Surrounded by the busyness of parenting, it’s no wonder to me that Jesus had to withdraw after meeting multitudes on his travels. We’ll never know exactly what it was like for Jesus, but amongst all the cooking, cleaning, planning, parenting, attending to my relationships… I can start to relate. 

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Scripture References: Psalm 103:3; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17; Proverbs 4:20-22; Psalm 107:20; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Romans 12:2; Proverbs 23:7; Hebrews 1:3; John 14:9; Matthew 12:15; Matthew 8:16; John 5:19; Mark 16:15-18; Hebrews 13:8; Acts 10:38; John 10:10; Matthew 6:9; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Galatians 3:13-14; 3 John 1:2; Exodus 15:26, Isaiah 61:2

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Before I was old enough to remember, I learned to pray in Jesus’s name. What a gift. Praying in his name is a reality simple enough for a child to acknowledge, and yet profound enough to keep saints in awe for eternity. Like learning to sing “Jesus Loves Me.”
For two thousand years, Christians have been praying in Jesus’s name, and for good reason. But when was the last time you paused to ponder why?

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Scripture References: Matthew 3:2; 2 Chronicles 7:14; 2 Chronicles 7:10-11; 2 Corinthians 7:10-11; John 14:23; 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23; Psalm 119:127-128; John 14:6; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 9:62; Hebrews 12:14; Hebrews 12:1-2

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Churches often struggle with empowering younger leaders, with handing significant responsibility to the next generation. Yet the Scripture gives us the sense that a church should believe in young leaders. The Apostle Paul encouraged Timothy to “Let no one despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).

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Scripture References: Matthew 4:19; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Genesis 1:28; Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 4:17; Hebrews 10:23; Hebrews 10:35; 1 Samuel 16:7; John 4:39; 1 Timothy 6:10; Matthew 6:25-26; James 1:17; Psalm 35:27; Isaiah 48:17; Luke 6:38; Matthew 17:27; Matthew 6:9-13

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