Hope in Relationship
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As we take a deep dive into Jesus’s High Priestly prayer in John 17 this week, we will discover together the deep desires of the heart of God. Today we explore Jesus’s desire to be known by his people. Isn’t it amazing to think the God of the universe desires to be known intimately by you and me? What a beautiful blessing and gift he desires to give each of us. May we take hold of this gift and experience it fully today as we take a closer look.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 17:3, and today's worship is Come To The Saviour by GT Music.

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Today Daily Devotional
Today Daily Devotional
ReFrame Ministries
More Than Just a Crumb
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Teach Us to Pray
Christina Patterson
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God Hears Her Podcast
God Hears Her Podcast
Our Daily Bread Ministries
EP. 27: Taste And See (with Margaret Feinberg)
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Life.Church
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40 min
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20 min
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