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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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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When God speaks life – Living the life God intended – Christian Article

Hi how was your week? Mine was good but not without its challenges. What do we do in situations where it seems everything is going wrong? We feel like we have lost relationships, work, our career, our friends and maybe even had to move. Do we hang on to God and His love for us or do we think that because all this stuff is happening, God has forgotten me. I am sure some of the Israelites felt like that.…

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Never Give Up – Liz Petruzzi, lizpetruzzi.com – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 You are God – there is no other.You are God – there is none like You. Almighty is Your Name.You are the first and the last.Alpha and Omega.Beginning and end. I am the Lord’s servant.His splendor displayed.My reward is with my God.He is my strength. Light of the…

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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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Using Our Abilities | Devotional by Bill Bright – Christian Article

Please open your Bible and read Ephesians 4:11-16 We would be poor stewards if we ignored the special abilities the Holy Spirit has given to us. We must use our abilities to glorify Christ, not to glorify ourselves, or some other person, or even to glorify the gift itself. Peter says, “Are you called to preach? Then preach as though God Himself were speaking through you” 1 Peter 4:11 Do you possess musical ability? Share it with the rest of…

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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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Consider Yourself Dead – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push();  ” So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11 Consider yourself dead. That’s a pretty striking statement. We love to talk about being “alive” in Christ. So why do I see so many Christians trudging through life powerless, purposeless, and lost in their pursuit of Jesus? As Christians we don’t want to obsessively focus on our sin, yet no matter how much we resist,…

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Why Worry? | Thoughts about God Daily Devotional by Helen Lescheid – Christian Article

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body what you will wear…Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? “ Matthew 6:25-27 We worry over our children, our finances,  our…

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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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Forgive and Never Forget – Liz Petruzzi, lizpetruzzi.com – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Scarlet turned to snow. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Rebellion met with red. Nothing is greater than His blood. Nothing it won’t restore, reconcile, redeem. Covenant blood poured out for many. Sin drenched with love.…

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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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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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Grace & truth | Skillful Shepherds – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Much has been debated recently regarding Singapore’s Penal Code, in particular Section 377A, following the recent decision by the Indian Supreme Court to rule in favour of decriminalising homosexuality. Several individuals (including prominent public figures) and groups have weighed in on both sides in print and online media platforms, and some have even been aggressively garnering support for online petitions either to support or repeal. What follows is a personal reflection on this pertinent…

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How to Live Today | Devotional by Gail Rodgers – Christian Article

“… so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…” Colossians 1:10 I opened my email this morning to find a lovely prayer for my day, sent by one of our longtime friends. Our families have known each other for years. Our kids grew up together. We can go for months without connecting yet our hearts reach out to one…

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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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Guard My Mouth | Devotional by Phil Ware – Christian Article

“Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”  Psalm 141:3 Thought How important is our speech? Jesus said it revealed what was going on in our hearts. Proverbs repeatedly tells us that our words can wound or heal. The apostle Paul tells us to speak only what will benefit those who hear us. In light of these Scriptures, this prayer of David is very appropriate. Only God can help us tame the…

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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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