Lift Up Your Eyes | Psalm 121:1

I lift up my eyes to the hills.From where does my help come? Psalm 121:1 ESV Life under the sun is vanity. Even in places of justice and righteousness, we still find wickedness. No one does good, not even one. Some die young. Others die old. Some are rich. others are poor. Some love life. …

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Good Medicine | Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 ESV We all know the feeling. When someone is steeped in joy, it radiates from them. It illuminates rooms with more than mere light. We are drawn to it like moths. But it also repels. Nocturnal creatures hide from …

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No Good Thing Does He Withhold | Psalm 84:11

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11 ESV Sin can only offer a false promise, a moment of pleasure followed by death. It strips us of the strength that it promises, corroding and binding …

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A Reason to Accuse | Luke 6:7

And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him. Luke 6:7 ESV The previous verse provides three details regarding the context for this verse: Jesus was teaching in a synagogue.It was the Sabbath. There was also man …

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Hear & Be Wise | Proverbs 23:19

Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. Proverbs 23:19 ESV Hear. Listen. Pay attention. Focus. Only one thing matters. Everything else is secondary, at best. Why do you not draw near to listen? Why do you not set your mind on things above, where Christ is seated at the …

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You Have Only to Be Silent | Exodus 14:14

The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. Exodus 14:14 ESV On the run from the Egyptians, the Israelites stood upon the bank of the Red Sea. Pharaoh’s chariots behind and the waters before them left Abraham’s children without many options. So they did what all of mankind tends to …

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The End of All Things Is at Hand | 1 Peter 4:7

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 1 Peter 4:7 ESV The end of all things is at hand. This phrase that may have been so easy to read without thought a few weeks ago now has a more definite sense of gravity …

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