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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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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Easter Canceled? Not on Your Life! – Christian Article

By Max Lucado [Sign up to receive the once-a-week free email devotional, An Encouraging Word from Max Lucado] There has been much discussion recently over what to believe. Are the coronavirus numbers accurate? Are the reports from other countries dependable? Dare we be optimistic about treatments and vaccines?Like you, I’ve struggled to separate caution from overreaction. There was one headline, however, that we can quickly discard. Don’t believe it. Don’t fall for it. The message just ain’t true. Here it…

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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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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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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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Confession is a Radical Reliance Upon Grace – Christian Article

One day it dawned on me.  I had become the very thing I hate–  a hypocrite.   A pretender.  Two-faced. I’d written sermons about people like me. Christians who care more about their appearance than integrity. I knew what I needed to do.  I’d written sermons about that too!  1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins because we…

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Hungering and Thirsting | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” Matthew 5:6 For what are you hungering and thirsting?   The way we clutch our possessions and our pennies, you’d think we couldn’t live without them.  The problem is, the treasures of earth don’t satisfy.  The promise is, the treasures of heaven do.  Blessed are those, then, who hunger and thirst for righteousness.  Blessed are those who are totally dependent upon Jesus for their…

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What Matters to You Matters to God – Christian Article

The first miracle of Jesus was at a wedding—no small event.  For several days, there was gift-giving, speech making, food-eating, and wine-drinking.   Hospitality was a sacred duty  The absence of wine was a social embarrassment.  Mary asks her son to help, and he tells her that his “time has not yet come.” But he changed his plan to meet the needs of his friends. This miracle tells us that what matters to you matters to God. You are his child.…

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Worry Stoppers to Bring Peace – Christian Article

Here are eight worry-stoppers, found in the letters of the word P-E-A-C-E-F-U-L. Pray, first.  “Casting the whole of your care upon Him …” Easy, now.  “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Act on it.  Be a doer, not a stewer. Compile a worry list.  Keep a list of things that trouble you.  How many have turned into a reality? Evaluate your worry categories.  Pray specifically about them. Focus on today.  God meets daily needs daily. Unleash a worry…

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