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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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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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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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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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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Thoughts about God Daily Devotional by Katherine Kehler – Christian Article

“These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation” Revelation 3:14 Recently, during my quiet time with God, I began using a series of books entitled, The Indescribable Christ by Charles Rolls. My thoughts were directed to the amazing words of Christ. Think about it. His words do not become less powerful or less true with the passing of time. Through the centuries His words have never changed or fluctuated. They have…

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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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You Never Let Go . . – Christian Article

“Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.” Psalm 73:21 (NLT) Has your heart ever been bitter?   It is so easy to allow bitterness to hold a death grip on our life; when our life doesn’t turn out like we think it should, when we see other people receiving accolades that we feel are due to us and not them, when we God seems distant in our greatest time of need, when…

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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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