What Matters Most for the New Year

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Moving into a new year isn’t as simple as merely turning the page on a calendar. Sometimes, instead of an organized list of plans and goals the new year looks like a list of question marks. The things of life don’t always fall neatly into place with everything sorted and resolved according to

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God Blesses You

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 All year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us. He blesses us when we sleep, and when we wake His mercy is upon us. The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but […]

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Unchanging

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”  Hebrews 13:8 As we cross the threshold into a new year and begin putting one foot in front of the other, we can feel the tenuous shakiness of change all around us. Yet as we look forward, with that familiar mix of anticipation and

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The Road Less Traveled

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. . . Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind […]

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Fear or Love

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear”1 John 4:18 If we cocoon ourselves and build up walls to try to keep others from hurting us because we are afraid of being hurt, we haven’t really understood God’s love. Read A.W. Tozer’s  powerful affirmations about love and fear

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God’s Steadfast Love

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me: your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever” Psalm 138:8 (NRSV). Most of us have sung, “Jesus loves me this I know,” and recited “For God so loved the world,” since we were children. Yet, we often doubt God’s love. Why is that? We have three mistaken

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Six Needs You Will Have in 2019

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love, prayer
“If the Lord is willing, we shall live and we shall do this or that [thing]“.James 4:15 (AMP) “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” Matthew 6:34 (AMP) “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead

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Being in God’s Thoughts

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” Psalm 139:17 Divine omniscience (God’s all-knowingness) gives no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with consolation. God is always thinking about us, never turns aside His mind from us,

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Reasons for Joy

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.”Psalm 144:15 “How’s life?” someone asks. And we who’ve been resurrected from the dead say, “Well, things could be better.” Or, “Couldn’t get a parking place.” Or, “My parents won’t let me move to Hawaii.” Or, “People won’t leave me alone so I can

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A Miracle on Christmas Eve

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions
“All who are oppressed may come to Him. He is a refuge for them in their times of trouble” Psalm 9:9 My father was born in the Ukraine and spent his first fifteen years there.  One Christmas his two older brothers bought a German-made Christmas musical wind-up tree stand for their parents. It

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God Is!

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Psalm 139:8 (NIV) It is the normality not the uniqueness of God’s miracles that causes them to be so staggering. Rather than shocking the globe with an occasional demonstration of deity, God has opted

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A Christ(mas) Meditation

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room You have prepared your gift list. You have begun preparing your house for the holidays. Take time to prepare your heart to make room for the One whose birthday we celebrate. My purpose in writing this devotional is to “make ready a people prepared for the Lord”

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What God Already Gave: Forgiveness

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Ever wonder why we can forget what we had for breakfast or what we wore yesterday, but offenses–someone else’s or our own–seem to lodge in our memories like planks in our eyes? When it comes to sin, one fundamental difference between God and His people is this: We remember. God forgets. I like

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Under His Wings

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.” Psalm 91:4 (HCSB) “May you receive a full reward from the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” Ruth 2:12 (HCSB) Being under His wings means

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Two Ways Through a Valley

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Read: Psalm 27:1-14 What do you do when the pressures of life seem greater than you can bear? Journeys through a valley are inevitable and painful, but God doesn’t waste them. The trials of life can be times of discovery about Him. In our helplessness, we discover His almighty power to sustain

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Four Steps to Forgiving Others

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV). Too many of us don’t really understand what forgiveness is. We struggle

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Journey into Wholeness

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.”  Psalm 54:2 Once, after walking the streets of the most destitute area in our city, I asked a friend who lives there as a missionary about taking a person through the process of coming into freedom. As a couple, my missionary friends

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Truth Can Set You Free

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love, prayer
Read: John 8:31-36 Freedom is something we all love, but do we really know what it is? Some people think it’s being able to choose or act with few if any restraints, limits, or accountabilities. But that is what God calls rebellion because it’s a rejection of authority, as each one does as he

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Our God Knows What to Do

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“He (God) upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow…” Psalm

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