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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There is Room | Devotional by Idelette McVicker – Christian Article

“I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2 In my daughter’s preschool, they learned this song early on: “Let’s make room for our friends”. The school’s philosophy is clear: they foster an environment where students learn inclusivity. They make space for each other. I’ve watched the children grow into this atmosphere. On the playground after school or on occasions when we have gone out in a group, they all romp together. They naturally gravitate towards certain friends, but…

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Grace Moments | Devotional by Mary Pinckney – Christian Article

“…and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” Exodus 33:19 (NASB) In the movie, “The Shack”, there is a judgment scene. The angel and the young father discuss how God could forgive people that commit horrible acts. The father was placed in a position to judge what would happen to these people and then given the opportunity to judge one of his children to be condemned to…

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Corrective Lenses | Devotional by Randy Ehle – Christian Article

A friend shared with me something she’d read from Ann Voskamp: “God already sees you as perfect in him.” Based on my own ongoing and painfully slow transformation, I jokingly asked my friend if she ever wondered if God might need glasses. Then I was reminded of a conversation Moses had with God…. When God called Moses to go back to Egypt to lead the people of Israel out of slavery, Moses didn’t exactly jump at the chance. He questioned…

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The Faith to Please | Devotional by Fab Batsakis – Christian Article

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) God asked Noah to build a large boat to save his family, a boat he had seen no one else build in the past. Noah needed divine direction to know the size of the boat and other details. So, Noah embraced God’s desires and plan, working by…

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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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Waiting on God | Devotional by Karen Woodard – Christian Article

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18 Do you ever feel like just running away? In the whimsical children’s book, Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz, Alexander wants to run away to Australia. My husband and I sometimes say to each other,…

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Being Transformed | Devotional by Kathy Cheek – Christian Article

My scripture calendar deeply convicted me the day I read this powerful verse from 2 Corinthians. 2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” I paused with the 365 daily scripture flip calendar still in my hand meditating on the words of this single verse and thought about the work…

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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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God is Timeless | Devotional by Katherine Kehler – Christian Article

“…for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8 Email, texting, instant messaging, Facebook, SKYPE, Snap Chat, etc.! Technology has enabled us to meet and talk to people all over the world…instantly. Just 25 years ago when one of our daughters was in Kenya for a one-year missions’ project, it took three weeks for our letters to arrive in her mailbox. How times have changed! Stop and think about it. You have to be amazed at…

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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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Our Heavenly Father’s Unconditional Love – Christian Article

Read: Romans 5:6-11 Scripture tells us that love is the very essence of who God is (1 John 4:7). So if you don’t believe that He loves you unconditionally, you’ll never really know Him or have genuine peace about your relationship with Him. How do you define “love“? It is Jesus unselfishly reaching out to mankind, giving Himself to us and bringing good into our life regardless of whether or not we accept Him. Romans 5:8 tells us that His…

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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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The Walk of Obedience | Devotional by Mary Pinckney – Christian Article

Recently, I heard a man of God share with the news media that He was led by God to accept an invitation that was extended to him. His choice to accept the invitation was in direct obedience to God. Because the Pastor accepted the invitation, he was heavily criticized. It saddened my heart to hear the negative reports that came from both the media and the Body of Christ. As a Born-again believer, what should our stand be in situations…

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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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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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Thirst and Living Water | Devotional by Kathy Cheek – Christian Article

There is a paved walking trail a few blocks from our house that winds like a ribbon parallel to a creek and the woods along its banks. A large bridge gives passage across the creek and a view of the gurgling rippling water that flows beneath, with shadowy trees rising above the steep rock lined sides of this stream. During the drought of 2011 I kept checking on the creek. I dreaded the day I would reach the bridge, peer…

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Hungering and Thirsting | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” Matthew 5:6 For what are you hungering and thirsting?   The way we clutch our possessions and our pennies, you’d think we couldn’t live without them.  The problem is, the treasures of earth don’t satisfy.  The promise is, the treasures of heaven do.  Blessed are those, then, who hunger and thirst for righteousness.  Blessed are those who are totally dependent upon Jesus for their…

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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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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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A Right Spirit | Devotional by Rand Kreycik – Christian Article

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:10-11 When you think of biblical characters whose hearts were right and who followed hard after God, who tops your list? For me, it’s David. Every time I read one of his psalms, I can feel the “heart” behind it. All the psalms are amazing, but David’s spirit always…

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Remind Me Who You Are to Me Lord… – Christian Article

You are my Rear Guard …. for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guardIsaiah 52:12 You are my STRONG TOWER …For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:3 You are my Shelter …For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5 You…

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