He will always do what is just and be eager to do what is […]

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A Reminder of Justice READ Isaiah 10:1-14 “What sorrow awaits the unjust judges and those who issue unfair laws. They deprive the poor of justice and deny the rights of the needy among my people. They prey on widows and […]

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A Holy People READ Isaiah 4:3 All who remain in Zion will be a holy people— those who survive the destruction of Jerusalem and are recorded among the living. Isaiah 4:1-6 In the opening chapters of Isaiah, God condemns Israel […]

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All Authority READ Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28:18 All authority! The Heavenly Father gave Jesus all authority in the universe. This does not mean, […]

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Who Was Responsible for the Death of Jesus? READ Matthew 27:1-26 Pilate saw that he wasn’t getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, […]

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Faithfulness in Small Things READ Matthew 25:14-30 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate […]

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Who Is My Audience? READ Matthew 23:1-12 “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels.” Matthew 23:5 Jewish men in the […]

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Hiding in the Den of Thieves READ Matthew 21:12-13 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” Matthew 21:13 As Jesus entered […]

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The Gracious Landowner READ Matthew 20:1-16 “When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage.” Matthew 20:9 Jesus did not tell the story of the generous landowner to comment on the validity of human pay […]

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Childlike Discipleship READ Matthew 18:1-4 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:3 When the disciples came to […]

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The Compassion of Jesus READ Matthew 15:29-39 Then Jesus called his disciples and told them, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. I don’t want […]

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Buried Treasure READ Matthew 13:44-52 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the […]

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Not Peace, but a Sword READ Matthew 10:34-42  “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.”   Matthew 10:34 At first glance, we might recoil from this statement […]

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Jesus Forgives Sins READ Matthew 9:1-8 Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” Matthew 9:2 It’s easy for us […]

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The Golden Rule READ Matthew 7:12  “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12 We find versions of the […]

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Treasures in Heaven  READ Matthew 6:19-21 “Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20 These words of Jesus are as relevant to us as they were to […]

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A Call to Truthfulness READ Matthew 5:33-37  “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.” Matthew 5:37 In the time of Jesus, people made vows to offer assurance that […]

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Blessed Are Those Who Are Maligned for the Sake of Jesus READ Matthew 5:1-12  “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are […]

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn   READ Matthew 5:1-12 “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 Ever since sin broke God’s perfect world, sadness pervades our existence. Oh, to be sure, there are times when […]

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The Ministry of John the Baptist READ Matthew 3:1-12 “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” Matthew 3:2 These days, if we even use the word “repent” in common discourse, we emphasize […]

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God Intended It All for Good READ Genesis 50:19-21   “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20 Joseph’s […]

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Reunion READ Genesis 46:5-34 Joseph prepared his chariot and traveled to Goshen to meet his father, Jacob. When Joseph arrived, he embraced his father and wept, holding him for a long time. Genesis 46:29 What a touching scene! After years […]

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It’s Not About You! READ Genesis 43:1-7 “Why were you so cruel to me?” Jacob moaned. “Why did you tell him you had another brother?” Genesis 43:6 The story of Joseph overflows with self-centeredness, beginning with Joseph’s dreams, continuing through […]

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One Discouragement After Another READ Genesis 40:1-23 Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought. Genesis 40:23 Sold into slavery by his own brothers, wrongly imprisoned by the master he had served loyally, Joseph continued […]

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Jacob’s Stone Pillar READ Genesis 35:5-29 Jacob set up a stone pillar to mark the place where God had spoken to him. Then he poured wine over it as an offering to God and anointed the pillar with olive oil. […]

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Pray Toward Heaven and Row Toward Shore READ Genesis 32:13-23 Jacob stayed where he was for the night. Then he selected these gifts from his possessions to present to his brother, Esau: 200 female goats, 20 male goats, 200 ewes, […]

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Trouble Brewing READ Genesis 25:19-28 Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob. Genesis 25:28 Once again, the blunt honesty of the biblical text commands our attention. Isaac and Rebekah had […]

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God Is With You READ Genesis 21:22-34 About this time, Abimelech came with Phicol, his army commander, to visit Abraham. “God is obviously with you, helping you in everything you do,” Abimelech said. Genesis 21:22 Abimelech, king of Gerar, appears […]

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Sarah Laughed READ Genesis 18:1-12 So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?” Genesis 18:12 In Genesis 17, when God revealed his […]

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The God Who Initiates READ Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am El-shaddai—’God Almighty’.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.” Genesis 17:1 In most pagan religions, human beings […]

