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Do It Again

Today’s devotional is a prayer. Let’s agree with these sentiments today and remember those who are hurting today, and ask God to help them as He has countless others.

 

For the Tough Times: Do It Again, Lord


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. — Matthew 6:9-10
Dear Lord,
We’re still hoping we’ll wake up. We’re still hoping we’ll open a sleepy eye and think, What a horrible dream.
We are sad, Father. And so we come to You. We don’t ask You for help; we beg You for it. We don’t request; we implore. We’ve read the accounts. We’ve pondered the stories, and now we plead, “Do read more

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This is Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! There is no greater love, none that lasts longer, goes further, or gives more than the love of God for us. Today’s devotional by Max Lucado, reposted from faithgateway.com, highlights this amazing love on this day when we celebrate love.

Oh, the things we do to give gifts to those we love.

But we don’t mind, do we? We would do it all again. Fact is, we do it all again. Every Christmas, every birthday, every so often we find ourselves in foreign territory. Grownups are in toy stores. Dads are in teen stores. Wives are in the hunting department, and husbands are in the purse department.

Not only do we enter unusual places, we do unusual things. We assemble bicycles at midnight. We hide the new tires with mag wheels under the stairs. One fellow I heard about rented a movie theater so he read more

 

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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

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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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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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Crazy Prayers, Crazy Faith

The word crazy isn’t usually a terribly positive one. Being thought of as not quite right in the head or crazy is not the nicest thing in the world. Today’s devotional by Mark Batterson, reposted from faithgateway.com, puts a different spin on that word, however. If you want to see crazy miracles you need crazy faith.


This woman is driving me crazy. – Luke 18:5

I love the parable of the persistent widow. I don’t mean any disrespect, but I think persistent is a nice word for crazy. This woman is crazy, but when the cause is a righteous one, it’s a holy crazy!

We aren’t told what injustice took place, but she was on a mission. Maybe her son was falsely imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Maybe the man who molested her daughter was still on the streets. We don’t know for sure. But whatever it was, she wouldn’t take no for an answer. And the judge knew it. The judge knew she would circle his house until the day she got justice or the day she died. The judge knew there was no quit in the read more

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