HOUSEKEEPING

READ 1 CORINTHIANS 3:10–17 Local health departments are responsible for evaluating restaurants to ensure they are clean, safe, and up to code for serving food to customers. They can mandate a shutdown for certain violations. Why? The food may not be safe to eat and people could get seriously sick from contamination. Taking care of

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TRANSFORMATION

READ ROMANS 12:1,2,9–13 Abigail’s doctor gave her the scary news. The surgery removed most of the brain cancer, but it would return, and she would die within two years. Abigail and her husband had a newborn to raise, so they turned to God and His Word. Each day they spoke the truths that God had

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BENEFITS OF HOLINESS

READ ROMANS 6:19–23 Some label the jackfruit as a miracle food that is both highly beneficial and useful. Weighing as much as one hundred pounds, this fruit can be cooked in stews, used as flavoring for ice cream, ground into flour, or used as a meat-free pulled pork substitute. Even its seeds and timber are

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INSTRUMENT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

READ ROMANS 6:12–18 An expensive musical instrument may be beautiful, but most of them won’t play themselves. Normally they need be in the hand of a musician to produce pleasing sounds. When an instrument is provided to a master musician, its potential can become reality. Offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought

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SET APART

READ JOHN 17:9–19 “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17). The dictionary defines the word sanctify as setting apart something that is sacred, making one holy, or freeing one from sin. When Jesus died on the cross and rose again, He opened a means by which this is possible. Those who

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DEPENDENCE

READ JOHN 15:1–8 Have you ever begun a project knowing it required more than one person to accomplish but insisted on trying to do it yourself? The world considers independence of great value and teaches people from infanthood to completely depend on oneself. Jesus refuted this philosophy: “I am the vine; you are the branches.

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CLEANING PROCESS

READ JOHN 13:1–11 During the course of a day, the human heart pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood through the body. Most know that the heart pumps blood to bring oxygen to the cells, but it also pumps waste back to the lungs to be removed from the body. Each breath out includes the heart’s

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THE TRUE TEST

READ MATTHEW 15:10–20 The five-second rule is a theory that suggests there is a defined window of time where it is permissible to pick up food after it has been dropped on the floor. Despite a few tests and studies, it carries no true weight in safety standards. It’s just a fun phrase for when

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WHY FORGIVE?

READ MATTHEW 5:43–48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43–44). The thought of loving an enemy sounds insane. But God calls His people to forgive everyone, even an overly demanding boss, a

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IT’S TIME TO SHINE

READ MATTHEW 5:13–20 As the world sinks into ever-increasing darkness, have you wondered if you can do anything to change it? With hate on the rise, suicide rates increasing, and the lines between right and wrong disappearing, it may be tempting to run and hide. Instead, Christians need to realize who they are and courageously

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