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Day 25: The Climb

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(7 minute read) “…Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God (Luke 6:12, NIV).” George Mallory was the famed mountain climber who may have been the first person ever to reach the top of Mount Everest. In the early 1920s, he led a number of...

Day 24: In God We Trust

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(5 minute read) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)." Billy Graham tells the story of a time early in his ministry when he came to a small town to preach...

Day 23: God's Dream Team

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“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three have gathered in My name, there am I among them (Matthew 18:19-20, NIV).”  In 1992, the world was captivated by a group called...

Day 22: The Shalene Effect

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(7 minute read) “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57, NIV).” Shalane Flanagan won the New York City Marathon in 2017. Her victory was about more than just a personal athletic achievement. She’s the first American...

Day 21: A Protected Castle

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(8 minute read) “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8, NIV).” At one time...

Day 20: Outrunning the Roaring Lion

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(6 minute read) “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away...

Day 19: Joy + Prayer

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(6 minute read) “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:4-6...

Day 18: Don't Settle For the Cheap Stuff

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“…let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:4, NKJV)” At one time, all the great cathedrals in Europe were built with stone. That’s why they’re still around. They were built by master stonemasons and skilled...

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