The Anxiety That Consumes | Devotional by Caran Jantzen – Christian Article

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 In September 2014, I got the formal diagnosis I had been expecting: General Anxiety Disorder. Until then, I thought something was simply wrong with me. I felt ashamed of these feelings; I tried to keep them hidden inside.…

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I Don’t Deserve It | Devotional by Gail Rodgers – Christian Article

A tear glistened in the corner of her eye. She had never been told God’s love was for her personally. Oh how she wanted to believe God loved her. But she felt she had no right to ask Him anything. She had never acknowledged Him before. And life had been hard. Choices of others and her own choices had left deep pain and scars on her heart. Oh, very few knew and she held it all together in an amazing…

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Summer Salad and Jesus – The Jesus Pursuit – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); This evening a group of women from church had a gathering at a friend’s house for an event called “Summer Salad Spectacular”. Well, it was delicious. The kitchen counter was adorned with salads of all kinds, some of which I’m not even sure what they were…and we enjoyed some tea and lemonade. A perfectly ladylike meal. We all split into little groups of conversation in the house and backyard, and it was lovely. The…

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God Supports Your Every Need as You Follow Jesus – Christian Article

“May the God of peace . . . equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”Hebrews 13:20–21 (NIV) God gives you everything you need to succeed in your life with Jesus. The writer of Hebrews refers to this as equipping, and it’s similar to providing a sports team with the necessary training and equipment to succeed.…

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I’m a Skunk – Liz Petruzzi, lizpetruzzi.com – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. Mark 7:15 Without a doubt my greatest challenge and sin are the words I say. Words said in anger. Words said to make a pointed point. Words said to punish. Words said carelessly without thought. Wounding words I can’t retrieve. Things I say to impress…

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Peace of Mind | Thoughts about God by Helen Lescheid – Christian Article

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 Jesus offers us peace—the peace with God which he made possible through his death on the cross; the peace of God which fills our hearts with quiet confidence even when life is tough. But why do so many of us not experience this peace of heart…

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Songs of Extravagant Grace and Radical Discipleship for Union with Christ – Christian Article

Rankin Wilbourne grew up in Louisiana and was educated at the University of Mississippi and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is now the senior pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles. Rankin believes that “union with Christ may be the most important doctrine you’ve never heard of.” In fact, he says that “nothing is more basic or more central to the Christian life than union with Christ.” If the latter is true, then the former must be addressed. On a…

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Fear or Love | Devotional on Fear by Katherine Kehler – Christian Article

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear”1 John 4:18 If we cocoon ourselves and build up walls to try to keep others from hurting us because we are afraid of being hurt, we haven’t really understood God’s love. Read A.W. Tozer’s  powerful affirmations about love and fear “Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to any. ‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear.’ Fear is…

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Peeking into God’s Mind | Devotional by Marily Ehle – Christian Article

“How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast is the sum of them.”  Psalm 139:17 Many of us bask in the knowledge of God’s presence with us. We find comfort in words like, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” We imagine Jesus’ still-tentative disciples finding hope in the words, “Surely I am with you always.”  Our hearts ponder and cling to his always-abiding presence. But the Hebrew psalmist gives us a fresh glimpse into God’s…

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New Isn’t Always Comfortable | Devotional by Marilyn Ehle – Christian Article

“(What I have done in the past) is nothing compared to what I’m going to do! I’m going to do a brand new thing.”Isaiah 43:18-19 (Life Application Bible) As we contemplate the freshness of a new year, we’re tempted to quickly rejoice over God’s words to Israel. Who would not want to be part of God’s “brand new thing”? We get excited as we pray for and anticipate a new work of God in our lives and in the world.…

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God Blesses You | Devotionl by Charles Spurgeon

“You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 All year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us. He blesses us when we sleep, and when we wake His mercy is upon us. The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but our God never ceases to shine on His children with beams of love. Like a river, His loving kindness is always flowing, with a fullness…

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Thoughts about God by Gail Rodgers

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”  Hebrews 13:8 As we cross the threshold into a new year and begin putting one foot in front of the other, we can feel the tenuous shakiness of change all around us. Yet as we look forward, with that familiar mix of anticipation and uncertainty, we can find a quiet place to rest our hope and steady our step. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever!” What an…

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The Road Less Traveled | Devotional by Kristi Huseby

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. . . Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?” Matthew 16.24-26 (MSG) Long ago, when I…

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