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Prayer Changes Things (Part Three)

He went up into the hills by himself to pray. —Matthew 14:23 During a concert, singer-songw ... More >>

Prayer Changes Things (Part Two)

The King will say, "I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers ... More >>

Prayer Changes Things (Part One)

On the day before a major surgery, I shared with my friend that I was really scared about the proce ... More >>

Wounded Oysters

God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction. — Genesis 41:52 When seemingly nee ... More >>

Life-Saving Choice

What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? — Matthew 16:26 W ... More >>

It Comes with The Ticket

You are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. — Colossians 2:10 Author ... More >>

Relationship Under Repair

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another. — Ephesians 4:32 Are you easy to ge ... More >>

Your Last Day

Let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. — 1 Thessalonians 5:6 What if you ... More >>

Royal Lizards

A lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces. — Proverbs 30:28 (NIV) M ... More >>

The Cure For Futility

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 A term ... More >>

You Need A Battle Buddy

People don't go to war by themselves. It would be a suicide mission. Someone has to have your bac ... More >>

Let Go of Your Self-defeating Lies

We lie to ourselves all the time. "I haven't gained any weight. I'm not hurting anyone. No one even ... More >>

Winning the War Inside of You

You may not realize it, but you're at war. You may not wear military fatigues. You may not eat at ... More >>

The Word "No" Is Important For Your Spiritual Jour

The most important word to remember for your spiritual journey may be a surprising one -- no. You ... More >>

Your Heavenly Cheering Squad

Home field advantage can mean everything in sports. Teams who are at home often have a far better r ... More >>

When You Feel Like Giving Up

It's not easy to live by faith. We live in a broken world. The weather doesn't work right. Our bodi ... More >>

Helping Each Other

[God] comforts us . . . so that we can comfort those in any trouble. 2 Corinthians 1:4 "The body ... More >>

No Fear

The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid." Luke 2:10 Nearly every time an angel appears in the B ... More >>

Believing in Advance

Surely I am coming quickly. Revelation 22:20 In a German prison camp in World War II, undiscovere ... More >>

God's Face

For God . . . made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glo ... More >>

Breaking the Silence

He will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah . . . to make ready a people prepa ... More >>

Don't Be Afraid

The kingdom of God has come near. Mark 1:15 Nearly every time an angel appears in the Bible, the ... More >>

Following the Leader

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. L ... More >>

The Christmas Letter

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one ... More >>

The Great Awakening

God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 I have a trea ... More >>

Star Shepherd

Why do you say, . . . "My way is hidden from the Lord"? Isaiah 40:27 In the spring, shepherds in ... More >>

The Light of the Lamb

The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. ... More >>

Stories in a Cabin

[Christ] went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands. He ... More >>

What's Your Passion?

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7 ... More >>

White as Snow

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Isaiah 1:18 Last December, my ... More >>

Light of the World

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come ... More >>

Despised for All of This

He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12 Susannah Cibbe ... More >>

When the Water Blushed

In the beginning was the Word . . . . Through him all things were made. John 1:1, 3 Why did Jesus ... More >>

The Smells of the Stable

They shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, "God with us." Matthew 1:23 A stable? Wha ... More >>

Preparation And Expectation

An angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. Luke 2:9 Whe ... More >>

Joy for All

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Luke 2:10 O ... More >>

Engraved on His Hands

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16 In Charles Spurgeon's many years ... More >>

Unexpected Ways

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.John 14:9 In 1986, five-year-old Levan Merritt fell tw ... More >>

The Great Crescendo

The Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14 My parents taught me to lo ... More >>

One Name

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. Philippians ... More >>

Breaking the Silence

He will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah . . . to make ready a people prepa ... More >>

The Gift of the Magi

We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. Matthew 2:2 A young married couple had ... More >>


Shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:15--16 ... More >>

Jesus Birth

When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son. Galatians 4:4 O. Henry's classic tale "The Gi ... More >>

Questions at Christmas

"But what about you?" [Jesus] asked. "Who do you say I am?" Matthew 16:15 ... More >>

Thanks for Being You!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving. Psalm 100:4 When I served as my mom's live-in caregi ... More >>

