Emulating Jesus | Devotional by Allan Mitchell – Christian Article

“‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’”  Luke 4:18 & 19 Has the recent health crisis changed your perception of what is important on this side of eternity? We now live in a world where social distancing…

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Gather Me Close – Liz Petruzzi – Christian Article

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” –Jesus, Matthew 23:37 Gather me close, under Your wings. I’ve stoned those sent to me with messages I refused to receive. Claimed my own understanding. Went my own way. Gather me close. You give weary souls rest. Take away my heavy. Carry me…

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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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Manna Moments – Liz Petruzzi – Christian Article

He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritualists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing His anger. 2 Kings 21:6 King Hezekiah is very sick. Isaiah, the prophet approaches, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” King Hezekiah prayed to the Lord. “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before You faithfully and with…

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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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God Saves Confused Sinners Who Cannot Save Themselves – Christian Article

Recently, in my men’s group, we were reading George Swinnock on the subject of holiness and he writes the following vivid description of the depraved sinner. He writes, “They run as fast as if they feared that hell would be full before they came thither” (The Christian Mans Calling, Vol. 1, Chapter IX, 76). So it seems that unsaved people are so committed to sin that they worry that they might lose a seat in hell. When it comes to…

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Love Much – Liz Petruzzi – Christian Article

Jesus said to the woman, “Because you believed, you are saved from your sins. Go in peace.” –Luke 7:50 It was an invitation of public statement. A Pharisee, respected religious leader, asked Jesus to eat with him so He went. It wasn’t really to honor Jesus. There was an agenda – the Bible doesn’t say but when I read the story, it becomes apparent the Pharisee wasn’t about knowing Jesus. He didn’t want to sit at the Master’s feet. He…

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The Problem with Unresolved Guilt – Christian Article

What kind of person does unresolved guilt create? An anxious one, forever hiding, running, denying, pretending. As one man admitted, “I was always living a lie for fear someone might see me for who I really was and think less of me.  I hid behind my super spirituality but this lie was exhausting and anxiety producing.” Unresolved guilt will turn you into a miserable, weary, angry, fretful mess.  In a psalm David wrote after his affair with Bathsheba, the kind said, “When…

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He is risen – Living the life God intended – Christian Article

Hi how are you? I pray you are all well and loving God. We are still in lockdown and Easter has been very different for us this year. However, I believe we are currently in a state of preparation so that is what I am doing. I am not storing food or other things but getting caught up around the house. Then I am going to spend more time with God and doing the things He has called me to…

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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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Rejoice Always – Liz Petruzzi – Christian Article

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Sound carries loud across backyard into the house. Excited exclamations punctuated by shrieks and screams as I try to concentrate and work. Irritated, I rise and look out the back porch, flung open wide to embrace the cool evening air. Boys and dad fish illegally in the back yard pond. I watch slightly annoyed by the…

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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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Stories of Grace: No Longer a Good Girl – Youth Ministry Christian Article

As we count down to our 10th anniversary conference, we’ll be featuring stories of grace on our blog. This series is a very personal one to those of us who have been with Rooted for a while. Our journey as a ministry is only one that can be understood through hunger for the Gospel and the generosity of God with his beautiful grace. It’s the story of unlikely travelers embarking on an unknown journey filled with many triumphs and failures…

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Paul David Tripp on Two Things You Don’t Have to Worry About – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Youth ministry can come with a lot of worry: over our students, our ministries, and our churches. So youth minister, we pray you will hear these words from Paul David Tripp and breathe a sigh of relief and reliance on the one who carries your burdens. If you’re God’s child, you can rest assured today that both your standing before God and his rule on your behalf are sure and secure.  There are two things in life you simply don’t…

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It’s Never Too Late | Devotionals by Fab Batsakis – Christian Article

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we think. Maybe the doctor gave you a negative report, or it appears you’re past the age of having the family you’ve longed to have. Or you’re still waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right. Maybe you had it all, and you lost…

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Is God Pleased with You? – Christian Article

No words can explain, nor describe the love of God. God is please with you.  Let me repeat that, God is pleased with you. Some of the greatest minds in history have struggled to categorize or give meaning to God’s love. It is far beyond our human understanding and definition. Despite our inability to ever comprehend the vastness and depth of God’s love, Christ made His love fully known to us when He sacrificed Himself to free us from the…

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Do Not Lose Heart | Devotional by Allan Mitchell – Christian Article

“Therefore we do not lose heart…for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”2 Corinthians 4:16a-18 During a difficult season in my life, affliction, anxiety, and doubt clouded my perspective. Overwhelmed by my current reality, my mind contradicted my heart. I slowly began to…

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Create Space For Grace – Orange Leaders – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Have you ever felt stunned when a child or teenager shares something shocking? Have you ever witnessed a crisis happening and wondered what to do? Have you ever watched a student leave your church knowing the fears that wait for them at home or at school? Have you ever been invited to know more about a kid’s inner battle but haven’t been sure what to say? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re probably a parent, a…

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What In the World Is God Doing In My Life? – Christian Article

Have you ever wondered, Why am I going through this? Why is this happening to me? Why do I have to suffer? Why hasn’t my life turned out the way I thought it would? Why am I stuck in this job? In this town? In this (insert your situation). Have you ever thought things like…I thought that when (insert event here) happened, I would be happy? I thought when I (insert: had children, got a house, got that great job,…

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Guard Your Attitude | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

It’s easy to forget who is the servant and who is to be served. The tool of distortion is one of Satan’s slyest.  When the focus is on yourself, you worry that your co-workers won’t appreciate you or your leaders will overwork you.  With time, your agenda becomes more important than God’s. You’re more concerned with presenting self than pleasing Him.  You may even find yourself doubting God’s judgment. Remember Martha criticizing her sister Mary, “Lord don’t you care that…

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The importance of family – Living the life God intended – Christian Article

Hi how are you? I am writing a couple of blogs this week as I have a few topics on my heart. It is coming up to the time of the year where is will get busy. Christmas can be a busy time or it can be a lonely time. Whether you have family to spend Christmas with or not, I want to talk about the importance of family. First, what is the definition of family? In the dictionary, it…

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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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Tree of Life – Liz Petruzzi, lizpetruzzi.com – Christian Article

Fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true. Bear and abide. Branch attached to vine. Fruit bearing branches pruned. Encouraged to bear even more. Heart’s produce praises God. Acknowledges His Name. Father glorifying fruit. Vine identification. Spirit of life and peace. Humility and gentleness. Love bearing fruit full of sap and green. Grapes never gathered from thorn bushes. Figs won’t grow from thistles. Good trees grow good fruit. Taste and see that the Lord…

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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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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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