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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Better a Millstone | Thoughts about God by Bill Strom – Christian Article

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.” Mark 9:42-43 Jesus was speaking in these verses, and he didn’t mince…

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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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Following Jesus Will Cost More Than You Think But It’s Worth It – Christian Article

I was 18 and at a young life summer staff camp when I first thought about the cost of following Jesus. I was a leader at this three-week camp. During this time, I was confronted with some hard questions while living among other Christians. It was the first time I realized that to follow Jesus; there would be some sacrifices. I realized at this moment that following Jesus will cost more than you think. Although at the time I didn’t…

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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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How Can I Be More Fruitful For Christ? – Christian Article

Do you ever feel like you aren’t doing much for the Lord? Are you ever tempted to envy the gifts or ministries of others? Ever look at others in your church who are leading Bible studies or visiting prisons or rehab centers and think “I’m not doing anything for the Lord”? I think there are going to be a lot of surprises on Judgment Day. Like the widow who gave only a couple mites. It probably didn’t seem to her…

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God Has Amazing, Incredible and Unstoppable Plans For Us – Christian Article

Have you ever wondered if God has plans for your life? If God is all-knowing, then he must know what the future holds. But does God have specific plans for your life? Or is it up to you to make your plans and then ask God to bless them? God has great plans for each one of his children.  I am so glad to know this because I am not a good planner. And even if I were the best…

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Bible Drive-Thru: Come! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Revelation 22:12-21 TO CHEW ON: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life..” Revelation 22:17 “Come!” What a welcome word to hear when we’re homesick. What a comforting word to hear when we’re lonely. What a delicious word to hear when we’re hungry or thirsty. “Let everyone who is thirsty, Come”…

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Corrective Lenses | Devotional by Randy Ehle – Christian Article

A friend shared with me something she’d read from Ann Voskamp: “God already sees you as perfect in him.” Based on my own ongoing and painfully slow transformation, I jokingly asked my friend if she ever wondered if God might need glasses. Then I was reminded of a conversation Moses had with God…. When God called Moses to go back to Egypt to lead the people of Israel out of slavery, Moses didn’t exactly jump at the chance. He questioned…

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The Faith to Please | Devotional by Fab Batsakis – Christian Article

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) God asked Noah to build a large boat to save his family, a boat he had seen no one else build in the past. Noah needed divine direction to know the size of the boat and other details. So, Noah embraced God’s desires and plan, working by…

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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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Four Distinct Advantages of a Theistic Worldview – Christian Article

I am a Christian because Christianity is true. I didn’t become a believer to solve a problem, to make a better life, or guarantee a place in heaven. I’m not a Christian because it “works” for me. I still struggle to submit my prideful will to what God calls me to do. Christianity is not easy. There are times when I think it would be easier to do it the old way; easier to cut a corner or take a…

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Waiting on God | Devotional by Karen Woodard – Christian Article

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18 Do you ever feel like just running away? In the whimsical children’s book, Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz, Alexander wants to run away to Australia. My husband and I sometimes say to each other,…

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19 Reasons Believers In Jesus Can Be Incredibly Hopeful And Optimistic – Christian Article

Do you have hope? Are you generally positive? Would you describe yourself as optimistic? Do you generally look forward to things in this life? Do you look forward to the next life? If you have trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation, and called upon him to be your Lord, then you have many, many reasons to be hopeful. Christians should be the most hopeful and positive people on the face of the earth, for God has given us many reasons…

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Being Transformed | Devotional by Kathy Cheek – Christian Article

My scripture calendar deeply convicted me the day I read this powerful verse from 2 Corinthians. 2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” I paused with the 365 daily scripture flip calendar still in my hand meditating on the words of this single verse and thought about the work…

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I AM Your Shepherd Who Restores Your Soul – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); I AM Your Shepherd Who Restores Your Soul Jan 22 PapaGod n Jesus Heart “I AM Your SHEPHERD Who RESTORES Your Soul” Beloved I redeem you by My Blood to My Original Plan of a future and hope for you in and with ME. I bring you back from sin, Beloved. I wash you clean by the Blood of the Lamb, Your Shepherd. I RESTORE you to sit with ME in heavenly places. I bring…

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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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