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One Verse Devotional

English, Christianity, 2021 seasons, 999 episodes, 4 days, 5 hours, 17 minutes
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Is it hard to find time to spend with God? The One Verse Devotional is a short, daily podcast where we grow deeper in our faith through one verse a day. A practical and encouraging look at the Bible, now you can spend time with God whenever you want. Hosted by Matt McCarrick
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Welcome Back

The One Verse Devotional Podcast is back! It's been exactly one year since I stepped away... and I've missed you! I am so glad to be back with new episodes starting March 1, 2022.  Make sure and subscribe so you don't miss an episode. Peace! Matt
2/28/20222 minutes, 40 seconds
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Stepping Away

This is the episode I never thought I'd be recording. After 5 years, 950 episodes, and 750,000 downloads, I am stepping away to take a break.  The One Verse Daily Devotional will still be available. I am keeping the podcast up. Feel free to go back and listen to past episodes at oneversedevotional.com
2/28/202111 minutes, 45 seconds
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Jesus Means Salvation | Matthew 1:21 | December 17

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. -Matthew 1:21
12/17/20205 minutes, 27 seconds
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How Christmas Began | Matthew 1:18 | December 15

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.  -Matthew 1:18
12/15/20204 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Line of David | Psalm 89:4 | December 14

"I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations." -Psalm 89:4
12/14/20206 minutes, 43 seconds
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Advent 2020 | Isaiah 7:14 | December 13

Welcome to Advent 2020, One Verse Devotional style! Get your free Christmas devotional!
12/13/20207 minutes, 11 seconds
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Praising and Cursing | James 3:10 | December 8

"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be." -James 3:9-10
12/8/20205 minutes, 54 seconds
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Wonderful things | Isaiah 25:1 | December 7

Our God is worthy of praise. He has done wonderful things planned long ago.
12/7/20206 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ambassadors of God | 2 Corinthians 5:20 | December 3

God has invited us to join Him in His restoration of the world. We are God’s ambassadors, living our lives “as though God were making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
12/3/20208 minutes, 9 seconds
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God is not angry with you | 2 Corinthians 5:19 | November 18

There is only one thing I want you to hear today: God is NOT angry with you! He loves you and simply wants to have a relationship with you. He is not angry about your past. He is way more concerned with your future.
11/18/20206 minutes, 3 seconds
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Restored Relationship | 2 Corinthians 5:18 | November 17

Salvation was God’s idea! God desired to restore the broken relationship that sin brought. Through Christ, we are reconciled back to God. Our relationship has been restored!
11/17/20207 minutes, 15 seconds
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A New Creation | 2 Corinthians 5:17 | November 16

Great news! You can stop feeling guilty about your past. If you are a follower of Jesus, you are a new creation! (2 Cor. 5:17) God is more concerned with your future than your past.
11/16/20205 minutes, 14 seconds
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In the Morning | Psalm 59:16 | November 15

"But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble." Psalm 59:16
11/15/20205 minutes, 20 seconds
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Others Above Yourself | Philippians 2:3 | November 13

Live like Jesus and value others above yourself! In the Gospels, Jesus taught us a different way: Put others first. Paul reminds us of that in Philippians 2:3. 
11/13/20204 minutes, 35 seconds
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Give your anxiety to God | 1 Peter 5:7 | November 12

Stop feeling guilty for your anxiety. God cares enough about us that He doesn’t judge us. He tells us to give it to Him.
11/12/20203 minutes, 45 seconds
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A Cheerful Giver | 2 Corinthians 9:7 | November 11

God loves a cheerful giver!
11/11/20205 minutes, 41 seconds
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Weary in doing good | Galatians 6:9 | November 9

This is a season of doing good for family and others. It is a time of giving. Unfortunately, we can also become burned out when trying to do too much without taking care of ourselves. The Apostle Paul understood this. He encourages us in Galatians 6:9 that we do not become weary, tired, or worn out when doing good. Maybe you need to pause and take care of yourself.
11/9/20204 minutes, 55 seconds
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My Fortress And Stronghold | Psalm 18:2 | November 8

God is our refuge, our salvation, and our stronghold. When life gets busy and filled with anxiety and worry, He is our Rock. If life feels crazy right now and you’re trying to do it all on your own, run to God and allow Him to be your protection.
11/8/20205 minutes, 1 second
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Love God By Helping Others | Hebrews 6:10 | November 6

Let us show our love for God by the way we treat His children.
11/6/20206 minutes, 32 seconds
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God is Sovereign | Daniel 4:17 | November 3

God is never surprised by the outcome of an election.
11/3/20204 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Peace of God | Philippians 4:7 | November 2

Can anyone use a little peace today? The Peace of God is larger than life and transcends all understanding. If you let it, it will guard your hearts and minds
11/2/20207 minutes, 20 seconds
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Take Refuge In Him | Psalm 18:30 | November 1

God will shield us and protect us when we’re weak. He is a loving and protecting Father. He is our refuge.
11/1/20205 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Righteous Will Live By Faith | Romans 1:17 | October 31

"For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17 This is the verse that changed Martin Luther's life.
10/31/20206 minutes, 22 seconds
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Jesus Understands Our Weakness | Hebrews 4:15 | October 30

Jesus lived a perfect life, but he was also tempted. He understands our weaknesses and can even empathize with us. He isn’t upset with us. He understands, and He is here to help.
10/30/20207 minutes, 8 seconds
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Through Wordless Groans | Romans 8:26 | October 29

If you don’t know how to pray, or you feel like your prayers are hitting the ceiling, take comfort in the fact the the Holy Spirit is praying to God FOR YOU on your behalf.
10/29/20205 minutes, 51 seconds
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Do good to all people | Galatians 6:10 | October 28

Why are christians so cruel and hard on other christians? The Bible is very clear on this: Do good to all people, ESPECIALLY those within our church family. I think it’s time that we take Galatians 6:10 seriously!
10/28/20205 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Living One | Revelation 1:18 | October 26

We serve a LIVING God! He is the great Conqueror and the great Overcomer. He holds the keys to death and hell!
10/26/20203 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Lord is My Shepherd | Psalm 23:1 | October 25

The Lord God is our Shepherd. Through Him, we lack nothing. (Psalm 23:1) This is one of the most profound truths you’ll ever hear. Read it over and over until it fully grips your heart.
10/25/20204 minutes, 9 seconds
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My Grace is Sufficient | 2 Corinthians 12:9 | October 23

Paul had a physical “thorn in his flesh.” He prayed on three different occasions for God to take this away from Him. But God didn’t do it. Yet, God’s answer to Paul is something every Christian needs to hear. We need to remember this. God’s Grace is all-encompassing. Whether it is the physical pain Paul endured or an emotional scar that represents a painful past mistake in our lives, God’s Grace and His Love is sufficient in our lives. God's grace is all we truly need!
10/23/20206 minutes, 5 seconds
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By Grace, Through Faith | Ephesians 2:8 | October 22

It is by Grace we are saved through faith. Our faith unlocks this Grace in our lives. It is not because of any good works on our part. Otherwise, we could brag about how great we are. No, it is ALL about God, His Love, and how great He is! By His grace, alone, we are saved!
10/22/20206 minutes, 41 seconds
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Mercy Over Sacrifice | Matthew 9:13 | October 21

Jesus is more concerned with us showing mercy and love to others than trying to be good little boys and girls.
10/21/20206 minutes, 48 seconds
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A Spiritual Hospital | Matthew 9:12 | October 20

When Jesus called Matthew, a tax collector, to become a disciple, the Pharisees could not handle it. They rebuked Jesus for hanging out with sinners. But Jesus has a different view. Jesus is the benefactor of Grace. And through this story, Jesus reminds us of something key… It is the sick who need a doctor.
10/20/20207 minutes, 31 seconds
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Restore the joy of Your salvation | Psalm 51:12 | October 19

Sometimes our faith can become stale. Our past mistakes can beat us down. David understood that better than anyone. In Psalm 51, he prays, “Lord, restore to me the joy of your salvation.” We all need to pray this from time to time. I know I do.
10/19/20206 minutes, 1 second
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Hatred stirs up conflict | Proverbs 10:12 | October 17

If there is a perfect verse for 2020, it's Proverbs 10:12! "Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs." Proverbs 10:12
10/17/20205 minutes, 21 seconds
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How to Have a Relationship with God | 1 John 4:15 | October 16

The Bible makes us an amazing promise: If we acknowledge that Jesus is God, God will live with us and spend time with us.
10/16/20205 minutes, 45 seconds
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May God Strengthen Your Heart | 1 Thessalonians 3:13 | October 15

God will strengthen your heart. He will provide the energy, power, and rest you need to live a blameless life.
10/15/20206 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Lord our Rock | Isaiah 26:4 | October 14

When it feels like the waves of life are washing out the sand beneath our feet, we can take comfort in the Lord. He is our Rock, and we can build our foundation on Him.
10/14/20204 minutes, 28 seconds
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Walk in the way of Love | Ephesians 5:2 | October 13

What does the Christian life look like? How are we supposed to live out our faith? Ephesians 5:2 gives us a simple guideline: Walk in the way of Love. This is the example that Jesus set for us. What a beautiful way to live!
10/13/20205 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Love of a Father | Psalm 103:13 | October 11

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him” -Psalm 103:13
10/11/20205 minutes, 46 seconds
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Be an Ant, Man | Proverbs 6:6 | October 10

"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!" Proverbs 6:6
10/10/20205 minutes, 46 seconds
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Faith, Hope, Love | 1 Corinthians 13:13 | October 9

The three greatest forces in the entire universe are Faith, Hope, and Love.
10/9/20207 minutes, 6 seconds
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True Love Fights | 1 Corinthians 13:7 | October 8

True love isn’t afraid to get its hands dirty. True love puts its boots on and goes to work. True love fight for others.
10/8/20206 minutes, 58 seconds
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Rejoice in Truth | 1 Corinthians 13:6 | October 7

True Love, God-Love, does not rejoice when someone else fails or becomes jealous when someone else succeeds. Love rejoices. Have you ever been in a situation where you are working hard at chasing your dreams only to see someone else reach theirs much quicker? We don’t know what it took them to get there. We don’t know the sacrifice or work they invested. But from our perspective, it sure looks like it was a lot easier and a lot faster than what we have experienced! Have you been there? I have. In those times, it’s easy to get jealous. It’s easy to (secretly!) wish that something bad would happen or that they would hit an obstacle like we have been hitting. But that’s not how Love works, at least not God-Love. Our One Verse today comes from 1 Corinthians 13:6 and teaches us that Love never rejoices in evil. It doesn’t secretly hope that something bad will happen to someone else. God-Love rejoices in Truth. We need to constantly remind ourselves that God’s Love is not scarce. Blessings in another person’s life does NOT mean less for us. God’s Love is abundant. We can, and should, rejoice with others even when we are in the midst of chasing after our own dreams. Go and Love others and rejoice with them today. 📖ABOUT THE ONE VERSE DAILY DEVOTIONAL 📖 The One Verse Daily Devotional is a short, daily Bible study for anyone who wants to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus. Our goal is simple: Grow deeper in our faith through just one verse a day. ➡️ Learn more about The One Verse Devotional and listen to past episodes: http://oneversepodcast.com/ 🎧 Subscribe and Listen to The One Verse Devotional HERE: Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/one-verse-devotional/id1083040320 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7nK4qjCWR4nQXJnCbt2RCc 📱 Connect with Phosphorus Project on Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/phosphorusproject/ https://www.facebook.com/phosphorusproject/ 🙏 Join our private Facebook Group: The Phosphorus Family https://www.facebook.com/groups/phosphorusproject/ Subscribe to Phosphorus Project here: https://www.youtube.com/phosphorusproject Thanks for joining me! Peace, Matt
10/7/20209 minutes, 51 seconds
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What is Love (Part 2) | 1 Corinthians 13:5 | October 6

True love doesn't hold onto offenses for a later fight. "It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." 1 Corinthians 13:5
10/6/20207 minutes, 19 seconds
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What is Love (Part 1) | 1 Corinthians 13:4 | October 5

What is love? This week, we are looking at the definition of true love. 1 Corinthians 13 is more than a wedding passage. It teaches us about the kind of Love that God has for us so we can share this same Love with others.
10/5/20207 minutes, 48 seconds
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My help comes from the Lord | Psalm 121:2 | October 4

When we need help, who better than the Maker of heaven and earth! Nothing is too big for God. Reach out to Him in your time of need.
10/4/20205 minutes, 13 seconds
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Financial Freedom | Proverbs 6:5 | October 3

This Proverbs isn't about hunting... "Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler." -Proverbs 6:5
10/3/20206 minutes, 2 seconds
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Loving God means loving others | 1 John 4:21 | October 2

Only a movement of Love can stop fear from taking over. If you love God, you must love His children.
10/2/20208 minutes, 14 seconds
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The lost art of confession | 1 John 1:9 | October 1

Confession may not be fun, but it is the best way to allow God to cleanse us from impurities and stay in tune with our Savior.
10/1/20206 minutes, 5 seconds
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You are FREE | John 8:36 | September 30

Jesus made it clear in the Gospel of John: If the Son (Jesus, Himself) has set you free, you are truly free!
9/30/20208 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Truth will set you free | John 8:32 | September 29

The more we know Jesus, the greater freedom we will experience.
9/29/20205 minutes, 57 seconds
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Disciples of Jesus | John 8:31 | September 28

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Today, we are going back to square 1...
9/28/20206 minutes, 12 seconds
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Abounding in Love | Psalm 86:5 | September 27

God isn’t a grumpy old man, waiting to punish you. He is forgiving and good and filled with love.
9/27/20205 minutes, 13 seconds
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Keep your mouth free | Proverbs 4:24 | September 26

"Keep your [posts] free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your [keyboard]." Proverbs 4:24 (2020 paraphrase)
9/26/20205 minutes, 6 seconds
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Friends of God | John 15:15 | September 25

"I no longer call you servants, I have called you friends" John 15:15
9/25/20206 minutes, 33 seconds
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Set the oppressed free | Luke 4:18 | September 24

Jesus came to share good news, proclaim freedom to prisoners, and set the oppressed free. As His followers, shouldn’t we do the same?
9/24/20208 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Cure for Temptation | Galatians 5:16 | September 23

We all struggle with temptation, BUT… there is a cure. "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." Galatians 5:16 We make mistakes. We fail. We sin. We are broken and imperfect people. But God is good. He wants to help us. Our One Verse today is Galatians 5:16 and teaches one simple concept: The closer we get to God through His Spirit, the more we can overcome temptation in our lives. Come to God BROKEN and let Him heal you! 
9/23/20206 minutes, 1 second
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Think on these things | Philippians 4:8 | September 22

Our culture is obsessed with the negative and controversial. Just watch the news. But God says to think about what is lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy.
9/22/20206 minutes, 16 seconds
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A Spiritual Battle | 2 Thessalonians 3:3 | September 21

It can be easy to dismiss, but we must remember that we are in the middle of a spiritual battle every day of our lives and we have an enemy who wants to destroy us. But God is stronger!
9/21/20204 minutes, 56 seconds
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Remain confident in this | Psalm 27:13 | September 20

At times, life will get crazy. But remain confident in one thing: You will see the goodness of God in your life. "I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." Psalm 27:13
9/20/20204 minutes, 30 seconds
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What Proverbs says about Facebook | Proverbs 21:4 | September 19

"Haughty eyes and a proud heart—the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin" Proverbs 21:4 Most of us would say we don't want to be prideful. However, when we look at the word "haughty" we can easily see how things have gotten out of hand on the internet. Maybe Solomon had something to say thousands of years ago about how we act on social media today.
9/19/20207 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Light Of The World | John 8:12 | September 18

Jesus is the Light of the world, and He calls us to follow in His Light. As we grow closer to Him, the Light of Jesus becomes greater than any darkness we encounter in this world. Jesus promises the Light of Life to illuminate our path.
9/18/20207 minutes, 1 second
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I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life | John 14:6 | September 17

This is the controversy of the Gospel: Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6  
9/17/20208 minutes, 35 seconds
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I AM the Resurrection | John 11:25 | September 16

Jesus didn’t just rise from the dead. He IS the Resurrection. It is a part of who He is. He offers new and fresh life.  “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;” John 11:25
9/16/20207 minutes, 8 seconds
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I AM the Vine | John 15:5 | September 15

“I AM the Vine... Apart from me, you can do nothing.” Strong, but true words from Jesus in John 15:5. We must stay connected to the Vine!
9/15/20207 minutes, 6 seconds
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I AM the Good Shepherd | John 10:14 | September 14

In the OT, God said His name was I AM. In the NT, Jesus finished the statement and explained who God is in our lives. In John 10:14, Jesus tells us, "I AM…the Good Shepherd"
9/14/20209 minutes, 7 seconds
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God knows your voice | Psalm 116:1 | September 13

God knows your voice! "I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy." Psalm 116:1
9/13/20203 minutes, 59 seconds
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Wise In Your Own Eyes | Proverbs 3:7 | September 12

"Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil." Proverbs 3:7
9/12/20205 minutes, 34 seconds
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Stand Firm, Hold Fast | 2 Thessalonians 2:15 | September 11

"So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter." - 2 Thessalonians 2:15
9/11/20205 minutes, 21 seconds
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A prayer of blessing for you | Romans 15:13 | September 10

This is my prayer for you: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15:13  
9/10/20204 minutes, 30 seconds
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We are ALL ministers | 2 Corinthians 3:6 | September 9

You, yes you, are a minister of Jesus.
9/9/20205 minutes, 54 seconds
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When God says Go | Genesis 12:1 | September 8

When God calls us to go, He rarely tells us the exact destination. God wants our trust and obedience. Just Go… and let God show you the way!
9/8/20207 minutes, 11 seconds
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Great Gain | 1 Timothy 6:6 | September 7

The greatest “wealth” we can achieve is growing deeper in our relationship with Jesus and being content with the blessing He has given us.
9/7/20204 minutes, 31 seconds
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Living up to your potential | Colossians 2:10 | September 2

The closer we get to Jesus, the more we will live according to our gifts, passions, and purpose in this world!
9/2/20204 minutes, 58 seconds
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The fullness of God | Colossians 2:9 | September 1

A simple reminder: Jesus is the TOTAL fullness of God in human form. We serve a MIGHTY and POWERFUL Savior!
9/1/20204 minutes, 43 seconds
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Wings like eagles | Isaiah 40:31 | August 31

