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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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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