A Safe Place

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6 ... More >>

God Hears

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 Diane listened a ... More >>

Times of Completion

They sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they ha ... More >>

Lord of the Moment

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9 Not ... More >>

A Solid Foundation

Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his ... More >>

Putting Up Hay

Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven. Romans 4:7 When I was in college, I worked a ... More >>

God Is Here

Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. Hosea 6:3 A plaque in our home s ... More >>

A Constant Helper

[The Holy Spirit] will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 After a spinal inj ... More >>

Honoring God with Thanks

Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. Psalm 50:15 The docto ... More >>

A Mother's Love

He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and ho ... More >>

What We Have

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to ... More >>

A Hidden Ministry

On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. 2 ... More >>

On the Wrong Side?

What has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12 When the brid ... More >>

Power of Touch

Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. Mark 1:41 Dr. Paul Brand, twentieth-ce ... More >>

Don't Stop Building

The eye of their God was watching over [them] . . . and they were not stopped. Ezra 5:5 When an o ... More >>

Hard Conversations

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 I once ... More >>

Engraved on His Hands

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16 In Charles Spurgeon's many years ... More >>

Terrible and Beautiful Things

Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. Psalm 57:8 Fear can leave us frozen ... More >>

Keep Me From Wrath

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Psalm 37:8 I have a friend whose note cards are imprinted wi ... More >>

The One Who Understands

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. John 1:14 John Babler is the chaplain for t ... More >>

Comfort Shared

Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. John 20:21 "God sent you to me to ... More >>

The Silent Pen

The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:18 Former US Preside ... More >>

An Alternative to Anger

It is to one's honor to avoid strife. Proverbs 20:3 One morning in Perth, Australia, Fionn Mulhol ... More >>

Think Before You Speak

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 Cheung was upse ... More >>

Anger Management

In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26 As ... More >>

Give Thanks

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:1 ... More >>

Game of Thanks

Whatever you do, . . . do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father thr ... More >>

Harvest and Thanksgiving

Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. Exodus 2 ... More >>

Catching Foxes

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards. Song of Solomon 2:15 While talk ... More >>

Compassion Fatigue

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sh ... More >>

Quieting the Critic

Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a mul ... More >>

Listening to Your Brother

Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multi ... More >>

Agreeing to Disagree

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace. Romans 14:19 I remember hearing my ... More >>

Getting a Grip on Gratitude

Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them? Numbers 11:22 The years o ... More >>

Your Way, Not Mine

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 Kamil ... More >>

Unexpected Kindness

For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. Ephesians 2:10 My friend wa ... More >>

The Great Crescendo

The Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14 My parents taught me to lo ... More >>

Where is Peace?

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 "Do you still hope for peace?" a ... More >>

Where Sinners Go

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. — ... More >>

Fully Equipped

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God . . . that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly ... More >>

What Is That To You?

What is that to you? You follow Me. —John 21:22 When you attend a children's choir concert, you'r ... More >>

Time Out

Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. —Acts 13:3 El Bulli ... More >>

Help Yourself

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. —Psalm 146:5 ... More >>

Getting Along

Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love. —Philippians 2:2 I love being with peo ... More >>

T-Ball Faith

The joy of the Lord is your strength. —Nehemiah 8:10 Whoever dreamed up T-ball is a genius: Every ... More >>

The Good Life

It is good for me to draw near to God. —Psalm 73:28 Beauty, wealth, power, love, marriage, and pl ... More >>

Toxic Company

"God's righteousness doesn't grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil ... More >>

Dangerous Places

"Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by ... More >>

What is Love?

"Live a life of love." Ephesians 5:2 "I'm not afraid anymore," Kevin declared as he bounded triu ... More >>

Trust and Obey

Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one ... More >>

The Believer's Valley Experiences

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me besi ... More >>

Be Generous Because God Is Generous

"As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all ... More >>

Fill Your Mind with Biblical Truth

"A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash" Proverbs 15:14. If you wan ... More >>

To Become Wise, Spend Time With Wise People

"Spend time with the wise and you will become wise, but the friends of fools will suffer" Proverbs ... More >>

Wise People Ask Questions and Then They Listen

"People's thoughts can be like a deep well, but someone with understanding can find the wisdom ther ... More >>