As followers of Jesus, we can run, yet not grow weary. We can soar with wings like eagles. But we need to learn how to trust and place our hope in God. Pro tip: It doesn’t come naturally!
8/31/20205 minutes, 4 seconds
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Be prepared | 1 Peter 3:15 | August 28

One aspect of being a follower of Jesus is that we are supposed to share our faith. This is the one thing that freaks most Christians out! Always be prepared to give an answer. That is what we learn in our One Verse today. But what does that really mean? Do we have to prepared to answer everything about the Bible? That's our topic on today's podcast.
8/28/20208 minutes, 50 seconds
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Building Others Up | Ephesians 4:29 | August 27

The negative talk in our culture is becoming unbearable. But if it’s going to change, it has to start with us.
8/27/20206 minutes, 40 seconds
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Spur on one another | Hebrews 10:24 | August 26

As Christians, we are called a family for a reason. We aren’t called to guilt or shame others, but to come alongside them and encourage them in love and good deeds.
8/26/20206 minutes, 46 seconds
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Accept One Another | Romans 15:7 | August 25

We are called to accept others. Those in the Church. Those outside of the Church. When will the Church get serious about this command?
8/25/20206 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Bread of Life | John 6:35 | August 24

The disciples ask Jesus for a sign that they should follow Him. (BTW, this was AFTER Jesus fed the 5,000 and walked on water!) They “remind” Jesus that God sent Moses bread from heaven as a sign. Jesus uses their own illustration and teaches us an important lesson: He is the Bread of Life and the closer we grow to Him, the more fulfilled we will be.
8/24/20207 minutes, 28 seconds
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Show me your ways Lord | Psalm 25:4 | August 23

A prayer for your week: “Show me your ways, Lord. Teach me your paths.” -Psalm 25:4
8/23/20203 minutes
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Rest in Jesus | Matthew 11:28 | August 22

Is life weighing you down? When we feel weary and burdened, Jesus invites us to come to Him and He promises to give us rest.
8/22/20207 minutes, 50 seconds
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Nothing is too hard for God | Jeremiah 32:17 | August 21

Even in the midst of storms in our lives, even when we don’t understand or can’t explain the storm, nothing is too hard for God.
8/21/20207 minutes, 53 seconds
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Deep and Wide | Ephesians 3:18 | August 20

Do we grasp how wide and long and high and deep God’s love is for us?
8/20/20206 minutes, 56 seconds
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Rooted in Love | Ephesians 3:17 | August 19

Through His Spirit, God will give us power to live out our purpose in this world and to love others.
8/19/20207 minutes, 57 seconds
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Strengthened through His Spirit | Ephesians 3:16 | August 18

My prayer for you is that you would be strengthened today with the power of God through His Spirit. Through God’s glorious riches, He will strengthen us and give us His power. It is so easy to get caught up in the small details of life and forget that we serve a God who needs nothing. He has everything. And from those riches, He blesses us and provides for us! Through His Spirit, God will comfort us and give us power to live out our purpose in this world and to love others. I pray this for you today. May you be strengthened by His Spirit!
8/18/20204 minutes, 31 seconds
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A Special Possession | 1 Peter 2:9 | August 7

In the Old Testament, only the High Priest could come into the Presence of God, and it was just one time per year. Now, God allows us to encounter His presence whenever we choose. Do NOT take prayer for granted. It is one of the greatest gifts that God has given us.
8/7/20205 minutes, 56 seconds
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A war for your soul | 1 Peter 5:8 | August 6

Satan works in small temptations.
8/6/20207 minutes, 25 seconds
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Faith vs Deeds | James 2:18 |May 21

Is being a Christian about having deep faith or doing good deeds? According to the book of James, both!
5/21/20206 minutes, 58 seconds
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Lacking Wisdom | James 1:5 | May 21

The Bible promises that, if we ask God, He will give us His wisdom generously.
5/21/20207 minutes, 13 seconds
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Quick to listen | James 1:19 | May 20

Let’s be quick to open our ears and slow to open our mouths (Or type on our keyboards!)
5/20/20204 minutes, 41 seconds
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No other name | Acts 4:12 | May 15

We can only put our hope of salvation in Jesus. Both our future salvation as well as our salvation for today and tomorrow.
5/15/20205 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Lord will fight for you | Exodus 14:14 | May 13

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." -Exodus 14:14
5/13/20206 minutes, 18 seconds
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A refuge in the storm | Psalm 46:1 | May 13

God is the safety, help, and strength we need to survive any storm that comes our way.
5/13/20208 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Wise Path v The Foolish Path | Proverbs 10:1 | May 12

"The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother." -Proverbs 10:1
5/12/20205 minutes, 48 seconds
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Build up one another | 1 Thessalonians 5:11 | May 11

This world needs love. We need to build up others, not tear them down. Please find someone today to encourage. They need it. The world needs it.
5/11/20204 minutes, 8 seconds
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Stewards of Creation | Genesis 1:26 | May 7

Christians who believe in a Creator should want to take care of His Creation.
5/7/20206 minutes, 55 seconds
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Do not crack that door | Ephesians 4:27 | May 7

"Do not give the devil a foothold." -Ephesians 4:27
5/7/20207 minutes, 54 seconds
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Set your mind on things above | Colossians 3:2 | May 7

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." -Colossians 3:2
5/7/20205 minutes, 25 seconds
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Crucified with Christ | Galatians 2:20 | May 6

What does it mean to be crucified with Christ? It can sound scary, but I believe it can change your life if you adopt this way of thinking. Through Jesus, we can put our old lives, our old decisions, and our old identities to death. We are new creatures, living by faith, every day, with a God who loves us unconditionally.
5/6/20205 minutes, 11 seconds
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Pleasing to God | Psalm 19:14 | May 6

"May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." -Psalm 19:14
5/6/20203 minutes, 18 seconds
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A Teachable Spirit | Proverbs 9:9 | May 6

"Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning." -Proverbs 9:9
5/6/20204 minutes, 7 seconds
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Rejoice always | Philippians 4:4 | May 5

No matter what situation or life phase you find yourself in, there is something you can rejoice in. I challenge you to find something (or many things) to rejoice in today.
5/5/20207 minutes, 52 seconds
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Actively Waiting on Goad | Isaiah 26:8 | May 5

When we need to wait on God, it never means to sit back and do nothing. Waiting on God is an “active” waiting. Isaiah reminds us to follow the Law of God while we are waiting for Him to speak into our lives.
5/5/20205 minutes, 56 seconds
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Encouraged by your faith | 1 Thessalonians 3:7 | May 5

"Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith." -1 Thessalonians 3:7
5/5/20206 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Purpose of His Will | Ephesians 1:10 | May 4

“In essentials, unity; In nonessentials, liberty; In all things, love.”
5/4/20208 minutes
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The Mystery of His Will | Ephesians 1:9 | May 4

God’s will is a mystery. The Bible makes that clear, but maybe it’s not as mysterious as we make it. It is more like a great mystery novel. There are twists and turns, but in the end, all will be revealed. Everything is a mystery… until it isn’t. And this is true of our faith. There is a difference between a mystery and a secret. God wants to reveal the mystery of His will to us. He isn’t holding onto a secret.
5/4/20206 minutes, 49 seconds
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Where do you put your trust | Psalm 20:7 | April 30

Fill in the blank for yourself: “Some trust in _______ and some in________, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” -Psalm 20:7
4/30/20205 minutes, 34 seconds
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From His Mouth | Proverbs 2:6 | April 30

"For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." -Proverbs 2:6
4/30/20206 minutes, 29 seconds
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As for me and my house | Joshua 24:15 | April 29

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! Our One Verse today comes from the book of Joshua. Joshua was the leader of Israel in the Old Testament after Moses. He took the Israelites into the Promised Land. At the end of his life, after years of service and leadership to his people. He made one of his final addresses. In a sense, he drew a line in the sand. You can serve whoever you want to serve, but me and my household will continue to serve the Lord. What an inspiring message! He could of pointed to himself, but this wise leader pointed everything to God. My prayer is this will be a phrase you live by in your own life. Will you serve the Lord?
4/29/20207 minutes, 39 seconds
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Run your race well | 1 Corinthians 9:24 | April 24

The spiritual life is like a marathon. It takes time, energy, and discipline. Paul reminds us of this in 1 Corinthians 9. He encourages us to prepare ourselves for the race ahead and then to run in such a way as to gain the prize that will last forever. Where do you need discipline in your life?
4/24/20206 minutes, 28 seconds
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May Your Love Increase | 1 Thessalonians 3:12 | Episode 800

Today is episode 800 of the One Verse Devotional. I want to say thank you for being a part of this journey, and I want to challenge you to love others.
4/23/20206 minutes, 9 seconds
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Forget your past | Philippians 3:13 | April 22

Many of us feel pain and regret over past mistakes and sins. However, you will never fully realize the glorious future that God has for you until you let go of your past.
4/22/20208 minutes, 15 seconds
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God can free you | Psalm 25:15 | April 22

Whenever I hear the word, snare, I think of a trapped animal. Doesn’t life feel like this at times? Today’s One Verse gives us some great advice when we find ourselves in this situation.
4/22/20206 minutes, 46 seconds
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We will establish your plans | Proverbs 16:3 | April 21

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." -Proverbs 16:3
4/21/20204 minutes, 5 seconds
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Press on to win the prize | Philippians 3:14 | April 21

Live your life for the only prize that truly matters! We have a mission. We have been given a goal: Love others. Care for others. Look after those who need help. Share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ with the world. THIS is the prize, the goal we have been given in Jesus. Let us live every day with this goal in mind!
4/21/20204 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Faith of Friends | Mark 2:5 | April 21

Can our faith have an effect on our friends? According to today’s One Verse, it does! Mark 2 is an amazing story of friends showing up to help. They did all they could to get their friend in front of Jesus (I thought “Let’s tear the roof off this place!” was just an expression). And Jesus makes it clear: The man was healed because of the faith of his friends. What does that mean for us today? It makes me want to be a better friend.
4/21/20207 minutes, 43 seconds
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Jesus is knocking | Revelation 3:20 | April 20

“I stand at the door and knock.” This is a famous verse that many Christians are familiar with. But here is the sobering part of this verse: Jesus was speaking to the Church! At some point, Jesus was pushed out. Now, He patiently waits outside the door, knocking, and hoping that someone will invite Him back in.
4/20/20208 minutes, 3 seconds
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Great and unsearchable things | Jeremiah 33:3 | April 20

God will uncover His heart as we grow closer to Him.
4/20/20207 minutes, 12 seconds
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The light of the world | Matthew 5:14 | April 19

As followers of the One True Light (Jesus), we are called to reflect His Light and Love to a dark and hurting world. We are the light of the world.
4/19/20207 minutes, 33 seconds
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The plans of God stand firm | Psalm 33:11 | April 19

Even when life takes a turn, God isn’t surprised. God knows where you are at in life, where you have been, and where you are going. His plans will stand firm. I love this because I don’t always know where I am going. But God is never surprised by our circumstances. 
4/19/20204 minutes, 29 seconds
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What is his name | Proverbs 30:4 | April 18

"Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!" -Proverbs 30:4
4/18/20205 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Sacrifice of a Savior | Matthew 27:50 | Good Friday

I head a question once: “Was Jesus murdered or did He commit suicide?” Neither. He gave Himself as a sacrifice in the greatest act of Love the world will ever see. Spend some time, today, reflecting on the love Jesus showed to you through the cross.
4/18/20203 minutes, 54 seconds
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Love one another | John 13:34 | April 17

As Jesus prepared to go to the cross, He left us with a simple command: Love one another.
4/17/20205 minutes, 49 seconds
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Love your neighbor | Matthew 22:39 | April 8

During this time of coronavirus and the Covid-19 pandemic, how can we effectively love our neighbor?
4/8/20207 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Greatest Commandment | Matthew 22:37 | April 8

Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. As we look to Easter, let’s spend some time with God and express our love and thankfulness to Him.
4/8/20204 minutes, 49 seconds
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Who is Jesus | Matthew 21:10 | April 7

At some point in our lives, we all have to answer this question: “Who is Jesus?”
4/8/20207 minutes, 41 seconds
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Palm Sunday | Psalm 118:25 | April 5

"Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!" -Psalm 118:25
4/5/20209 minutes, 23 seconds
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Blessed Children | Proverbs 8:32 | April 5

“Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways." -Proverbs 8:32
4/5/20206 minutes, 34 seconds
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Children of God | Galatians 3:26 | April 5

"So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith," -Galatians 3:26
4/5/20208 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Love of a Father | Luke 11:13 | April 5

"If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” -Luke 11:13
4/5/20207 minutes, 7 seconds
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Hope in the unseen | Hebrews 11:1 | April 5

"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." -Hebrews 11:1
4/5/20204 minutes, 51 seconds
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God will guide you to His will | Philippians 2:13 | April 5

"For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." -Philippians 2:13
4/5/20208 minutes, 27 seconds
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Saving your life | Matthew 16:25 | April 2

To save your life, you must lose it in Jesus.
4/2/20208 minutes, 14 seconds
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God will confide in you | Psalm 25:14 | April 2

The closer you get to God, the more of His secrets He will share with you!
4/2/202016 minutes, 39 seconds
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Get Wisdom | Proverbs 4:7 | March 28

"The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." -Proverbs 4:7
3/28/20205 minutes, 27 seconds
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Let love flow through you | Isaiah 1:17 | March 27

How should a Christian live? Is it all about going to church, following rules, and talking about Jesus? Well, no. We are called to let the Love of God flow into us, and then through us, out into the world. That is how a Christian should live. #LoveOverFear
3/27/20204 minutes, 38 seconds
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Tell Your Story | 1 John 1:1 | March 26

Sharing your faith is one of the scariest parts of being a Christian, but it doesn’t have to be. Are you afraid that someone will ask you a question that you don’t have an answer to? You don’t have to be worried about that, either. In our One Verse today, John teaches us how to share our faith: Simply tell your story.
3/26/20205 minutes, 32 seconds
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Honor God with your body | 1 Corinthians 6:20 | March 25

“You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” There is a lot of talk today about what we can do as Christians. What is ok, what is not ok? What is right, what is wrong? How should we live our lives? I think these are the wrong questions. Our One Verse today in 1 Corinthians 6:20 gives us a different outlook. It reminds us that Jesus paid everything for our future. We had sin and judgement and death to look forward to, but Jesus turned that into life and grace and forgiveness. So, how should we live in light of this fact? By loving God and loving others. That is how we honor God with our actions.
3/25/20204 minutes, 47 seconds
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Heaven is cheering for you | Hebrews 12:1 | March 24

Our One Verse today is packed full of awesomeness. In one simple verse, we can see three key principles for our spiritual lives. First, we learn that we are surrounded by a “cloud of witnesses.” This means that Heaven is cheering you on. The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes perseverance. It takes discipline. Stick with it. Finally, it we are running a race, we need to remove any weight that is holding us back. We know we need to get rid of sin in our lives. But what else is in your life that is holding you back? Is anything getting in the way of God’s best for your life? Let’s remove anything that hinders us from running our race well.
3/24/20206 minutes, 52 seconds
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Temporary or Eternal | 2 Corinthians 4:18 | March 23

What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Faith requires us to have an understanding of a world we cannot see. In life, we want to put our trust in what we can see and touch. It’s comforting. But it is a false sense of safety. Everything around us is temporary. It won’t last. As followers of Jesus, God calls us to see the world with different eyes. Let us live our lives for what truly matters, even if we can’t see it now. And let us trust God to take care of us, even when we can’t see the answer right in front of us.
3/23/20205 minutes, 3 seconds
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Create in me a clean heart | Psalm 51:10 | March 22

God cares more about what He is doing in your future than about the mistakes of your past.
3/23/20206 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Tablet Of Your Heart | Proverbs 3:3 | March 21

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart." -Proverbs 3:3
3/21/20205 minutes, 30 seconds
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Is anything too hard for God | Jeremiah 32:27 | March 20

 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” We need to keep this verse close to us at all times. If you have ever experienced heartache, pain, or disappointment in your life, this verse is for you. I love this verse because it is the answer to so many questions. How many times have you looked at God and asked, “Lord, I don’t know how I’m going to get through this. I don’t know how I can overcome this pain. I don’t know how I can face this sickness. I don’t know how we’re going to pay this bill. Are You there? Can You help me?” Have you asked those questions? I have. And for each of those situations, Jeremiah 32:27 is the answer. Keep this verse in your wallet. Keep it in your purse. And when you have one of those deep life questions, take it out and read God’s answer. “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” No, Lord. There isn’t.
3/20/20208 minutes, 20 seconds
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Worthless idols | Jeremiah 10:8 | March 19

Are you letting some things replace the refreshment of God in your life? This week, we have been looking at the book of Jeremiah. He was an Old Testament prophet known as the “Weeping Prophet.” Yet, he gives us verse after verse about God’s love and His plan for our lives. Well, today’s One Verse is a little different. Jeremiah is gonna drop a little Truth bomb on us. In Jeremiah 10, God and Jeremiah have a conversation about how crazy it it that men will hire a craftsman to cut down a tree and carve an idol. How does that even compare to God? Well, we probably don’t have a lot of “worthless wooden idols” in our house. Or do we? I know I have some electronic idols. I have some food idols. An idol is anything that can take us away from God or substitute His work in our lives. When I’m stressed, I turn to food. Idol. Or I binge watch on Netflix. Idol. Is food, Netflix, or social media bad? No. But I can turn them into an idol when I start to look to them for refreshment instead of my relationship with God. Let’s evaluate our lives and see if there are any idols we need to give up.
3/19/20207 minutes, 48 seconds
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Hope and a future | Jeremiah 29:11| March 18

God has a plan for your life, a plan for Hope and a future. Your past may be filled with mistakes and regrets. You current reality may be uncertain and you aren’t where you hoped you would be. But God has not forgotten you. He has a plan for your life. He wants to protect you from harm. He wants to give you a future. He is your Hope.
3/18/20206 minutes, 34 seconds
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A fire in my bones | Jeremiah 20:9 | March 17

The message of Jesus cannot be contained. Jeremiah didn’t have the easiest life. He even told God that He deceived him. That’s pretty bold. Our One Verse today comes just two verses later. Even though Jeremiah was frustrated, he knew that God’s message was a fire in his bones he could not contain. I love this verse. I think this is a rally cry for anyone who desires to be a Light Bearer and a true follower of Jesus. The message of Jesus is like a fire we cannot control. For anyone that is serious about following Jesus, His message will pour out of us.
3/17/20207 minutes, 55 seconds
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Before you were born | Jeremiah 1:5 | March 16

