Month: April 2023

A Call to Kingdom Prayer

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16b) This statement from God’s Word is a fitting theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer. We all recognize that, despite the many blessings of living in this country, there is much that is broken and should be the focus of our prayers, and as followers of Jesus …

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Helping Without Hurting

Denise* is a single mom raising two sons ages eleven and nine. With earnings from a part-time job, child support, food stamps, and Section 8 vouchers for reduced rent, she is able to pay her rent and bills. However, her hours at work were cut recently, and an illness made her miss several weeks of work causing a reduction in …

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Day 40: Burial

John 19:38-42Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about …

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Day 39: The Boast of the Cross

Galatians 6:14May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.Philippians 3:7-8But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus …

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Day 38: The Triumph of the Cross

Colossians 2:13-15When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he …

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Day 37: The Power of the Cross

I Corinthians 1:18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.Romans 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.I Corinthians 1:22-24Jews …

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Day 36: The Peace of the Cross

Colossians 1:19-20For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Ephesians 2:14-16For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the …

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Day 35: The Offense of the Cross

Hebrews 12:1-2Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, …

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Day 34: The Necessity of the Cross

Acts 2:22-23Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing …

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