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Mark Batterson Weekly Devo

Dream Big. Start Small. Think Long.

“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my…

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Take the Stairs

Take the Stairs “And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” -Matthew 5:40-42 (ESV)…

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Cultivate Character to Sustain Growth

“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’” –Exodus 14:13-14 (NKJV) In 1987, a group of engineers, entrepreneurs, and earth scientists set out to build an artificial ecosystem…

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Burn the Ships

“So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.” –1 Kings 19:21 On February 19, 1519, the Spanish explorer…

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Press On

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 3:13-14 At some point in our lives, most of us stop living out of imagination and start living out of memory. That’s the day…

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Extended Warranty

“All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” –Deuteronomy 28:2 Just as the blessings of God come with a condition, they also carry a warranty. In contractual law, a warranty protects us against a manufacturer’s defect or seller’s default. Those warranties come in…

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Prisoners of Hope

“Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.” –Zechariah 9:12 The concept of the double blessing has been used and abused by name-it-and-claim-it preachers for longer than I’ve been alive. I understand the dangers of misinterpretation and misapplication as it relates to God’s promises, but…

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Power of the Tongue

“Like apples of gold in settings of silver, so is a word skillfully spoken.” –Proverbs 25:11 When I was in seminary, I spoke to a gathering of men at a drug-rehabilitation program. I met a man who had made some mistakes that contributed to his addictions. He had gotten out from under the umbrella of…

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Choose Your Battles Wisely

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” -Ephesians 6:10 My wife and I used to have a little saying taped to our bathroom mirror: “Choose your battles wisely.” There are some battles you need to bow out of. They aren’t worth your time or energy. Then there are battles you cannot…

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Bottled Tears

One of the most beautiful and powerful images in Scripture is found in Psalm 56:8. It’s a precious promise that begs to be circled: “You have collected all my tears in your bottle.” There are many different kinds of tears. There are the tears shed by the mother of a little boy in the ICU…

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