Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

Does God Feel at Home in Your Heart?

Today’s Truth

They neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened (Romans 1:21 NIV).

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I love November and the American tradition of Thanksgiving. But in reality, every day should be Thanksgiving.

Gratitude is the most effective way to deepen your consciousness to the fact that you are the object of God’s affection and love. Giving thanks awakens your senses to see God, to hear God, to taste and see that He is good. When you feel far from God, praise will bring you …

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Mary Southerland

Choose Praise

Today’s Truth

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV).

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Our grandson Justus participated in his first 3K race last month. Justus is five years old. I am in awe of him at this point in life for many reasons, but running a 3K? Wow!

Our daughter Danna and her husband Sam were running the race for a local charity and Justus wanted to run the race with them. Danna and Sam were skeptical.

“Son, there is a special race for all of the kids. Don’t …

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Sharon Jaynes

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Today’s Truth

In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28 NIV).

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Don’t get mad at me. We’re going to look at Ephesians 3 and God’s love for us one more time!

Paul wanted that love relationship for himself, and he wanted it for you. Let’s read it again. Third time’s the charm.

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that …

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Gwen Smith

Do The Things You Did

Today’s Truth

You have forsaken your first love… Repent and do the things you did at first… (Revelation 2:4b-5, NIV).

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I recently watched a movie about the end times that left me longing for a few answers. I grabbed my Bible and sat to read from the book of Revelation. In this apocalyptic, end-of-the-Bible book, John speaks of a vision from Christ that he received while on the island of Patmos. In this vision, Jesus unveils events yet to come – which, ultimately, echo His eternal love, power, and justice.

In chapter two, the words leapt from …

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Mary Southerland

Trust and Obey

Today’s Truth

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live (Ecclesiastes 3:12, NIV).

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The Bible is not only God’s personal love letter to His children, it is our instruction manual for life. It is the blueprint of God’s plan for our lives.

You were created in response to God’s plan for your life. You are not an accident. God never has to say “Oops!” Even if you were never wanted or planned by human heart and mind, you were wanted and planned in the heart …

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Sharon Jaynes

God’s Love Language

Today’s Truth

O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together (Psalm 34:3 NASB).

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Gratitude and thanksgiving is so important for your soul. It is not just what God wants from you; it is what God wants for you.

Gratitude has been called the “memory of the heart.” Praise and gratitude bring up pictures in our minds that say, “Remember.”

Isn’t that what Jesus did in the last twelve hours of His life as He broke the bread and passed the cup? “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave …

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Mary Southerland

Whose Voice Do You Hear?

Today’s Truth

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27, NIV).

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Dan and I had been married one year when we moved to Fort Worth, Texas so Dan could attend seminary. I desperately wanted a teaching job, but none was available. Instead I was hired as a secretary in an insurance office. It was definitely not my idea of a dream job, but I had a plan.

Every day, on my lunch hour, I called the school district’s personnel office to ask, “Do you have a job for me yet?” …

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Sharon Jaynes

Grace Doesn’t Make Sense

Today’s Truth

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus….(Romans 8:1 NIV).

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This email comes to me hundreds of times every year. The names are different, the situations are varied, but the underlying theme is the same…I can’t forgive myself. Grace just doesn’t make sense. I don’t deserve to be forgiven.

And these women are right…grace doesn’t make earthly sense. We don’t deserve it. We keep reliving the Garden story with ingratitude and believing Satan’s lie, and then grace shows up with an outstretched hand. “I don’t deserve it,” we …

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Gwen Smith

Unshakable Peace

Today’s Truth

“I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8, NIV)

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Susan lived “the good life.” One filled with prosperity and love. For years, she and her husband owned a thriving business that allowed them and their children to be surrounded with beautiful material things. They had a glorious lake home, a lavish boat, and luxury cars. Everything the world counts as gain.

In spite of their earthly wealth, when faced with the truth of the Gospel, Susan and her husband realized that …

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Mary Southerland

Time to Prune

Today’s Truth

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful (John 15:2, NIV).

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I try to avoid pain whenever possible.

Pruning sounds painful to me … cutting and tearing away and leaving behind. But I have come to realize that pruning is an important part of the growth process.

Lincoln Love was a member of the first church where my husband was the lead teaching pastor. Before he retired, Lincoln worked for the Department of Defense … …

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