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Gwen Smith

The Wrestling Match

Today’s Truth

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:10-12, NIV).

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It was the end of the school year.  The sun was blazing in the sweltering high 80s with not a hint of shade to be found on the treeless …

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Mary Southerland

Standing Firm in the Storms, Part 2

Today’s Truth

We have proved ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, our sincere love, and the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 6:6, NLT).

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It would be just fine with me if I never had to go through another storm. However, God is more committed to my character than He is to my comfort. Every storm is an opportunity to grow in Christ and trust Him more.

The Apostle Paul was well acquainted with vicious storms and harsh realities. In his writings to the church at Corinth Paul offers five truths that …

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Sharon Jaynes

No Battle Too Hard for God

Today’s Truth
 Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner [Yahweh Nissi] (Exodus 17:15, NIV).

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I’m going to be honest with you. If there was an Olympic event for feelings of insecurity, inferiority, and inadequacy, at some point my picture would have been on the Corn Flakes cereal box…the gold medal winner.

Now, you probably think I’m going to tell you, “But then I became a Christian and all that insecurity just went away!” But it didn’t. I did become a Christian when I was fourteen. That part …

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Mary Southerland

Standing Firm in the Storms of Life, Part 1

Today’s Truth

We have proved ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, our sincere love, and the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 6:6, NLT).

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Just as storms in life are certain, so is the provision of God. Life can be messy, and bad things will happen.  But every crisis and every storm is also an opportunity to trust God. He calls us to a heavenly perspective when facing challenging times. He calls us to see the storms of life as He sees them – opportunities for His power to be illustrated in …

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Sharon Jaynes

What Has God Deposited in Your Account?

Today’s Truth

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness (2 Peter 1:3, NIV).

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Unless you are a baseball fan, married to one, or mom to one, you probably haven’t heard of Matthew Joseph White. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1998, by the Boston Red Sox in 2002, and the Colorado Rockies in 2003. But it is not his baseball career that captured my attention.

In 2003, Matt had an aunt who needed to go …

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Gwen Smith

Springs of Living Water

Today’s Truth
‘Even now,’ declares the LORD, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love…’ (Joel 2:12-13)

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Jeremiah was just a youngster when he came to know God and began to work for Him as a prophet. He endured year after year of hard times, frustrating people and complicated disappointments. His message was one that called the people of Jerusalem – God’s chosen people – to turn …

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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. The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. Wow!

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 …

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Sharon Jaynes

Do You Have Any Idols in Your Life?

Today’s Truth

For he is the living God and he endures forever, (Daniel 6:26, NIV). 

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In our new book, Knowing God by Name, I loved learning about the various names of God. One that tugged at my heart was the name El Chay. Let’s delve into God’s word and learn about this name today.

King Hezekiah introduces us to the name, El Chay in 2 Kings 19. One day he received a bad piece of mail. You know the kind. The biopsy is positive. The power bill is past due. The application is denied. The …

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Mary Southerland

When You Praise Him

Today’s Truth

Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Cast up a highway for Him who rides through the deserts; whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him (Psalm 68:4).

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I love the story of the woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today. She did and she had a wonderful day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. …

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Sharon Jaynes

How Much Is Enough?

Today’s Truth

And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.” (2 Kings 19:15-16, NIV)

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Howard was rich…very rich. His father made a fortune by designing a drill bit that could drill through hard rock, allowing oil drillers to reach large …

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