God had a plan for your life before you were even born. God knows you. He loves you. He has a plan for you. This week, we are looking at verses out of the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah was an Old Testament prophet who, frankly, had a pretty tough life. He is known as the Weeping Prophet, and he once told God, “You deceived me!” That’s some pretty strong words to be throwing at God! I like Jeremiah. With all the hurt and pain he went through, we still find some of the most uplifting and encouraging verses in the Bible in His writings. Today, God wants you to know that He loves you, He knows you, and He created a plan for your life before you were even born. That is how special you are to God!
3/16/20206 minutes, 16 seconds
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The desires of your heart | Psalm 37:4 | March 15

God will give you the desires of your heart, but He’s not a genie. First, we must trust in Him and follow His ways. Then, He will give us our deepest, truest, heart-level desires.
3/15/20206 minutes, 41 seconds
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Honor The Lord With Your Wealth | Proverbs 3:9 | March 14

"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;" -Proverbs 3:9
3/14/20206 minutes, 43 seconds
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His ways are higher | Isaiah 55:9 | March 13

When we feel lost, God sees a clear path. Have you ever been lost, really lost? Maybe you were driving in a new city or hiking in the woods. Either way, you didn’t know where to go next. You had lost the path. Has this ever happened in life? Have you ever said, “Why God?” Whenever we are lost driving or lost in life, one thing is true. If we could only get high enough, we could see the whole picture. We wouldn’t be confused and we would see exactly where we needed to go. Our One Verse today teaches us that God’s ways are higher than our ways. As high as the heavens are from the Earth, God sees the whole picture. Trust in Him to guide you down the right path.
3/13/20206 minutes, 11 seconds
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Stand Firm | 1 Corinthians 15:58 | March 12

Nothing you do for God is done in vain. Being a follower of Jesus is not easy. There will be days when you are tired, hungry, and want to give up. There will be days that you will wonder if it’s worth it. There will be days that you look up at God and say, “Really? Why am I doing this?” But on those days, stand firm. Nothing you do for God is ever in vain. You may not see the results you expected. You may not see results for a while. But God is faithful. He sees your deeds. He knows your heart. It may be tough now, but it is worth it.
3/12/20206 minutes, 7 seconds
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I prayed for you today | Colossians 1:9 | March 11

I prayed for you today. Like Paul to the Colossians, I prayed that you would discover your purpose through your deepening relationship with God.
3/11/20205 minutes, 22 seconds
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It’s all about that Grace | 2 Timothy 1:9 | March 10

It’s all about that grace, ‘bout that grace, no trouble! No matter what you have done or the mistakes you have made, God has had a plan of redemption for you since the beginning of Time. God’s grace is at work in your life.
3/10/20207 minutes, 14 seconds
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Examine the Scriptures | Acts 17:11 | March 9

Take responsibility for your own spiritual life. Do you take your Bible to church? Do you follow along with your pastor on the Bible App? Or do you just take for granted that whatever they project on the screen is actually in the Bible? No, I am not saying your pastor is lying to you. I am saying that we should be taking responsibility for our own spiritual life. In our One Verse, the Berean Jews were comparing everything that Paul taught against what Scripture taught. I think it would be wise for us to do the same. You aren’t showing disrespect to your pastor. Instead, you are learning how to feed yourself.
3/9/20206 minutes, 44 seconds
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Trust in God at all times | Psalm 62:8 | March 8

God is our refuge of safety in times of trouble Is life a struggle right now? I can relate. For my wife and I, we are in the middle of a “life transition” and it’s not easy. It takes a toll on your faith when life doesn’t make sense or things aren’t working out the way you thought they would. Yet, God is good. He promises to meet all of our needs. We can trust in Him at all times. We can cry out to Him and be honest with Him. God is our refuge, our shelter in times of trouble. If life is uncertain, reach out to Him today!
3/8/20204 minutes, 57 seconds
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Peer Pressure | Proverbs 1:10 | March 7

Peer pressure isn't just an issue for teenagers!
3/7/20205 minutes, 36 seconds
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Spiritual DNA | 2 Peter 1:3 | March 6

You have already been given the gifts, skills, personality, and passion to live out God’s purpose for your life.
3/6/20207 minutes, 12 seconds
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Faith, Hope, Love | 1 Corinthians 13:13 | March 5

Paul teaches us the three most powerful forces that God created in the entire universe. The question is: How much time are you investing in these three areas?
3/5/20204 minutes, 4 seconds
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God Will Meet All Your Needs | Philippians 4:19 | March 4

Our limited problems are no match for God’s unlimited power!
3/4/20206 minutes, 38 seconds
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Types Of Prayers We Should Be Using | 1 Timothy 2:1 | March 3

Spend some time in prayer today! Let’s take time to pray for friends, for family, for our leaders, and for the troubles and injustices in our world. But don’t stop there. Let’s also give thanks to God for all that He is doing and will do in our lives!
3/3/20207 minutes, 15 seconds
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More Than We Imagine | Ephesians 3:20 | March 2

I don’t know about you, but I can ask for a lot. I can imagine even more! Yet, today’s One Verse teaches us that God can do more than we can ask or even imagine! And it doesn’t stop there. Paul reminds us that God is at work in our lives. If we are followers of Jesus, His power lives within us. We can face our greatest challenges knowing that we have a loving God who cares for us, and that nothing is too big for Him!
3/2/20204 minutes, 26 seconds
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God Hears Your Cry | Psalm 10:17 | March 1

Is life a little rough right now? Is your back against the wall? Have you been beaten down from a financial or health crisis? Are you battling anxiety or depression? If so, you probably have a strong desire in your heart for things to get better. A desire for hope and healing. Today’s One Verse teaches us that God hears the desire of the afflicted and the broken. We simply need to cry out to Him, and He will encourage us.
3/1/20205 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Beginning of Knowledge | Proverbs 1:7 | February 29

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction." -Proverbs 1:7
2/29/20205 minutes, 38 seconds
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What God sees | 1 Samuel 16:7 | February 28

Don’t judge a book by its cover. We’ve heard it our entire lives. Yet, we all do it. In our fast paced culture, we look at outward appearances every single day. Yet, God looks a little bit deeper.
2/28/20207 minutes, 12 seconds
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Joyful in Hope | Romans 12:12 | February 27

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. God will be with us every step of the way. Be joyful in hope, stay patient because God will come through in His timing, and stay connected to Him in prayer.
2/27/20205 minutes, 4 seconds
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Rend Your Heart | Joel 2:13 | Ash Wednesday

"Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love."
2/26/202010 minutes, 18 seconds
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God breathed | 2 Timothy 3:16 | February 25

The Bible is a miracle, being breathed by God yet written by ordinary people. There is nothing like the Bible. It is alive. It is the Words of God, yet given to us through ordinary and humble people. The Word of God exists to teach us, correct us, and guide us in the way we should live. The deeper you want to go, the deeper the Bible will allow you to do so. Dive deep into God’s Word today!
2/25/20206 minutes, 28 seconds
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Why Did Jesus Come To Earth | John 10:10 | February 24

Why did Jesus come to earth? We don’t have to wonder. Jesus actually answered this question in one of the greatest verses in the Bible: John 10:10
2/24/20206 minutes, 8 seconds
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Be Still | Psalm 46:10 | February 23

When life is crumbling around you, God is there to whisper, “Be still”
2/23/20204 minutes, 45 seconds
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A teachable spirit | Proverbs 13:13 | February 22

One of the greatest attitudes we can have in life is a teachable spirit.
2/22/20204 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ordinary people | Acts 4:13 | February 21

When you spend time with Jesus, it changes you. And people notice! Sometimes, I feel so ordinary. That is exactly what people said about Peter and John, two disciples who started the Church. In our One Verse Devotional today, the religious leaders are amazed at what they hear from Peter and John. After all, these are ordinary, working class guys, not the educated elite. But they noticed something very important about these men: Peter and John spent time with Jesus. When we spend time with Jesus, it changes you.
2/21/20205 minutes, 57 seconds
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Sowing and Reaping | 2 Corinthians 9:6 | February 20

The more you plant, the more you can harvest Farmers have acres and acres of fields because they know the more they plant, the greater their chances are or having a large harvest. The same is true in life. When it comes to finances, career, relationships, and our spiritual life, the more we sow, the greater we will reap. But the opposite is true as well. The less we sow--investing in our faith, our relationships, and our finances--the less we will harvest. Now, go plant some seeds!
2/20/20205 minutes, 46 seconds
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Called to Freedom | Galatians 5:13 | February 19

Through God’s amazing grace, we have been given freedom in Christ. But how will you use your freedom? Today’s One Verse teaches us a very important outcome of living with freedom in Christ.
2/19/20205 minutes, 45 seconds
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A New Heart | Ezekiel 36:26 | February 18

No matter what you have done in your past, God wants to give you a new heart and a fresh start.
2/18/20205 minutes, 51 seconds
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Jesus brings life | 1 Corinthians 15:22 | February 17

Adam's sinful choice brought evil into this world, but Jesus came to bring us life.
2/17/20206 minutes, 25 seconds
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Hear my prayer Lord | Psalm 102:1 | February 16

Are you feeling tired, worn out, or weak? Make today’s One Verse your prayer to God. Ask Him for the rest you need. His grace and mercy is fresh every morning.
2/16/20206 minutes, 59 seconds
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Who is influencing your life | Proverbs 13:20 | February 15

Who are you letting speak into your life? Who do you seek for influence? What kind of media are you engaging with? The Book of Proverbs tells us to surround ourselves with wise influence or else we will suffer harm.
2/15/20205 minutes, 1 second
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First and Last | Matthew 19:30 | February 14

The world says to look out for #1. Some Christians even say that God helps them who help themselves. But these ideas are opposite to the teachings of Jesus. What does He say? Put others first. Otherwise, you could end up last.
2/14/20207 minutes, 29 seconds
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Power = Love + Self-Discipline | 2 Timothy 1:7 | February 13

God gives us power, not for our own good, but to share His Love with others. But it's going to take discipline. Fortunately, God gives us that, too!
2/13/20205 minutes, 49 seconds
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Family First | 1 Timothy 3:5 | February 12

If we cannot lead our own family in healthy spiritual, emotional, and financial ways, how can we expect to lead others? We can’t win in one area of our lives but lose at home. Win at home first.
2/12/20207 minutes, 27 seconds
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Evidence of true Love | Romans 5:8 | February 11

God loved us when we had done nothing to earn it. That is true love! How did God demonstrate and show His love for us? By sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a sinless life and pay our penalty of death on the cross. We did nothing to earn it or deserve it. He loved us when we were truly unlovely.
2/11/20207 minutes, 24 seconds
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The lost sheep | Matthew 18:12 | February 10

The Shepherd cares about every single one of His sheep. Are you the lost sheep? Have you gone your own way and chose to turn your back on a God who loves you? It’s not too late. Our One Verse today was spoken by Jesus, Himself! He is pursuing you. He isn’t angry with you. He desires to restore your relationship and spend time with you. Don’t keep running from God. He cares for you. Make today the day that you turn around and run back to Him!
2/10/20206 minutes, 16 seconds
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A Lamp For Our Path | Psalm 119:105 | February 9

Do you ever get up in the night and stumble around until you run into a piece of furniture? You needed a light to show you the way. Our spiritual lives are no different. Without a steady light to direct our path, we would simply stumble around in the dark. Does life ever feel that way? I know mine does! But the closer we get to God, the ultimate Light, the more our future will be illuminated. Spend some time with God today and allow Him to shine some of His Light onto your path.
2/9/20206 minutes, 13 seconds
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Do everything in the name of Jesus | Colossians 3:17 | February 8

Whatever you do, do it for God! God has given us His best. It is now up to us to give our best back to Him. Doesn’t He deserve that? This is a life of true worship!
2/8/20205 minutes, 24 seconds
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Do these 3 things | Colossians 3:16 | February 7

Dive deep into God’s Word, lift up and encourage each other, and reflect back worship to God. This is exactly how Colossians 3:16 tells us to live.
2/7/20207 minutes, 50 seconds
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Let Peace Guide You | Colossians 3:15 | February 6

How do you make decisions? Colossians 3:15 gives us a great guide: Allow the peace of God to rule your heart. Even if it doesn’t make sense, choose the path that gives you peace.
2/6/20206 minutes, 52 seconds
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Love Is Not Weak | Colossians 3:14 | February 5

“Over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” -Colossians 3:14. The Bible teaches us to place love above all us. Jesus showed us that true Love is never weak.
2/5/20206 minutes, 59 seconds
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Forgive one another | Colossians 3:13 | February 4

Since Jesus gave His life for us and forgave us so we could have a restored relationship with God, how much more should we forgive others?
2/4/20207 minutes, 1 second
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Clothe yourself with Love | Colossians 3:12 | February 3

The Bible calls us to live with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. But is this what we see in our churches today? Is this what we see in our lives?
2/3/20206 minutes, 41 seconds
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Love will follow you | Psalm 23:6 | February 2

We don’t need to fear the valley of the shadow of death. God’s love and goodness and mercy will follow us wherever we go! Join us at phosphorusproject.com/community
2/2/20206 minutes, 55 seconds
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Discipline equals love | Proverbs 27:5 | February 1

As a father, sometimes I need to rebuke my children. This isn't because I'm cruel, but because I love them. A loving God doesn't discipline us because He is mean or angry. He does it out of love for His children.
2/1/20205 minutes, 7 seconds
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Alive and active | Hebrews 4:12 | January 31

The Bible is a living book. Certain parts of It will speak to us at different times in our lives… exactly when we needed it. The Bible is a living book because It is the Word of God. It has the ability to see into our soul and heal us from the inside out.
1/31/20205 minutes, 27 seconds
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Faith requires community | Mark 3:14 | January 30

The Christian faith was meant to be lived out in relationship and community with others. Even Jesus appointed 12 disciples. If anyone could do it on His own, it would be Jesus. Yet, He chose to live in relationship with others.
1/30/20206 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tell Your Story | 1 Chronicles 16:8 | January 29

Have you ever been on a rollercoaster ride of faith and emotions? Did God come through for you? If so, do these two things: 1) Give praise to God, and 2) Tell your story of what God has done in your life.
1/29/20207 minutes, 15 seconds
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Lip Service Love | 1 John 3:18 | January 28

We want Love that puts on its boots and goes to work.
1/28/20206 minutes, 24 seconds
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How to teach your children the Bible | Deuteronomy 6:7 | January 27

As parents, we have a huge responsibility... Teaching our children the Bible. But how? The Bible lays out for us the perfect way to teach our children, even if you don't have it all figured out yet. (Pro tip: You never will!) Teach your children about God and His Bible as you are going about your day. As you are living life. It doesn’t need to be complicated. It doesn’t need to be confusing. It simply needs to be consistent.
1/27/20208 minutes, 41 seconds
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Our Refuge And Shield | Psalm 119:114 | January 26

In times of trouble, God is a place of protection, safety, and relief. He is our refuge and our shield. Let’s place our hope in God and His Word.
1/26/20204 minutes, 22 seconds
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Sweet To The Soul | Proverbs 16:24 | January 25

In a time of intense negativity, it is time for us to embrace a new boldness with our words: being gracious and kind. In our culture today, using kind and gracious words would actually be one of the most radical things you could do. Why should we respect others? Because they were made in the image of God. We are all His children, made in His image. That, alone, requires kind, gracious, and respectful words. Show grace in your speech today.
1/25/20205 minutes, 32 seconds
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A debt of love | Romans 13:8 | January 24

As followers of Jesus, we all have one outstanding debt: To love others, and it is due every single day. Jesus first loved us, so He calls us to love others as well. (Pro tip: Especially if they look, act, or live different from us!)
1/24/202010 minutes, 43 seconds
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Carry each others burdens | Galatians 6:2 | January 23

At the heart of the Gospel message is looking out for the needs of others. When we carry each other’s burdens, we live out the example of Jesus in our lives. If we all do this, that means someone will also be there for you when you really need it!
1/23/20207 minutes, 4 seconds
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January 16 | a productive life | Titus 3:14

Do you want to live a productive life in 2020? Today's One Verse lays out a unique way to be successful. Do you want your life to matter and be effective? Listen to Titus 3:14.
1/16/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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January 14 | Prosperous and Successful | Joshua 1:8

When Joshua took over as the leader of Israel, God gave him some great advice. God’s advice to Joshua thousands of years ago is still applicable today as we start 2020!
1/14/20205 minutes, 59 seconds
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January 13 | Seek God First | Matthew 6:33

What if we could ask God what He wanted for us in 2020? What if we could ask Him how to be successful in the new year? I believe He has already given us the answers. Today, Matthew 6:33 gives us the key to having a successful new year.
1/13/202014 minutes, 8 seconds
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707: Hidden in my heart | Psalm 119:11

Life can get so busy that even when we watch or read something, we can completely forget it just a few minutes later. Our minds are going, going, going. It can be especially true when we engage with God. But David reminds us to hide God’s Word in our hearts. Stay focused. Allow Him to speak into your life. Life does get crazy, but if we allow God’s Word to be hidden in our hearts, those verses will come back to us right when we need them the most.
12/13/20195 minutes, 34 seconds
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706: A teachable spirit | Proverbs 13:13

One of the greatest attitudes you can have is to have a teachable spirit. It will help you in every area of your life!
12/12/20195 minutes, 57 seconds
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705: Influence | Proverbs 13:20

Who are you letting speak into your life? Who do you seek for influence? What kind of media are you engaging with? The Book of Proverbs tells us to surround ourselves with wise influence or else we will suffer harm.
12/11/20196 minutes, 2 seconds
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704: Acknowledging Jesus | 1 John 4:15

The Bible makes us an amazing promise: If we acknowledge that Jesus is God, God will live with us and spend time with us.
12/10/20194 minutes, 8 seconds
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703: May God Strengthen Your Heart | 1 Thessalonians 3:13

God will strengthen your heart. He will provide the energy, power, and even rest you need to live a life that pleases Him.
12/9/20194 minutes, 23 seconds
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702: Giving Tuesday | 2 Corinthians 9:7

Today is #GivingTuesday and God loves a cheerful giver!
12/3/20195 minutes, 38 seconds
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701: Weary in doing good | Galatians 6:9

This is a season of doing good for family and others. It is a time of giving. Unfortunately, we can also become burned out when trying to do too much without taking care of ourselves. The Apostle Paul understood this. He encourages us, in Galatians 6:9, that we do not become weary, tired, or worn out when doing good. Maybe you need to pause and take care of yourself.
12/2/20197 minutes, 16 seconds
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700: Happy Thanksgiving | 1 Corinthians 1:4

