devotionals (189)

Speaking the Word Without Fear

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by Jerry D. Ousley 

Why is it that we are afraid to speak the word of God? Let's face it; a good many of us are. There have been numerous times in my own life when I was afraid to speak the word of God in a situation. I believe that there are many things bringing on this fear: Speaking in error is one. What if we have it wrong? What if we say something that's going to get us shot down? Then we could be afraid of ridicule. What if after we have spoken the word of God that we get made fun of or la
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by Pam Ford Davis

 

Multitudes are afflicted with melancholy and mope around on this Monday morning. There are varied reasons. They may have experienced such a nice weekend they hated it to end. On the other hand, they may feel twinges of guilt because they left needed household chores unfinished. 

At any rate, despondency camps on their doorstep alongside the morning newspaper.

I fast-forward to later in the week, when I come down with a severe case of Monday blues on a Thursday afternoon. I alw
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Morning Altar of Prayer

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by Kathy Ledbetter


David had good days and bad days. He experienced great success and devastating failures. His enemies were wicked. They were in a relentless pursuit of him, day and night. First thing in the morning,when he was fresh and ready for the day, his focus turned to God. David tells us he will look up to God. It is good to let God hear our voice and see our upturned faces, first thing in the morning. We make Him the center of our attention.

The beginning of the day is the perfect time
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Are You Prepared For The New Year

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Another year is about to end and a new one will begin. We don't know what awaits us. There will be, no doubt, many challenges and many joys. With the state our Nation and the world is in, the challenges will surely be great. Are we prepared for whatever may come? How are we preparing for it? Many make resolutions trying to commit themselves to changing some part of their lives that they feel will be an improvement in themselves this coming year. These resolutions are notorious, though
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Qualities Of A Godly Friend

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by Taylor Cummings

Proverbs 27:17, "As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."

Have you ever had a really good friend?

As I look back over the years of my life, I see how I've had different groups of friends at different seasons in my life. Do you ever notice the different roles friends play in your life? There are the "Facebook Friends". Some friends are the people you can be goofy with. Your conversations may not go deep, but you can enjoy time with one another just in playing games
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by Pam Ford Davis

My husband Norm is a man of philosophy....

"Is life fair?"

"Can't never could!"

"It has potential."

"You've got to make it happen."

I set up camp on his last opinion. In conversations, I share my desire for a dream vacation or trip to a writer's conference; troubled, I point out our lack of funds. He says, "You've got to make it happen." His middle name should be possibilities. Are you dreaming of a heavenly home?

The Lord is making it happen!

"Jesus said, 'Don't be troubled. Trust i
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People have described me as fearless, which is funny because I'm scared of everything. A good friend once told me I was the bravest person he knew, also amusing because I live in a perpetual state of anxiety.
I've struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember -- though it wasn't diagnosed until high school. As a kid, I would pace the halls, peering out the window while I waited my mom to return home. Until I saw her car headlights, my brain swirled with dark, brooding thoughts that mayb
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You Need Detox! Be Transformed

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As you sit quietly thinking about your life, Stop! Read (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV) for yourself, which states,"Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." Isn't that great news? Sin is gone forever, but you have the same mind. Do you know how to change your mind? It requires faith in the word of God, it's a simple process, but it takes diligence, persistence, determination, and dedication. God's ways are th
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Thanksgiving in Prayer

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by Yuri Solomon

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4)

There are four aspects to devotional prayer. Someone created an acrostic that is very helpful in remembering all four aspects: A.C.T.S. "A" stands for "adoration"; "C" stands for "confession"; "T" stands for "thanksgiving," and "S" stands for "supplication."

The greatest facilitator of peace through prayer is not partition but thanksgiving; it is not leaving what concerns you at the altar, but the attitude in which you approach t
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by  Sonja Burketh


Road signs provide the protection needed for us to travel as reasonably and safely as possible. At least when we pay attention and follow the instructions that is. 

Stop signs in particular, are crucial as they usually signal a potential danger that if not heeded could mean immediate harm.

Unfortunately, there is poorly designed intersection located in my neighborhood.

The stop sign is placed so far back that in order for you to see clearly when making a left or right turn, you mu
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by Joseph-Paul Timpano

 

Surrender your will to God the Father.

If you want to be healed and helped, get off of yourself, reach out, and help someone else.

Quit being angry at what has happened in your life. While you continue to be angry you don't heal. It's time to move on!

