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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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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What Incredible Hope We Have! – Christian Article

Of all the people on earth, believers in Jesus Christ have hope. Incredible hope. God gives us many promises that he will bless us in this life. He promises to meet our needs. He promises to protect us and deliver us from evil. He promises to lead and guide us. He promises to give us his joy and peace. He promises to care for us when we go through hard times and comfort us in sadness. Jesus promises to never leave…

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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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Easter day Crafts: Video and More Ideas! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Celebrate the new life of resurrection with this butterfly craft. You will need: two squares of coloured paper (one smaller than the other), string. Easter Egg Prayers Easter Day colouring sheet Easter Day Play Dough Mats This is Only a Snippet of a Children’s Ministry Christian Article written by Unknown Read Full Article

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(Podcast) Foundations: The Awkward In-Between – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Some of us are more than a month into quarantine and “normal” life may seem like a distant memory. Now that we’re living in the “awkward in-between,” how can Jesus’ time after his Resurrection help guide us through these uncertain times? Join Rick as he continues a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives. Let’s explore what Jesus did in the 40 days post-Resurrection. LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE NOW Have you joined…

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(Podcast) Foundations: “Up From the Grave” – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Jesus was able to take death seriously while also not being afraid of it. In a time where we seem to be surrounded by death, let’s start to focus on hope and how Jesus gives us hope. Join Rick as he continues a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives.… The post (Podcast) Foundations: “Up From the Grave” appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article…

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Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry: Hope Play Dough Mat – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry: Hope Play Dough Mat Pages Hope Play Dough Mat This Sunday the lectionary leads us to the story where Thomas meets Jesus after the resurrection. It’s hard in times such as this not to be sympathetic towards Thomas. It’s hard, sometimes to see where Jesus is when there is pain and sadness all around. That is why I’ve chosen to focus on Hope this Sunday. How do we find God and have faith in all of…

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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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The Problem of Pain- YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

With the coming of Easter, we also look forward to Good Friday. Although it is “good,” it is also a day filled with a lot of pain. What can we learn from this pain as we apply it to our everyday reality? Join Rick and his wife Bev as they continue a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives. Let’s explore the story of Jesus and the death of Lazarus in John 11:1-44,…

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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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HOW TO FIGHT THE TEMPTATION TO FEAR IN TIMES OF CRISIS – Christian Article

I can’t remember anything like this corona pandemic in my entire life. I can’t imagine what it would be like to contract the virus or to have a loved one sick or die from it. So far, I haven’t had to endure anything other than staying in my house for a few days. I don’t know how long this will go on or how much it will spread. I hope it touches no one I know. But even if the…

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Abounding in Hope | Devotional by Katy H Jones – Christian Article

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 I haven’t watched television since 1994. I used to listen to the news on the radio and read the newspaper headlines until my cancer returned with a vengeance in 2015. After that, I decided I didn’t want to focus on all that was going wrong in this…

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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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Fighting For God’s Peace In Fearful Times – Christian Article

I can’t remember anything quite like the Corona virus ever happening in my lifetime. Our local university just cancelled a basketball tournament. Schools all over the nation are shutting down. A couple and their daughter who recently came home to our small Western PA town from China, had to be quarantined for 2 weeks in their house. Local supermarkets are out of toilet paper and hand sanitizers. The Corona virus seems to come up in every conversation.  We who believe…

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How Can We Be Salt and Light in a World That Needs More Hope? – Christian Article

Many years ago, I remember being asked “who are you when no-one is watching?” It came as a bit of a challenge at the time because I could not say, hand on heart, that my private life quite lived up to my public life. There were never massive issues in my life, but there were a number of niggling issues that over time were compromising my genuine heart’s desire to live a sold out life for Christ. What we choose…

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all things are possible – Lucy Mills – Christian Article

I fully intended to write another post rather sooner than this! But life is what it is and, let’s face it, we all have muddled moments and patches of the journey where we need to stare at the sky for a bit. Those of you wondering at my quietness, I have been very, very tired recently, and increasingly-severe chronic pain has led the doctor to suggest I now have fibromyalgia as well as ME. Regardless of the label, the symptoms…

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Bible Drive-Thru: The Worst – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Titus 3:3-8 TO CHEW ON: “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” Titus 3:4,5 Who is the worst person you’ve ever heard of? What did they do that made them so bad? We may think of some people, like mass murderers or violent thieves as beyond help. People may say things about them like, “Put them in jail…

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Fleabag Offers Hope for Those of Us Who Seem to Get Everything Wrong – Christian Article

Fleabag, if you haven’t seen it, is a show about a woman living in London—known only as Fleabag—estranged from her family and navigating her grief over her best friend’s accidental death. In Season 2, she falls for the attractive Priest—known only as the Priest—officiating at her father’s marriage to an intolerable godmother. It’s a grim show. It’s also a show about hope. Not hope, in the kind of kumbaya sense, which ignores the harsh realities of the world, which insists…

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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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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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