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Today, I’m thankful for you. I appreciate your support and allowing me to speak into your life. I couldn’t do this without you. Thank you!
11/28/20193 minutes, 39 seconds
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699: Give thanks | 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Being thankful is God’s will for your life
11/27/20194 minutes, 8 seconds
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698: A Heart Of Thanksgiving | Philippians 4:6

[Week of Thanksgiving] When we ask God for things, we have to be careful not to treat Him like a genie in the lamp. There is one, simple way to avoid this: Pray out of a heart of thanksgiving. Giving thanks is an act of worship and shows respect and honor for our God.
11/26/20194 minutes, 24 seconds
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697: An overflow of thanksgiving | 2 Corinthians 4:15

[Week of Thanksgiving] What is the foundation of thanksgiving? Jesus gave Himself as our sacrifice, and His grace is reaching more and more people. It is this Grace that allows Thanksgiving to overflow in our lives as worship to God.
11/26/20196 minutes, 22 seconds
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696: The Way Of God Is Perfect | Psalm 18:30

"As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him." -Psalm 18:30
11/22/20195 minutes, 16 seconds
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695: Jesus understands | Hebrews 4:15

Jesus lived a perfect life, but he was also tempted. He understands our weaknesses and can even empathize with us. He isn’t upset with us. He understands, and He is here to help.
11/21/20196 minutes, 27 seconds
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694: Praying For You | Romans 8:26

Sometimes, we simply don’t know how to pray. Have you been there? When you look to heaven, throw up your hands, and say, “Lord, I don’t know what to pray. I just need you.” Romans 8:26 tells us that the Holy Spirit steps in, and literally, prays for us.
11/20/20196 minutes, 21 seconds
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693: Do good | Galatians 6:10

The message of the Bible is simple: Do good to others both inside and outside of the Church!
11/19/20195 minutes, 56 seconds
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692: The Living One | Revelation 1:18

We serve a LIVING God! He is the great Conqueror and the great Overcomer. He holds the keys to death and hell!
11/18/20195 minutes, 28 seconds
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691: I Lack Nothing | Psalm 23:1

"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing." Psalm 23:1
11/15/20194 minutes, 53 seconds
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690: My grace is sufficient | 2 Corinthians 12:9

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
11/14/20196 minutes, 26 seconds
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689: Grace Through Faith | Ephesians 2:8

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God" Ephesians 2:8
11/13/20196 minutes, 15 seconds
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688: Mercy over Sacrifice | Matthew 9:13

"For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Matthew 9:13
11/12/20198 minutes, 21 seconds
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687: The Great Doctor | Matthew 9:12

"On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." Matthew 9:12
11/11/20196 minutes, 54 seconds
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686: Restore the joy of Your salvation | Psalm 51:12

Maybe you need to make this your prayer today: "Restore to me the joy of your salvation" -Psalm 51:12
11/8/20198 minutes, 3 seconds
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685: The Rock Eternal | Isaiah 26:4

"Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal." Isaiah 26:4
11/7/20195 minutes, 2 seconds
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684: Walk in the Way of Love | Ephesians 5:2

"walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us..." Ephesians 5:2
11/6/20196 minutes, 27 seconds
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683: You are completely free | John 8:36

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36
11/5/20198 minutes, 3 seconds
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682: The Truth will set you free | John 8:32

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:32
11/4/20195 minutes, 48 seconds
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681: Keep your eyes on the Lord | Psalm 16:8

"I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:8
11/1/20195 minutes, 53 seconds
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680: A very scary verse | 1 Peter 3:15

For Halloween, we are tackling one of the SCARIEST topics in the entire Bible! Spooooky!
10/31/20197 minutes, 53 seconds
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679: Chosen people | 1 Peter 2:9

In the Old Testament, only the High Priest could come into the Presence of God, and it was just one time per year. Now, God allows us to encounter His presence whenever we choose. Do NOT take prayer for granted. It is one of the greatest gifts that God has given us.
10/30/20196 minutes, 42 seconds
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678: A war for your soul | 1 Peter 5:8

We have an enemy who is ready to take us out at every opportunity. That is why it is so important to stay alert, stay connected to God, and stay connected to each other. Like my football coach used to teach me, you need to keep your head on a swivel.
10/29/20197 minutes, 2 seconds
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677: Instructions for the Church | 1 Peter 3:8

The Apostle Peter was one of Jesus’s closest friends. He also helped to start the Church movement with his sermon at Pentecost. So, when Peter gives some guidelines and instructions for the Church, we should probably pay attention. Do Peter’s words describe the Church today?
10/28/20198 minutes, 20 seconds
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676: The Love of a Father | Psalm 103:13

“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him” -Psalm 103:13
10/25/20195 minutes, 32 seconds
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675: The definition of God Love Part 4 | 1 Corinthians 13:7

"It [Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13:7-8
10/24/20196 minutes, 44 seconds
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674: The definition of God Love Part 3 | 1 Corinthians 13:6

"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth." 1 Corinthians 13:6
10/23/20196 minutes, 55 seconds
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673: The definition of God Love Part 2 | 1 Corinthians 13:5

"It [Love] does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." 1 Corinthians 13:5
10/22/20197 minutes, 59 seconds
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672: The definition of God Love Part 1 | 1 Corinthians 13:4

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud." 1 Corinthians 13:4
10/21/20196 minutes, 8 seconds
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671: He is faithful | 1 John 1:9

No matter your sin or your past, God's grace is available to you.
10/3/20197 minutes, 50 seconds
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670: A Spiritual Battle | 2 Thessalonians 3:3

It can be easy to dismiss, but we must remember that we are in the middle of a spiritual battle every day of our lives and we have an enemy who wants to destroy us. But God is stronger!
9/16/20193 minutes, 22 seconds
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669: I AM the Resurrection | John 11:25

“I am the resurrection and the life."
9/11/20195 minutes, 42 seconds
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668: I AM the Vine | John 15:5

Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing.
9/10/20197 minutes, 24 seconds
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667: I AM the Good Shepherd | John 10:14

Jesus knows you, He loves you, and He wants to lead you.
9/9/20195 minutes, 46 seconds
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666: The Rock of our salvation | Psalm 95:1

God is the Rock of our salvation, a firm foundation in the middle of life’s shifting sands. When life is unsure and we feel like we are walking on shifting sands, God is the foundation and the Rock that stands firm. When the wind is blowing and the storm is raging around us, we can take comfort and safety near the Rock. I encourage you to find the Rock. Find your safety in God. Then, grow closer to Him and build your life on HIs solid foundation.
9/6/20194 minutes, 34 seconds
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665: The God of Hope and Peace | Romans 15:13

“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace…” -Romans 15:13
9/6/20195 minutes, 8 seconds
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664: Servants of the King | 2 Corinthians 3:6

We usually think of a minister as a pastor. But the original meaning of the word minister was “servant of the king”. As followers of Jesus, we are ALL called to be ministers of the Gospel… servants of the Most High King.
9/4/20195 minutes, 42 seconds
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663: I Will Show You | Genesis 12:1

What is God calling you to do? Where is God calling you to go?
9/3/20199 minutes, 5 seconds
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662: The heavens declare the glory of God | Psalm 19:1

Go outside and enjoy the creation of God!
6/28/20194 minutes, 32 seconds
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661: Stewards of Creation | Genesis 1:26

Christians who believe in a Creator should want to take care of His Creation.
6/20/20196 minutes, 20 seconds
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660: Do not crack that door | Ephesians 4:27

Have you ever played the game where you shut the door and try to keep out your friends? As long as the door stays shut, it is almost impossible for them to open it. But if they get just one foot in the door, they can eventually pry the entire thing open. In Ephesians 4, the Bible tells us that is exactly how sin works in our life. Do not give the Devil a foothold.
6/19/20197 minutes, 4 seconds
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659: Wait on God | Isaiah 26:8

Should we step out in faith or wait on the Lord?
6/13/20197 minutes, 34 seconds
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658: Rejoice always | Philippians 4:4

In every situation, find something you can rejoice in. At the end of the book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul tells us to “rejoice always,” but what does that really mean? Do we still praise God during the messy times of life? Even then, you have a LOT in which you can rejoice. You are still a son or daughter of the Most High Kind. You still have a future in Christ. No matter what situation you find yourself in, there is something you can rejoice in.
6/12/20196 minutes, 3 seconds
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657: Encouraged by your faith | 1 Thessalonians 3:7

Your faith can actually bring great encouragement to others who are struggling in their own faith journey. Just like yesterday, today’s One Verse is a personal message from me to you. Paul told the church of the Thessalonians that he had actually been encouraged by their faith in his times of distress (and Paul had some distress!) I feel the same about you. There have been times when I’ve wanted to quit the podcast. But right when I feel that way, I get an email or a private message or even a Facebook comment from someone telling me how much what I am doing means to them and their spiritual life. What an encouragement! You have the power to encourage other Christians who are struggling in their faith. By seeing your faith, it can give them hope. What about your pastor? That’s a tough job with little thanks. I know! So many pastors are tempted to quit. Your faith could be just the thing that is bringing them encouragement and allowing them to feel like their efforts and their ministry are actually making a difference. Our faith affects those around us.
6/11/20195 minutes, 48 seconds
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656: Stand firm | 2 Thessalonians 2:15

By holding on tight to the teachings of Jesus, we can stand firm in an unpredictable world. I love today’s One Verse because I want to adopt Paul’s message. He encourages his brothers and sisters in the faith to stand firm and hold fast to the teachings he passed on to them by mouth or by letter. Through word of mouth (podcast!), I am also passing on these teachings of Jesus to you, my brothers and sisters. My hope, like Paul, is that you stand firm in these teachings. God’s Word remains firm in a constantly shifting world.
6/10/20194 minutes, 58 seconds
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655: The purpose of His will | Ephesians 1:10

The beauty of the Church happens when different people from different backgrounds and different cultures come together under the name of Jesus. God has invited us into His will to bring unity to heaven and earth through Jesus. God’s will is that heaven and earth would be reunited. After Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, a gap was created between us and God. His will is for that gap to be removed, and that is exactly what Jesus did through His sacrifice on the cross. Now, we are invited into the story. As we grow closer to God and chase after His will in our lives, we get to participate in bringing unity to all things.
6/5/20195 minutes, 26 seconds
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654: The mystery of His will | Ephesians 1:9

God’s will is the journey, not a destination. He wants you to know His will! One of the biggest questions many have about the Christian life is “What is God’s will for my life?” We have this idea that once we find God’s will, life will be great. It will all fall into place. But that isn’t the case. God doesn’t want us to get comfortable and content with where we are. He wants us to keep moving and growing. His will isn’t one perfect destination in our life. If we just get “there” everything will be perfect. No. It is the journey of growing closer to God. And even more than that, God wants to reveal His will to you. The closer you get to God, the more He will uncover His will in your life.
6/4/20196 minutes, 51 seconds
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653: May your love overflow | 1 Thessalonians 3:12

May God increase your love for everyone. Always.
5/29/20198 minutes, 11 seconds
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652: Jesus is knocking | Revelation 3:20

When Jesus said He was standing at the door and knocking, sadly, He was speaking to His church. In today’s One Verse [Revelation 3:20], Jesus says that He is standing at the door and knocking. Maybe you’ve seen the famous painting that was based on this verse. But here is the part we usually forget: He is speaking to Christians. When we hear this verse, it’s easy to think, “Yes, I hope people who don’t believe in Jesus would open their lives to Him.” And that’s great. But this verse is for us. As Christians, we have a hard question to ask… Are we shutting Jesus out? Is He standing outside the door of your heart, asking for you to let Him back in? Please open the door and spend some quality time with Jesus today.
5/22/20195 minutes, 34 seconds
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651: God is not angry with you | Psalm 30:5

God isn't angry with you. David, the writer of this Psalm, did a lot in his life that God wasn’t happy with. Adultery, murder, bloodshed. Yet, David tells us that God’s anger last only a moment. God isn’t angry with you. If you’ve messed up, sinned, made a mistake, then seek His forgiveness. He freely gives His grace. God loves you and wants to pour out His blessings on you like a loving Father does for His child.
5/17/20195 minutes, 9 seconds
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650: You are all children of God | Galatians 3:26

"You are all children of God through faith." -Galatians 3:26 Such a simple One Verse today. However, this short verse has three deep layers we must understand. 1. This is your identity You are a son or daughter of the Most High King. This is who you are. Do you understand that? Does your life reflect this fact? Or do you wonder where you stand? When we don't understand who we are, we will always struggle with anxiety, worry, and even depression. We will develop a "scarcity mentality" where we never think there is enough, even though God promises to provide all of our needs. You are a child of the God, and He is a good, good, Father. 2. You are ALL children Listen, it doesn't matter what you look like, the color of your skin, your past mistakes, or how you vote. If you have faith in Jesus, you are a child of God. There is NO racism, sexism, or bigotry allowed in the Christian faith.  If faith is used for these purposes, I promise you it is NOT faith. 3. Faith, not rules In the previous verses, we find Paul is comparing the law to our faith. In the past, people had to follow the law, always wondering if they were right with God. We are children of God through our faith in Jesus, not following rules. Your relationship with God is not based on if you do enough, go to church enough, or follow all the rules. Yes, we have guidelines as Christians. Those come after we are a child of God, not before. You are a child of God based on your faith and faith alone. It is by grace through faith, not your good works. If you trust in Jesus, you ARE a child of God!
5/16/20197 minutes, 17 seconds
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649: The Love of a Father | Luke 11:13

As much as you love your children, God loves you even more! I love being a dad. I love providing for my children and giving them gifts. I would do anything for them. If you are a parent, you know what I mean. We sacrifice so much to provide for our kids. Yet, I’m human. I’m not perfect. So, if I love to take care of my children, how much more will God take care of us? God loves you. He loves you like you love your children. And He will take care of you.
5/15/20195 minutes, 45 seconds
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648: What is Faith | Hebrews 11:1

Faith gives us hope because we can see God moving in every area of our lives. Faith is hard to wrap our minds around. You can’t see it. You can’t hold it. Yet, our One Verse for today, Hebrews 11:1, tells us that we can actually have assurance and hope in our faith. Faith doesn’t fly well in today’s culture. Science and information rules. Experience matters. But faith? Not so much. So, what is faith? Faith is a choice. Faith is choosing to have confidence in the Hope we can’t see. Faith doesn’t make sense. If it did, it wouldn’t be faith. Faith is supernatural assurance in what we cannot see and choosing to Hope. That sounds strange, doesn’t it? How can you have hope in something you cannot see? It’s hard to explain, but once you have deep faith, it is as real as anything else in life. How does it bring hope? Because our faith allows us to see God working in our lives, the good and the bad. And if we can’t see God moving, we know to look for Him. That is what Faith does in our lives. It allows us to see where God is moving.
5/14/20194 minutes, 52 seconds
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647: The truth about God’s will | Philippians 2:13

“God takes full responsibility for the life wholly devoted to Him.” -Charles Stanley We don't have to worry about finding God's will for our lives. God takes responsibility for His will and purpose in this world. The Bible makes it clear over and over, again. God will guide us towards His will. After all, it is His purpose that He want to see lived out in the world. He wants you to find His will. He has invited you into the story. We don't need to stress about finding God's will. Just find God and He will show you the way!
5/13/20196 minutes, 57 seconds
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646: Honor God with your body | 1 Corinthians 6:20

Through His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus paid our sin debt. Now, as followers of Jesus, we are called to honor God with our actions. There is a lot of talk today about what we can do as Christians. What is ok, what is not ok? What is right, what is wrong? How should we live our lives? I think these are the wrong questions. Our One Verse today in 1 Corinthians 6:20 gives us a different outlook. It reminds us that Jesus paid everything for our future. We had sin and judgement and death to look forward to, but Jesus turned that into life and grace and forgiveness. How should we live in light of this fact? It isn’t just about doing what is right and what is wrong. It also means we ask ourselves: what are the positive things we can engage in like serving others? Let us honor God with our bodies today.
5/8/20194 minutes, 52 seconds
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645: Defend the oppressed | Isaiah 1:17

The focus of the Christian faith isn’t about following rules. The goal isn’t a bunch of do’s and don’ts. Jesus taught and lived compassion. The focus of true Christianity is Love in all of its forms. Not only was this the example of Jesus, we find it throughout the Bible. Even in the Old Testament, the book of Isaiah teaches us how to live a life of true Love.
5/7/20196 minutes, 24 seconds
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644: Share your story | 1 John 1:1

Sharing your faith is one of the scariest parts of being a Christian, but it doesn’t have to be. Simply tell your story. One of the biggest questions many Christians have is, “How do I share my faith?” We know we are supposed to do it. Yet, most of us shy away from sharing our faith because we don’t know how. We don’t want to be pushy. We don’t want to get into a debate with someone. We don’t want to seem like a know-it-all. But sharing your faith has nothing to do with any of these things. Sharing your faith is simply telling your story. This is how John, who lived with Jesus, begins his letter. He isn’t giving second hand information. He is telling the story that he experienced. We should do the same. Simply tell your story. Telling a story isn’t a debate. You are simply sharing what God has done in your own life. And who doesn’t love a good story?
5/6/20196 minutes, 13 seconds
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643: Do not remain silent | Psalm 109:1

What do we do when God doesn’t seem to be listening? When we aren’t sure where to turn or what to do, we reach out to God for the next step. We ask for vision and clarity. We ask for deliverance. And all of that is good. He wants us to do that. But have you ever felt that God is being silent? David begins Psalm 109, “My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent.” What an amazing prayer. There have been times that I felt like God had been silent. Yet, my wife and I decided, together, that we will still praise God. We will still trust that He is in control. So, make this your prayer: God, do not remain silent. But always remember that small phrase in the middle… whom I praise. Continue to seek God and praise Him, even in the waiting.
5/3/20195 minutes, 2 seconds
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642: A marathon not a sprint | Hebrews 12:1

The Christian life is like a marathon race. Get rid of anything that is weighing you down.The Christian life is like a marathon race. Get rid of anything that is weighing you down. The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes perseverance. It takes discipline. Stick with it. Finally, it we are running a race, we need to remove any weight that is holding us back. We know we need to get rid of sin in our lives. But what else is in your life that is holding you back? It might not be sin, but it is getting in the way of God’s best for your life?
5/2/20196 minutes, 42 seconds
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641: Think Different | Romans 12:2