Pray for Boldness, Not Just Protection

Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. ... More >>


Looking for that blessed hope . . . Titus 2:13 One of the best ways to get rid of discouragement ... More >>

Choose Faith over Fear

"By faith [Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is ... More >>

Remember, You're Not Home Yet

"For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be ... More >>

Scattering Seeds

The seed falling on good soil . . . produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what ... More >>

An Encounter with Stones

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities. Isaiah 53:5 After centu ... More >>

How Much More

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will ... More >>

Helicopter Seeds

Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it die ... More >>

Unlocking a Mystery

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel. Ephesians 3:6 ... More >>

Gleaning the Fields

Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, "Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyo ... More >>

Asking God First

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 Early in our ... More >>

When We're Weary

Let us not become weary in doing good. Galatians 6:9 Sometimes trying to do the right thing can b ... More >>

It's Not About the Fish

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented. Jonah 3:10 Sigh ... More >>

Many Beautiful Things

She has done a beautiful thing to me. Mark 14:6 Just before her death, artist and missionary Lili ... More >>

Walking God's Way

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This ... More >>

Listening to Your Brothers

Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multi ... More >>

The Blessing of Encouragers

But Barnabas took [Saul] and brought him to the apostles. Acts 9:27 The 2010 movie The King's Spe ... More >>

Unexpected Ways

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.John 14:9 In 1986, five-year-old Levan Merritt fell tw ... More >>

Where to Find Hope

And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through t ... More >>

A Fitting Time

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11 Yesterday I purchased an airline ... More >>

Engraved on His Hands

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16 In Charles Spurgeon's many years ... More >>

Legacies of Love

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in he ... More >>

The Right Way to Pray

When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Matthew 6: ... More >>

Good for You?

You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. Psalm 119:68 Because I like dark ch ... More >>

The Ultimate Satisfaction

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Is ... More >>

What's in a Name?

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. Matthew 1:21 "Gip" Hardin, ... More >>

Is There Wi-Fi?

A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. Proverbs 15:14 As I was pr ... More >>

He Knows Our Names

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 Duri ... More >>

How to Stand Firm

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling. Jude 1:24 It was a cold, icy winter's day, and my ... More >>

They Smelled Like Christ

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved. 2 Corinthians 2:15 ... More >>

Strength for Your Journey

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread ... More >>

Officer Miglio's Heart

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven al ... More >>

The Forgiven Should Forgive

"Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord for ... More >>

Call for Help

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:21 After five deaths and fifty-o ... More >>

The House on the Rock

When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. ... More >>

You Love Me?

How have you loved us? Malachi 1:2 As a teenager, I went through the typical season of rebellion ... More >>

Watch the Conductor

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and ... More >>

Learning to Trust

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who ... More >>

Religious or Following Jesus?

"Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king ... he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel; he ... More >>

10 Powerful Things God Says About You

START BELIEVING WHO GOD SAYS YOU ARE Even if you don't believe in yourself, there is Someone grea ... More >>

The Light of the World

Does it seem important to you that Christ calls us what He called Himself? "I am the Light of the w ... More >>

What's Your Motive?

During my days in seminary, I formed a habit that helped me immensely throughout life. I had my art ... More >>

Being a Servant is Unannounced

As Jesus prepared to wash His disciples' feet, He never said, "Men, I am now going to demonstrate s ... More >>

We Would See Jesus

They came to Philip . . . with a request. "Sir," they said, "we would like to see Jesus." John 12:2 ... More >>

Generous Givers

Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 1 Chronicles 29:14 ... More >>

In Progress or Completed?

For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14 It' ... More >>

Help from Heaven

Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!Joshua 10:14 SOS, the Morse code signal, was created in 1 ... More >>

The Gift of Time

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 I head ... More >>

Riding the Rapids

When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. Isaiah 43:2 The rafting guide esc ... More >>

The Lord Speaks

Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Job 40:2 We can find nearly every argume ... More >>

Heart Hunger

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will n ... More >>

Living Out Loud

In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 1 Peter 3:15 While staying at a hotel in Austin, Texas, I n ... More >>

What is God Like?

