Psalm 91 Blessing | Devotional by Sylvia Gunter – Christian Article

Your life is lived in great spiritual warfare, but you are sheltered in the safe refuge of the Almighty. Be at home in the hiding place of Most High. Rest under His wings (1). He is the Lord, your refuge and fortress. You are defended by His faithfulness as your shield and defense (2). Be blessed with security from Satan’s snares and schemes (3). You have peace in El Shaddai. His promises are sure (4). God hears your heart’s cry.…

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When the Storm Doesn’t Stop – Christian Article

Jeremiah was depressed, as gloomy as a giraffe with a neck ache. Jerusalem was under siege, his nation under duress. His world collapsed like a sand castle in a typhoon. He faulted God for his horrible emotional distress. He also blamed God for his physical ailments. “[God] has made my flesh and my skin waste away, and broken my bones”  (Lamentations 3:4 RSV). His body ached. His heart was sick. His faith was puny … He realized how fast he…

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Dealing with Fear | Thoughts about God by Mike Woodard – Christian Article

Domonic, our two and a half year old grandson was “helping” Papa (Grandpa) do some much needed spring cleanup in the back yard. Our backyard is terraced, so when we went to the second layer he started to cry. I asked him why he was crying, and he said, “Me Scared”.  It turned out he was scared because he had seen the wild deer wander across that part of the yard in the past, and he was afraid that they…

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Knocking on Heaven’s Door | Thoughts about God by Allan Mitchell – Christian Article

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Luke 11:9-10 Do you believe God answers prayer? For many Christ-followers, this question produces anxiety because they feel that Heaven’s response is sometimes uncertain. That can evoke searching, serious questions. If I…

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Has Flattening the Curve Flattened You? – Christian Article

We all want to do our part to be responsible citizens and do what we can to flatten the curve during this world wide pandemic. We have willingly distanced and washed our hands. We have missed family and friends and gathered in new ways on ZOOM and other technology. We have been diligent…. and hopeful. Yet weariness is setting in. Comments get voiced that reveal discouragement,  and even hopelessness for tomorrow. We question how to get through to the other…

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Calming the Waters | Daily Devotional by John Grant – Christian Article

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm“. Mark 4:39 As our boat pulled away from Tiberius headed for Capernaum on the North end of the Sea of Galilee, it was a clear, calm and sunny way. Suddenly when we were in the middle of the sea, a tremendous storm suddenly hit. It was fierce. The boat rocked and I could only imaging what…

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Heart Proofs | Devotional by Brigitte Straub – Christian Article

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13 I was at a birthday party one day in the park and I remember being overwhelmed with feelings of loneliness even though I was surrounded by friends. As I started to walk through the park back home, sadness…

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Betrayed by Judas | Easter Good Friday Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

When betrayal comes, what do you do? Get out? Get angry? Get even? You have to deal with it some way. Let’s see how Jesus dealt with it. Begin by noticing how Jesus saw Judas. “Jesus answered, “Friend, do what you came to do.” (Matthew 26:50) Of all the names I would have chosen for Judas it would not have been ‘friend’. What Judas did to Jesus was grossly unfair. There is no indication that Jesus ever mistreated Judas. There…

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It’s Us He Wants | Devotional by Debbie West – Christian Article

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:16-17 King David is one of the great men of the Bible. He is held in high esteem among Christians and Jews as a pillar of the Faith. But a closer look shows just how broken David was. Though he was…

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God Will Take Care of You! – Christian Article

“The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade”  Psalm 121:5 Does God watch over us? We know the Bible tells us He does, but have you experienced it yourself? I received this e-mail recently from a lady who tells her story of God’s care. “I required knee surgery a few years ago; I prayed a lot before surgery asking God to guide the hands of all those in surgery and to bring me…

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Jesus Understands | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

Who will love me?  I feel so old.  Unloved.  Unwanted.  Abandoned.  I  just want to cry and sleep forever…   It’s a cry.  Can you hear it? The divorced.  The abandoned child.  A one-night stand.  A silent phone.  Cries of loneliness. The most gut-wrenching cry of loneliness in history didn’t come from a widow or a patient.  It came from a hill, from a cross, from a Messiah. “My God, my God,” Jesus screamed.  “Why did you abandon me?” (Matthew 27:46).…

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Crushed Spirit | Devotional by Phil Ware – Christian Article

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18 Thought While many of us are richly blessed spiritually and physically, many of God’s people face hardship and difficulty. You may be one of those in difficult circumstances. Please remember that God has not abandoned you. Jesus is the great reminder that God cares and involves himself with the broken, forgotten, and downtrodden. Please know as well, that tens of thousands are praying…

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Our Dependable God | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

From the first chapter of Scripture, the Bible makes a case for the dependability of God.  Without exception when God spoke, something wonderful happened.  By divine fiat there was light, land, beaches, and creatures.  God consulted no advisers.  He needed no assistance. “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm” (Psalm 33:9). The same power is seen in Jesus.  He is unchanging.  He’s never caught off guard by the unexpected. “God never changes or casts…

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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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