God’s will is not a secret.  Many Christians wonder what God’s will is for their lives. The thing is, the Bible gives us the answer. No, the Bible can’t tell you exactly what job you are supposed to have, who to marry, or where to live. But God’s will goes way beyond all of these areas. God’s will involves bringing our lives in line with what God is doing in the world. How do we discover this? How do we join God? Our One Verse for today, Romans 12:2 gives us the answer.
5/1/20196 minutes, 56 seconds
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640: Living sacrifices | Romans 12:1

Worship isn’t the songs we sing, but the lives we live. In the Old Testament, sacrifices were a big deal. They were a large part of many national festivals. One one day out of the year, a sacrifice was even made that would cover the sins of the entire nation of Israel. After military victories or special blessings, a sacrifice would be made. Yet, every sacrifice was, at its core, an act of worship. Making a sacrifice was a way of offering praise to God and acknowledging His deity. In our One Verse today, we are called to become a “living sacrifice.” How can we do this? By giving our lives back to God. He has given us true Love, forgiveness, grace and mercy. In turn, we should be compelled to give our lives back to Him. It is the ultimate act of worship. I encourage both you and myself to live our lives as living sacrifices to God. He isn’t easy, but it is the greatest act of worship we can give: Ourselves.
4/29/20195 minutes, 59 seconds
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639: Is anything too hard for God? | Jeremiah 32:27

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” We need to keep this verse close to us at all times. If you have ever experienced heartache, pain, or disappointment in your life, this verse is for you. I love this verse because it is the answer to so many questions. How many times have you looked at God and asked, “Lord, I don’t know how I’m going to get through this. I don’t know how I can overcome this pain. I don’t know how I can face this sickness. I don’t know how we’re going to pay this bill. Are You there? Can You help me?” Have you asked those questions. I have. And for each of those situations, Jeremiah 32:27 is the answer. Keep this verse in your wallet. Keep it in your purse. And when you have one of those deep life questions, take it out and read God’s answer. “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” No, Lord. There isn’t.
4/26/20195 minutes, 24 seconds
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638: Worthless wooden idols | Jeremiah 10:8

Are you letting some things replace the best God has for your life? This week, we have been looking at the book of Jeremiah. Today, Jeremiah is gonna drop a little truth bomb on us. We probably don’t have a lot of “worthless wooden idols” in our house. Or do we? I know I have some electronic idols. I have some food idols. An idol is anything that can take us away from God or substitute His work in our lives. When I’m stressed, I turn to food. Idol. Or I binge watch on Netflix. Idol. Is food or Netflix bad? No. But I can turn them into an idol when I start to look to the for refreshment instead of my relationship with God. Let’s evaluate our lives and see if there are any idols we need to give up.
4/25/20196 minutes, 5 seconds
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637: Hope and a future | Jeremiah 29:11

God is giving you a future filled with Hope. Your past may be filled with mistakes and regrets. Your current reality may be uncertain and you aren’t where you hoped you would be. But God has not forgotten you. He has a plan for your life. He wants to protect you from harm. He wants to give you a future. He is your Hope.
4/24/20196 minutes, 5 seconds
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636: A fire in my bones | Jeremiah 20:9

Jeremiah didn’t have the easiest life. He even told God that He deceived him. Even though Jeremiah was frustrated, he knew that God’s message was a fire in his bones he could not contain. I love this verse. It is a rally cry for anyone who desires to be a Light Bearer and a true follower of Jesus. The message of Jesus is like a fire we cannot control. For anyone who is serious about following Jesus, His message of Love will pour out of us.
4/23/20196 minutes, 45 seconds
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635: Before You Were Born | Jeremiah 1:5

God knows you. He loves you. He has a plan for you. We are in the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah was an Old Testament prophet who, frankly, had a pretty tough life. Yet, with all the pain he went through, we still find some of the most uplifting and encouraging verses in the Bible in His writings. Today, God wants you to know that He loves you, He knows you deeply, and He created a plan for your life before you were even born. That is how special you are to God!
4/22/20195 minutes, 8 seconds
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634: The Ultimate Sacrifice | Matthew 27:50 [Good Friday]

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice so we could receive the ultimate gift. Matthew 27:50 is the verse that changed history. In this moment, Jesus took on the weight of the world. He bore the wrongdoings of every man and woman that has ever lived or ever will live. Jesus paid the sin-debt of death for all of humanity. In the beginning, God and humankind enjoyed a perfect relationship, spending everyday together. But sin changed that. God is perfect and holy, and He can not associate with sin, evil, or injustice. It is against His very nature. By our own sin, we had separated ourselves from God. And only one penalty could heal our sin-debt: death. Blood would need to be shed. It was the only way. Jesus lived a perfect life in an imperfect world. He was innocent, the one human that did not need to appease the blood-debt. But He stood in our place. He took on our debt and paid the price with His life. Now, through His death, our debt has been paid. And through His resurrection, death and hell and sin have been conquered once and for all! The gift of true Life is now available to anyone who will place their trust in Jesus, recognizing our need for a Savior who gave everything for us. If you have any questions about what this means for your life, please email me at [email protected] and let’s have an honest conversation about life and faith and your future.
4/19/20195 minutes, 37 seconds
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633: A New Commandment | John 13:34 [Maundy Thursday]

At the Last Supper, Jesus gave us a new command. You might remember from earlier this week that Jesus quoted the Old Testament with He was asked what the greatest commandment was. Jesus is now in the upper room with his closest disciples and gives us all a new commandment. What is this new commandment? To love one another as Jesus loves us. As we enter Easter weekend, let’s remember how much Jesus gave for us because of His Love and show that same love for others that we encounter each and every day.
4/18/20196 minutes, 52 seconds
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632: Love your neighbor | Matthew 22:39

How can we effectively love our neighbor? Yesterday and today, we are looking at what Jesus called the first and second greatest commandments. Jesus said “all the laws and prophets hang on these two commandments.” What did he mean? Can the entire Christian life be summarized in just two commands? If we love God and love people, we would live a life full of worship and purpose!
4/17/20196 minutes, 10 seconds
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631: The Greatest Commandment | Matthew 22:37

Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. As we look to Easter, we are looking at a verse, each day, from the last week of Jesus’s life. It’s funny how many times Jesus doesn’t answer a direct question in the Bible. He usually answers a question with another question. He wants people to think and dive deeper. That is, until someone is trying to test Jesus. Then He doesn’t mess around! Well, today’s One Verse is one of those times. It is during Holy Week, the last week before Jesus goes to the cross. An “expert” in the law is trying to test Jesus, and we get to listen in and hear from Jesus as He answers the question: “Which is the greatest commandment?”
4/16/20196 minutes, 58 seconds
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630: Who is Jesus? | Matthew 21:10

This is the start of Holy Week, which means we are less than a week away from Easter, resurrection Sunday! To prepare for Easter, we are going to look at a verse, each day, from the final week of Jesus’s life here on earth. Today’s One Verse takes place when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. The Bible tells us it caused quite a stir when Jesus entered the city. Palm leaves and branches were being thrown in the street, and people were shouting, “Hosanna!” For those who didn’t understand what was happening, they had one question: Who is this? We all have one question we must answer in life: Who is Jesus? This isn’t a question we only ask once, but one we continually ask ourselves throughout our lives.
4/15/20197 minutes, 56 seconds
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629: The desires of your heart | Psalm 37:4

When we grow close to God, He will show us the true, deep desires of our heart.
4/12/20196 minutes, 39 seconds
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628: Build up one another | 1 Thessalonians 5:11

We all need a little encouragement. Let us continue to reflect the Love of Jesus to others who need it and build them up, as well.
4/11/20195 minutes, 15 seconds
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627: Star Student | Isaiah 55:9

When it comes to the group assignment called Life, God is the A+ student
4/10/20196 minutes, 3 seconds
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626: It is not in vain | 1 Corinthians 15:58

Nothing you do for God is done in vain. Being a follower of Jesus is not easy. There will be days when you are tired, hungry, and want to give up. There will be days that you will wonder if it’s worth it. There will be days that you look up at God and say, “Really? Why am I doing this?” But on those days, stand firm. Nothing you do for God is ever in vain. You may not see the results you expected. You may not see results for a while. But God is faithful. He sees your deeds. He knows your heart. It may be tough now, but it is worth it.
4/9/20197 minutes
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625: I prayed for you today| Colossians 1:9

I am praying for you.
4/8/20198 minutes, 31 seconds
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624: God will confide in us | Psalm 25:14

When we trust God, He lets us in on His plans. Do you have some questions for God? I do. That is why I love today’s One Verse. It promises us that if we trust God and fear Him with awe and respect, He will let us in on His plans. He will trust us and confide in us.
4/5/20196 minutes, 5 seconds
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623: Don’t take my word for it | Acts 17:11

Are you taking responsibility for your own spiritual life? Do you take your Bible to church? Do you follow along with your pastor on the Bible App? Or do you just take for granted that whatever they project on the screen is actually in the Bible? No, I am not saying your pastor is lying to you. I am saying that we should be taking responsibility for our own spiritual life. In our One Verse, the Berean Jews were comparing everything that Paul said against what Scripture taught. I think it would be wise for us to do the same. You aren’t showing disrespect to your pastor. Instead, you are learning how to feed yourself.
4/4/20197 minutes, 23 seconds
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622: As for me and my house | Joshua 24:15

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!" Our One Verse today comes from the book of Joshua. Joshua was the leader of Israel in the Old Testament after Moses. He took the Israelites into the Promised Land. At the end of his life, after years of service and leadership to his people. He made one of his final addresses. In a sense, he drew a line in the sand. You can serve whoever you want to serve, but me and my household will continue to serve the Lord. What an inspiring message! He could of said anything, but this wise, old leader new what really mattered. Stay close to God. My prayer is this will be a phrase you live by in your own life. Will you serve the Lord?
4/3/20194 minutes, 40 seconds
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621: Invited Into the Story | 2 Peter 1:4

God has invited you to participate in His story of redemption, reconciliation, and love. Yesterday, we learned that God has already given us everything we need to live out our calling. In 2 Peter 1:4, we learn that God has invited us into His story. We have been given a role to play, and He wants us to participate in what He is doing. You matter to God, and He has given you a role to play.
4/2/20197 minutes, 2 seconds
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620: Spiritual DNA | 2 Peter 1:3

God has already given you everything you need to live your purpose. Do you know God’s will for your life? Have you discovered your purpose? A lot of people struggle with this. We think, “Well, if I just had this gift or that person’s skills. If only had (fill in the blank), I would be able to find God’s will for my life and live out my purpose. Well, today’s One Verse teaches us that we have been given everything we need. It’s like our Spiritual DNA. You have the gifts, skills, personality, and passion to live out God’s purpose for your life.
4/1/20197 minutes, 18 seconds
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619: God-breathed | 2 Timothy 3:16

Can we trust the Bible that we have today? I believe we can. The Bible is God-breathed. Even though God chose to use flawed humans, He preserves His Word. So, why do we have the Bible? Our One Verse, 2 Timothy 3:16, tells us that the Bible can correct us and highlight those areas we need to work on. Yet, it also gives us the teaching and training we need. The Bible equips us to live the life God has planned for us. I encourage you to dive into God’s Word and allow it to speak into your life.
3/25/20196 minutes, 15 seconds
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618: Be Still | Psalm 46:10

We can't fight being busy with more busyness. Sometimes, we just need to be still and allow God to work in our lives. God never calls us to chaos, only Peace.
3/22/20198 minutes, 1 second
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617: From Ordinary to Extraordinary | Acts 4:13

I believe we have all been given special gifts and abilities from God. However, sometimes I simply feel ordinary. I wonder if I really have what it takes. Well, Acts 4:13 speaks to this very problem. Peter and John, from the world’s view, were ordinary men. Yet, they did extraordinary things for the Kingdom of God. How? They spent time with Jesus. Are you tired of feeling ordinary and what to uncover the best that God has for you? Spend time with Jesus and He can do extraordinary things through your life.
3/21/20195 minutes, 20 seconds
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616: Power = Love + Self-Discipline | 2 Timothy 1:7

As Christians, we aren’t called to be fearful or timid. We have been given the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. What does that mean? God’s Spirit gives us STRENGTH so we can develop self-discipline and be outspoken in love.
3/20/20198 minutes, 5 seconds
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615: Our First Calling | 1 Timothy 3:5

Should we sacrifice everything for our careers? There is a common lie in our culture that says you can win at work and lose at home. That we can sacrifice our families as long as we are giving everything we have to our business or our dreams. But the Bible makes it clear: If you can’t lead your family well, you can’t lead anything well. We don’t need to be perfect spouses or parents. But it is impossible to win at life if we are losing at home.
3/6/20197 minutes, 3 seconds
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614: Proof of Love | Romans 5:8

How does God feel about me? This is the question we have been asking the last two days. Thankfully, the Bible is very clear on how God feels about us. God loves us, unconditionally. He loved us when we were truly unlovely. Do you struggle with past mistakes and failures? Take some time today to reflect on how much God must love you. He showed us His love when we could do nothing in return and had done nothing to earn it!
3/5/20196 minutes, 9 seconds
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613: How does God feel about you? | Matthew 18:12

Do you feel lost? Whether you feel lost in finding your future or lost because you have messed up in your past, Jesus hasn’t given up on you. He is pursuing you, He will show you the path of life, and He will rejoice once you are back home.
3/4/20199 minutes, 6 seconds
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612: Clothed in Compassion | Colossians 3:12

How should a Christian live? What does it mean to follow Jesus and live the Christian life? Colossians teaches us how to live, and it is beautiful.
2/19/20197 minutes, 35 seconds
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611: Create in me a clean heart | Psalm 51:10

Only God can heal us. Only God can cleanse us. No matter what your past mistakes may be, seek after God and ask Him to repair your heart.
2/15/20197 minutes, 14 seconds
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610: Lip Service Love | 1 John 3:18

“I’ll pray for you.” How many times have we used this phrase only to forget our promise and turn it into empty words? Today’s One Verse teaches us HOW to love others: through our actions. There’s no place for “lip service” love.
2/13/20196 minutes, 41 seconds
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609: A Love Debt | Romans 13:8

When we hear the word “debt” we usually think of money and credit. Yet, as followers of Jesus, we have one very important debt that has nothing to do with money. And we owe this debt to every person we meet.
2/12/20196 minutes, 58 seconds
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608: How to teach your children the Bible | Deuteronomy 6:7

Teaching our children the Bible can seem overwhelming. What does it look like? When should we do it? Today’s One Verse actually lays out a simple strategy on how to teach the Bible. Whether you have kids or not, this is how we should interact with God’s Word.
2/11/20197 minutes, 9 seconds
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607: How to fulfill the Law of Christ

If I asked you how to "fulfill the Law of Jesus" what would you say? Our One Verse today gives us the answer in only 4 short words.
2/6/20197 minutes, 15 seconds
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606: The Light of Life | John 8:12

What is Christianity? Getting plugged into, and reflecting, the Light and Love of Jesus.
2/5/20196 minutes, 21 seconds
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605: God finishes what He starts | Philippians 1:6

God finishes what He starts | Philippians 1:6 | Episode #605
2/4/20196 minutes, 37 seconds
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[UPDATE]: The One Verse Devotional is back!

Just a quick update to let all of you know that the One Verse Devotional podcast is back! Plus, I answer some questions about where I've been and where God has been leading me the past couple of months.
2/4/20197 minutes, 11 seconds
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604: A People Pleaser | Galatians 1:10

As Christians, we are called to love and serve others. But that is different than trying to please others and finding your worth in what others think of you. That is only a trap that will prevent you from serving God and discovering His best for your life in 2019.
1/8/20195 minutes, 53 seconds
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603: Two keys for 2019 | Proverbs 19:20

Want 2019 to be a great year? Focus on these two key areas: Seek wise counsel and have discipline in your life. They may not sound flashy, but Proverbs 19:20 reminds us of their importance.
1/7/20197 minutes, 47 seconds
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602: Loving God means loving others | 1 John 4:20

Let’s be very clear: If you follow Jesus, you cannot hate another one of God’s children. You can’t call yourself a Christian and hate your brother or sister.
12/13/20186 minutes, 36 seconds
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601: The lost art of confession | 1 John 1:9

There is a big difference between saying, “Lord, forgive me” and actually confessing and repenting of our failures.
12/12/20187 minutes, 44 seconds
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600: The Truth will set you free | John 8:32

Today’s One Verse says, “The Truth will set you free.” Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. So, the more we know Jesus, the greater freedom we will experience.
12/11/20186 minutes, 57 seconds
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599 : When will we trust God | Numbers 14:11

Since God has been faithful in the past and has our best interest at heart, we can trust that He will be faithful in the future, as well.
12/10/20187 minutes, 2 seconds
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598: God is a Good God | Psalm 86:5

God isn’t a grumpy old man, waiting to punish you. He is forgiving and good and filled with love.
12/7/20185 minutes, 41 seconds
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597: Set the oppressed free | Luke 4:18

Jesus came to proclaim good news and set the oppressed free. Jesus came to give us Hope!
12/6/20186 minutes, 50 seconds
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596: The Cure for Temptation | Galatians 5:16

This one truth will keep you from all sorts of temptation.
12/5/20185 minutes, 59 seconds
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595: Think about these things | Philippians 4:8

Our culture is obsessed with the negative and controversial. But God says to think about what is lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy.
12/3/20187 minutes, 24 seconds
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594: A Spiritual Battle | 2 Thessalonians 3:3

It can be easy to dismiss, but we must remember that we are in the middle of a spiritual battle every day of our lives and we have an enemy who wants to destroy us. But God is stronger!
11/27/20185 minutes, 55 seconds
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593: Wonderful things planned long ago | Isaiah 25:1

“You have done amazing things. You have always done what you said you would do; you have done what you planned long ago.” -Isaiah 25:1
11/26/20187 minutes, 14 seconds
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592: Be thankful for God (Thanksgiving Part 5) | Psalm 69:3

On Thursday, you probably sat down with family or friends and shared why you are thankful. I think it’s easy to overlook our thankfulness for God. Let’s not put Him on the back burner this year. Give your thanks and your worship to God. He is truly worthy of our deepest thanks. Take a few minutes today and tell God “Thank you”
11/25/20184 minutes, 52 seconds
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591: Happy Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Part 4) | 1 Corinthians 1:4

