Using the story of Nehemiah as a reference point JCC Pastor Shayna talked about putting hope into action in her message Sunday morning. She talked about the steps necessary for putting hope into action in our daily Christian lives, and the results of activating hope. Click on the arrow to listen to the message.
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I don’t know about you, but my internal self defense mechanism tends to kick in after experiencing several disappointments, and I find myself becoming jaded and I lose my sense of wonder and expectancy. Today’s devotional, written by Christine Caine and reposted from Proverbs31.org, identifies with this tendency, but offers some practical advice to help you regain that sense of wonder that makes life so colorful and alive. Click on the link to read the entire devotional with us.
“When life doesn’t go our way — which it rarely does — we don’t always know how to recover our wonder in trusting God. That’s when our faith is critical, because all the disappointment in the world will never change the promises of God, the reality of Jesus or His destiny for our lives. read the rest here
Peace is certainly something that’s in short supply in our world today. The real heart deep peace that Jesus gives is essential to our wellbeing. Today’s devotional, written by Shelia Walsh for Devotions Daily ((c) 2018 Shelia Walsh) and reposted from faithgateway.com, brings hope for obtaining that peace.
“Sometimes we get a warning when a storm is about to hit. The national weather service issues storm watches and warnings but not everyone has the time or means to get away from danger. Often the poorest of the poor are the most vulnerable and pay the greatest price but truth is, storms hit read the rest here
Every human being who is currently residing in this fallen world, who ever has been alive, or who ever will be born in the future has or will experience grief. Holy week, the week preceding Resurrection/Easter Sunday, is a week of triumph comingled with a heavy dose of grief. Today’s devotional, reposted from faithgateway.com, brings a message of hope and comfort for those experiencing a time of grieving.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. — Psalm 62:8 NKJV
Trust in Me at all times.
I know the pain and sorrow you are feeling, and I want you to pour out your heart in My Presence. You need to release allread more
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
With all the bumps and bruises in life it’s good to know that God will help us through and turn unpleasant things around for our ultimate good. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from biblegateway.com, brings that point home through the story of Joseph.
How? How did he flourish in the midst of tragedy? We don’t have to speculate. Some twenty years later the roles were reversed, Joseph as the strong one and his brothers the weak ones. They came to him in dread. They feared he would settle the score and throw them into a pit of his own making. But Joseph didn’t. And in his explanation we find his inspiration.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. (Genesis 50:20 NASB)
In God’s hands intended evil becomes eventual read more
In the face of the uncertainty and anxiety the pervades our world today hope is indispensable. Today’s devotional by Lee Strobel, reposted from biblegateway.com, offers a dose of hope for what ails us.
During his five years as a prisoner in North Vietnam, Major F. J. Harold Kushner encountered a twenty-four-year-old Marine who had made a deal with his captors.
The soldier agreed to cooperate with the Viet Cong, and in return the commander of the prison camp promised that he would let him go, as he had done for a few others in the past.
And so the tough young Marine became a model prisoner, even leading the camp’s thought-reform group. His health remained relatively good for two years. But over time it gradually became clear that the commander had lied. He actually had no intention ofread more