Jesus Christ

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. (NLT) -Romans 1:7
Some days we need just a bit more grace and a bit more peace than others. Busyness, drama, and life circumstances pull out every last ounce of patience. By the end of the day, it feels like we are just barely hanging on. When you feel your patience wearing thin, step away. Get a moment of distance to recenter yourself around Christ. He will give you the grace and patience you are seeking to give to others.
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One’s Life

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (NLT) -John 15:13
To love is to sacrifice for another person’s well being. What greater sacrifice is there than to lose your life serving, protecting, and defending those you love? Then there are those who sacrifice their lives not even knowing who it is they are sacrificing their lives for. Take a moment today and honor those who have given up their lives for our country. Remember them in prayer and acknowledge their greatest sacrifice.
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A Quiet Place

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. (NLT) -Mark 6:31
This is always a busy time of year with graduations, visiting family, and working hard. We get focused, hustling and bustling about with little time for eating that we exhaust ourselves. It’s important to go off to a quiet place to recharge yourself and rest awhile. Such a time is necessary to find rest in Jesus. When you sneak away, bring a verse with you to meditate and mull over. Perhaps it’s only 15 minutes, but the peace you will find is like none other. Come and find rest in Him.
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Be Comforted

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (NLT) -Matthew 5:4
Are you in mourning? It’s difficult knowing you won’t be together with that person anymore. Friends and family members don’t always know what to say and sometimes can cause more heartache. However, God knows how to comfort you. You are not walking through this alone, He is at your side. Cry out to the Lord when you feel at a loss, He will soothe your distress.
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Who Deserve

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. (NLT) -Proverbs 3:27
Is there anybody who doesn’t deserve good? Honestly, no. Grace enters the equation where everyone is made in the image of God. No matter what someone has done, we are called to do good. What does it look like for you? Maybe it’s lending your tools out, perhaps it’s aiding an older person to figure out their medicine, or being an exercise partner to a neighbor. What good would you like done for you? Now, choose to do that for someone else today.
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Met Together

And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. (NLT) -Acts 2:44
From the moment of birth we are on a trajectory toward gaining our own independence. It’s a principle our society values, but it does little to further our relationship with Christ or dependence on other believers. Performance and competition puts “I” before “we.” While these thoughts are okay, they do little to bring us toward the body of Christ and leave us forfeiting the prize of the strength gained in community. If you are feeling lonely, seek out community. If the thought of community scares you, take a step of faith forward toward God with a group of believers.
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Only Ones

As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. (NLT) -Philippians 4:15
Paul became a great missionary for spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. He relied on God to provide for his needs. God used the Philippians to support Paul while he sacrificed much. Do you know someone who is sacrificing in order to spread the gospel? We can support them in ways few others will with our finances, prayers, and care packages. These few efforts on our behalf help spread the Kingdom of God to many. God accepts our support as a sweet-smelling sacrifice which is pleasing to Him.
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