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
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
Today’s devotional by Jim Burgen for Faithgateway asks a loaded question: Do you want to be made whole? So, do we? Do we want to be made whole? Read on and get your hopes up that you, too, can be whole through Jesus’ grace.
One day, as Jesus was walking through Jerusalem, He came to a famous pool. The pool was famous because people believed its waters had magic powers. They believed an angel would periodically come down from heaven and stir the pool, and the first one into the bubbling waters would be healed.
Jesus walked toward the water’s edge and noticed it was surrounded by a great number of disabled people who were trapped inside bodies that didn’t work anymore.
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him,
Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. — John 5:5-9
I think Jesus’ question was peculiar. He approached a pool surrounded by read more
Get ready for a big dose of hope and encouragement as you read today’s devotional by Dr. Carol. Despite what it looks like it’s not over til it’s over. Take heart; at the very end of all things Jesus wins!
The Bible as a true story, an epic play, a blockbuster movie, should come with a warning; Spoiler Alert! We’re living in the middle of the drama, and sometimes it feels like a cruel joke. Has God dropped us in the middle of something without adequate stage directions? It is really supposed to be like this? But the truth is, we know the end of the story. And the end of the story is, Jesus wins!
Many of the troubles we encounter feel like the end. You lose a job; maybe you’ll never work again. You get a cancer diagnosis; is it the end of your life? You discover your spouse is cheating; your marriage is over. Someone else gets the ministry opportunity; it seems what God promised you will never happen. Terrorism, political division, natural disaster. What we see looks and feels like the end.
Have you ever had a dream, a promise from God that you’d held near and dear to your heart? Then inexplicably everything around you seemed to conspire against you and your fondly held desire. There was every indication that that dream had died a tragic and untimely death and you were left feeling angry and betrayed. I know I have. Today’s devotional is a video put out by Streams Ministries that addresses this sort of disappointment and brings hope and encouragement. There will be no Sunday message again this week. Enjoy the video!