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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...

Day 14: The One Who Controls the Wind

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(7 minute read) “…without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6, NIV).” In 2020, I saw a news story of a sixty-four-year-old man in France who...

Day 13: The Fiery Trial

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(7 minute read) “Thy will be done (Matthew 6:10, KJV).”  My wife, Jen, was once driving on the interstate when her tire exploded. If that sounds dramatic, it was.  Not only did the tire burst, shredding and hurling rubber everywhere, it also damaged the wheel well...

Day 12: Close Call

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(7 minute read) “I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies…In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears (Psalm 18:3,6, ESV).” For four decades...

Day 11: Earnest Money, Earnest Prayer

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(5 minute read) "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24, NIV).” When we moved from Dallas to Knoxville, my wife Jen and I had an opportunity to put believing prayer into practice.  Ten years...

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