The Son is . . . the exact representation of [God's] being. Hebrews 1:3 To celebrate a special oc ... More >>

Love Without Limits

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145:9 A wise friend advised ... More >>

Healing Flood

He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs. Psalm 107:35 ... More >>

Radical Love

When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. Luke 14:13 Just one ... More >>

To My Dear Friend

The elder, to my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 3 John 1 What the apostle John did ... More >>

Saying Grace

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to ... More >>

Every Moment Matters

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 When I met Ada, she had outlive ... More >>

Impaired Judgment

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Matthew 7:1 I've been quick to judge anyone I saw walkin ... More >>

Blessing in the Mess

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phili ... More >>

The Habit of Having No Habits

If these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful... —2 Peter 1:8 W ... More >>

Christ Who Strengthens Me

Usually when we see or hear this verse quoted, it's in a context where people are implying that t ... More >>

The Bible - Our Standard of Morality

It doesn't take an Einstein to understand that the world we live in is characterized by immoral ... More >>

Nothing but the Truth

There are so many outcries about the truth being unacceptable, yet very often people will claim ... More >>

Whom Do You Fear

"And I say to you my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have ... More >>

Is It Right?

"Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways ... More >>

He Restores My Soul

"He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake." (Psalms 23:3) H ... More >>

Who Among The

Who Among the "gods" is Like You "Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you—majestic ... More >>


"Though the army of the Syrians had come with few men, the Lord delivered into their hand a very gr ... More >>

Becoming More Fruitful

"'Now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets, and you will catch many fish.' 'Master,' Si ... More >>

Oh! What a God

"Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judg ... More >>

The Battle Is The Lord's

And he said, "Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! ... More >>

Opening Our Spiritual Eyes

"And Elisha prayed, 'O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.' Then the Lord opened the servant's ey ... More >>

Abiding in God's Presence

And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and ... More >>

When Jesus Comes In

"But then what benefit (return) did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? [None] ... More >>

How Far Is It To Church

The story is told of a minister who went to visit a family that rarely attended services after a re ... More >>

Are You Wrestling With God?

(Genesis 32:24-30) Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking ... More >>

Just Wait!

Exodus 24:15-18: Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain. The gl ... More >>

As Advertised

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 During ... More >>

IT is Amazing!

Let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. Psalm 72:19 In our natural state, w ... More >>

The Water Brooks of God

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for Go ... More >>

Closed Doors

"For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfilment]; it will no ... More >>

A Message From The Stick Insect

"Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, super ... More >>

The Eye is a Lamp

Often you can tell whether there is 'light' or 'darkness', 'life' or 'death' within someone whe ... More >>

Seek Victory by the Power of His Spirit

Judges 4:5-6 Then Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came as far as t ... More >>

It's Story Time

Matthew 13:34-35 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anyth ... More >>

You Are His Masterpiece

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prep ... More >>

Focus on Eternity

"...If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from ... More >>

The Power of Forgiveness

"...For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, lett ... More >>

Do You Want a Greater Treasure?

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven: for He makes His su ... More >>

Speak An Encouraging Word

"...Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) ... More >>

How Little Are You?

Matthew 18:4 Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greates ... More >>

Run the Race - Ignore the Hecklers!

1 Corinthians 9:24-27: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets th ... More >>


I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3 ... More >>

Our Comforter The Holy Spirit

"...And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counsellor, Helper, ... More >>

Where Is Our Mission Field

"...Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are f ... More >>

God's Guidance

"...Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and ... More >>

Freely Received - Freely Give

"...Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give..." - Matthew 10: 8b ( ... More >>

The Way to Treat Others

Phillip translates this passage in the following way: "Treat other people exactly as you would like ... More >>

Follow Instructions

Jeremiah 17:5 This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws str ... More >>

Stand Strong

Luke 8:15 - But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear th ... More >>

Purpose in Life

"...Many plans are in a man's mind, but it is the Lord's purpose for him that will stand.. ... More >>

The Widow's Offering

Lillie showed up for her job as a greeter at Walmart just like every other day. A petite lady with ... More >>

Focus on The Man

We can imagine that on "the judgment of the great day" (Jude 6), there will be many excuses. ... More >>

Ordering Our Lives

"Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that." ~ Ph ... More >>

Foot Washing

John 13:7-8 Jesus answered and said to him, "What I do you do not realize now, but you shall un ... More >>

