READ: Song of Solomon 8, John 15, 1 Peter 4 LOVE TO BE HATED We should love to be hated, but we should not seek to be hated. Being hated by the world brings us closer to Jesus. After all He reminds us that “if the world hates you, know that it hated me before it…

READ: Song of Solomon 7, John 14, 1 Peter 3 ON THE CONTRARY, BLESSING While a “nose like the tower of Lebanon” might have sounded attractive to the ancient Hebrews (Song. 7:4), holy women who trusted God adorned themselves a different way (1 Peter 3:5). Peter points out that incorruptible beauty is that of a gentle and…

READ: Psalm 111, Nahum 2, John 15, Colossians 1 LIVE DEAD JOY The Joy of Being Hated. Jesus intends for His joy to abide in us and that our joy be full (John 15:11). In the same breath as bestowed joy, Jesus reminds us that being chosen for His joy demands being hated by the world…

READ: Psalm 105, Micah 3, John 9, Ephesians 5 SUPER POWERED Followers of Jesus need not envy any mythical figure, past or present; neither Ulysses or Superman has anything on those who are filled and controlled by the Spirit. Micah 3:8 reminds us that we can be filled with power, justice, and might towards the…

READ: Psalm 104, Micah 2, John 8, Ephesians 4 UNIFIED PRISONERS OF THE LORD We all serve someone. Those who serve sin or the sinful end up in bondage (John 8:34). Those who serve the Son end up free (v. 36). Paul was ridiculously happy to serve the Lord and considered himself the Lord’s prisoner (Eph….

Dear Sir, Thanks for writing. I am thankful you are prayerfully and lovingly looking out for your daughter and son-in-law, and by extension all of us. There are certainly momentous changes going on in Egypt right now. We are watching very carefully. One eye takes in the physical dangers, risks, and developments, while the other…

Matthew 8:19-20 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  Today was supposed to be an average day. My plans for the morning…

READ: Psalm 16, Isaiah 7-9, John 9, Revelation 17 FULLNESS OF JOY Last night an Egyptian believer was in our home. He has served four years as a missionary in Libya and has been arrested three times. This last arrest led to an extended time in prison where he was beaten severely multiple times. On one…

READ: Job 34-36, Psalm 11, John 4, Revelation 12 OUTLASTING THE DEVIL One of the best ways to defeat your enemies is to outlive them. Enemies have a way of self-destructing if you give them enough time–time is always on the side of the righteous. The good news is that we will be standing long after…

READ: 1 Chronicles 28-29, Psalm 125, Mark 8, Hebrews 10 I AM HIS FOOTSTOOL  David called the temple “the footstool of our God” (1 Chron. 28:2) and Solomon asked rhetorically, “Will God really dwell with man?” The temple was not intended to be a cage where God the Hamster was contained for human observation and…

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