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By grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

Surrounded by overachievers my whole life, I’ve always felt that intelligence and talent were not my strongest characteristics. I feel pretty average most of the time. I was once again reminded of this at a pre-Christmas event at my church, where my friends were creating beautiful and intricately designed gingerbread...

Today's Prayer
Dear God, thank you for the peace we have in knowing that we can rest in your grace instead of our own merit. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Ephesians 2:4-9

Thought for the Day

With God, I never have to rely on my strength alone.

Prayer Focus

To see the real beauty in Christmas


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