Thoughts by Men

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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Calming the Waters | Daily Devotional by John Grant – Christian Article

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm“. Mark 4:39 As our boat pulled away from Tiberius headed for Capernaum on the North end of the Sea of Galilee, it was a clear, calm and sunny way. Suddenly when we were in the middle of the sea, a tremendous storm suddenly hit. It was fierce. The boat rocked and I could only imaging what…

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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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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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Love Abiding | Devotional by Allan Mitchell – Christian Article

“Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love; just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”  John 15:9-11 (NASB) In today’s confused fallen world, love is a complex and ambiguous word. As I…

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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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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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Problems Have a Purpose | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

“Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:15 NLT God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems. My dying dad in West Texas. The last three years of his life were scarred by A.L.S. The disease took him from a healthy mechanic to a bedbound paralytic. He lost his voice and his muscles, but he never lost…

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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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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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Underneath: Everlasting Arms | Devotional by Bill Bright – Christian Article

“The eternal God is your Refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He thrusts out your enemies before you…” (Deuteronomy 33-27, LB). “…with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles” (2 Chronicles 32:8, KJV).  (Deuteronomy 33-27, LB) and (2 Chronicles 32:8, KJV) Susan was broken-hearted. She had just lost her first child at birth. The trauma of that experience had affected her relationship with her husband and with everyone else around her. She…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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