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Today, I’m thankful for you. I appreciate your support and allowing me to speak into your life. I couldn’t do this without you. Thank you!
11/22/20183 minutes, 26 seconds
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[Bonus episode]: 12 Days of Christmas is available now

Christmas is coming. Are you ready? Get your copy of 12 Days of Christmas This is the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas lights glisten throughout the neighborhood as familiar carols fill the air. Decorations are hung with care and the star is gently placed on top of the tree. Even movies feel like old friends as you spend time with characters you haven’t seen for a year. Yet, with all this nostalgia, Christmas can also be the most chaotic time of the year. It is easy to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday that you miss out of the true gift of Christmas. This year, it’s time to try a different approach. Christmas will be much more meaningful for your whole family if you start preparing for Christmas now. I'm not talking about avoiding the last-minute shopping rush. I'm talking about preparing your heart. 12 Days of Christmas: A Christmas Devotional will allow you to see the birth of Jesus in a refreshing, new light. From Genesis to Revelation, 12 Days of Christmas will take you on a journey that will give you a unique perspective on the Christmas story and what it means for your life. If you are experiencing a desert season of life or looking to find true hope this Christmas, 12 Days of Christmas will prepare your heart for Jesus, the perfect Gift.
11/21/20186 minutes, 45 seconds
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590: God’s will for your life (Thanksgiving Part 3) | 1 Thessalonians 5:18

What is God’s will for my life? It’s kind of a big question, right? But the Bible lays out several ways that we can live in God’s will. Today’s One Verse makes it clear: Being thankful is God’s will for your life.
11/21/20185 minutes, 18 seconds
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589: With Thanksgiving (Week of Thanksgiving Part 2) | Philippians 4:6

Being thankful is easy to put on the back burner and only focus on once a year. But the Bible lays out another way: living “with thanksgiving” in every situation of life.
11/20/20186 minutes, 4 seconds
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588: Thanksgiving and Grace (Week of Thanksgiving Part 1) | 2 Corinthians 4:15

[Week of Thanksgiving] We are weak, but He is strong. This is the power of God’s grace in our lives, and His grace is reaching more and more people. It is this Grace that allows Thanksgiving to overflow in our lives.
11/19/20185 minutes, 37 seconds
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587: The Rock of our salvation | Psalm 95:1

God is the Rock of our salvation, a firm foundation in the middle of life’s shifting sands. When life is unsure and we feel like we are walking on shifting sands, God is the foundation and the Rock that stands firm. When the wind is blowing and the storm is raging around us, we can take comfort and safety near the Rock. I encourage you to find the Rock. Find your safety in God. Then, grow closer to Him and build your life on HIs solid foundation.
11/19/20186 minutes, 32 seconds
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586: The God of Hope and Peace | Romans 15:13

“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace…” -Romans 15:13
11/16/20186 minutes, 54 seconds
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585: Ministers of Jesus | 2 Corinthians 3:6

Today, we think of a minister as a pastor. But the original meaning of the word, minister, was servant of the king. As followers of Jesus, we are ALL called to be ministers of the Gospel. Servants of the Most High King.
11/14/20185 minutes
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584: When God says Go | Genesis 12:1

As much as we want all the answers, we are simply called to go until God shows us the future He has for us
11/13/20187 minutes, 9 seconds
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583: How to achieve great gain | 1 Timothy 6:6

The greatest “wealth” we can achieve is growing deeper in our relationship with Jesus and being content with the blessing He has given us.
11/12/20186 minutes, 14 seconds
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582: Fullness in Christ | Colossians 2:10

The closer we get to Jesus, the more we will realize and understand our gifts, passions, and purpose in this world! Yesterday, our One Verse was from Colossians 2 and reminded us that all of the power, glory, might, and fullness of God was in Jesus. That means we serve an awesome Savior! Well, today’s One Verse is a continuation of that thought. It is Colossians 2:10 and it says, “and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.” Wow! Christ is the fullness of God and then He passes that on to us! In other words, the closer we get to Jesus and the deeper we engage with Him in authentic relationship means the greater we will understand our gifts, skills, passion, and purpose in this world! Grow close to Jesus and He will show you amazing and wonderful things!
11/7/20186 minutes, 38 seconds
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581: The fullness of God | Colossians 2:9

A simple reminder: Jesus is the TOTAL fullness of God in human form. In the Book of Colossians, Paul teaches us something simple, yet very critical: All the fullness of God was in Jesus in human form. For many of us, that is simply a reminder. Yes, we know Jesus is God. But there can be a big difference between “head knowledge” and “heart knowledge.” My desire is for you to have heart knowledge of Jesus and Who He is. Remember the stories of the Old Testament that we grew up with? When God parted the Red Sea through Moses or defeated Goliath through David? What about when He provided manna to the people of Israel when they were in the desert? Over and over again, God shows us His power. And it is THIS power that lives in Jesus. We serve a mighty God who loves us. We follow a powerful Savior who provides for us. I simply want to remind you, today, that Jesus IS God and God IS BIG!
11/5/20186 minutes, 41 seconds
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580: On wings like eagles | Isaiah 40:31

As followers of Jesus, we can soar like eagles. But we need to learn how to trust and place our hope in God.
11/1/20186 minutes, 52 seconds
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579: Happy Reformation Day | Romans 1:17

Happy Reformation Day! Romans 1:17 is the verse that inspired Martin Luther and kicked off the Protestant Reformation on October 31st, 1517
10/31/20186 minutes, 55 seconds
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578: Build others up | Ephesians 4:29

From political ads to Facebook posts, the negative talk in our culture is becoming unbearable. But it can only change if it starts with us.
10/30/20187 minutes, 41 seconds
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577: Encourage Others to Live a Life of Love | Hebrews 10:24

Our world is filled with violence. This past weekend, a gunman filled with hate walked into a Jewish synagogue and murdered 11 worshippers. Throughout the Bible, God calls us to join Him in His mission of Love. The only way to stop evil in the world is for God’s people to get serious about spreading the Light and Love of our Savior, Jesus. Yes, violence will exist until Jesus returns and reconciles all things back to Himself. BUT…. We can still make a difference by spurring others to live a life of Love, as well. This is our God-given calling.
10/29/20187 minutes
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576: Accept one another | Romans 15:7

We are called to accept others. Those in the Church. Those outside of the Church. When will the Church get serious about this command?
10/25/20187 minutes, 20 seconds
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575: Talk is cheap | 1 John 3:18

Today’s One Verse is wisdom from John, the closest man to Jesus while on earth. Of everything that John could teach us, what would it be? To love others, not in words, but through our actions.
10/24/20187 minutes
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574: The Bread of Life | John 6:35

The disciples ask Jesus for a sign that they should follow Him. (BTW, this was AFTER Jesus fed the 5,000 and walked on water!) They “remind” Jesus that God sent Moses bread from heaven as a sign. Jesus uses their own illustration and teaches us an important lesson: He is the Bread of Life and the closer we grow to Him, the more fulfilled we will be.
10/23/20180
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574: The Bread of Life | John 6:35

The disciples ask Jesus for a sign that they should follow Him. (BTW, this was AFTER Jesus fed the 5,000 and walked on water!) They “remind” Jesus that God sent Moses bread from heaven as a sign. Jesus uses their own illustration and teaches us an important lesson: He is the Bread of Life and the closer we grow to Him, the more fulfilled we will be.
10/23/20187 minutes, 44 seconds
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573: Show me your ways Lord | Psalm 25:4

It’s Monday, which means we are in the book of Psalms. (Wait! That doesn’t sound right.) Yes, normally we do Psalms on Friday, but today’s One Verse is perfect for kicking off a new week. Psalm 25:4 could be used as a weekly prayer to begin our weeks with God’s blessing. If we adopted this weekly prayer, I believe it could have a massive impact on our lives.
10/22/20186 minutes, 10 seconds
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572: Remain confident in this | Psalm 27:13

In Psalm 23, David says that he is walking through the “valley of the shadow of death”. Just a few pages later, in our One Verse today, David has confidence that He will see the goodness of God in the land of the living. No matter what you are going through right now--blessing or pain--we can all be confident that we will see the Goodness of God in the land of the living.
10/20/20184 minutes, 8 seconds
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571: Nothing is too hard for God | Jeremiah 32:17

Even in the midst of storms in our lives, even when we don’t understand or can’t explain the storm, nothing is too hard for God. Today’s One Verse: Jeremiah 32:17
10/18/20185 minutes, 40 seconds
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570: Grasping the Love of Christ | Ephesians 3:18

Do we truly understand how wide and long and high and deep God’s love is?
10/17/20188 minutes, 11 seconds
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569: Strengthened through His Spirit | Ephesians 3:16

Today, I pray that you would be strengthened with the power of God through His Spirit. I love Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. To start of this week, I want to make this my prayer for you, as well. Through God’s glorious riches, He will strengthen us and give us His power. How many riches does God have? Does He need anything? Of course not! It is so easy to get caught up in the small details of life and forget that we serve a God and have a Father who needs nothing. He has everything. And it is out of those riches that He blesses us and provides for us! Through His Spirit, God will comfort us and give us power to live out our purpose in this world and to love others. I pray this for you today. May you be strengthened by His Spirit!
10/16/20186 minutes, 56 seconds
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568: Chosen people | 1 Peter 2:9

In the Old Testament, only the High Priest could come into the Presence of God, and it was just one time per year. Now, God allows us to encounter His presence whenever we choose. Do NOT take prayer for granted. It is one of the greatest gifts that God has given us.
10/10/20186 minutes, 47 seconds
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567: A war for your soul | 1 Peter 5:8

We have an enemy who is ready to take us out at every opportunity. That is why it is so important to stay alert, stay connected to God, and stay connected to each other. Like my football coach used to teach me, you need to keep your head on a swivel.
10/9/20186 minutes, 47 seconds
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566: Instructions for the Church | 1 Peter 3:8

The Apostle Peter was one of Jesus’s closest friends. He also helped to start the Church movement with his sermon at Pentecost. So, when Peter gives some guidelines and instructions for the Church, we should probably pay attention. Do Peter’s words describe the Church today?
10/9/20187 minutes, 7 seconds
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565: Enter His gates with thanksgiving | Psalm 100:4

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” -Psalm 100:4. Psalm 100 is only five verses, but is so uplifting. It is a feel-good passage, for sure! But it also a great reminder to praise God’s name. He is worthy of our praise. How many times do we (spiritually) drag into church each week, look at the pastor, and basically say, “Please give me something to make it through another week.” I understand. I’ve been there countless times. Sometimes life is on fast forward and we can’t keep up. But can I be real for a second? Maybe a little tough love? How many times is that actually on us? I’m not saying we can never be tired. We all have those times. But in general, are we always showing up to church like that? Are we starving ourselves throughout the week and then trying to score a quick spiritual meal on Sunday mornings? No wonder your spirit is tired. Just like in the real world, feeding yourself once a week is not very healthy. I don’t know about you, but I want to enter His gates with a song already in my heart and I want to be praising God, even silently, as I walk through the door!
10/5/20186 minutes, 57 seconds
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564: Take heart | John 16:33

This world is troubled, but take heart! Jesus has overcome the world. There is no doubt that our world is troubled. I can hardly watch the news, and actually avoid it most nights. Scene after scene of violence from around the country and around our world. Jesus warned us that we would experience trouble in this world. I always thought He meant that we would experience hard times in our lives. That is true, of course. But I think He meant even more than that. Our entire world would be troubled. But Jesus reminds us of two very important things in our One Verse today. In John 16, Jesus is at the Last Supper talking to His disciples. As Jesus was going to the cross in just a few short days, do you think those words were important? Yeah! He tells the disciples that He came to bring us peace. The teachings of Jesus and going to the cross were meant for us to find true God-peace in Him. In Jesus. And then Jesus reminds us of something very important. He tells us that we will experience trouble in this world. “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” For me, that is so comforting. Yes, there is still tragedy and chaos. For now. But evil will not win. It has already been defeated. Jesus has overcome our trouble, our sin, death, and hell. And because of that, I want to encourage you with the same words of Jesus… Take heart!
10/4/20186 minutes, 20 seconds
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563: The Golden Rule | Luke 6:31

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Did you know the Golden Rule was Jesus’s idea? Our culture needs the Golden Rule now more than ever! A phrase that’s easy to forget that came from the Bible is the Golden Rule. It comes straight from the mouth of Jesus and it is today’s One Verse. Many times, we think the Golden Rule was something we learned as a child, so we discredit it. It was childish thinking. Be nice, share your toys. Old school. But I would say that our society, our country, and our world needs the Golden Rule now more than ever. How could our country change if we all started living by this simple rule? Maybe you’re a cynic and think, “Matt, there is no way everyone is going to start living this way.” Ok. I’d agree with you. But what if YOU start living this way. And I start living this way. Could we still make a difference? Could we start a ripple of kindness and love? I think we can. One more thing to remember: When Jesus gave us the Golden Rule, he started this paragraph telling us to love others that hate us, slap us, and say horrible things about us. Jesus said love your enemies and then ended with “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Golden Rule isn’t for nice people. It’s how we are supposed to treat everyone, even our enemies.
10/3/20186 minutes, 1 second
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562: Servant leadership | Mark 9:35

The greatest leaders don’t say, “This is how great I am.” The greatest leaders say, “This is how I can serve you.” Jesus always has a different way of looking at things. That is probably one of the greatest reasons I love being a Christian. The true message of Jesus is radical. Over and over, Jesus would say, “You’ve heard it said…, but I say…” or “You’ve been taught [that], but I’m teaching you [this].” Many times, these teachings are major ways to view the world. Today’s One Verse is a great example. While on the road traveling from city to city, the disciples were arguing with each other. Jesus asked them what they were arguing about, but they were too embarrassed to answer. Of course, Jesus already knew. So, He answered their question anyway. The question? Who among us will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Jesus? They thought Jesus was coming to set up an earthly kingdom and overthrow Rome. In Mark 9:35, Jesus gave the answer: “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” True leadership is servant leadership. Great leaders never say “look at me.” They serve others and let them decide if they are great or not. They don’t stand on the backs of others. They serve. If you want to be a leader worth following, then serve. It may not look anything like what the world teaches, but by placing others ahead of yourself will actually mean that you become a true leader. (Note: For some that understand true leadership, this idea actually is taught a few places in our world. Even though this Jesus principle was laid out thousands of years ago, the business world is just starting to see the value of servant leadership. A great example is the book Good to Great by Jim Collins.)
10/2/20187 minutes, 25 seconds
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561: Stand firm in your faith | Matthew 5:11

Living for Jesus isn’t always easy. The Sermon on the Mount is the greatest sermon ever told. For almost three chapters in the book of Matthew, Jesus lays out many of His core teachings. Over and over, He calls us to a new way and a new outlook on life. In Matthew 5:11, He says, “Blessed are you when people insult you because of me.” What Jesus? How is that a blessing? Persecution is a blessing when it is for Jesus. Are we standing firm in our beliefs? Or are we going with whatever is popular at the time? This is tough, because there is a good chance that we are going to disagree on some issues. The Bible is complex and deep. Jesus calls us to draw close to Him, study His Word, and stand firm in our faith. Maybe we won’t always agree, but we CAN stand firm and stand together on the name of Jesus! Maybe we will be insulted, even persecuted. That’s ok. Jesus reminds us that we will be blessed, and our reward will be great in heaven.
10/1/20187 minutes, 54 seconds
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560: Looking to God vs comparing to others | Psalm 37:7

When we are in a season of waiting for God, don’t look around and compare yourself to the success of others. Wait. On. God. It can be hard when you are in a season of waiting. You feel helpless. You are ready for things to move ahead, to discover that next step. For whatever reason, though, God is making you wait. When we are in a season of waiting, it can be easy to look around at others and compare our lives. Our One Verse today warns against that. We don’t know what is going on in their lives. We don’t know the circumstances behind the scenes. Instead, keep our eyes on God and focus on Him. He is working in your life to form your spirit and prepare your future. Trust Him. Don’t look around at others. Wait on God.
9/28/20186 minutes, 56 seconds
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559: The Masterpiece of God | Ephesians 2:10

You are God’s work of art, and He has created a purpose and a plan for your life. It can be hard to receive a compliment, can’t it? You aren’t sure how to react and you wonder, deep down, if it’s really true. So, what if someone called you a work of art? That you were a masterpiece? That can be hard to hear. Really, me? What if that person was God? Because that is exactly what the Bible says in Ephesians 2:10. This verse is jam-packed with wisdom and encouragement. In just 22 words, we learn that we are God’s handiwork--His work of art. We then learn that God has a purpose for our lives to do good works in His name. Finally, our One Verse teaches that God has a plan for our lives that He has been preparing for a long time! This may be hard to hear, but you are God’s work of art, and He has created a purpose and a plan for your life. Your mistakes don’t matter. That is why God has given us grace and Love. You are not disqualified from the purpose and plan God has created for your life. You are His masterpiece. I encourage you to start leaning into that truth. How could this fresh outlook change your life?
9/28/20186 minutes, 15 seconds
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558: God WILL give you more than you can handle | 1 Corinthians 10:13

Will God give you more than you can handle? Yes! It forces us to depend on Him. Have you ever heard the phrase, “God won’t give you more than you can handle” or even used it yourself? The problem is, it never shows up in the Bible. As a matter of fact, the opposite is true. God WILL give us more than we can handle so we have to seek after Him, depend on Him, and allow Him to work in our lives. So, where did this phrase come from? From today’s One Verse. Well, a misquoting of today’s verse. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear. When it comes to temptation, God will never place us in a situation that we can’t get out of. The verse even ends with a promise: God will always provide a way of escape. We can never say, “God did this. He led me to temptation.” We can’t even say “the devil made me do it!” No, it is on us. But we have a LOT of help in God. He is with us, and He will always provide a way out. We are all in this together. You will never face a temptation that ONLY you have experienced. We’ve all been there. But God is with us every step of the way. We have a way out. We don’t have to give in. God wants us to focus on our relationship with Him, our family, our marriage, and the purposes He has for our lives.
9/27/20187 minutes, 30 seconds
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557: Pure gold | Job 23:10

Going through a tough time? God may be allowing you to go through the fire in order to purify you like gold! In our One Verse today, Job faces a problem that many of us do from time to time: He can’t find God. He looks East, West, North, and South, and Job still can’t find God. Have you ever felt like your prayers were just “hitting the ceiling”? This is where Job is at in Job 23. But then he says, “But He knows the way that I take.” Job knew God was always there, even when it didn’t feel like it. These can be difficult times when you can’t hear from God. But God is testing you, and He is in the process of turning your life into gold.
9/26/20187 minutes, 7 seconds
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556: Life, prosperity, and honor | Proverbs 21:21