Believing in Jesus Matters

Believing on Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the thing that matters most in this life. There ... More >>

The Parable of the Chief Seats

Jesus went to the house of a prominent or influential Pharisee (Luke 14:1) to eat and while th ... More >>

The Parable of the Soils

The first of the seven parables in Matthew 13 is about a sower and soil. The story is drawn fro ... More >>

The Parable of The Rich Fool

Jesus had been teaching on some very important matters such as being aware of the hypocrisy o ... More >>

The Parable of the Fig Tree

Jesus delivered this message as He "sat on the Mount of Olives" near Jerusalem. The disciple ... More >>

The Parable of The Wicked Husbandmen

This parable appears in (Matthew 21:33-45; Mark 12:1-12; Luke 20:9-19) Jesus had pointed out th ... More >>

The Parable of The Unjust Steward

The purpose of this parable is to emphasize stewardship and that we must be faithful in the dis ... More >>

The Parable of The Door to the Sheep

Jesus described a scene that was familiar to those listening to Him because many were shepherd ... More >>

The Parable of The Mustard Seed

"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Th ... More >>

The Parable of The Unforgiving Servant

(Matthew 18:21-35) This beautiful parable was occasioned by Peter asking the question, "Lord, ho ... More >>

The Parable About the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:25-32: In this parable, most of the attention is given to the prodigal son and his retur ... More >>

Why We Study The Bible

Henry Ward Beecher said, "The BIBLE is God's chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom ... More >>

He Who Would Love Life

"He, who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips ... More >>

Life Has Its Tests

"...Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to t ... More >>

Attaining Steadfastness and Patience

"Because of this, since the day we heard about you, we have continued praying for you, asking God t ... More >>

Prepare For the Battle

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Be Ready for Conflict

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What Matters

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He Leads Me Beside Quiet Waters

"He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters" (Psalms 23:2) Do yo ... More >>

He Restores My Soul

"He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake" (Psalms 23:3) ... More >>

When Impossibilities Become Possibilities

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I Can Do All Things

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Fruit Checking

"Be careful of false prophets. They come to you and look {gentle} like sheep. But they are real ... More >>

Away from Me!

"Not every person that says that I am his Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. The only peopl ... More >>

Do It!

"Every person that hears these things I say and obeys is like a wise man. The wise man built h ... More >>

Bottom Line

When Jesus finished saying these things, the people were amazed at his teaching. Jesus did not ... More >>


Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 My friend and I sat in the sand, near the ever-rhyt ... More >>

Interrupted Fellowship

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When Words Fail

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:22 Not long ag ... More >>

Gazing at the Horizon

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The Last Call

How the mighty have fallen! 2 Samuel 1:27 After serving his country for two decades as a helicopt ... More >>

God with Skin On

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Nobody Likes Me

No one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. Psalm 142:4 As a child, w ... More >>

Accidental Wisdom

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whate ... More >>

Tossing and Turning

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 What ... More >>

The Babushka Lady

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Up a Tree

In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. Jonah 2:2 My mother discovered my kitten ... More >>

A Prayer of Forgiveness

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A New Community

All the believers were together and had everything in common. Acts 2:44 My friend Carrie's five-y ... More >>

Even If

The God we serve is able to deliver us from [the fire] . . . . But even if he does not, we want you ... More >>


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him. Romans 15:13 "No! No! No ... More >>

Praising God's Goodness

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 Someone in our Bib ... More >>

Free to Follow

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find res ... More >>

God at Work

May he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 13:21 "How have you seen ... More >>

Not What It Seems

Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. 1 John 4:1 "L ... More >>

Treasures in Heaven

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 When I was growing up, my ... More >>

Take the Time

Come down immediately. I must stay at your house today. Luke 19:5 Rima, a Syrian woman who had re ... More >>

Persevering with Peace

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. Psalm 3:5 As I continue trustin ... More >>

The Land of Far Distances

Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar. Isaiah 33:17 Amy C ... More >>

The Point of No Return

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body. ... More >>

The Fingerprint of God

For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance ... More >>

Not Enough?

