When You Feel Like a Failure

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Recently, I read an article listing six things to do when you feel like a failure. Be honest about your struggle. Remember you’re not alone. Take a nap. And three other ways to get over the failure-slump and conquer the world. Thankfully, God’s Word tells us only one way, a more powerful way to

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When We Miss the Target

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Read the first verse of Matthew’s gospel. Jesus knew David’s ways. He witnessed the adultery, winced at the murders, and grieved at the dishonesty. But David’s failures didn’t change Jesus’ relation to David. The initial verse of the first chapter of the first gospel calls Christ “the son of

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Unrequited Love

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10 If I asked […]

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Grace Moments

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“…and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” Exodus 33:19 (NASB) In the movie, “The Shack”, there is a judgment scene. The angel and the young father discuss how God could forgive people that commit horrible acts. The father was

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Grace Turned Outward

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9 Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God. It is the knowledge that you are pleasing to God right now regardless of what you have

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A Broken Heart?

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“The LORD hates what evil people do, but he loves those who do what is right.” Proverbs 15:9 (NCV) Perhaps the wound is old. A parent abused you. A teacher slighted you. A mate betrayed you…. And you are angry. Or perhaps the wound is fresh. The friend who owes you money just drove by […]

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Sorrowful to Thankful

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”Colossians 4:2 Janet’s son was brutally murdered but she turned to God to handle such a painful loss. Sometime afterwards Janet spoke with a grieving mother in a similar ordeal. But that woman was vengeful, bitter and angry.

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HOPE

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Is your heart filled with hope? Do you have a confident expectation of your tomorrow? What happens when the road ahead is filled with loss and stress weighs your shoulders down? When confident expectation in life’s tomorrow dwindles, what can you do? How can you walk in hope when you feel

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God is Just What You Want

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“God, even our own God.” Psalm 67:6 It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God Himself. Though He is ‘our own God,’ we rarely take our problems to Him, and ask little of Him. Seldom […]

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I Belong!

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
A deep need within every person is the need to belong. We are made for families. If our families don’t meet that need, we look to others who will. That’s why we have gangs. We form groups, we go from relationship to relationship always searching for the right group, the right spouse. Do you

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Adopted

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5 I know something about this feeling. We have an adopted son and the pleasure he has brought us has been unequaled. And I thought

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Reflected Glory

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV My Sunday evening walk took me past a small lake, calm and blue – reflecting the […]

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See? Good

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“O taste and see that the Lord is good!” Psalm 34:8 This verse had always confused me until I saw something in a restaurant. A mom carved off a very small piece of her meat and put it in her toddler’s mouth. The tiny eyes widened as a smile spread across the little girl’s lips. […]

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An Awareness of God

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The three commands in today’s passage may look simple because they’re short, but many people find them challenging to obey. Our lives are so full of responsibilities and activities that it’s all we can do to keep up our schedules, let alone live as these verses

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Strong and Mighty Worrier

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“How’s the battle,” I asked my wife as she was sewing a hem under time pressure. “Why’s it a battle?” she looked up, quizzically. “Hmm, guess I always think of things as a battle,” I replied. ” But aren’t I supposed to be a warrior?” “Yes, but most of the time you go around all […]

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The Worry-Free God

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life….” Matthew 6:25a Worry and anxiety constantly plague us. We worry about completing our to-do lists, what our bosses or co-workers think of us, or having enough money to make it through the month. It sometimes gets to the point where we don’t

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Belonging

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“You belong to God, my dear children…because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”  1 John 4:4 (NLT) Some time ago I was invited to a reunion where people who had attended the same grade school would gather. Since I hadn’t seen many of these people

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Grace Upon Grace

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens.” Philippians 4:11 (NCV) Test this question: What if God’s only gift to you were his grace to save you. Would you be content? You beg him to save the life of your child. You plead with him to keep […]

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We are His Friends

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“And since, when we were his enemies, we were brought back to God by the death of His Son, what a blessing He must have for us now that we are His friends, and He is living within us!”Romans 5:10 Marilyn had a very poor self-image. She hated the way she looked and felt that […]

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My Life Has Purpose

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge, nor wisdom.” Ecclesiastes 9:10 The greatest purpose for living is to serve God. He has work for us to do. “We are God’s workmanship

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