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  • Verse of the Day - Luke 5:27

    <p>After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Luke5.27" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luke 5:27</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>After capturing the hearts of the crowd, Jesus now calls another disciple, Levi (Matthew). Two things are significant about this calling. First, Jesus called someone no other religious leader would have chosen, a tax collector and Roman sympathizer &#8212; to any Jew of Jesus' era, Matthew would have seemed very much like a traitor to his heritage and to his faith. Second, the tax collector followed, leaving behind his livelihood and his fortune. This is a powerful reminder that there is no one we should write off as unreachable with the Gospel and as unusable by our Lord.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Father of all nations, help me recognize the people you place in my path today who are ready to know more about Jesus. Give me the wisdom and the awareness to know when and how to speak with them about my Savior. In Jesus' name. 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/q1ytyQK_rE8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Luke 5:26

    <p>Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Luke5.26" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luke 5:26</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>Jesus forgave a man who was lame, then showed he had authority to forgive by healing him. As exciting and important as this healing was, the most important thing was the reaction of those who witnessed it; they praised God out of a sense of amazed awe. They recognized that Jesus had come to minister as God's very presence. When we understand who Jesus is and what he has done for us and will continue to do for us, we do the same thing today — we offer our praises with a sense of amazement and awe.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Almighty God and Heavenly Father, I glorify your name and thank you for your grace which you so lavishly poured out on me through your Son and my Savior, Jesus, in whose name I offer this praise. 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/r-T4KogfzOc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - John 5:25

    <p>I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/John5.25" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John 5:25</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>Aren't you glad that not even death can stop us from hearing Jesus' promised words to us: "RISE!"? We will hear his voice and live with him forever. That sure puts a lift in my future plans; what about you?</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Thank you, Almighty God, that Jesus' resurrection demonstrated your power to destroy death. I have confidence in your Son's promises to return, to raise me from the dead if I die before his return, and to take me home to be with you. In the Savior's name. 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/~4/172W1kYODe4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Galatians 5:24

    <p>Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Galatians5.24" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Galatians 5:24</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>When we became Christians, we died to the old person of sin and were raised up a new person. While we have many of the same battles with temptation, we also now have the power of the resurrection and the Holy Spirit at work within us to help us. <br /> <hr /> <br /> <b>VerseoftheDay.com related video by Phil Ware:</b> <div align="center"><iframe class="vimeo" id="420523152"></iframe></div> <ul><li>See all ToGather videos on our <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg1NUFuMRfFz41b75SzeX5g/" target="_blank">VerseoftheDay.com YouTube Channel</a>.</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJnlRcLpa7-eDld2zQsHZc1pVlpoXb69I" target="_blank">Playlist of related songs</a>.</li> <li><a href="https://www.heartlight.org/articles/202005/20200523_togather_flesh.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en" target="_blank"><b>ToGather</b>.church full worship guide</a> for home church.</li></ul> <hr /> <br /></p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Righteous Father, help me keep the dead and cast-away sin of my past far away from my heart and out of my life. May my life be a holy sacrifice that is pleasing to you. In the name of my Savior, Jesus, 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/uK224SbbqCc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - 1 Thessalonians 5:23

    <p>May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/1Thessalonians5.23" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1 Thessalonians 5:23</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>We know that true righteousness and holiness are qualities possessed perfectly by only God. Amazingly, God uses his Spirit to make those qualities a growing reality in our lives when we will yield to his leadership. Yesterday, we committed to let the Spirit work on maturing us in our weakest areas. Let's take an extra five or ten minutes sometime today, open God's Word, and read several passages of Scripture that apply to our specific vulnerabilities. Then, let's ask God's Spirit to transform us in these areas to be more like Christ!</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Dear Father, may Jesus come soon with grace and glory! May I be found blameless on that day, dear Father, not by my power and effort, but because of your transforming power at work within me. In Jesus' name I ask this. 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/pCvltnQW_Zo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Galatians 5:22-23

    <p>But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Galatians5.22-23" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Galatians 5:22-23</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>Where the Holy Spirit lives, human character is changed and spiritual fruit can be seen. Certainly this maturity isn't found overnight! It is, however, noticeable over the long haul of life. What fruit is the Spirit bearing in your life? In what ways have you matured? In what areas do you want the Spirit to exercise greater control? Why not take a moment and consciously yield those areas in which you struggle to him now, as you pray?</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Almighty and ever-present Father, thank you for empowering positive changes in my life as I seek to be more like Jesus. Please bring to full maturity the fruit the Holy Spirit is growing in my life. You know very well that I continue to struggle with __ in my life. I intentionally turn over that part of my life to your Spirit to redeem and fully sanctify. 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/T6Xp6Q21VXs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - 2 Corinthians 5:21

    <p>God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/2Corinthians5.21" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2 Corinthians 5:21</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>Jesus was perfect, spotless, holy, righteous, and clean. Yet he became what he hated, sin. Why would he do such a thing? Because he loved us and wanted us to be what he is today, the righteousness of God.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Almighty and loving Father, thank you for making me holy &#8212; your righteousness &#8212; by the sacrifice of Jesus. Thank you, dear Savior, for paying such a horrible price, not just by dying on the cross, but also by becoming my sin and carrying away my guilt. All praise to you, dear Father, for your plan, and thanks and glory to you, dear Jesus, for your loving sacrifice. 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/~4/2YkdWxkfWJo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>