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In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea. - Matthew 3:1 (NIV)

In the 1970s, one winter afternoon after classes, I hurried to Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery to study a painting entitled Appearance of Christ to the People by Alexander Ivanov. My plan was to sit alone and reflect on the life-sized masterpiece, but a young stranger soon joined me on the...

Today's Prayer
Dear God, help us to share your word with people who cross our path every day. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Matthew 3:1-12

Thought for the Day

Interruptions are often opportunities from God.

Prayer Focus

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While several strategies for reopening the world are being discussed, I encourage you—the people of God everywhere—to allow this season to be a formative one during which you can make new discoveries about God and increase your faith. Use this time to embark on a life of prayer, a life of study, and a life of action—involvement in the community.”

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