Triumph in Tragedy | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

Please open your Bible and read John 20:1-10 What do you say we have a chat about grave-clothes? Sound like fun? Sound like a cheery topic? Hardly. Make a list of depressing subjects, and burial garments is somewhere between IRS audits and long-term dental care. No one likes grave-clothes. No one discusses grave-clothes. Have you ever spiced up dinner-table chat with the question, “What are you planning to wear in your casket?” Most folks don’t discuss grave-clothes. The apostle John,…

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God’s Blessings | Devotional by Alec Niemi – Christian Article

As a Pastor I quite often get requests to bless many things including homes, babies, jobs and even a child’s kitten once. From a Biblical perspective a blessing is an indication or a mark of God’s relationship with an individual or a select group of people. When a person or group is blessed it is receiving God’s grace upon them. When I do a prayer of blessing I always pray for the individual, be it in of the home, the…

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Inner Peace | Thoughts about God Devotional by Gail Rodgers – Christian Article

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is focused on you because He trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 We all need two kinds of peace in our lives. We need inner peace, and we also need outer peace with others. God addresses both. He tells us what to do to find both. Inner peace begins with a relationship with God, and it continues as we focus on His strength and allow Him to fill us. We can exchange…

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Peace I Leave With You – 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). Does life sometimes seem overwhelming? You’ve received a troubling report from the doctor. One of your children is in crisis. You wonder how you will pay your bills. Then there’s a car accident. It seem like trouble comes in bunches. The disciples found themselves in a…

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What Matters to You Matters to God – Christian Article

The first miracle of Jesus was at a wedding—no small event.  For several days, there was gift-giving, speech making, food-eating, and wine-drinking.   Hospitality was a sacred duty  The absence of wine was a social embarrassment.  Mary asks her son to help, and he tells her that his “time has not yet come.” But he changed his plan to meet the needs of his friends. This miracle tells us that what matters to you matters to God. You are his child.…

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Things You Can Count On! – Christian Article

Things You Can Count On! There will always be a grace that is sufficient; a mercy that endures; an atoning blood that cleanses; a hope that doesn’t disappoint; a love that never fails; a purpose that works all things together for the good; a peace that passes understanding; a joy unspeakable; a kingdom unshakable; a foundation indestructible; a High Priest who prays; a Savior who lives; a Spirit who comforts; a Father who cares. “Therefore, we who have fled to…

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How Christians Talk About Abortion – CrossTalk S3E20 – Christian Article

Podcast (crosstalk): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | With the recent passing of a new abortion law in New York, my Facebook feed has been full of discussions about abortion. I’m always thankful when I see Christians stand up in defense of human life. However, I am often saddened by some of the angry and almost hateful ways I see Christians lashing out against pro-choice supporters and law-makers. So I posted a…

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When Average Men Follow Christ – Christian Article

“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”Mark 10:21 Too many Christians have given up on the vision of becoming like Jesus. They know they are sinners saved by grace, but they do not see themselves living out a transformed life. They have accepted the…

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Guard Your Heart | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father encourage you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.”  2 Thessalonians 2:16 (NCV) “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me alone to do all the work?“ (Luke 11:40)…. Martha’s life was cluttered. She needed a break. “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things,” the Master explained to her. “Only one thing is important. Mary has chosen [it]” (Luke 10:41-42). What…

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Seeing God’s Fingerprints | Devotional by Sylvia Gunter – Christian Article

Listen with your spirit to God’s Word. Psalm 66:5 “Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf!” Beloved one, I bless you with seeing your Father’s fingerprints on your life. I bless you with your Father planting reminders of himself and his majesty everywhere around you. I bless you with appreciating that the heavens declare the glory of God and everything around you proclaims the work of his hands. I bless you with remembering…

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The Curmudgeon | by Vonette Bright – Christian Article

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44 When Stephanie Whitson was a young mother, she lived across the street from a very grumpy old man.In fact, no one in the neighborhood liked him.When his wife passed away, Stephanie began getting nudges from God.You know, the “still small voice” which points you to a God-given opportunity. So with much fear and trembling, Stephanie placed a rose and bud vase on the man’s…

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Keep These Things and Ponder Them in Your Heart – Christian Article

“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 (KJV) Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus, is noted in Scripture as loving God in at least three ways: Her memory (she “kept all these things“), her affections (she kept them “in her heart“), and her intellect (she “pondered them“). Her memory, affection, and understanding were all intently fascinated with the things which she heard. Friend, remember what you know about Jesus, and what He has…

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The Lord Never Changes! | by Katherine Kehler – Christian Article

“I the LORD do not change.” Malachi 3:6 Recently we decided to downsize and reluctantly listed our property on the real estate market. So for the past month we have been sorting through everything: cupboards, closets, shelves, drawers, storage rooms, the garage and barns. Sorting through forty-seven years of stuff and many, many precious memories. Everything has changed -except God. •    Our children have grown and left home. They all have their own wonderful families  now.•    Our home address has…

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God Is In Control: 14 Glorious, Comforting Realities – Christian Article

Again and again the Bible teaches and affirms that God is in control of all things. He is sovereign over all things, including human history. He created the galaxies and upholds the universe by the word of his power. He knows the end from the beginning. He knows the thoughts of every person on earth. Nothing can happen that he does not allow and he works all for the good of his people and his glory. If God were merely…

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The God Who Comforts | Devotional by Charles Stanley – Christian Article

Read: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Look up comfort in a dictionary and you’ll find a definition like “something that promotes a state of ease or provides freedom from pain and anxiety.” But according to God’s Word, when consolation is needed, the only true solution is the indwelling Holy Spirit. In Greek, He is called parakletos, which means “he who stands at one’s side; he who comes to one’s aid.” Believers don’t have to rely on outward remedies or distractions to ease…

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Persuasion 155 | Silent Night – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/Persuasion_155.mp3 For most of us, Christmas delivers us everything but the Silent Night we sing about in that iconic carol. Our preparations for celebrating Christmas could rarely be described as heavenly peace. It’s more like earthly chaos as we race about collecting our gifts, visiting family and friends, and attending performances and parties. As we repeat the lines of Silent Night each year, it can spark waves of guilt: We know our lives—and our hearts—are not living up to this…

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