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Comparison is a Thief

Comparison is a Thief

“I will bless you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering: . Jeremiah 29:11 CEV We must be careful about comparing our lives to others. When we do, we tend to lose sight of what God is doing in our own lives. God is a God of purpose. He knows…

The Sun Shines

The Sun Shines

Do you find yourself withholding love or rewards from people because you don’t like them? “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on…

I Only Need You, Lord

I Only Need You, Lord

“When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing”. –Psalm 145:16 NLT Who considers these words enough? The hand of God being my chief provision and storehouse, is it not a shame to be anxiously careful for anything? Has the Lord all things in His hand? Then surely I…

Forgiveness Frees

Forgiveness Frees

  Those who are forgiven much will love much. “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14 She wasn’t asked to come. Her known past.  Her present identity. Both were stamped on her like a scarlet “A”:  “Sinner . . .  from the…

How to Make a Difference

How to Make a Difference

The Father always equips His children. He begins by developing Christlike character within us. “ As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is…

Our Sure God

Our Sure God

Our moods may shift, but God’s doesn’t.  Our minds may change, but God’s doesn’t. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”  Psalm 23:6 (NKJV) Look at the first word: surely. David didn’t say, “Maybe goodness and mercy shall…

All What?

All What?

When I look at these words of Jesus, I feel overwhelmed. How do I possibly reach everyone in the world? “He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”  Mark 16:15 “Jesus told us to tell all creation,” I said. “No, it doesn’t say that! Creation? All…

Light of the World

Light of the World

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 Thought Darkness dominates our world. Despite appearances, darkness controls so much of what is said and how it is viewed by the world. When someone lives for Christ, they will be noticed. Their allegiance to Jesus and his…

Sleepless Nights

Sleepless Nights

For a few years now, I have been learning to deal with sleeplessness at night.  “Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy…

God Our Comfort

God Our Comfort

A Devotional recognizing how God Comforts us when we are wounded – inside and out. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the…