growth, guidance

Hope for When We’ve Blown It

Hanging the phone up, I was devastated. Why is this happening? What is wrong with me? The person on the other end was calling from the Temp agency I had my job through, informing me that I was being fired…again. It was the second time in 6 months. I felt like such a failure. It’s tough when we realize that…

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How to Avoid Arguments

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 NIV Listening is key to understanding one another and keeps us from saying something we may regret. It will also help diffuse anger that can easily get out…

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Faith, growth

Three Means To a Strong Faith

The goal of any Christian is to have and maintain a strong faith. The question is, how do we do that? We are getting ready to wrap up the subject of faith this month. Let’s look at three ways to maintain a strong faith. Here we go: Strong Faith Starts with Trusting the Right Source Look at what Acts 4:10-12…

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Faith, growth

Moving Mountains Is Possible

Read Matthew 17:14-20 (NLT) Have you ever experienced a situation where you were asked by someone (perhaps a boss) to handle a task you felt unequipped to do? What was that like? Did you have enough faith in yourself to accomplish what you were asked to do, or did you doubt yourself? In today’s reading, we find this scenario. Jesus,…

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Faith, growth

True Faith

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) To prepare for this devotion, I wanted to find out how others defined faith, how they describe it in their own words. I came upon this anonymous quote in my research. It says, “Faith is all about believing. You don’t know how…

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Sportin’ a Tude of Gratitude

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.                                                                                                  1 Thessalonians 5:18 When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, some of them were experiencing terrible persecution. This may have been one of the reasons he included this verse at the end of his letter. Life wasn’t easy, and Paul wanted to remind them of having…

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Faith, growth

Do You Have the Joy, Joy, Joy?

There’s a song that goes something like, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart … “It was sung usually in Sunday school or at hymn sings (now I’ve dated myself). I remember singing it many times throughout my “younger years”. Today’s devotion is about joy. What is joy? Here’s the biblical definition. Joy comes from the…

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Oh…One More Thing

As a kid, do you remember your mom or dad giving you last minute instructions? Something they didn’t want you to forget. It usually wasn’t just one, but a few things shouted to you as you opened the door to leave. I can recall many times my mom saying to me, “don’t forget to say thank you”, or “be good”,…

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growth, identity

He Chose You!

 It was that time of year again, try-outs for various choirs for the following school year. My friends and I have already been in Select choir but had our eyes on the top choir, Madrigals. Only the best of the best were chosen to be part of this revered group of singers. They sounded the best out of all the…

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