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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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Sharon Jaynes

Don’t Give Me that Old Time Religion

Today’s Truth

What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things…I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his suffering, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:8-11 NIV).

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If ever there was a group of men who knew the Scriptures, it was the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ day. And yet, time and time again Jesus called them …

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Mary Southerland

Swim Toward the Light

Today’s Truth

LORD, even when I have trouble all around me, You will keep me alive. When my enemies are angry, You will reach down and save me by Your power (Psalm 138:7, NCV).

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My father-in-law was swimming in the Atlantic Ocean when he got caught in a school of jellyfish. Dad was stung twenty-three times. In severe pain and a state of sheer panic, he began to swim furiously, trying to escape the poisonous sea creatures.

The only problem was that he was not sure which way was up.

Dad was soon running out of air. …

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Sharon Jaynes

Knowing About God is Not Enough

Today’s Truth

You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life (John 5:39-40).

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Studying God’s Word has been one of my greatest joys since the day I became a Christian as a teenager. But sometimes I can get so wrapped up in studying about God, that I forget my relationship with God.

I read the Bible, pore through commentaries, and decipher Greek and Hebrew words. However, on many occasions, I have allowed my …

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