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The Cost of Compassion

There’s an old saying that tells us that anything worth having is going to cost us something. For the Christian having the character and nature of Christ is definitely something worth having, and, yes, it’s not a free ride on easy street to obtain it. Compassion is one of those highly prized attributes that will not be cheaply won. Today’s devotional by Craig Groeschel, reposted from faithgateway.com, explores the cost of compassion for those who would follow Christ and become like Him.

Compassion not only requires action, but it also pays a price and sacrifices something. In Luke 10, Jesus tells a compelling story about a man from Samaria who went out of his way to help a Jewish man. In their culture at that time, these two men would most likely have hated each other. But when the Samaritan found the Jewish man beaten up by the side of the road, he put bandages on him, took him to a hotel, and paid two days’ worth of his wages to the hotel owner to let the man stay there and to take care of him.

Who would do read more

source: faithgateway.com

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It’s Not Too Late

With all of the craziness of life it’s easy to get sidetracked and wind up in a place that isn’t where you intended to go. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from maxlucado.com, sympathizes with our all too human failing in this area. It doesn’t stop there, though, it shows the way to get our lives back on track. It’s not easy, but it’s not too late to get back where we really want to be.

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When Denalyn and I travel together, she wants to drive. It’s not that she loves the steering wheel, it’s just that she loves to stay on track. My mind tends to wander. My thoughts tend to stray. I may be on a highway, but mentally, I’m in a distant land. Consequently, I miss exits, forget to turn, or stray off course. More than once she has dozed off only to awaken in a strange location. The ensuing conversation goes like this: read more

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Faith or Fear

Today’s devotional, written by James Goll and reposted from Charisma Magazine, brings the concept of faith into a flesh and blood, user friendly, concrete form that we can really get ahold of. As you read on, let’s agree to choose faith and not fear regardless of what may be going on around us.

Activists burn a U.S. flag with posters of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as they protest against the police shootings that led to two deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 7, 2016. (Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters )

In today’s global society with violence escalating, rampant shootings, riots, tumultuous economic times, wars and rumors of wars happening on an almost daily basis, we have some basic choices to make.

What guides me? What directs you? Fear or faith? Which way will our nations head?

“Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast him out?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief. For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. And nothing will be impossible for you'” (Matt. 17-19-20). Many people live in read more

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Press On

It’s so tempting to get in the habit of looking back more than you look ahead. Today’s devotional by Rebecca McInnis, reposted from Charisma magazine, encourages us to keep our gaze forward. Don’t let the past rob you of your blessings for today.

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As I was preparing for work one morning, I dropped a hand mirror, and it went crashing to the floor. The pieces were everywhere. When I stooped down to pick them up, the phrase “seven years” immediately went through my head.
Now, I’m not a person who believes in luck, good or bad. The phrase probably came to mind because it’s one I’ve heard all my life—”seven years of bad luck.” But instead of finishing it, I heard a still small voice say, “Don’t look back,” then “Press read more

source: Charisma magazine

Getting Past Our Pain

We can often be our own worst critic. Internally we criticize and chastise ourselves for all the stupid things we’ve done. Today’s devotional by Alli Worthington, reposted from faithgateway.com, brings a breath of fresh air to help blow away the condemnation. Let this truth resonate in your heart today: “…we don’t have to stay stuck in a cycle of fear and failure. Failure doesn’t have to be your story.” Alli Worthington

We hold onto the pain of past failures until they become woven into our hearts and minds. But that is not what Jesus has for us. In order to heal from the pain of our past failures and overcome the fear of future failures, we must practice our ABCs: acknowledge our feelings, ban the B’s, and choose to believe Jesus. read more

 

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Searching the Night for a Light

Most of the Christmas story that is retold and reread each Christmas season focuses – and rightly so – on baby Jesus. However, most of us, if we thought about it, could really identify with Joseph. Really, God? Do what? Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from faithgateway.com, offers hope in dark places as it shines a light on Joseph’s perspective in the great story.

So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”Matthew 1:22-23

On the night when Jesus was born, I wonder if Joseph ever prayed, “Father, this all seems so… bizarre. The angel you sent? Any chance you could send another? If not an angel, maybe a person? Some company would be nice. Even a shepherd would do.”

Perhaps he did. Perhaps he didn’t. But you probably have.

You’ve stood where Joseph stood. Caught between what God says and what makes sense. You’ve done what He told you to do only to wonder if it was Him speaking in the first place. You’ve stared into a sky blackened with doubt. And you’ve asked what read more

source: faithgateway.com

Bowing Down in Worship

This week’s Sunday message is the third in the series on worship. Pastor Caleb talks about humbling our hearts and bowing before the Lord in worship. Click on the arrow to listen to the message.

 

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