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The Power of History

Thanksgiving is a time of remembering all the good things that God has given us. We can look back and remember what God has done, and that gives us faith for the future. Today’s devotional by Dutch Sheets shows us how history can influence our present as well as our future.

 

The thought of shaping the future is powerful, but past history is also very important. Karl Marx said, “If I can steal their history, I can steal their country.”

Roots are essential and powerful; foundations are critical. Before facing Goliath, David asked the question, “Is there not a cause?” Interestingly, the Hebrew word used for “cause” also means “history.” Therefore, David may have been asking his brother and fellow Israelites, “Is there not a history?”

What would David have meant by such a question? Perhaps he was asking, “Don’t we have a history worth believing in and fighting for?”

Or, thinking of his fellow Israelites’ unbelief, maybe David was asserting, “Is there not a history of faithfulness from our God that brings enough confidence to face this giant? What about Abraham and the promises made to him? Did God come through with Isaac and the land He promised? And what about the Exodus with all of its miracles? Come on guys, isn’t there enough of a history with God to bring the needed courage to face this giant? We have history on our side!”

In addition, David may have been read more

Source: dutchsheets.org

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Do You Want to be Made Whole?

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

Source: faithgateway.com

Creativity

Some people mistakenly believe that because they don’t have the ability to paint or sing or play an instrument they aren’t creative. Today’s devotional, a video from Streams Ministries, destroys that idea and shows how God has given every person the gift of creativity. Click here to watch the video

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Give Thanks in All Circumstances

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, so we’re sending some seasonal devotional thoughts your way. Enjoy!

 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I remember reading this verse with one of our boys when he was small and he was confused. “How can I always be rejoicing? I have to be praying all the time? I don’t think I can be thankful when I’m sick!” I had to agree with him at the time — this verse asks a lot of us! In reading and praying more over it, I was able to tell my son (and myself) this truth:

It’s all about perspective.

“Rejoicing always” doesn’t mean we’re always jumping up and down with excitement, but rather refers to living in read more

source: faithgateway.com

The End of the Story

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!

 

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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.

I faced this in a huge way with read more

source: drcarolministries.com

When You’re Tired of Waiting

Waiting is not a particularly enjoyable experience in general. However, it would seem that it is an inescapable reality. Today’s devotional encourages us to not give up even when the wait is long – or longer than we’d like it to be. God is faithful; He won’t lie to us. What He said He will do.

 

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Are you tired of waiting for a prophetic word to be fulfilled in your life? Have you received it, claimed it, believed for it, fought the good fight of faith with it—and have yet to see it come to pass?

If so, don’t give up! Things can change in a day.

Think about the significant events in the lives of our fathers and mothers in the faith. One day, Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was just an old woman with a barren womb. The next, she was pregnant with the child of promise. After 24 years of waiting for God’s word to come to pass, she was doubtful. But her situation changed—big time—in just one day!

One day, David was being forced to live like a gypsy, running from the armies of King Saul. The next, read the rest here

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Did the Gospels Distort Jesus’ Life?

Thoughtful questions deserve thoughtful answers. In today’s Biblegateway devotional by Lee Strobel we read a well researched, thought out answer to a question asked by those who question the authenticity and authority of God’s Word.

 

How do the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—fare when subjected to a historian’s scrutiny? I asked Evans what he considered to be the best criteria for assessing their reliability.

“One criterion historians use is multiple attestation,” he replied. “In other words, when two or three of the Gospels are saying the same thing, independently — as they often do — then this significantly shifts the burden of proof onto somebody who says they’re just making it up. There’s also the criterion of coherence. Are the Gospels consistent with what we know about the history and culture of Palestine in the 20s and
30s? Actually, they’re loaded with details that we’ve determined are correct thanks to read more

source: biblegateway.com

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