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“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165 (NIV)   What comes to mind when you hear the word peace? Do you picture a quiet and serene place, free of life’s troubles? When we think of peace, we’re usually referring to what’s[...]

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“Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes.” Psalm 119:157 (NIV)   Have you ever wondered if you would remain faithful to the Lord if persecuted for your faith? What you are doing now will largely determine what you would do then. We’re[...]

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“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:147 (NIV)   Some situations weigh heavily on our hearts. Sleep may even become elusive if a sense of desperation creeps into our thoughts. At some point we’ve all given God our preferred[...]

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“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)   Picture the scene as the psalmist walks along a dark path with a single lantern lighting the way. It reveals obstacles that might cause him to stumble and dangers that could cause him[...]

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“How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?” Psalm 119:84 (NIV)   Even the most faithful believer can begin to lose hope when an unjust situation goes on and on. We don’t understand why God isn’t doing something about it, especially when we’re the ones being[...]

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“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:67-68 (NIV)   Any kind of pain and suffering should draw us closer to God and to His Word. Because He is good[...]

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“The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law.” Psalm 119:51 (NIV)   Many Christians today understand what it means to be ridiculed for believing God’s Word. The Bible is openly mocked from the halls of education to the halls of our nation’s capital. It’s touted[...]

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“If you are slack in the day of distress, Your strength is limited.” Proverbs 24:10   We live in distressful days. The Bible, however, still contains all we need for the days in which we live. God’s Word informs, instructs, and strengthens us. But allowing adversity and anxiety to overwhelm[...]

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