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Not An Option

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).

Many times Paul enjoins us to pray. Probably best known is 1 Thessalonians 5:17, which simply states, “Pray without ceasing.” The NIV says, “Pray continually.” Perhaps Paul remembered God’s admonitions to His people. In the Old Testament we can read such verses as “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6) and “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens (Lamentations 3:41).


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Around the Cross We See

WEAK PILATE

Matthew 27:24

“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.”

How many times have we been like weak Pilate? Too afraid to stand up for Jesus. Let’s be honest with ourselves. It happens too often. We struggle every day to be more like our Master. Yes, we are often like weak Pilate, but unlike Pilate, we today have a savior who died on the cross and washed away our sins and is always ready to help us be a strong faithful member of his church.


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Esteem (2)

Ponder: Why do I feel badly about myself?

Scripture: “. . . Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8, NKJV).

Healthy self esteem results from recognizing that we are made in the image of God. Sin, however, mars the image of God, and puts us in need of being “renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created (us)” (Colossians 3:10).


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