Weekly Verses…


It is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
1 Peter 2:15
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What does the world most need to hear from me today? A life tuned to the melody of grace that I claim I believe. Doing good, being like Christ, is Peter’s answer to opposition, cynicism, and even persecution. We are free in Jesus, but being free means that we don’t have to pretentiously prove we are free. Instead, we can live for him who died to conquer death. He renounced absolute heavenly freedom so we could find it. We are free to serve others, and most of all to serve God.


Holy Father, my Great Emancipator, you have freed me from sin, law, and death at the cost of your precious Son. I open my heart to you today to say I love you and want to thank you. Please accept the actions of my life, the words of my mouth, the thoughts of my mind, and the emotions of my heart today as my offering of thanks. Through Jesus my Sacrifice and your holy Son I pray. Amen.


Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.
1 Peter 3:18
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Having stood over the open graves of friends, family members, and strangers, I know the appearance and feel of death’s finality and our human frailty. But Christ’s death is that great reminder that death is a matter of perspective and faith. I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and that he is the first fruits of those of us who believe in him. He is alive, not just in Spirit, but in bodily form and so we will also be!


Almighty God, thank you for the gifts of your grace, Spirit, forgiveness and life. Most of all, thanks for the gift of your Son, who brought life and immortality to me through your salvation. While I have no great desire to die, I know I can look through death to you and your victory in me through Jesus. Please give me the courage to live for you every day until that day you take me home. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.


Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands are my delight.
Psalms 119:143
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This verse is hard for me, because I know I am so blessed. Trouble and distress do not seem to be a part of my vocabulary right now.  But I know in many places in the world, this statement is true of Christians who are under attack and live under the threat of persecution and death.  But their love for God and their commitment to obedience is greater than Satan’s threats because God’s will is their delight.

Majestic and holy God, I ask you to bless and liberate your church that is under persecution.  But Father, I ask that if deliverance is not what is coming, I pray for my brothers and sisters and myself, that we may be found faithful in death before surrendering to compromise. Please strengthen our faith:  we believe but help our unbelief.  Empower us through your Spirit to be obedient: forgive us when we fall.  Most of all, deliver us without fault into your glorious presence. In Jesus we find our salvation and assurance.  Amen.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
Psalms 119:18
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From our perspective of grace, having been liberated from law-keeping as a means of justification and  righteousness, this is a very fitting prayer.  We can look around our world and see the anarchy and brutality when there is no principle of law undergirding the soul of a society.  God’s law provided so many wonderful blessings, and can still bless us today if we will let it.  But the greatest blessing of the O.T. Law is Jesus, in whom all of God’s promises find their fulfillment.
Holy Father, thank you for your righteousness.  Knowing that you will dispense justice and settle all injustice when you judge the earth gives me comfort because I know that through Jesus, you see me as righteous.  My prayer today is that I can live in a way that brings honor to you and reflects the character of your Son when he walked this earth.  Through him I pray.  Amen.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Psalms 119:105
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God’s promises, God’s Scripture, help us find our way in a pluralistic world of competing voices and lights our path in these times so given to cynicism and despair.  What great grace we have to know God’s will in our own words!
Loving Father, thank you for giving me your truth in Scripture.  To know that you love me enough to communicate in language I can read is truly awe inspiring to me.  Make my heart hunger for your truth revealed in your Word.  I want to grow to be a righteous and gracious child in your family.  With love through my older brother I pray.  Amen.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
John 17:17
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God’s promises, God’s Scripture, and God’s clearest message  of all, his Son, are truth.  But only the last of these is truth, grace, deliverer, friend, Lord, Savior, brother, Redeemer…
O God, give me a holy passion to know your truth and live it in both word and deed.   Make my life a reflection of your Word, who both proclaimed and lived your truth.  In him I pray. Amen.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalms 1:1-2
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I get to choose which sources of information I feed my mind.  But this privilege and freedom is also a responsibility.  God longs to bless me, but that blessing remains dormant until my heart delights in knowing and doing his will.
Wondrous Creator, just as you fashioned such a beautiful world and put me together in my mother’s womb, I also ask that you create in me a desire to know your truth and an insight into how to live that truth.  I know your Holy Spirit is in me to help me in this journey, but I want so much to please you and bless you because of all the ways you have blessed me.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.
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