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Mary Southerland

Learning to Abide

Today’s Truth

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15:4-5, NASB). 

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It’s that time of year again. Schools are recruiting parents to help with classroom duties, sports teams are looking for team moms, your church is asking for help … and the list …

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Sharon Jaynes

Why Me?

Today’s Truth

‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’ (Isaiah 55:8-9, NIV).

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There is nothing wrong with us trying to understand why the wounds of life occur; however, the Bible clearly tells us not to depend on or lean on our ability to answer the tough question…why.   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,” the writer of Proverbs tells us, “and do not lean on …

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Gwen Smith

The Everlasting God

Today’s Truth

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27a).

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My curiosity begs to understand life. My mind longs for logic. I am not overly fond of ungraspable concepts. When I was a child I asked a million questions. Why is the sky blue? Are angels all men? Why do bad things happen? Why can’t we send my brussel sprouts to the starving children in Africa? Who created God?

I wanted answers.

I still do.

Give me a story that grabs my attention at the beginning. Fill it with intrigue. …

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Mary Southerland

The Perfect Storm

Today’s Truth

Lord, you are my strength and my protection, my safe place in times of trouble (Jeremiah 16:19, NIV).

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The comfort of God is faithful and strong – even during the fiercest storms of life. I enjoy movies that have a happy ending. My family constantly teases me about my surreal perspective of movie entertainment, but honestly, life holds enough reality. Why would I want to pay good money to see even more reality made bigger and more frightening on a gigantic movie screen? When the movie, “The Perfect Storm,” was first released, the previews suggested …

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Sharon Jaynes

You Are God’s Beautiful Masterpiece

Today’s Truth

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14, NIV).

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I was sitting in a crowded restaurant with my family when she walked by in her full-length white satin dress delicately trimmed in lace and studded with tiny “jewels,” crinoline that swished as she moved across the room, a rhinestone tiara upon her head, and pearl studded slippers on her feet. Golden ringlets framed her rosy cheeks and puckered lips glistened with a hint of gloss. She knew she was beautiful and glanced around at the admiring smiles of onlookers as …

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Mary Southerland

Let Peace Rule

Today’s Truth

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts (Colossians 3:15a, NIV).

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Peace seems to be on everyone’s mind, which is nothing new. It seems to me that we have been chasing peace since time began. We want a peaceful world, a peaceful home, and a peaceful workplace – a peaceful life. I know people who would give everything they have for a few minutes of peace. Peace cannot be found in a treaty or negotiation or political party. Peace is an inside job and can only be found in one place – a personal …

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Sharon Jaynes

Giving Up Control

Today’s Truth

But he [God] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong, (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NIV).

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The angels were hovering low in our church on this particular Sunday morning. It was a special day for a group of ten “kids” known …

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Gwen Smith

Don’t Scratch That Itch

Today’s Truth

When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed (James 1:13-14, NIV).

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I once woke up with a spider bite that was the size of a quarter. It may as well have been the size of North Carolina for as much as it itched! I was half-tempted to scratch off my arm. That nasty bite was just begging to be scratched. However, I have learned …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Velveteen Woman

Today’s Truth

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10, NIV).

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Most of us have read or heard of the childhood classic, The Velveteen Rabbit. Perhaps you first heard the story snuggled in your mother’s lap or like me, as an adult with a child snuggled in your lap. Like many children’s books, the message carries a profound truth that resonates more with adults than with kids.…

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Mary Southerland

The Gideon Complex

Today’s Truth

Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep he tends (Psalm 100:3, NCV).

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Situational ethics is now being taught in many of our public schools. One teacher, wanting to illustrate that human reasoning is many times wrong, gave the following situation to a class of high school students:

“How would you advise a mother who was pregnant with her fifth child based on the following facts: Her husband had syphilis and she had tuberculosis. Their first child was born blind, the second child …

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