Do not forget to do good and to share with others. Hebrews 13:16 On the way home from church, my ... More >>

Covering David

During their 1987 Joshua Tree tour, the band U2 closed their shows with "40," their take on David's ... More >>

Standing on the Promises

Ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7 My friend's brother (when they were ... More >>

Precious to God

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11 His name was ... More >>

A Change in Perspective

It troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God. Psalm 73:16--17 My hometown had experi ... More >>

Longing for God

My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:2 One day my daughter was visiting wit ... More >>

Waiting in Anticipation

I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morn ... More >>

Breaking the Chains

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins. Ephesians 1:7 We found our ... More >>

Knowing and Loving

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 "Jesus loves me, this I ... More >>

On-the-Job Training

Of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 2 Timothy 1:11 When my son' ... More >>

Everyday Moments

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:13 I piled g ... More >>

The Widow's Faith

The pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Matthew 6 ... More >>


My understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High. Daniel 4:34 Emergency Services in ... More >>

The Waiting Place

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7 "Waiting for the fish to bite or ... More >>

The Secret of Peace

The Lord of peace himself give you peace. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Grace is a very special lady. One ... More >>

God in the Details

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145:9 When my "chocolate" La ... More >>

Giving the Gift of Prayer

You help us by your prayers. 2 Corinthians 1:11 "I didn't realize what a gift prayer was until my ... More >>

The Art of Forgiveness

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ra ... More >>

Refined Faith

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a ... More >>

Judging Origins

The Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah. Judges 11:29 "Where are you from?" We often use that que ... More >>

Learning to Know God

But he said to them, "It is I; don't be afraid." John 6:20 For as long as I can remember, I've wa ... More >>

Just a Second

Scientists are pretty fussy about time. At the end of 2016, the folks at Goddard Space Flight Cente ... More >>

Reason to Sing

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things. Psalm 98:1 When I was thirteen, my ... More >>

Into Our Storms

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and i ... More >>

When One Hurts - All Hurt

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with i ... More >>

Faith - Hope - Love

We always thank God for all of you. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 For ten years, my Aunt Kathy cared for he ... More >>

How Long

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? Psalm 13:1 ... More >>

The Accuser

Satan wants to play with your heart like it's a sport. When you're about to sin, he aggressively de ... More >>

The Destroyer

When the devil knocks, you don't always hear it. Right? He'd rather sneak in an open d ... More >>

The Doctor

Imagine you're at the doctor because you don't feel well, and this time it seems serious. Your doct ... More >>

The Deceiver

When you eat out at a restaurant, you get a little piece of paper as proof you receive ... More >>

Dealing With Pain

Our tears and pain were never part of God's original plan for us, nor will they be part of eternity ... More >>

The Truth About Forgiveness

As Peter shared the gospel with Cornelius and Cornelius' relatives and close friends, ... More >>

Forgiveness Brings Freedom

A recurring theme in Solomon's prayer of dedication for the temple is forgiveness. He ... More >>

The Surprise of Forgiveness

Moses was an advocate for mercy for Miriam. He asked God to heal her, even though she had turned ag ... More >>

Our Treatment of Others Affects How We Live

How we treat others will affect our own lives as well. Joseph had every reason to be bitter and ang ... More >>

Forgiveness Doesn't Allow Abuse

Joseph's own brothers had attacked him, thrown him into a cistern and sold him into slave ... More >>

How Forgiveness Frees Us

The last time they had seen each other, Esau was plotting to murder his brother, Jacob (G ... More >>

Union and Communion

John Owen (1616--1683), is a writer who has thought best and most about communion with Go ... More >>


There is also a nautical term known as the doldrums. The doldrums are an area near the eq ... More >>

A Weary World Rejoices

First, to our paralysis. Union with Christ gives us permission to rest. We don't have to be burdene ... More >>

Grace and Demand

Any conscientious reader of the Bible at some point asks, "How do I reconcile these voices?" Are th ... More >>

What is Union with Christ?