Share the burdens that others you know are carrying. It's time that you take a look around you and see more than your own image in the mirror.

Believe in yourself, as I the Lord believe in you.

Live your life as a f
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14 Ways To Be Like Jesus

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  1. Righteousness ( 1 Jn 13:7; Jn 15:10-14;  1 Cor. 1:30; Eph 1:4; 5:27)

  2. Freedom from the world. (Jn. 17:14-16; Rom. 12:1; Jas 4:4; 1 Jn. 2:15)

  3. Self crucifixion (Rom. 6; Gal. 2:20)

  4. Walking in newness of life (Rom. 6: Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 4 1-24)

  5. Enduring persecutions (Mt. 10:25; Jn. 15: 18-20; Mk. 10:30

  6. Works (Jn. 14:12; Mk. 16:17-18; 9:23; Mt. 17:20; 21:22)

  7. Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23; Jn. 13:34; 15:11-13)

  8. Total setting  for Yah’s works (Jn. 10:36; 17:17-19;20

  9. Walking in the light (1

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by Reid Ashbaucher

 

Jesus prayed in John 17:17: "Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth." (NASB) One of the standards I established in my book, "Made in the Image of God", to help interpret what I was trying to say within its pages was this: there are no contradictions within Scripture, for biblical truth the be true it must agree with all other biblical truth. What does that mean? Simply this. If the Scriptures says God hates divorce or drunkenness or homosexuality and a thought or sugge
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It's Sunday morning and we get out of bed thinking, another day to get through, I need a word from the Lord to tell me what to do or how to get through this day. So we turn on the Television or Radio and watch or listen to some preacher that spouts off words of wisdom but fails to mention a single word from the Scriptures (Bible). We try to follow that advise, but we seem to have no success in all the advise given as failure sets in. We then begin to doubt that there really
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by Joseph-Paul Timpano

 

God alone really is the reason why you exist. Quit resisting this truth. Run to Him. Accept His ways and His love for you. 

Invest time with the Lord, and see your spirit grow in fortitude.

Talk to God about every fear that you experience. He is ready to help you through your struggle, and will equip you with wisdom, honor and strength to fulfill the calling that He has for you.

Have a forgiving heart. Remember, people can change. Give them room and forgive them.

God will ta
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by Dudley Anderson



When I came home from the office on Tuesday afternoon I was not a little hungry. As I walked through the front door I was hit by the aroma of a delicious spicy curry coming from the kitchen. My empty tummy performed cartwheels! "How far is dinner?" I asked my lovely wife as she stirred the steaming pot on the cooker. "Probably another half hour," she replied.

I knew I'd never make it. When my tummy is hungry then I am blinded to all good reason, so I invaded the snack box. Hmm,
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Lately, there has been much discussion about whether or not America is a "Christian Nation". Some are sure that it is, some are just as adamant that it is not. The term has sometimes been elevated to the status of a magic phrase whereby merely attributing it to America somehow assures us of God's protection and blessing.

However, can America rightly be called a "Christian nation"? The answer to this question hinges on the definition we assign to the phrase "Christian Nation." The simple definiti
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Devotional: Abandoned by God

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by Rev. Brian H. Mathis

 
You know sometimes as a Christian we can feel abandoned by God. You know what I am talking about when nothing seems to be going the way we think it should we will turn around and ask were God is in what we are facing. I know many people have even allowed those moments to cause them to doubt whether or not God is real and if their relationship to Him is really worth the struggles they face. Far too many people walk away from the Lord because they are exp
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Do You Feel Abandoned by God?

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by Rev. Brian H. Mathis

 

You know sometimes as a Christian we can feel abandoned by God. You know what I am talking about when nothing seems to be going the way we think it should we will turn around and ask were God is in what we are facing. I know many people have even allowed those moments to cause them to doubt whether or not God is real and if their relationship to Him is really worth the struggles they face. Far too many people walk away from the Lord because they are exp
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God's Thoughts About Us


by Rev. Brian H. Mathis

Recently I was reading David G. Brenner's book Surrender to Love and in it he asks a question that caused me to stop and really think. The question is this, "Imagine God is thinking about you. What do you assume God feels when you come to mind?" If that seems like a strange question it really is not that unusual we do it on a personal level everyday when we have moments with new individuals we have encountered in our lives. We often wonder what sort of impression we have
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