Devotions Archive

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Mary Southerland

Free at Last

Today’s Truth

“So Christ has really set us free.  Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Galatians 5:1 NLT)

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The story is told of an Indian village that held an annual bazaar where villagers came to sell the crafts and wares they had made during the year as well as the animals they raised. One year a man brought a covey of quail to sell. In order to display the birds, he tied one end of a piece of string to one of their legs and …

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Friday Friend

Who is Your Kuleana?

From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry. We call them our “Friday Friends.” So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our “Friday Friend,” Pam Farrel. Pam and Bill Farrel are relationship experts and best-selling authors of over 37 books including Men Are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti, and their newest devotional, A Couple’s Journey With God. Free resources by the Farrels can be found at www.Love-Wise.com

Today’s Truth

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also …

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Sharon Jaynes

Her Story, My Story, Your Story

Today’s Truth

[God said] “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” (2 Corinthians 6:18).

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Once upon a time, not so very long ago or far away, a baby girl was born to parents who could not keep her. Neither parent was willing to release her for adoption, but neither was able to care for her. So while the legal system shuffled her case back and forth, the baby girl grew into a toddler in a foster home.

Her care was certainly adequate, her physical needs were met, and she …

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Mary Southerland

Resource Inventory

Today’s Truth

“The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1 NIV)

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When it comes to the resources that we need for life, this promise from the 23rd Psalm is staggeringly important to remember because it holds the promise of contentment in our lives. A famous actor was once the guest of honor at a social gathering where he was asked to recite favorite excerpts from various literary works. An old preacher who happened to be there asked the actor to recite the twenty-third Psalm. The actor agreed on the condition that the preacher …

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Sharon Jaynes

A Daddy Who Loves Me

Today’s Truth

[God said] “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV).

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When I was a little girl, my father spent most of his waking hours working at his building supply company, observing construction sites, and socializing with his colleagues and associates. Even though his place of business was only a few blocks from our home, his heart was miles away in a place I could not find.

My father didn’t drink alcohol every day, but when he did, it consumed him. Dad was filled with …

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Mary Southerland

First Class Living

Today’s Truth

“Jesus said, ‘My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.’” (John 10:10 NLT)

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I will never forget the first time I flew first class. Dan and I were on our way to North Carolina for a few days of much needed vacation. We were both exhausted, having just returned from a wonderful but grueling mission trip to Peru. I couldn’t wait to get on that plane, grab a pillow and blanket, and sleep my way to North Carolina.

When I spotted an abnormally long line of people and realized it was the check-in line …

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Gwen Smith

Who Defines Your Worth?

Today’s Truth

“You are precious and honored in my sight…” (Isaiah 43:4a, NIV).

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Years ago, I bought my daughter a really cute jacket at the mall. It was a hoodie made of a cuddly fabric with cream, lavender, and mint green horizontal stripes. The jacket zipped up in the front and was well crafted, stylish, and simply adorable.

When I bought it, I felt like the price on the tag was a fair one, so I gladly pulled out my wallet and paid the retail amount. I was a kid in a candy store on the way …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Perfect Wedding

Today’s Truth
“For your Maker is your husband—
the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.” (Isaiah 54:5 NIV)

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I was five-years-old, just a wisp of a little girl living in a dream world all my own. On one particular afternoon, I gathered my supplies and prepared for the big day. First, I wrapped a long white sheet around my slender body and draped the excess over my shoulder and down my back. Then I draped a bath-sized towel over the crown of my head like …

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Mary Southerland

The Circle of Encouragement

Today’s Truth

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…and we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11,14)

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Sand hill cranes are not only interesting creatures but also great illustrations of biblical encouragement. These large birds that fly great distances across continents have three remarkable qualities. First, they rotate leadership. No one bird stays out in front all of the time. Second, they choose leaders who can handle turbulence well. Third, all during the time that one bird is leading, the rest …

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Sharon Jaynes

Jump Into Abba’s Arms

Today’s Truth

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see,” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV).

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One night a family was startled from sleep by the piercing blare of their smoke detector. The house was on fire and smoke swirled up the wooden staircase. The father bolted from his bed and ran to his children’s room. He grabbed his eighteen-month-old baby out of his crib, and dragged his four-year-old son by the hand. They were half-way down the stairs when the little boy remembered his favorite teddy bear in his room and broke away to …

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