The extraordinary season is upon us by:Diana Butler Bass On January 5, the eve of Epiphany, I went for a night walk. We’d just had a big snowstorm in Virginia. The trees were still encased and frozen a silvery white, their branches sparkled in the moonlight against a deep blue sky. Everything was silent; the… Continue reading Epiphany Now
by Shawn McEvoy For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.1 Peter 3:17, NAS Suffering. It's not standard daily devotional fare, because let's face it, usually we want to begin or end our day being uplifted, or even… Continue reading Is Suffering Inevitable?
January 10th, 2022 By Adam Hamilton Available from MinistryMatters In Luke 11, one of Jesus’s disciples approaches and makes a simple request: “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John [the Baptist] taught his disciples” (v. 1). In response, Jesus teaches the disciples what has become known as the Our Father or the Lord’s Prayer. No… Continue reading THE LORD’S PRAYER: THE MEANING AND POWER
By Meg Bucher “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” - Luke 1:50 NIV After a beautiful day out on the water, we headed to the island for dinner. On the way, our Great Lake threw us a surprise, as it has been known to do. Though the water was flat and… Continue reading A Prayer for When the Rogue Waves of Life Hit
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 It was 3:30 in the morning when… Continue reading A Prayer for When You’ve Lost EverythingBy Jennifer Maggio
“We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it” (Proverbs 16:9 The Message) Proverbs 16:9 says, “We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it” (The Message). You get to plan the way you want to live, but only God gives you the power… Continue reading Get the Power to Go after Your GoalsBy Rick Warren
"I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life." John 8:12 (NLT) By Rick Warren As a vegetable gardener, I can tell you that the more hours of light you have, the bigger your crops will grow. For… Continue reading Grow in the Light of God’s Word
By: Dena Johnson “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." - John 10:10 NASB I’ve spent the last eight months doing everything I can to keep my faith strong, to trust God. But this week, I am losing the battle. I am collapsing under the weight… Continue reading A Prayer for Those Who Grieve at Christmas
By: Alisha Headley “Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and…be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and…put on your new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness .” - Ephesians 4:22-24 I’m a tidy person most of… Continue reading A Prayer for Putting on Your New Self
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” - Colossians 3:12 How to Have Patience Like JesusBy: Lori Freeland Patience is hard. In our fast-food, drive-thru, one-day-Amazon-delivery world, it’s a lost art. A muscle we don’t like to exercise often. Yet as Christians,… Continue reading Patience? What’s that?