Faith is how union with Christ becomes operative and powerful in your life. Faith is a God-give ... More >>

A Reality to Grow Into

My grandparents both died in recent years. They were married for seventy years. I called ... More >>

Mind the Gap

A skeptical friend once asked me, "If the gospel is supernatural, as you say, then why do ... More >>

'Don't Stumble' — Matthew 11:6

"The person that can accept me is blessed." — Matthew 11:6 KEY THOUGHT: John's question to Jesus ... More >>

'Doubt toward Belief' — Matthew 11:2-3

John the Baptizer was in prison. He heard about the things Christ was doing. So John sent some of h ... More >>

'On Task' — Matthew 11:1

Jesus finished telling these things to his twelve followers. Then Jesus left there and went to the ... More >>

'Cup of Water' — Matthew 10:42

If any person helps one of these little ones because they are my followers, then that person will t ... More >>

'Accepting Jesus' — Matthew 10:40-41

"The person that accepts you also accepts me. And the person that accepts me also accepts the ... More >>

'Affirming Faith' — Matthew 9:18-22

While Jesus was saying these things, a leader of the synagogue came to him. The leader bow ... More >>

'Responding to Faith' — Matthew 9:18-19

While Jesus was saying these things, a leader of the synagogue came to him. The leader bow ... More >>

'New Wine' — Matthew 9:16-17

"When a person sews a patch over a hole on an old coat, he never uses a piece of cloth tha ... More >>

'Fasting?' — Matthew 9:14-15

Then the followers of John came to Jesus. They said to Jesus, "We and the Pharisees fast o ... More >>

'Sinners' — Matthew 9:13

"I will tell you something. Go and learn what it means: 'I don't want animal sacrifices; I ... More >>

'Dinner with Sinners' — Matthew 9:10-12

Jesus ate dinner at Matthew's house. Many tax collectors and other bad people came a ... More >>

'Authority' — Matthew 9:9

When Jesus was leaving, he saw a man named Matthew. Matthew was sitting at his place for c ... More >>

'Authority' — Matthew 9:4-8

Jesus knew they were thinking this. So Jesus said, "Why are you thinking such evil thoughts? ... More >>

'True Friends' — Matthew 9:1-3

Jesus got into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. Some people brought t ... More >>

'Driven Away' — Matthew 8:33-34

The men that had the work of caring for the pigs ran away. They went into town and told th ... More >>

'Destruction and Victory' — Matthew 8:30-32

Near that place there was a large herd of pigs feeding. The demons begged Jesus, "If you m ... More >>

'Those Who Know' — Matthew 8:28-29

Jesus arrived at the other side of the lake in the country of the Gadarene people. There, ... More >>

'What Kind of Man?' — Matthew 8:26-27

Jesus answered, "Why are you afraid? You don't have enough faith." Then Jesus stood and ga ... More >>

'Trust vs. Crisis' — Matthew 8:23-25

Jesus got into a boat and his followers went with him. After the boat left the shore, a very b ... More >>

'The Hard Follow' — Matthew 8:19-22

Then a teacher of the law came to Jesus and said, "Teacher, I will follow you any place yo ... More >>

'Disciple' — Matthew 8:18

Jesus saw that all the people were around him. So Jesus told his followers to go to the ot ... More >>

'Tender Power' — Matthew 8:14-15

Jesus went to Peter's house. There Jesus saw that Peter's mother-in-law was in bed with a ... More >>

'Faith' — Matthew 8:10-13

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Jesus said to those people that were with him, "I te ... More >>

'For Those on Earth!' — Matthew 8:5-9

Jesus went to the city of Capernaum. When Jesus entered the city, an army officer came to him ... More >>

'For Those on Earth!'

Jesus touched the man. Jesus said, "I want to heal you. Be healed!" And immediately the ma ... More >>

Something Simple, Something Glorious

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'The Less Taken Way'

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'The Golden Life'

"Do to other people the same things you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the ... More >>

'Our Father's Graciousness'

"Do any of you have a son? If your son asked for bread, would you give him a rock? No! Or if yo ... More >>

Ask, Look, Knock

"Continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to ... More >>

'Pearls and Pigs'

"Don't give holy things to dogs. They will only turn and hurt you. And don't throw your pearls ... More >>

'Looking in the Mirror First'

"Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your brother's eye, but you don't notice ... More >>

'Judge ... NOT!'

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"So don't worry about tomorrow. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Tomorrow will have its ... More >>

'This First!'