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Doing the Right Thing READ Genesis 14:1-16 When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with […]

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Whose Name Matters Most? READ Genesis 11:1-9  “Then they said, ‘Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the […]

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“Walking with God” READ Genesis 6:1-10   “This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.” Genesis […]

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“Hint of the Savior” READ Genesis 3:14-16 “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15 Throughout the ages, […]

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Be Fruitful and Multiply READ Genesis 1:28-30 “Then God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that […]

Inspiration from the Pray the Gospels

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Excerpt “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 Click here to read all of John 13:34-35 Prayer O Lord, today I’m impressed to pray for Your church. Thank […]

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Excerpt Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on […]

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Excerpt “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12 Click here to read all of Matthew 7:7-12 Prayer There it is, Lord, the famed Golden […]

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Excerpt “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”   Matthew 5:44 Click here to read all of Mark 5:38-48 Prayer Lord, I’ll be honest. I don’t like this verse. Oh, it sounds […]

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Excerpt As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore. Psalm 125:2 Click here to read all of Psalm 125 Prayer If only we could see how You protect us, Lord! I’m […]

Inspiration from the Pray the Gospels: Doubting Thomas

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Excerpt So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my […]

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Excerpt It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. Psalm 118:9 Click here to read all of Psalm 118 Prayer Dear Lord, even though the presidential elections are more than a year away, […]

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Excerpt Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Psalm 111:1 Click here to read all of Psalm 111 Prayer How I wish to thank […]

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Excerpt I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 Click here to read all of John 15:1-11 Prayer […]

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Excerpt For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. Psalm 97:9 Click here to read all of Psalm 97 Prayer You are more worthy, more glorious, more beautiful, more valuable, […]

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Excerpt Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14 Click here to read all of Psalm 90 Prayer What better way to begin a new day, […]

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Excerpt Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 Click here to read all of John 8:12-30 Prayer […]

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Excerpt There he broke the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Psalm 76:3 Click here to read all of Psalm 76 Prayer O Lord, it seems sadly ironic that this psalm celebrates Your vanquishing the […]

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Excerpt Do not let those who hope in you be put to shame because of me, O Lord GOD of hosts; do not let those who seek you be dishonored because of me, O God of Israel. Psalm 69:6 Click […]

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Excerpt “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” John 2:1-10 Click here to read all of John 2:1-12 Prayer Lord, I […]

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Excerpt Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 Click here to read all of Psalm 55 Prayer O Lord, what a welcome invitation! Not only […]

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Excerpt Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with […]

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Excerpt As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. Psalm 42:1 Click here to read all of Psalm 42 Prayer Thank You, Gracious God, for times when life is hard, when I can’t […]

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Excerpt Happy are those who consider the poor; the LORD delivers them in the day of trouble. Psalm 41:1 Click here to read all of Psalm 41 Prayer I confess, Lord Jesus, that it’s easy for me to forget the […]

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Excerpt I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 Click here to read all of Psalm 34 Prayer Surely, Gracious God, You are worthy of my continual praise. Given all […]

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Excerpt He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” Mark 4:40 Click here to read all of Mark 4:35-41 Prayer Dear Lord, thank You for this passage from Mark. I need it today. You know […]

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Excerpt May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans. Psalm 20:4 Click here to read all of Psalm 20 Prayer O Lord, You are the one who can grant my heart’s desire. Indeed, as I reflect […]

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Excerpt And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 Click here to read all of Matthew 27:45-56 Prayer O Lord, I […]

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Excerpt The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. Psalm 135:15 Click here to read all of Psalm 135 Prayer O Lord, I don’t worship literal idols. I don’t have silver or gold statues […]

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Excerpt Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed . . . . Psalm 2:1-2 Click here to […]

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Today is Trinity Sunday in the Christian Year Excerpt “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19 Click here to read […]

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Excerpt “And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 Click here to read all of Luke 24:44-49 Prayer Dear […]

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Excerpt “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29 Click here to read all of Matthew 11:25-30 Prayer O Lord, how […]

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Prayer “Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17 Click here […]

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Excerpt “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11 Click here to read all of […]

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Excerpt For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised. Psalm 96:4 Click here to read all of Psalm 96 Prayer Indeed, O God, You are great, and Your greatness calls forth praise: great praise, exuberant praise, continuous praise, […]

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Excerpt from Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Matthew 4:1 Click here to read all of Matthew 4:1-11 Prayer Dear Lord, the basic truth of this story […]

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Excerpt from John 21:1-25 But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. (John 21:25) Click […]

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