Devotionals

Jan
14
2015

Can You Growl?

By Elizabeth Gunter Many years ago, I used to spend Wednesday evenings looking after some wonderful children so that the mom and dad could enjoy a night out. Part of the Wednesday night ritual was Big Brown Bear. The kids would squeal as they ran down to the basement in anticipation of the bear hunt. […]
Jan
7
2015

Forgiving Yourself

You’ve blown it. You have really messed up this time. You have agreed with God that what you did was sin. You know that God heard your prayer asking forgiveness, and you really meant every word. You believe that Jesus died for you on the cross and that His sacrifice forgives all your sins. But you still feel guilt […]
Dec
31
2014

A Blessing For 2015

Listen with your spirit to the Word of God in Deuteronomy 33:25b. “Your strength will equal your days.” and 2 Corinthians 13:4 “Jesus was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.” Beloved one, by your […]
Dec
24
2014

Immanuel, God With Us

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 “What is your favorite name or characteristic of God?” It is an almost impossible question to answer because there are so many attributes of God I adore. But if […]
Dec
17
2014

Christ My Life

As we celebrate the gift of Jesus Christ the Christmas season, use this prayer attributed to St. Patrick to reflect on all that was Christ is. Christ for sickness, Christ for health, Christ for poverty, Christ for wealth, Christ for joy, Christ for sorrow, Christ today, and Christ tomorrow; Christ my life, and Christ my […]
Dec
10
2014

It Is Well

As many are looking forward to this season with great joy, there are just as many who wish the holidays would pass quickly because it is too painful. The same is true of the birth of Jesus. While Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, and kings will savor fondly the joy of Jesus’ birth, thousands of families […]
Dec
3
2014

Christmas: An Invitation To Reckless Abandon

For those of us who grew up celebrating the birth of Jesus, the Christmas story can become too familiar. It easily slips from a story of awe to simple facts of history. We rattle off these events, such as Mary gave birth to Jesus and then the shepherds and wise men came to see Him, […]
Nov
26
2014

The Command To Hope

Listen as your Father directs you in Romans 12:12. “Be joyful in hope.” Hope is a command. The Greek word translated hope means desiring good and confidently expecting to obtain it. Hope that is seen is not hope. Your assurance is in your Father that He is Lord of everything, even your challenges, opposition, and suffering. He knows […]
Nov
19
2014

Blessing Of Identity

Be blessed to know your identity as your Father’s beloved son or daughter. “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Rom 8:14). Be blessed with fully realizing the life-changing truth of the Spirit living in you, so that you can know you are the beloved of your Father, and […]
Nov
12
2014

Portrait Of Your Heavenly Father

Soak in this portrait of your heavenly Father. Your Father is perfectly faithful. Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Your Father is a generous provider. Matthew 7:11 If you, then, though you […]
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