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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...

Day 17: Call and Response

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(7 minute read) “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3, NIV).” Dallas Willard wrote a wonderful book called Hearing God. The book challenges followers of Jesus to actually believe that they can...

Day 16: I Shall Not Want

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(5 minute read) “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want (Psalm 23:1, ESV).”  Sometimes when I read about the life of George Müller, I get a little discouraged. If faith was like a car, I drive a Model T Ford while Müller cruised in a Lamborghini. His trust was a...

Day 15: Rescue Hero

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(6 minute read) “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people (Ephesians 6:18, NIV)  You probably have never heard of Dave Karnes. But on September 11, 2001, when...

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