"Don't worry and say, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' All ... More >>

'Ultimate Splendor'

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'Ultimate Value'

"So I tell you, don't worry about the food you need to live. And don't worry about the clothes ... More >>

'Only One #1'

"No person can serve two masters at the same time. He will hate one master and love the other m ... More >>

'Signed, Sealed, and Delivered'

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your ... More >>

'The Guarantee!'

While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it's not that we want to die and get ... More >>

'The Hidden Fast'

"When you fast, don't make yourselves look sad. The hypocrites do that. Don't be like the hypoc ... More >>


"Yes, if you forgive other people for the things they do wrong, then your Father in heaven will ... More >>

'Model Prayer'

"So when you pray, you should pray like this: 'Our Father in heaven, we pray that your name wil ... More >>

'Few Words are Needed'

"And when you pray, don't be like those people that don't know God. They continue saying things ... More >>

'Seeking the Father'

"When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites. The hypocrites love to stand in the synagogues ... More >>

'Sharing God's Kindness'

"When you give to poor people, don't announce that you are giving. Don't do like the hypocrites ... More >>

'Just Between the Father and Me'

"Be careful! When you do good things, don't do those things in front of people. Don't do thos ... More >>


"If you love only the people that love you, then you will get no reward. Even the tax collector ... More >>

'A Channel for Your Word'

Romans 15:14-21 I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goo ... More >>

In Your Anger Do Not Sin

Ephesians 4:26-27 26 "In your anger do not sin" My husband and I enjoyed watching a mother do ... More >>

Have a Victor Mentality!

1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overc ... More >>

Let's Make Some Commitments

Luke 9:23 - And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and ... More >>

Restrained Glory

The thing that amazes me the most about Christmas is not the world's spirit of giving or th ... More >>

Drink From the Fountain of Youth

Psalms 103:5, Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like eagle' ... More >>

Cross-cultural Hope

It can hardly be said that the world is getting better and better. Violent crime is on the i ... More >>

Do you want to see the Glory of God?

2 Chronicles 5:5-14 And they brought up the ark and the tent of meeting and all the sacred furn ... More >>

Obedience, To Human Authorities

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Everyone at Your Church Meeting

People will support the church that meets the needs in their lives or touches the needs and liv ... More >>

Be a Good Steward of Your Heart

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23 ... More >>

Keeping It Confidential

"Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot ou ... More >>

Life's Progress Through God's Corrective Lenses

1 Timothy 4:14-16 (NKJV); 2 Corinthians 10:12 (AMP) We should never look at our own 'life's ... More >>

The Lord is my Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalms 23:1 This is one of the most beloved chapt ... More >>

Joyful Living

You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your rig ... More >>

Breaking Free from Worry

Have you ever been gripped by fear? You know the feeling. A shiver downs your spine. Your stoma ... More >>

Whose Side Are You On?

Joshua 5:13-15 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and l ... More >>

Stress Free Living

"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you". (I ... More >>

The Power of Positive Thinking

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whateve ... More >>

Christ Who Strengthens Me

"I can do all this through him who gives me strength". (Philippians 4:13) Usually when we see ... More >>

The Whole Armor of God--Praying Always

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mi ... More >>

The Whole Armor of God--The Sword of the Spirit

"Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephe ... More >>

The Whole Armor of God—Helmet of Salvation

"Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesian ... More >>

The Whole Armor of God--Shield of Faith

"In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the fl ... More >>

The Whole Armor of God--Feet Shod With Gospel of P

"And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace." (Ephesians ... More >>

The Whole Armor of God--Breastplate of Righteousne

"Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of rig ... More >>

The Whole Armor of God--Belt of Truth

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes" (Ephesi ... More >>

Be Courageous, Be Strong

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love." ( ... More >>

Love Not the World

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father ... More >>

Do Not Believe Every Spirit

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, b ... More >>

God's Throne Is Unmoved

The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength; ... More >>

God Longs for You to Know Him

"Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast ... More >>

He Shall Direct Thy Paths

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:6 ASV) The match ... More >>

Slaves to Our Habits

"His own iniquities will capture (ensnare) the wicked, and he will be held with the cords of ... More >>

Returning Good for Evil

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say ... More >>

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