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A Word for Today

Rich Carrier

Stand Out for Jesus

The flower in the above picture really caught my attention while traveling. Here was this lone flower thriving in the midst of what was otherwise

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Bryan Rocine

“Lord Like”

In a familiar passage from 2 Timothy 3:1-4 the Greek root phil appears in many words. Phil means “to like,” and the NIV tries to capture this theme

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Bryan Rocine

Worship is Special

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father

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Ben Connor

Sing a New Song

Psalm 9:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my

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Isaiah Rocine

Seeing It Through

1 Thessalonians 1:1-3 Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to

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Bryan Rocine

The Worship of God

Job 42:3 [God asked] Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? [And Job answered] Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for

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Don Cullen

He Calls Them By Name

John 10:3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

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Ben Connor

Our Precious Faith

II Peter 1:1-2 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ

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Isaiah Rocine

Our Lord’s Trust

Read Job 1-Job 2:10 As a ten-year-old my parents allowed me to ride my bike about 10 minutes to a friend’s house. I always had

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Rich Carrier

A Dry and Thirsty Land

For centuries, the Lakota people and pioneers knew to avoid crossing through the area known as “The Badlands,” which received its name due to the

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Don Cullen

Covered on All Sides

Psalm 23 The LORD is my Shepherd…. In studying this Psalm, one of the beautiful things that I noticed, is the different positions of the

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Don Cullen

Love Does Not Envy

 1 Cor 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. IT DOES NOT ENVY, it does not boast, it is not proud. The Greek word for

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Rich Carrier

True Unity Among People

Without question, we are living in very troubled times. Racism and hatred appear to be on the increase while our nation spirals out of control

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Bryan Rocine

Defiance

John 14:15   If ye love me, keep my commandments. Commandments!  How does that work for you? Our nation was born in defiance. Think Declaration of

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Rich Carrier

Unfinished Business

Have you ever looked at yourself and thought, “What could God possibly ever see in me?” Perhaps the current picture of your life is not

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Isaiah Rocine

Callouses

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a I’ve done a bunch of pullups before and had a blood blister develop on the palm of my hand or even

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Dan Plewak

Spotted in a Tree

Scripture passage: Luke 19:1-10 Verse 3 – He (Zacchaeus) wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over

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Ben Connor

Trust Fall

Psalms 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!  Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. I recently

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Isaiah Rocine

No Puddles!

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a On a wintry day, while walking in a parking lot, my 2-year-old son kept heading for every puddle he could find. 

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Don Cullen

What is Your Staff?

Genesis 32:10 (Said by Jacob) …for with MY STAFF I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. Exodus 12:11 …[with] YOUR

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Bryan Rocine

Rejoice

(author unknown) You don’t need to wear a mask       to breath a prayer. You don’t need to wear gloves      

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Ben Connor

How Do You Look?

I John 3:12  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.  But we know

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Bryan Rocine

Pop Love Versus Bible Love

Matthew 22:36-37 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all

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Isaiah Rocine

Love’s Humility

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Have you ever accomplished something remarkable in your life?  Perhaps you baked and decorated an incredible cake, achieved an athletic benchmark,

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Dan Plewak

Fed by Ravens

I Kings 17:5-6 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that

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Don Cullen

Those Nasty Worms

Sheep are vulnerable to internal parasites and worms that can take away their vitality and even kill them. In a flock of sheep, worms can

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Rich Carrier

Graduation Day

Due to the COVID-19 virus, many people have opted to have special “drive by” parades as a means of honoring the graduating class of 2020.

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Isaiah Rocine

I’m an Astronaut…Not!

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. In my last entry we thought about the longsuffering love of God towards us.  Our attention was drawn to longsuffering because

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Don Cullen

You With Me

Psalm 23:4 Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, no evil will I fear, You with me, Your rod and

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Isaiah Rocine

The First Quality of Love

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. If I were to describe an elephant to you, I wouldn’t start with details about its tail.  Instead, I’d start with

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Ben Connor

Answers

I Kings 10:1-2  And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove

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Phil Mastroleo

Too Many Voices

The prophet Habakkuk had a burden for God’s people in very difficult times. The prophet questioned the Lord about the trouble his people were experiencing and

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Dan Plewak

Hidden Faces

Recently, while picking up some groceries at the store, we were noticing how strange it was to see everyone wearing masks over their faces.  My

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Ben Connor

Wait for the Lord

Proverbs 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.  I wait for the Lord:     more

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Don Cullen

Pleasantly Plump

Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones… Sheep usually have docked tails

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Art Marquis

Don’t Let It Get You Down

In this time of self-quarantine, it’s easy to get discouraged, especially for church-going “people persons” like us who have been attending Living Word for so

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A Word For Today is a Christian devotional blog curated by Living Word Church. Read daily messages of encouragement from God’s Word. Find inspiration for your faith. Find ways to grow stronger as a follower of Jesus Christ. Find ideas for sharing the gospel with those around you.