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Worship Courageously

I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You.
Psalm 138:1
David was not ashamed of his God. He would boldly praise the God of Israel in the presence of false gods without worrying what anyone said or thought of him. Are you willing to do that today?
I can remember when it was very common to see families and others in restaurants bowing their heads and joining hands to worship and thank God before their meal. Our family does that, but I don’t see as many today as I used to. It is a wonderful way to encourage other families. People who are not ashamed to pray publicly to their God stand out in an age when it is common to be ridiculed for your faith.

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Slavery

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14–15, NIV
When a slave has been set free, our only response can be to praise God! Slavery was common in the first century of the Christian Era. But it has never gone away. In fact, there are more slaves alive today than in any time in history. We read and hear horrific stories of twenty-first-century slave trade, and our hearts are broken. I want to support my brothers and sisters in Christ who are at the forefront of exposing this trade that is straight from the pit of hell.

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New Creatures

As Christians, we are new creations and members of the church of Jesus Christ, and therefore unique. As a result, we should not live like people in the world. The world is proud; we are humble. The world is fragmented; we are united. The world is impotent; we are gifted. The world is hateful; we are full of love. The world doesn’t know the truth; we do. If we don’t walk any differently from the world, we won’t accomplish Christ’s goals. If we live like people in the world, we essentially are imitating the dead (Eph. 2:1–5), and that doesn’t make sense.

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