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  • Verse of the Day - John 3:28-29

    <p>"I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him. The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete."</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/John3.28-29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John 3:28-29</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>John the Baptist is an incredible example of a servant. He lived his life for one central and controlling purpose — to prepare others to recognize, to welcome, and to follow Jesus Christ as Lord. Can you think of a greater purpose for your life? Let's live so that when our last days approach, we can also say, "That joy is mine, and it is now complete." <hr /> <div>   </div> We hope you enjoy VOTD on video! Thanks for commenting and being a part of our VOTD family. Here is a link to the full <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/articles/202003/20200329_march29-2020.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en" target="_blank"><b>ToGather</b>.church</a> experience with songs and other resources. <div align="center"><iframe class="vimeo" id="400974499"></iframe></div> Let's <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/articles/202003/20200330_musd_lowtech.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en" target="_blank">bring John's joy in service to life in us by "Living My MUSD"</a> — Living My Mission Under Social Distancing — ways to live like Jesus, today. <div>   </div> <hr /> </p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Holy and Righteous Father, please use me to prepare others to know and to receive Jesus. In the name of my Lord, Jesus of Nazareth, I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/bGXXql72yWc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Deuteronomy 3:27b-28

    <p>Look at the land with your own eyes, since you are not going to cross this Jordan. But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see. </p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Deuteronomy3.27b-28" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deuteronomy 3:27b-28</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt and in the wilderness, but did not get to enter into the Promised Land because of his sin. Yet, for all those years, Moses nurtured and prepared the person who would do what he could not do. That person was Joshua. Who are you training, molding, encouraging, motivating, and calling to do what you won't be able to do? What successor will take your dreams farther than you can? Who is your Joshua?</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Holy and Righteous God, please lead me to those with whom you want me to share my life and to pass on your heritage of faith. Please open my eyes to see them. Give me strength to live my life honestly and courageously before them. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/6V35oHl9vMM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Romans 3:27-28

    <p>Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Romans3.27-28" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Romans 3:27-28</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>God's salvation leaves us no room for boasting. We couldn't live up to the righteous demands of the Law. When we are broken and sinful, God buys our salvation by sending Jesus and having him pay the debt of our sin. We have nothing to boast about except the overwhelmingly generous grace of God and the incredible sacrificial love of our Savior, Jesus.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Thank you, Father, for redeeming me from the righteous judgment of the Law. Thank you, Jesus, for paying my debt for sin. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for cleansing me and making me holy. Thank you, God, for your incredible grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/YVot0h7Z7A0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Galatians 3:26-27

    <p>You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Galatians3.26-27" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Galatians 3:26-27</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>What are you wearing today? I hope you are clothed with Christ. Anything else is simply out of style by heaven's standards, no matter what designer fashions you may be wearing. You can be clothed with Christ by surrendering your life to Jesus as your Savior through faith; believe that he is God's Son who died for you, trust that he rose from the dead to give you life, confess Christ as your Lord and Savior trusting him for your salvation, and share with him in his death, burial, and resurrection through baptism. He promises to send his Spirit to live inside you and to forgive you all of your sins. You will be God's child and have a home waiting for you in heaven. For those of us who are Christians, these thoughts are a reminder of what God has done for us and what he expects of us. If you are not a Christian, the world doesn't have to be a cold and lonely place; the Lord Jesus can be with you everywhere you go if you will respond to him.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Father, thank you that you provided a way for making me your child and for clothing me in your righteousness. Thank you for making it possible for me to call you Father and to have Jesus as my older brother. Thank you, dear Father, for Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/i9OMb-ms76A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Daniel 3:25

    <p>He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods." </p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Daniel3.25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel 3:25</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>I love the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from Daniel 3. Their faith is solid whether God chooses to save them from the fire, or not. God not only saves them, but those who intended to execute them become the key witnesses of their faith and God's miraculous deliverance. They are not only sons of the One True God, but they are also examples to all of us who are tempted to compromise our faith to get along in a society that has lost all respect for the Almighty God.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Dear Father in heaven, please give me the same kind of faith that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego demonstrated! When adversity, persecution, ridicule, and ostracism come, I want my faith to stand up to the test. Thank you, dear Father, for giving me the Bible, which is my book of heroes who stood their ground and kept their faith, especially under fire. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/HffT3VVPFj4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Galatians 3:24

    <p>So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Galatians3.24" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Galatians 3:24</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>Galatians reminds us again and again that law cannot make us righteous or save us, not even the Old Testament Law. However, the Law does one very important thing. It leads us to Christ. We recognize right and wrong because of the Law. We recognize our failures, imperfections, sins, transgressions, and weaknesses because of the Law. Most of all, we recognize our need for a Savior because of the Law. Praise God for the Law. Praise God a hundred times more for Jesus!</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Thank you, dear Heavenly Father, that the goal of your Law was to bring me to Jesus. It helps me appreciate his perfection. It helps me know my sinfulness. Most of all, it helps me realize that his sacrifice gives me what the Law cannot &#8212; your righteousness. Father, I do truly believe with all my heart that Jesus came to die for me and give me life. In Jesus' name, and because of Jesus' righteousness, I thank you! Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/W6poxAHprbU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Romans 3:23-24

    <p>... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Romans3.23-24" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Romans 3:23-24</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>No matter how hard we try, how good we are, and how much we work, we can never measure up to the only standard that matters — the glory of Almighty God. Thankfully, God doesn't require us to pretend to be what we are not — perfect, spotless, and holy. Instead, God makes us to be these (cf. Colossians 1:21-23) by grace, through the gift of his Son who purchased our pardon and gave us his righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). Praise God. Praise our Savior, Christ Jesus. Now let's live with Jesus as our Lord; not to earn or secure our salvation, but to thank him for what he has so freely given us!</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Most precious and holy Father, all I can say to your marvelous grace is thank you! Please know that while these words are woefully inadequate, they are genuine. Dear Father, I look forward to showing you through the rest of my life how much I appreciate all that you have done for me. In Jesus' glorious name, I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/AqdHy0S7Omc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>