When we dedicate our lives to following God’s path of righteousness and love, we discover true life, prosperity, and honor. When we spend our lives chasing God and His plan for the world (righteousness and love), our lives will be filled with contentment. We will discover full lives that can only be found in Jesus. Others will view us with respect and honor. Life, prosperity, and honor. I’ll take some more of those!
9/25/20186 minutes, 12 seconds
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555: Taste and see that the Lord is good | Psalm 34:8

Our world is filled with fear and hate and acts of terror. How can God be good while all of this is happening? Why does He allow it? I can’t answer those questions. It’s much bigger than me. I don’t think anyone other than God can. But I trust Him. I can’t explain it. If you came across this episode of this podcast, and you are struggling with this, maybe today’s One Verse is for you. Taste and see that the Lord is good. That is the start of Psalm 34:8. It is like God is allowing us to test Him: “Spend time with me. Trust me. And you will experience my goodness in your life.” I can see this in my own life. I have experienced heartache and tragedy and fear for the future, yet God has always been good to me. Life isn’t perfect, but His Love sustains me. If you’ve never experienced this, there is nothing I can do to explain it. But once you taste the goodness of God, you will know it! I encourage you to spend some time with God today, both in prayer and in His Word. I hope you experience His goodness today.
9/21/20186 minutes, 32 seconds
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554: Love one another (Part 2) | John 13:35

The knowledge you have isn’t as important as the Love you give. In two short verse, Jesus tells us three different times to love one another. This was one of the final commands Jesus gave us before going to the cross. This is how people will know you are a follower of Jesus: by showing love.
9/18/20187 minutes, 6 seconds
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553: Love one another | John 13:34

What the world needs now is Love. A HUGE amount of Love. Our world is broken. It has been broken since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden. But the brokenness in our world is so evident today. Our One Verse comes from some of the last words of Jesus at the Last Supper. Right after predicting his betrayal by Judas and right after reminding His disciples that He would go away, Jesus gives them a new command: Love one another.
9/17/20188 minutes, 2 seconds
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552: Finding hidden treasure | Matthew 13:44

Jesus tells a story of a man who found hidden treasure in a field. Can you imagine being this man? He’s just walking through an empty field. It’s barren. No crops. No fruit. And then he stubs his toe on something. As he looks down, he uncovers something special. Hidden treasure! What would you do? Jesus tells us that the man went immediately and sold everything he owned so he could buy the field. Can you imagine what his friends thought? Why would he sell everything for one field? What a waste! But the man knew what he found. He was excited about his treasure. Wouldn’t you be! And this brings up a very tough question. Jesus said this man was like the Kingdom of heaven. So here is the question: When was the last time you were as excited about your faith as this man is about his field? Do you see your faith as a hidden treasure or something you almost apologize for? Do you want to share your amazing find with the world or hide it in shame? These are tough questions. They are tough for me to answer. I don’t know that I am THAT excited about my faith. But I should be! May God grant us this kind of excitement for our faith. Let’s keep chasing God until that happens.
9/12/20186 minutes, 51 seconds
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551: Forget your past | Isaiah 43:18

In order to experience all that God has for you, you must let go of your past. God has! Yesterday, we learned that God is doing a new thing in our lives. He is creating streams of life-giving water in what sometimes feels like the wilderness of life. Today, we learn another critical piece to this puzzle. The verse prior to yesterday’s One Verse explains HOW we can experience the new things God is doing in our lives. Isaiah 43:18 teaches us that we have to stop dwelling on the past and forget the sins and mistakes we’ve made. And here is the best part, God is the one speaking! He doesn’t want to judge you. He doesn’t want to hold you back or keep you down. He wants you to move on into the future blessings that He has for your life! Let’s finally forgive ourselves. God has. It’s time to let go of the past and move forward into the future that God has laid  out for us!
9/11/20187 minutes, 39 seconds
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550: God is doing a new thing | Isaiah 43:19

God is doing a new thing in your life. He is creating streams in the wilderness. Sometimes life is confusing. We don’t know what the future holds. It can feel like our future is nothing more than a barren wilderness of options. But that’s not true, even if it feels that way, because God is doing a new thing in our lives. In our One Verse today, God is talking, and He tells us that He is doing a new thing. He is forming streams in the middle of the wasteland. Life is never perfect. There will be times when it feels like a wilderness. But God has not left you. He has a plan, and He is not surprised about your circumstances. Stay true to Him. He IS doing a new thing in your life. Keep your eyes on Him, and He will show you the life-giving stream you’ve been waiting for!
9/10/20185 minutes, 50 seconds
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[Bonus] Question: What do you want?

I wanted to give you an update of some things God shared with me this past weekend. It really comes down to asking ourselves a tough question: What do you want? Yes, that question may seem selfish, at first. And it can be if we are seeking after ourselves. But if we are seeking after God, He promises to show us the TRUE desires of our heart. The desires that God placed there! As long as what you want--your desires--line up with the Bible, you can be confident that it is coming from God. Sometimes, we need to spend time in deep reflection. That is what I did this past weekend. I did an exercise that I learned from a friend and former pastor. It goes like this: Take a piece of paper and draw a line, like a timeline. Then think of a certain period of time. This can be your entire life or a smaller section of time. Since it has been a rough summer, I chose to focus on that past 3-4 months. Now, on top of the line, you write the word PASSION and below the line, PAIN. Then you simply plot out all the things that brought you passion and joy, as well as those things that brought you pain. Through this, you will uncover themes in your life.  For me, it showed me that I must be creating and building something that has Kingdom value. It showed me that I can't be done with the podcast, yet. It showed me that I need to focus on the calling God has placed on my life to draw people closer to Him and teach everyone about how to live with a "Love first" worldview. What about you? What do you want? What is God trying to show you? And what desires has God placed in your heart?
9/10/201815 minutes, 24 seconds
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549: Pray for Wisdom | James 1:5

Today’s One Verse is one of the great promises of the Bible, yet very few Christians know about it or act on it. James opens his letter with this plea: “Does anyone lack wisdom? Ask God! He will give it to you!” What an awesome verse! What an amazing promise. Do you need more wisdom in this life (Um, yeah!). Ok, Ask God. He promises to give it to you. It doesn’t get any more simple than that! There is no technicality or red tape. There is no trick. You need it? Ask for it. He’ll give it. If you are reading this, I STRONGLY encourage you to take God up on His promise. Add into your daily prayer life. I truly believe this one simple prayer can alter the path of your life. How would life be different if you would have God’s wisdom with every decision? If we take Him up on this promise, our future is in much better hands!
8/28/20184 minutes, 48 seconds
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548: Quick to listen | James 1:19

Let’s be quick to open our ears and slow to open our mouths. The Book of James teaches us that we need to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to have anger. Have you looked at your Facebook newsfeed, lately? Oh, my! The internet has given us a voice. What we haven’t realized is that it has given us a great way to listen, as well. You can be firm in your beliefs. This verse isn’t about compromise. Look at Jesus. He spoke to tax collectors and prostitutes and all sorts of people. He always listened. Let’s follow the teaching of James and the example of Jesus. Let us listen before we speak. Understanding James 1:19 is a core foundation to living a “Love first” lifestyle.
8/27/20186 minutes, 42 seconds
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547: When 1 plus 1 does not equal 2 | Philippians 3:13

Many of us feel pain and regret over past mistakes and sins. However, you will never fully realize the glorious future that God has for you until you let go of your past. In our One Verse Devotional today, Paul says “this one thing I do” and then goes on to list two things. Was Paul stupid? No. Paul was a very well-educated man. But he is using this as a word illustration to point out and teach us a critical principle of life. In order for us to be able to move into the future and live out our God-given purposes, we have to let go of our past mistakes, sin, guilt, and shame. I know this because I’ve lived this. For over 10 years! I just couldn’t get over my guilt and shame, but I would still try to step into God’s will for my life. And it was impossible! Why? Because we have to do this ONE thing: Forget what is behind AND move into what is ahead at the same time. If we follow this principle, it will allow us to step into God’s best for our lives.
8/20/201810 minutes, 42 seconds
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546: May your love increase and overflow | 1 Thessalonians 3:12

This world needs love. And if God is Love, His people need to lead the charge. “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other.” What a beautiful way to begin a verse. It is a prayer of blessing. May the Lord bless you. May He keep you. May the Lord make your love increase. That is kind of how I read this verse. I also love that Paul purposefully says “for each other and everyone else.” We can’t read this verse and think that it only means we show love to other Christians. There is no stipulations to this verse. May the Lord increase your love to everyone. That’s it. May God increase your love. It doesn’t matter who. May God increase your love for everyone. Always.
8/13/20189 minutes, 12 seconds
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[Bonus episode]: Depression, Shame, and Grit

Let's have an honest conversation about depression, shame, and grit. Today, I wanted to share a little bit about what has been going on in my life, as well as a recent sermon I preached. I talk a little about the podcast and the shame I've felt from not posting regularly. Love you guys. This is a long one! I hope you enjoy it.
8/6/201844 minutes, 37 seconds
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544: Set your mind on things above | Colossians 3:2

Yesterday, we talked about being crucified with Christ. But what does that mean for our lives? Where do we go from there? Our One Verse, Colossians 3:2, answers this question: We must set our minds on the things above. As followers of Jesus, we are strangers in this world. We belong to a different kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven. Yes, we have jobs and homes and bills. Yes, it’s ok to have fun and take vacations. But where is our FOCUS? If we can remind ourselves daily that the “old self” is gone and we are new creations in Jesus; that we belong to His Kingdom more than this world, it will give us a different outlook on God, our lives, and other people.
7/17/20188 minutes, 21 seconds
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543: Life and death | Galatians 2:20

The Christian life has some strange themes and ideas. It’s true. Many of the teachings of Jesus simply confused the people He was talking to. In today’s One Verse Podcast Devotional, Paul writes about death and life. A strange thing to write. Why would Christians be called to die? This idea of death and life deals with our spirit. We all have a dark side, deep down, that we would rather not think about. I do. The greed, jealousy, envy, pride, and lust that wants to creep up in my life. That is the “old flesh” as Paul called it in another passage. There is only one response to the old flesh: death. We crucify is with Jesus on the cross. BUT through this death, we experience true life in Jesus. We are transformed. We are given new life and the “new flesh” in Christ. Now, we no longer live for #1. Because Jesus didn’t either. He gave His life away. Let’s follow Jesus’s example and spread His Light and Love to this dark world.
7/16/20187 minutes, 11 seconds
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542: Pleasing to God | Psalm 19:14

Today’s One Verse can be used as a prayer for our lives: “May the words of my mouth and the things I say be pleasing to You, God.” He is our Rock, our Redeemer, and our Savior. He has done so much for me, that I want everything that I say, do, and even think about to be pleasing to Him. Obviously, this isn’t easy. We are surrounded by temptation and have a million reasons to let something not-so-pleasing come out of our mouths every day. I want my words and deeds and thoughts to be pleasing to the One that truly matters.
7/6/20185 minutes, 59 seconds
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541: Rejoice always | Philippians 4:4

Let’s live our lives with gratitude! In every situation, find something you can rejoice in. At the end of the book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul tells us to “rejoice always,” but what does that really mean? Do we still praise God during the messy times of life? Isn’t this command a little cruel and uncompassionate? Today, we are surrounded with ads and marketing. TV, internet, social media. It’s everywhere. And that’s a problem. Marketing has one fundamental message: Get you to be discontent with your life. Yes, you have a car that works fine, but how much better would your life be if you had OUR car! Yes, you have dinner planned out for tonight and it is within your budget, but what if you didn’t have to work so hard and just ordered our delicious pizza, instead. On Instagram, we get paid recommendations from celebrities. We live in a world where we are surrounded by these types of messages. It can have a serious impact. It’s easy to get to a place where we are never content with what we have. We lose our gratitude and in turn lose our rejoicing. Well, you have a LOT to rejoice in today. No matter what situation or life phase you find yourself in, there is something you can rejoice in. I challenge you to find something (or a lot of things) to rejoice in today.
7/5/20187 minutes, 37 seconds
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540: Encouraged by your faith | 1 Thessalonians 3:7

Your faith can actually bring great encouragement to others who are struggling in their own faith journey. Just like yesterday, today’s One Verse is a personal message from me to you. Paul told the church of the Thessalonians that he had actually been encouraged by their faith in his times of distress (and Paul had some distress!) I feel the same about you. There have been times when I’ve wanted to quit the podcast. But right when I feel that way, I get an email or a private message or even a Facebook comment from someone telling me how much what I am doing means to them and their spiritual life. What an encouragement! You have the power to encourage other Christians who are struggling in their faith. By seeing your faith, it can give them hope. What about your pastor? That’s a tough job with little thanks. I know! So many pastors are tempted to quit. Your faith could be just the thing that is bringing them encouragement and allowing them to feel like their efforts and their ministry are actually making a difference. Our faith affects those around us.
7/3/20187 minutes, 31 seconds
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539: Stand firm | 2 Thessalonians 2:15

By holding on tight to the teachings of Jesus, we can stand firm in an unpredictable world. I love today’s One Verse because I want to adopt Paul’s message. He encourages his brothers and sisters in the faith to stand firm and hold fast to the teachings he passed on to them by mouth or by letter. Through word of mouth (podcast!), I am also passing on these teachings of Jesus to you, my brothers and sisters. My hope, like Paul, is that you stand firm in these teachings. God’s Word remains firm in a constantly shifting world.
7/2/20186 minutes, 7 seconds
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538: The purpose of His will | Ephesians 1:10

The beauty of the Church happens when different people from different backgrounds and different cultures come together under the name of Jesus. God has invited us into His will to bring unity to heaven and earth through Jesus. God’s will is that heaven and earth would be reunited. After Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, a gap was created between us and God. His will is for that gap to be removed, and that is exactly what Jesus did through His sacrifice on the cross. Now, we are invited into the story. As we grow closer to God and chase after His will in our lives, we get to participate in bringing unity to all things.
6/28/20188 minutes, 51 seconds
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537: The mystery of His will | Ephesians 1:9

God’s will is the journey, not a destination. He wants you to know His will! #godswill #purpose One of the biggest questions many have about the Christian life is “What is God’s will for my life?” We have this idea that once we find God’s will, life will be great. It will all fall into place. But that isn’t the case. God doesn’t want us to get comfortable and content with where we are. He wants us to keep moving and growing. His will isn’t one perfect destination in our life. If we just get “there” everything will be perfect. No. It is the journey of growing closer to God. And even more than that, God wants to reveal His will to you. The closer you get to God, the more He will uncover His will in your life.
6/27/20186 minutes, 35 seconds
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536: A higher vantage point | Isaiah 55:9

When we feel lost, God sees a clear path. Have you ever been lost, really lost? Maybe you were driving in a new city or hiking in the woods. Either way, you didn’t know where to go next. You had lost the path. Has this ever happened in life? Have you ever said, “Why God?” Whenever we are lost driving or lost in life, one thing is true. If we could only get high enough, we could see the whole picture. We wouldn’t be confused and we would see exactly where we needed to go. Our One Verse today teaches us that God’s ways are higher than our ways. As high as the heavens are from the Earth, God sees the whole picture. Trust in Him to guide you down the right path
6/26/20185 minutes, 27 seconds
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535: Let nothing move you | 1 Corinthians 15:58

Nothing you do for God is done in vain. Being a follower of Jesus is not easy. There will be days when you are tired, hungry, and want to give up. There will be days that you will wonder if it’s worth it. There will be days that you look up at God and say, “Really? Why am I doing this?” But on those days, stand firm. Nothing you do for God is ever in vain. You may not see the results you expected. You may not see results for a while. But God is faithful. He sees your deeds. He knows your heart. It may be tough now, but it is worth it.
6/25/20187 minutes, 37 seconds
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534: Never returns empty | Isaiah 55:11

Is spending just 5 minutes a day with God worth it? Yes! Our One Verse today is Isaiah 55:11 and it reminds us that God’s Word never returns to Him empty. It always accomplished the purpose He meant for it. What does that mean for us? Even if you don’t feel like it, even if you only have a few minutes, spend time with God. Dive into His Word, if only one verse. It will accomplish exactly what God meant for it. God promises His Word will continue to work in our lives, bringing life like rains to a dry land.
6/18/20186 minutes, 41 seconds
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[Update]: It's moving week!

