Problems Have a Purpose | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

“Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:15 NLT God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems. My dying dad in West Texas. The last three years of his life were scarred by A.L.S. The disease took him from a healthy mechanic to a bedbound paralytic. He lost his voice and his muscles, but he never lost…

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When We Are Fearful | Devotional by Charles Stanlety – Christian Article

Read: Isaiah 41:8-20 (see bottom) Throughout the Bible, God encourages us not to be afraid or anxious, because as His children, we have no basis for fear. Of course, there are reasons to be cautious about what we do and where we go, but living in a state of anxiety is uncalled-for. We all have different fears—such as fear of criticism, illness, death, and poverty. These are universal worries, but they’re symptoms of something deep inside that feeds our concerns.…

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Have You Let God Love You? – Christian Article

“Love one another as I have loved you” John 13:34 The Greek word used for love (agape) denotes an unselfish affection.  The final phrase is the essential one: “as I have loved you.” Have you let God love you?  Please don’t hurry past the question. We don’t love people because people are lovable.  People can be cranky, stubborn, selfish, and cruel.  We love people for this reason: we have come to experience and believe the love that God has for…

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Comforted in Trials | Devotional by Rich Vega – Christian Article

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Life is good, but sometimes it can be hard. Trials and temptations come to all of us, often arriving without warning. Some can be extremely difficult and different than anything we…

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Underneath: Everlasting Arms | Devotional by Bill Bright – Christian Article

“The eternal God is your Refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He thrusts out your enemies before you…” (Deuteronomy 33-27, LB). “…with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles” (2 Chronicles 32:8, KJV).  (Deuteronomy 33-27, LB) and (2 Chronicles 32:8, KJV) Susan was broken-hearted. She had just lost her first child at birth. The trauma of that experience had affected her relationship with her husband and with everyone else around her. She…

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A Miracle on Christmas Eve – Christian Article

“All who are oppressed may come to Him. He is a refuge for them in their times of trouble” Psalm 9:9 My father was born in the Ukraine and spent his first fifteen years there.  One Christmas his two older brothers bought a German-made Christmas musical wind-up tree stand for their parents. It was mechanical and played Silent Night. Their gift brought great delight to this family of ten. Not long after, the region experienced the horrors of World War…

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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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He Leads Me | Thoughts about God by Phil Ware – Christian Article

“He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” — Psalm 23:2-3 Thought When we are exhausted, depleted, and on the edge of burn out, we need to have our souls restored! But who can restore our souls? Only the One who will lead us beside still waters! The Lord is our Shepherd. He alone can fully bring the nourishment and replenishment that we need. Yet why do we sometimes find it so hard to set aside time to…

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Pray Before You Leap | Thoughts about God by Kathy Cheek – Christian Article

As I recently prayed about an important decision I needed to make, I remembered there was a time when I didn’t. As a young Christian I didn’t even know that I should. When I was in my early twenties I moved without even praying about it. I loved God and it was not my intention to go the wrong way, I just had not learned yet that we are to seek God as we make choices and decisions. I just…

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Confession is a Radical Reliance Upon Grace – Christian Article

One day it dawned on me.  I had become the very thing I hate–  a hypocrite.   A pretender.  Two-faced. I’d written sermons about people like me. Christians who care more about their appearance than integrity. I knew what I needed to do.  I’d written sermons about that too!  1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins because we…

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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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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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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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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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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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Worthless Worry | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

“I was young, and now I am old, but I have never seen good people left helpless or their children begging for food.” Psalm 37:25 We worry. We worry about the IRS and the SAT and the FBI… We worry that we won’t have enough money, and when we have money we worry that we won’t manage it well.  We worry that the world will end before the parking meter expires.  We worry what the dog thinks if he sees…

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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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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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