Cast Your Cares on God – Christian Article

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) Father, teach us to rest in Your love for us. Too often we get sidetracked by the cares and the concerns of this world. We allow what we see dictate…

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Unnecessary Fighting | Devotional by Debbie West – Christian Article

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 I like watching American football. There’s something about the fighting, the clawing, the tremendous effort it takes for players to take the ball those last few important inches. Whatever the sport, we get excited when an athlete pushes forward with every ounce of grit they possess to score, win, or make it first across the finish line. We honor the fight. However, in our relationship with…

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Peace or Panic? | Thoughts about God by Katherine Kehler – Christian Article

“He who watches over you will not slumber…” Psalm 121:3 Peace and panic cannot occupy the same place. If we are filled with fear, we aren’t peaceful. I am not usually a fearful person. My husband has travelled a lot the past years and when I go to bed, I thank God that His angels are surrounding our property and protecting us. I thank Him that He is above us and that He is our foundation. I am covered with…

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Freedom from Anxiety | Devotional by Charles Stanley – Christian Article

Read: Judges 6:1-16 Anyone who’s struggled with fear and anxiety understands the difficulty of overcoming these emotions. Gideon was a man who experienced great apprehension because he lived when Israel was being oppressed by the Midianites as a result of their rebellion against God. Conditions had become so desperate that Gideon was threshing grain in a wine press so the enemy wouldn’t think to steal it. It was at this low point in his life that the angel of the…

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Better a Millstone | Thoughts about God by Bill Strom – Christian Article

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.” Mark 9:42-43 Jesus was speaking in these verses, and he didn’t mince…

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The Purpose of Our Trials – Christian Article

Read: 1 Peter 4:12-14 We shouldn’t expect the Christian life to be easy and comfortable, because believers aren’t exempt from trials. In fact, becoming a Christian may result in increased trouble and suffering. Peter refers to such hardship as a “fiery ordeal,” and tells us not to be surprised by it (1 Peter 4:12). God uses our suffering for His good purposes, and He walks through it with us. Hope in the midst of affliction is possible when we understand…

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Pressing Undo |Thoughts about God by John Grant – Christian Article

“If the anger of the ruler flares up against you, do not resign from your position, for a calm response can undo great offences.”  Ecclesiastes 10:4 Many items of computer software have an “undo” button. It allows us to erase forever your most recent action and redo it the way you first intended or should have attended. It allows you to dismiss mistakes and proceed as if nothing wrong had happened. It also allows you to restore something you mistakenly…

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The Lord is Near | Devotional by Phil Ware – Christian Article

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”  Philippians 4:4-5 Thought Because the Lord is near, we can rejoice and treat others with gentleness. He is near because he lives in us through his Spirit. He is near because his coming is at hand. He is near because when we gather with other believers, serve others who are in need, or share the Gospel with friends…

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A Heart of Compassion | by Mary Pinckney – Christian Article

“Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”  Matthew 14:14 (NLT) How do you keep doing for others in the midst of chaos in your own life? Jesus withdrew to be alone after hearing that his cousin, John the Baptist, was beheaded. But when he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them. Compassion is defined as a desire to help someone who is sick, hungry, or…

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Using Our Abilities | Devotional by Bill Bright – Christian Article

Please open your Bible and read Ephesians 4:11-16 We would be poor stewards if we ignored the special abilities the Holy Spirit has given to us. We must use our abilities to glorify Christ, not to glorify ourselves, or some other person, or even to glorify the gift itself. Peter says, “Are you called to preach? Then preach as though God Himself were speaking through you” 1 Peter 4:11 Do you possess musical ability? Share it with the rest of…

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7 Good Things…to Know about God’s Love for You – Christian Article

(From Psalm 139) No one knows you more thoroughly:O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up: (vs. 1) No one understands you more completely:You understand my thought afar off. (vs.2) No one cares about you more deeply:You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. (vs. 3) No one listens to you more attentively:For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold,…

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A Squawking World | Devotional by Marilyn Ehle – Christian Article

“Pay attention to what you hear… “ Mark 4:24 It was a beautiful quiet moment. I sat on a shaded park bench without interruption of cell phones, appointments or other demands for my attention. An occasional bird song provided a hymn of praise while just beyond me the sun shone through pine branches. I could imagine God as my touchable companion. And then came squawks and screams! Suddenly a brood of magpies flew from branch to branch, their chorus more…

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God’s Grace – A Devotional by Gail Davis – Christian Article