Hey, everyone! A quick update: This is the McCarrick moving week! We got the keys to our new place on Friday, so we are deep into packing, moving, and cleaning. Thanks for all the messages. I'm going to take this week to focus on the move, but I'll be back on Monday. Have an awesome week! Love you all, Matt
6/5/20183 minutes, 56 seconds
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533: God will hear your cry | Psalm 40:1

You may have to wait on God, but He always hears your cry, and He will turn to you. We never know when God will answer our prayers. It may happen instantly, or it could take years. But one thing is for sure, God is listening to you. He hears you! Your prayers are not hitting the ceiling. I don’t know why God has us wait. I don’t know why He doesn’t answer some prayers. But God is listening to you. And when He is ready, He will turn and answer you.
6/1/20185 minutes, 50 seconds
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532: Comfort others in trouble | 2 Corinthians 1:4

We learned from our last One Verse, 2 Corinthians 1:3, that our God is the God of all Comfort and the Father of Compassion. Today, we look at the very next verse that continues this thought. 2 Corinthians 1:4 tells us that God has given us comfort, not just for ourselves, but so that we can pass along that comfort and compassion to others who are hurting. This is what it means to be a Light Bearer.
5/31/20185 minutes, 50 seconds
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531: The God of all comfort | 2 Corinthians 1:3

Our God is the Father of Compassion, Who comforts us in all our troubles. Today’s One Verse teaches us that our God is the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. I love serving a God who cares for us and has love and compassion for His people. But it doesn’t stop there. Our God is the Father of Compassion because He helps us through all of our troubles. If you are facing trouble today, turn to God. He is listening, and He is there for you.
5/30/20184 minutes, 57 seconds
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530: Our heart may fail | Psalm 73:26

Our flesh and our heart may fail, but God you never will! Life is tough at times. We never know what it might throw at us. That is why I love today’s One Verse, Psalm 73:26. Even though our flesh and our heart may fail, even though we may want to give up and throw in the towel, God promises to be our strength. He never fails. He will provide for us, protect us, and sustain us. We do something a little different today, and I end with one of my favorite worship songs that is actually based on Psalm 73:26. It’s a song called Give Me Faith and I want these lyrics to soak into your soul today: “My flesh may fail, but God you never will!”
5/25/20185 minutes, 21 seconds
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529: The faith of friends | Mark 2:5

We have the power to go to the throne of God on behalf of our friends. Our One Verse, today, takes place in the Gospel of Mark. It comes in the middle of a crazy and even hilarious story. Jesus was preaching in a city and His popularity was at an all time high. People wanted to be fed, they wanted to be healed. As Jesus was preaching in this home, so many people showed up that you couldn’t even get in the door. Well, for one paralyzed man, this was a problem. But he had four friends. And they weren’t going to let a little thing like a huge crowd stop them! These guys went up on the roof and started tearing a hole in it! The poor homeowner. Then they lowered the paralyzed man through the roof and he landed right smack dab in front of Jesus. I would give anything to have seen this! But then Jesus says something crazy. He says, “Because of their faith…” It was the faith of the friends that moved Jesus. I think this is a key principle that holds true today. We have the power to go to God on behalf of our friends. We have the power to have faith on behalf of our friends. I pray that you will go to God for your friends today.
5/24/20187 minutes, 46 seconds
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528: Jesus is at the door | Revelation 3:20

When Jesus said He was standing at the door and knocking, sadly He was speaking to His church. Today’s One Verse is Revelation 3:20 is a famous verse. Jesus says that He is standing at the door and knocking. Maybe you’ve seen the famous painting that was based on this verse. But here is the part we usually forget: He is speaking to Christians. When we hear this verse, it’s easy to think, “Yes, I wish people who don’t believe in Jesus would open their lives to Him.” And that’s a great hope. But this verse is for us. If you are a Christian, we have a hard question to ask… Are we shutting Jesus out? He is standing outside the door of your heart, asking for you to let Him back in? Please open the door and spend some quality time with Jesus today.
5/23/20186 minutes, 52 seconds
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527: Great and unsearchable things | Jeremiah 33:3

When we seek after God, He is willing to uncover great and unsearchable things to us. I am so thankful that I serve a God who knows more than me. God who knows the secrets of the universe. And better yet, He said that He will share those with us. No, we don’t always get the answer we want. He may not always pull back the curtain all the way. But God desires to have a relationship with us, and He is willing to share great and unsearchable things with us. We simply need to call out to Him.
5/22/20185 minutes, 48 seconds
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526: We are the light of the world | Matthew 5:14

As followers of the one, true Light (Jesus), we are called to reflect His Light to a dark and hurting world. We are the light of the world. In our culture, the word Christian carries a lot of emotional baggage. There are a lot of terms associated with Christian that are, well, less than flattering. Today, the word Christian has become very confused: christian movies, christian music, there is even a christian phone book. I feel we have lost something from the original meaning. There is something about a fresh ray of sunshine on your face. It brightens your mood, your day, and your entire outlook. Light is amazing. We are called to spread the Light and Love of Jesus to this dark and hurting world!
5/21/20187 minutes, 38 seconds
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525: God is not angry with you | Psalm 30:5

Do you think God is angry with you? Our One Verse, Psalm 30:5, teaches us that God’s anger only last for a moment. Yet, His blessings last forever. David, the writer of this Psalm, did a lot in his life that God wasn’t happy with. Adultery, murder, bloodshed. Yet, David tells us that God’s anger last only a moment. God isn’t angry with you. If you’ve messed up, sinned, made a mistake, then seek His forgiveness. He freely gives His grace. BUT, if you are still struggling with it after you’ve sought God’s forgiveness, that’s guilt. Guilt isn’t from God. Guilt is holding you back. Guilt never lets you get over a past mistake. Guilt prevents you from stepping into your future. Allow God to forgive you. He isn’t angry with you. He loves you and wants to pour out His blessings on you like a loving Father does for His child.
5/19/20186 minutes, 32 seconds
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524: Offer Forgiveness | Colossians 3:13

With all that God has forgiven of us, shouldn’t we forgive others, too? Forgiveness. It’s tough. When we feel wronged, it is so easy to focus on the other person. “They need to apologize. They need to be sorry for what they did to me!” But in the Bible, God is never concerned with the other person. We can’t control them. We can’t make them do what we want. There is only one thing we can control. We have the power to forgive. No, it isn’t easy. But remember how much God forgave us. Remember what Jesus did for us so we could experience God’s forgiveness. If we do that, I mean truly understand it, it will help us the next time we need to forgive someone else. Don’t live your life with unresolved anger. That leads to bitterness. Live your life with a forgiving heart. You have the perfect example. Hint: It’s Jesus.
5/18/20186 minutes, 48 seconds
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523: The Love of a Father | Luke 11:13

As much as you love your children, God loves you even more! I love being a dad. I love providing for my children and giving them gifts. I would do anything for them. If you are a parent, you know what I mean. We sacrifice so much to provide for our kids. Yet, I’m human. I’m not perfect. So, if I love to take care of my children, how much more will God take care of us? God loves you. He loves you like you love your children. And He will take care of you.
5/16/20186 minutes, 44 seconds
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522: What is Faith | Hebrews 11:1

Faith gives us hope because we can see God moving in every area of our lives. Faith is hard to wrap our minds around. You can’t see it. You can’t hold it. Yet, our One Verse for today, Hebrews 11:1, tells us that we can actually have assurance and hope in our faith. Faith doesn’t fly well in today’s culture. Science and information rules. Experience matters. But faith? Not so much. So, what is faith? Faith is a choice. Faith is choosing to have confidence in the Hope we can’t see. Faith doesn’t make sense. If it did, it wouldn’t be faith. Faith is supernatural assurance in what we cannot see and choosing to Hope. That sounds strange, doesn’t it? How can you have hope in something you cannot see? It’s hard to explain, but once you have deep faith, it is as real as anything else in life. How does it bring hope? Because our faith allows us to see God working in our lives, the good and the bad. And if we can’t see God moving, we know to look for Him. That is what Faith does in our lives. It allows us to see where God is moving.
5/15/20185 minutes
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521: The truth about God’s will | Philippians 2:13

“God takes full responsibility for the life wholly devoted to Him.” -Charles Stanley We don't have to worry about finding God's will for our lives. God takes responsibility for His will and His purpose in this world. The Bible makes it clear over and over, again. God will guide us towards His will. After all, it is His purpose that He want to see lived out in the world. He wants you to find His will. He has invited you into the story. We don't need to stress about finding God's will. Just find God and He will show you the way!
5/14/20185 minutes, 49 seconds
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520: Honor God with your bodies | 1 Corinthians 6:20

Through His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus paid our sin debt. Now, as followers of Jesus, we are called to honor God with our actions. There is a lot of talk today about what we can do as Christians. What is ok, what is not ok? What is right, what is wrong? How should we live our lives? I think these are the wrong questions. Our One Verse today in 1 Corinthians 6:20 gives us a different outlook. It reminds us that Jesus paid everything for our future. We had sin and judgement and death to look forward to, but Jesus turned that into life and grace and forgiveness. How should we live in light of this fact? It isn’t just about doing what is right and what is wrong. It also means we ask ourselves: what are the positive things we can engage in like serving others? Let us honor God with our bodies today.
5/9/20185 minutes, 27 seconds
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519: Faith and Community | 1 John 1:7

The closer we get to Jesus, the closer we get to each other. Our faith is very personal. It’s an intimate relationship with Jesus. Yet, as deeply personal as our faith is, it is not meant to stay private. Faith was meant to be shared in community. 1 John 1:7 teaches us that as we grow closer to Jesus, we actually grow closer to each other. We build stronger relationships and a deeper community. I encourage you to grow closer to God, not just for yourself, but so we can all grow closer together! The One Verse Devotional Bible study is provided by Phosphorus Project. About the One Verse Devotional Podcast One Verse is a short, free podcast devotional designed to help you grow closer to God through less than 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Is it hard to find time to spend with God and grow your Christian faith? The One Verse Devotional is a short, 5 minute podcast where we grow deeper in our faith through just one verse a day, Monday through Friday. A practical and encouraging look at the Bible, now you can spend time with God whenever you want. Hosted by Matt McCarrick and brought to you by Phosphorus Project.   http://oneversepodcast.com/
5/8/20186 minutes, 38 seconds
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518: Share your story | 1 John 1:1

Sharing your faith is one of the scariest parts of being a Christian, but it doesn’t have to be. Simply tell your story. One of the biggest questions many Christians have is, “How do I share my faith?” We know we are supposed to do it. Yet, most of us shy away from sharing our faith because we don’t know how. We don’t want to be pushy. We don’t want to get into a debate with someone. We don’t want to seem like a know-it-all. But sharing your faith has nothing to do with any of these things. Sharing your faith is simply telling your story. This is how John, who lived with Jesus, begins his letter. He isn’t giving second hand information. He is telling the story that he experienced. We should do the same. Simply tell your story. Telling a story isn’t a debate. You are simply sharing what God has done in your own life. And who doesn’t love a good story?
5/7/20187 minutes, 2 seconds
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517: Do not remain silent | Psalm 109:1

What do we do when God doesn’t seem to be listening? When we aren’t sure where to turn or what to do, we reach out to God for the next step. We ask for vision and clarity. We ask for deliverance. And all of that is good. He wants us to do that. But have you ever felt that God is being silent? David begins Psalm 109, “My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent.” What an amazing prayer. Recently, I felt like God had been silent. Yet, my wife encouraged me and spoke to me. We will still praise God. We will still trust that He is in control. So, make this your prayer: God, do not remain silent. But always remember that small phrase in the middle… whom I praise. Continue to seek God and praise Him, even in the waiting.
5/4/20186 minutes, 36 seconds
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516: A marathon not a sprint | Hebrews 12:1

The Christian life is like a marathon race. Get rid of anything that is weighing you down. Our One Verse today is packed full of awesomeness. In one simple verse, we can see three key principles for our spiritual lives. First, we learn that we are surrounded by a “cloud of witnesses.” We don’t really know who these witnesses are, but one thing is certain. Heaven is cheering you on. Our One Verse also tells us that the Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes perseverance. It takes discipline. Stick with it. Finally, it we are running a race, we need to remove any weight that is holding us back. We know we need to get rid of sin in our lives. But what else is in your life that is holding you back? It might not be sin, but it is getting in the way of God’s best for your life? Let’s remove anything that hinders us from running our race well.
5/3/20186 minutes, 34 seconds
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515: Fix our eyes on the unseen | 2 Corinthians 4:18

What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. This is one of the most difficult parts of the Christian life. By its very definition, faith requires us to have an understanding of a world we cannot see. In life, we want to put our trust in what we can see, what we can touch, and what makes sense on paper. It’s comforting. But it is a false sense of safety. Everything around us is temporary. It won’t last. As followers of Jesus, God calls us to see the world with different eyes. Let us live our lives for what truly matters, even if we can’t see it now. And let us trust God to take care of us, even when we can’t see the answer right in front of us.
5/2/20186 minutes, 44 seconds
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514: Think Different | Romans 12:2

God’s will is not a secret. Many Christians wonder what God’s will is for their lives. The thing is, the Bible gives us the answer. No, the Bible can’t tell you exactly what job you are supposed to have, who to marry, or where to live. But God’s will goes way beyond all of these areas. God’s will involves bringing our lives in line with what God is doing in the world. How do we discover this? How do we join God? Our One Verse for today, Romans 12:2 gives us the answer. Yesterday, we discovered that we are called to be living sacrifices, giving our lives to God. The next verse uncovers how we do this. By spending time with God and allowing Him to transform our mind. When we regularly engage in Bible study, prayer, and even devotional podcasts (wink), it allows God to speak into our lives and transform our minds to His. And that’s the start to finding God’s will for your life.
5/1/20186 minutes, 26 seconds
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513: Living sacrifices | Romans 12:1

Worship isn’t the songs we sing, but the lives we live. In the Old Testament, sacrifices were a big deal. In our One Verse today, we are called to become a “living sacrifice.” How can we do this? By giving our lives back to God. He has given us true Love, forgiveness, grace and mercy. In turn, we should be compelled to give our lives back to Him. It is the ultimate act of worship. I encourage you to live your life as sacrifice to God. It is the greatest act of worship we can give. Ourselves.
4/30/20186 minutes, 18 seconds
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512: Is anything too hard for God? | Jeremiah 32:27

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” We need to keep this verse close to us at all times. If you have ever experienced heartache, pain, or disappointment in your life, this verse is for you. I love this verse because it is the answer to so many questions. How many times have you looked at God and asked, “Lord, I don’t know how I’m going to get through this. I don’t know how I can overcome this pain. I don’t know how I can face this sickness. I don’t know how we’re going to pay this bill. Are You there? Can You help me?” Have you asked those questions. I have. And for each of those situations, Jeremiah 32:27 is the answer. Keep this verse in your wallet. Keep it in your purse. And when you have one of those deep life questions, take it out and read God’s answer. “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” No, Lord. There isn’t.
4/27/20184 minutes, 54 seconds
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511: Worthless wooden idols | Jeremiah 10:8

Are you letting some things replace the best God has for your life? On today’s One Verse, Jeremiah is gonna drop a Truth bomb on us. In Jeremiah 10, God and Jeremiah have a conversation about how crazy it it that men will hire a craftsman to cut down a tree and carve an idol. How does that even compare to God? Well, we probably don’t have a lot of “worthless wooden idols” in our house. Or do we? I know I have some electronic idols. An idol is anything that can pull us away from God.
4/26/20187 minutes, 15 seconds
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510: Hope and a future | Jeremiah 29:11

God has a plan for your life, a plan for Hope and a future. Your past may be filled with mistakes and regrets. You current reality may be uncertain and you aren’t where you hoped you would be. But God has not forgotten you. He has a plan for your life. He wants to protect you from harm. He wants to give you a future. He is your Hope.
4/26/20187 minutes, 16 seconds
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509: A fire in my bones | Jeremiah 20:9

Jeremiah didn’t have the easiest life. He even told God that He deceived him. That’s pretty bold. Our One Verse today comes just two verses later. Even though Jeremiah was frustrated, he knew that God’s message was a fire in his bones he could not contain. I love this verse. I think this is a rally cry for anyone who desires to be a Light Bearer and a true follower of Jesus. The message of Love of Jesus is like a fire we cannot control. We don’t need to be preaching on the street corners. But for anyone that is serious about following Jesus, His message will pour out of us.
4/24/20187 minutes, 29 seconds
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508: To know and be known | Jeremiah 1:5

One of the deepest needs that every person shares is to “know and be known”. In today’s One Verse, we learn that God knows you. He loves you. He has a plan for you. We are in the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah was an Old Testament prophet who, frankly, had a pretty tough life. Yet, with all the pain he went through, we still find some of the most uplifting and encouraging verses in the Bible in His writings. Today, God wants you to know that He loves you, He knows you deeply, and He created a plan for your life before you were even born. That is how special you are to God!
4/23/20186 minutes, 54 seconds
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507: Build up one another | 1 Thessalonians 5:11

We all need a little encouragement. For me, Tuesday was rough. Thank you to everyone who reach out. Let us continue to reflect the Love of Jesus to others who need it and build them up, as well.
4/19/20186 minutes, 44 seconds
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506: I prayed for you today| Colossians 1:9

I prayed for you today. Right on the podcast. If you need some prayer and you are wondering what God has for your future, today’s One Verse is for you.
4/16/20187 minutes, 14 seconds
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505: God will confide in us | Psalm 25:14

When we trust God, He lets us in on His plans. Do you have some questions for God? I do. Right now, my family is in the middle of a transition. We are happy where we are at, but we know it isn’t long term. We have some serious God questions. How long will this take? What are we supposed to do next? That is why I love today’s One Verse. It promises us that if we trust God and fear Him with awe and respect, He will let us in on His plans. He will trust us and confide in us. The One Verse Devotional Bible study is provided by Phosphorus Project. About the One Verse Devotional Podcast One Verse is a short, free podcast devotional designed to help you grow closer to God through less than 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Is it hard to find time to spend with God and grow your Christian faith? The One Verse Devotional is a short, 5 minute podcast where we grow deeper in our faith through just one verse a day, Monday through Friday. A practical and encouraging look at the Bible, now you can spend time with God whenever you want. Hosted by Matt McCarrick and brought to you by Phosphorus Project.   http://oneversepodcast.com/
4/13/20185 minutes, 16 seconds
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504: Don’t take my word for it | Acts 17:11

Are you taking responsibility for your own spiritual life or just blindly following someone else? Do you take your Bible to church? Do you follow along with your pastor on the Bible App? Or do you just take for granted that whatever they project on the screen is actually in the Bible? No, I am not saying your pastor is lying to you. I am saying that we should be taking responsibility for our own spiritual life. In our One Verse, the Berean Jews were comparing everything that Paul taught against what Scripture taught. I think it would be wise for us to do the same. You aren’t showing disrespect to your pastor. Instead, you are learning how to feed yourself. The One Verse Devotional Bible study is provided by Phosphorus Project. About the One Verse Devotional Podcast One Verse is a short, free podcast devotional designed to help you grow closer to God through less than 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Is it hard to find time to spend with God and grow your Christian faith? The One Verse Devotional is a short, 5 minute podcast where we grow deeper in our faith through just one verse a day, Monday through Friday. A practical and encouraging look at the Bible, now you can spend time with God whenever you want. Hosted by Matt McCarrick and brought to you by Phosphorus Project.   http://oneversepodcast.com/
4/12/20186 minutes, 23 seconds
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503: As for me and my house | Joshua 24:15

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!" Our One Verse today comes from the book of Joshua. Joshua was the leader of Israel in the Old Testament after Moses. He took the Israelites into the Promised Land. At the end of his life, after years of service and leadership to his people. He made one of his final addresses. In a sense, he drew a line in the sand. You can serve whoever you want to serve, but me and my household will continue to serve the Lord. What an inspiring message! He could of said anything, but this wise, old leader new what really mattered. Stay close to God. My prayer is this will be a phrase you live by in your own life. Will you serve the Lord?
4/11/20185 minutes, 28 seconds
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502: Invited Into the Story | 2 Peter 1:4

God has invited you to participate in His grand story. Yesterday, we learned that God has already given us everything we need to live our purpose. Today’s One Verse is the very next verse. In 2 Peter 1:4, we learn that God has given us His great and precious promises. God’s promises are awesome! But our One Verse doesn’t stop there. It lets us know why we have these promises… Because God has invited us into His story. We have been given a role to play, and He wants us to participate in what He is doing.