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IN TOUCH DAILY: JUNE 26

  The Difference Between Wants and Needs Psalm 34:8-10 Sometimes we confuse wants and needs. We can become so focused on our wants that they feel critical to our well-being. Then, when God doesn’t meet our “need,” we get angry … Continue reading

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IN TOUCH DAILY: JUNE 16

  Strength for the Lonely Isaiah 41:9-11 Loneliness is a painful emotion that many people fear. Paul knew what it felt like, so his life and letters can offer us encouragement when we’re lonely. Yesterday we saw how the apostle … Continue reading

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IN TOUCH DAILY: MAY 31

Sunday Reflection: God’s Promise to Satisfy Us As we reflect on satisfying our hunger, thirst, and longing with a view to eternity, it becomes clear that God’s intention isn’t for us to disregard earthly pleasures. The things that bring us … Continue reading

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IN TOUCH DAILY: MAY 26

Don’t Neglect Your Spiritual Gift 1 Timothy 4:12-16 Every Christian is given a spiritual gift with which to serve and build up the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7). Sadly, though, many believers neglect theirs. Timothy actually had some good … Continue reading

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IN TOUCH DAILY: MAY 4

Advancing Through Adversity Philippians 3:7-11 One of the hardest things for Christians to understand is how to find joy in suffering. Yet we know it can be done, because James tells us, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you … Continue reading

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IN TOUCH DAILY: MAY 3

Sunday Reflection: The Pursuit of Righteousness Jesus speaks about righteousness many times in the Sermon on the Mount—from pursuing it to being persecuted because of it (Matt. 5:6; Matt. 5:10; Matt. 5:20). We can easily think of pursuing righteousness in … Continue reading

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IN TOUCH DAILY: APRIL 22

Overwhelmed by Problems 2 Timothy 1:1-9 Job described the human condition with these words: “Man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). This was certainly the situation for Timothy, a young pastor trying to protect the church … Continue reading

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IN TOUCH DAILY: MARCH 22

Sunday Reflection: His Comfort in Our Mourning The Bible is full of stories about people who are hurting. In Psalm 22, the writer cries, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1). When immersed in hurt or … Continue reading

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IN TOUCH DAILY: MARCH 7

The Moments That Sustain Us Psalm 145:1-21 When life falls apart, what do you do? All of us face hard circumstances—and some of these are very painful situations that last a long time. Unless we have a purposeful focus, joy … Continue reading

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IN TOUCH DAILY: FEBRUARY 27

Two Gates, Two Ways Matthew 7:13-14 The broad path is easy to find. In fact, unless you make a conscious choice to avoid it, that’s where you’ll find yourself walking. Most people like this wide road because it’s comfortable, fairly … Continue reading

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