Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

Blessed is She Who…

Today’s Truth

‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said’ (Luke 1:38, NIV)

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Sometimes it is easy to read the Bible and forget that the women in the stories are just like you and me. Of course, they lived during a different time in history, practiced different customs, and ate different foods. But they had the same heart struggles, same soul longings, and same emotional ups and downs as you and me.

Today, I want you to use your imagination just a bit. Sit back and let me tell …

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Mary Southerland

Ho! Ho! Ho! Help!

Today’s Truth

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told (Luke 2:16-20, NIV).

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Sharon Jaynes

The Women of Christmas

Today’s Truth

Surely the arm of the Lord is not to short to save, nor his ear to dull to hear” (Isaiah 59:1, NIV).

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When the writers of the Old Testament penned the words to the long lists of lineages, the so-and-so begat so-and-so’s, they usually listened men’s names. It was very uncommon to see a woman’s name, even though there were a few.

But when we turn the page from the Old Testament to the New Testament, we see God honoring women in a brand-new way. Even in the lineage of Jesus recorded in Matthew chapter …

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Gwen Smith

A Love That Breathes, Bridges and Brings Beauty

Today’s Truth

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:19, NIV)

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The story of Christmas is familiar. Many of us can recite verses and sing choruses that recap the holy day without so much as a second thought. It is said that familiarity breeds contempt – so I wonder. I wonder and I search my heart.

When I sit and search, long enough to listen to God’s still small voice, I grapple with the familiar and I groan for the fresh… and I wonder. …

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Mary Southerland

Gifts That Matter, Part 2

Today’s Truth

If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you (Luke 6:38, NLT). 

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Have you discovered the truth that we simply cannot “out-give” God? The more we give, the more we receive. And that truth does not just apply to financial giving. It is really all about the attitude behind the gift. Do you remember the Christmas gifts you …

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Sharon Jaynes

Long Walk Part of Gift

Today’s Truth

Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him’ (Matthew 2:1, NIV).

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An African boy listened carefully as his teacher explained why Christians give presents to each other on Christmas day.

“The gift is an expression of our joy over the birth of Jesus and our friendship for each other,” she said.

When Christmas day came, the boy brought to the teacher a seashell of lustrous beauty.

“Where did you …

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Mary Southerland

Gifts That Matter, Part 1

Today’s Truth

If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you (Luke 6:38, NLT). 

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The world would like us to believe that the success of Christmas depends upon how much we spend, how many presents we give, or how many presents we receive. Yes, Christmas is about giving, but price tags do not determine the success of our giving. Giving …

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Sharon Jaynes

Don’t Miss Your Divine Appointment!

Today’s Truth

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd (Mark 6:34, NIV). 

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Jesus was a very busy man. And yet, He was never too busy to offer a kind word to the men and women who crossed His path on a daily basis.

He stopped and spoke to the diminutive Zacchaeus who was perched in a tree to get a better look at the parade of followers.

He took a break from His travels to engage in one of His longest recorded …

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Gwen Smith

Unsearchable Greatness

Today’s Truth

I will extol You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable (Psalm 145:1-3, NASB).

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I fell in love with my husband half-my-life ago, yet with twenty years of marriage under my belt, there are still moments that I shake my head and wonder, “who is that man?” And while I may not have every mystery about him solved, I DO know my …

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Mary Southerland

God Is Jealous For Me

Today’s Truth

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame (Song of Songs 8:6, NIV).

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Shakespeare described jealousy as a “green-eyed monster.” Mark Twain called it the “trademark of small minds.” I once heard it described as “the gangrene of the soul.” Not a lovely picture, is it? In fact, in human terms, jealousy is usually thought of as a negative trait we need to carefully guard against. However, …

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