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If I claim to be without sin, I deceive myself, and the truth is not in me. If I confess my sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive me my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness. If I claim I have not sinned, I make Him a liar and His word is not in me. (1 John 1:8–10)
Kenneth Boa, Handbook to Prayer : Praying Scripture Back to God (Atlanta: Trinity House, 1997).

Daniel 6:4 NLT Then the other administrators and princes began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling his affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize. He was faithful and honest and always responsible.

To a builder, the word integrity means strength. To an ethicist, the word integrity means consistency. To politicians, the word integrity means … well, we won’t go there. What does the word mean to you? Surely, it is more than a slogan for a campaign.

Most people have enemies. You have yours, I have mine, and Daniel had his. We never list them as references on our resumes or go out of our way to be with them, nevertheless, we all have enemies.

If your enemies were out to get you, and did an audit of your lifestyle, could they find room to criticize you? Daniel’s enemies couldn’t find anything to besmirch him. Remarkable! Daniel conducted his affairs, and lived his life with utmost integrity.

Daniel’s enemies decided the only way they could accuse him…
April 16

Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1830–1869
  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV)
There is no neutral ground when we face the cross: Either we accept its atoning work and become a new person, or we reject it and remain in our sinful self-centered state. When we take our stand with Christ and His redemption accomplished at Calvary, we are compelled to make two profound confessions: “The wonders of His glorious love and my own worthlessness.”
This hymn of commitment was written by a frail Scottish Presbyterian woman of the past century, Elizabeth Clephane, who, despite her physical limitations, was known throughout her charming community of Melrose, Scotland, for her helpful, cheery nature. Among the sick and dying in her area she won the name of “Sunbeam.” “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” was written by Miss Clephane in 1868, one year before her early death at…