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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You Are God’s Great Idea – Christian Article

“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”. Psalm 139:15–16 (NIV) If you grasp “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18–19a NIV),…

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How Do I Know God Loves Me? – Christian Article

How do we know if God loves us? Do we know he loves us when we have a nice house or a new car? Do we know he loves us when we get a good job or good grades? Do we know he loves us because he gives us children or grandchildren? Or sunny days? What if we don’t have these things? What if things aren’t going well for us? Are we sure that God loves us? If we lose…

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Teaching Preschoolers the Message of Hope in Zechariah – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I just taught one of the hardest Bible lessons I have ever taught to preschoolers! I have to brag on those 4 year olds who sat quietly and listened intently –  they now know things about God’s Word that many adults never study 🙂  The lesson is from Zechariah 1-14 about the 8 visions that God gave the prophet. Zechariah was sent by God to encourage the people of Israel as they began to rebuild the city of Jerusalem after returning from…

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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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The (Good) News for Teenagers: January Edition – Youth Ministry Christian Article

We live in the time of both social media and the 24-hour news cycle. Whether we see it or not, our teenagers are inundated with news both local and international. At Rooted, we wanted to give youth workers and parents a way to frame the headlines for teenagers within the gospel narrative – that amidst both tragedy and joy, we have an abiding hope in Jesus. It’s important to talk to your teenagers about the news, but even more important…

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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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A 4 Book Giveaway of Little Mole Finds Hope – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Love Letters from God gives the biblical narrative in a new and fresh way. A special invitation from the author saves the best for last.”David Baker, Baker Books “Glenys Nellist writes beautiful bible stories for young children. The brilliant letters ensure the reader is loved by God!”Beth Ainsworth “I fell in love with this book the moment I opened it. Such a beautiful book. When reading you can picture the stories happening.”D. L. Montgomery “I think this is a beautiful…

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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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Planting New Life (With Printable Instructions!) – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

We are holding a special Easter activities event this year aimed at families. Most, if not all, of the families do not attend church, so I wanted to produce something they could take away and do that would carry the message of Easter in a easy to approach way. This is what I came up with and there will hopefully be enough for each person to take a bag away with them. The activity involves planting the seed paper and…

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Come to Me | Year End Devotional by Phil Ware – Christian Article

[Jesus said,] “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28 Thought At the end of the year, it sure is nice to be invited to rest in Jesus. So before we begin a new year, let’s pause and place our hopes, our future, our dreams, and especially our burdens down at his feet and let him give us rest. Prayer Teach me, O God, to learn to rest in your…

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Behold, the Lamb of God: We Hope You Rest – Youth Ministry Christian Article

We’ve come to the end of our Advent Devotional for Students, but on this Christmas Eve we wanted to stop and speak directly to our Rooted audience — parents and youth ministers — about why the prophecies we’ve explored over the last three weeks mean so much to us as believers.  From the beginning, God knew exactly what He would do to cure the world’s sickness. He knew exactly who He would send; how and when it would happen; He…

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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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The Candle of Hope – Hopeful Thoughts for Christmas by Gail Rodgers – 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 Christmas is coming! There are loved ones to see, gifts to give, baking to share. We prepare our homes for the celebration. Yet even more important than this outward preparation is the preparation of our heart. The Advent season is a beautiful reminder to prepare our hearts,…

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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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Unnecessary Fighting | Devotional by Debbie West – Christian Article

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 I like watching American football. There’s something about the fighting, the clawing, the tremendous effort it takes for players to take the ball those last few important inches. Whatever the sport, we get excited when an athlete pushes forward with every ounce of grit they possess to score, win, or make it first across the finish line. We honor the fight. However, in our relationship with…

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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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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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Why Risen is Still One of My Most Favorite Movies – Christian Article

This past weekend, I once again indulged in one of my well accustomed traditions, of watching Risen. This movie never ceases to encourage my faith and encourage me in my walk with God. Without giving away too much, the movie is about a Roman Soldier, Clavius (played by the very talented Joseph Fiennes) looking for the dead body of Jesus. Yet he ends up finding the resurrected Jesus instead. Related Post: The Only Perfect Image To Believe Is Jesus! He cannot fathom…

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Merry Christmas! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. May your Christmas be a day full of peace and joy! Here is a Christmas story for you to read: My Messiah I shiver under my goat hair cloak. It’s cold at night on the hills outside Bethlehem. I wish I were at home in bed. But a few weeks ago my father said, “Joel, you’re 12. You need to learn the night watch.” And so here I am, cold…

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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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Bible Drive-Thru: Tomorrow’s News – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Revelation 1:1-11 TO CHEW ON: “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John…. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: ‘Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches…’” Revelation 1: 1, 10-11 Where would you…

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Freedom from Anxiety | Devotional by Charles Stanley – Christian Article

Read: Judges 6:1-16 Anyone who’s struggled with fear and anxiety understands the difficulty of overcoming these emotions. Gideon was a man who experienced great apprehension because he lived when Israel was being oppressed by the Midianites as a result of their rebellion against God. Conditions had become so desperate that Gideon was threshing grain in a wine press so the enemy wouldn’t think to steal it. It was at this low point in his life that the angel of the…

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