In 1 Corinthians 1:4-8, Paul began his encouragement and entreaty to the Corinthian Christians. He began his letter reminding them of the most important thing – God’s grace is all-sufficient. In these five verses, Paul taught very succinctly the four most important things about God’s grace. Most importantly, he said, God’s grace enriches believers’ lives. We today can and need to learn and hold on to this teaching. First, remember God’s grace is His loving-kindness and mercy given to a…

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Greater Love | Devotional by Rand Keycik – Christian Article

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:12-14  I’ve never had someone risk his life to pull me out of a fire or step in front of a bullet for me. As I think back, though, there have been plenty of people who gave their…

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How to Turn Tangled Thoughts into Trust – Christian Article

I was planning to read Psalm 18 before falling asleep last night. A busy day, a weighty decision, concern for a loved one, and questions about the future. Sometimes we just need to come up for air. But as I read, I couldn’t get past verse 2. It took multiple readings to let its nine-fold truth about God sink in—a concept that left Him looming larger than my tangled thoughts. “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my…

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To Whom It May Concern – Christian Article

If you’re reading this letter, you’re concerned. About kidnapped girls. Missing planes. Wayward children. A diagnosis. You’re concerned about a loved one. A bend in the road. A misunderstanding. A hurting friend. There’s much in this world to bring concern. Concerns can rightfully be called “troubles.”But I’m not writing this letter to stir up our troubles, but to share what Jesus said.He said, “See that you are not troubled” (Matthew 24:6).  We’re concerned. And rightfully so. But Jesus said not…

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Hope for a Hopeless World – Christian Article

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29: 11-13 (NIV) The word hope today is used in so many different ways such as  ‘I…

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Putting out the Welcome Mat – Christian Article

“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, “At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! I will go home to my father….”(Luke 15:17-18) Most of us can identify in some way with the story of the Prodigal Son. He had spent all his father’s money on wild living and “came to his senses” when he ended up working on a pig farm just to survive and…

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Encouragement for Every Season | Devotional by Charles Stanley – Christian Article

Read: Psalm 139:1-12 One of the most distressing emotions is the bleak sense of isolation caused by a difficult situation or experience. This is especially true when a loved one has died or you find yourself in the middle of a severe trial that can’t be solved quickly. Though the planet keeps on spinning, your world seems to have stopped and you begin to wonder, “Lord, where are You?” In Psalm 139, David reminds us that we do not journey…

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Guard My Mouth | Devotional by Phil Ware – Christian Article

“Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”  Psalm 141:3 Thought How important is our speech? Jesus said it revealed what was going on in our hearts. Proverbs repeatedly tells us that our words can wound or heal. The apostle Paul tells us to speak only what will benefit those who hear us. In light of these Scriptures, this prayer of David is very appropriate. Only God can help us tame the…

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Compassionate Father | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

“I have it all planned out—-plans to take care of you, not abandon you.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message) We have a Father who is filled with compassion, a feeling Father who hurts when his children hurt.  We serve a God who says that even when we’re under pressure and feel like nothing is going to go right, he’s waiting for us, to embrace us whether we succeed or fail. He comes into our hearts like a gentle lamb, not a…

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Pursue Peace | Devotional by Fab Batsakis – Christian Article

“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”  Romans 8:6 (NLT) Do you live at peace or is your mind wild and full of worries? What if I tell you the answer depends more on you and your decisions than on anything that happens to you? We all face circumstances in our lives we’d rather not deal with. Worrying starts when we let the “flesh”…

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Comfort in the Storm | Devotional by Laura Rath – Christian Article

A few nights ago, I had to comfort our cat, Raven, during a thunderstorm. She’s not usually affected by the weather, but something had her scared. So I held her and talked to her. I made a blanket tent for her to sleep under and sat with her until she felt brave enough to burrow under the blankets. Once she was calmer and safely tucked under her tent, I went to bed. But before I fell asleep, I thought about…

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Inner Peace | Thoughts about God Devotional by Gail Rodgers – Christian Article

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is focused on you because He trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 We all need two kinds of peace in our lives. We need inner peace, and we also need outer peace with others. God addresses both. He tells us what to do to find both. Inner peace begins with a relationship with God, and it continues as we focus on His strength and allow Him to fill us. We can exchange…

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Peace I Leave With You – Christian Article

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). Does life sometimes seem overwhelming? You’ve received a troubling report from the doctor. One of your children is in crisis. You wonder how you will pay your bills. Then there’s a car accident. It seem like trouble comes in bunches. The disciples found themselves in a…

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