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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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 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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The DYM Show | Special guest Katie Edwards talks burnout, engaging students, and change – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Josh Griffin, Doug Fields, and Katie Edwards talk about burnout looks like and how to catch it before it’s too late. Questions are answered about engaging distracted boys in youth ministry and implementing change without stirring the pot. Send in your questions to [email protected] Questions:4:39 What is burnout?14:51 What are your ideas about engaging boys specifically as their attention spans are decreasing?29:09 What are some ways to implement change in youth ministry without stirring the pot? ============================================== Subscribe to The…

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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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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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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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God’s Promise | Devotional by Kristi Huseby – Christian Article

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.” Psalm 59:16-17 I was cleaning my house getting ready for company when the phone rang. “Ma’am your son has been arrested for shoplifting.” My whole world came to a standstill. The pain…

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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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Poured Out Like Water | Easter Devotional by Charles Spurgeon – Christian Article

“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.” Psalm 22:14 Did heaven or Earth ever witness a sadder spectacle? In soul and body, our Lord felt Himself to be weak as water poured out on the ground. Placing of the cross in its socket shook Him with great violence, strained all His ligaments, pained every nerve, and more or less dislocated His bones. Burdened with His own weight, the glorious sufferer felt the strain…

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The Trustworthy Character of God – Christian Article

Read: 2 Samuel 7:21-22 Whom do you trust? It isn’t easy to find many people who are true to their word. At some point, we all learn the hard way that anyone other than almighty God can disappoint us. Let’s look at the Lord’s character to discover why He can be trusted. He is the one true God. Back in Old Testament times, it was common for people to actually carve and worship a false god. Today, it is more…

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Seeing God’s Fingerprints | Devotional by Sylvia Gunter – Christian Article

Listen with your spirit to God’s Word. Psalm 66:5 “Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!” Beloved one, I bless you with seeing your Father’s fingerprints on your life. I bless you with your Father planting reminders of himself and his majesty everywhere around you. I bless you with appreciating that the heavens declare the glory of God and everything around you proclaims the work of his hands. I bless you with remembering…

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Run or Help? | by Bill Strom – Christian Article

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”1 Peter 3:9 In 1569, Dirk Willems had a difficult decision to make. Willems was arrested by authorities who thought him a heretic and who jailed him in a high stone tower. Over time he stowed away pieces of cloth until he could make a rope and let himself down the outside wall, only to…

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Jesus: Our Intimate Friend | Devotional by Charles Stanley – Christian Article

Read: Matthew 26:47-50 I’ve counselled plenty of people who argue that they are not worthy of God’s love. Of all the passages I could point to that describe the Lord’s devotion, today’s is the one I think best showcases the unqualified friendship He offers His followers—even when they become wayward. The night before His crucifixion, Jesus was praying at Gethsemane when Judas Iscariot approached with a band of men. The betrayer stepped forward and kissed the Lord. And what was…

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Thoughts about God Daily Devotional by John Grant – Christian Article

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:34-40 The first month of the year is the month of resolutions, most broken by the second month of the year. What are your resolutions? Maybe they are things…

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God Blesses You | Devotionl by Charles Spurgeon

“You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 All year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us. He blesses us when we sleep, and when we wake His mercy is upon us. The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but our God never ceases to shine on His children with beams of love. Like a river, His loving kindness is always flowing, with a fullness…

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