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Mary Southerland

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Today’s Truth
Luke 2:8-12 “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign

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Sharon Jaynes

The Fiery Furnace

Today’s Truth
 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2 NIV).

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One of the most beautiful pictures of trusting in the sovereignty of God is in the story of three young Jewish men: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  These three lads refused to bow to King Nebuchadnezzar’s idol. The punishment for such rebellion against the king was death in a fiery furnace. …

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Gwen Smith

Best! Story! Ever!

Today’s Truth

“…a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11b, NIV1984)

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A few years ago my family and I went to the movie theatre to see a cute children’s movie called Tangled. The film is a modern take on the classic story of Rapunzel. One of my favorite scenes of the movie was when young Rapunzel had just escaped from the dreadful tower that she had been locked in her whole life. For the first time she tasted freedom… and it tasted really good! At one point, unable to contain …

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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

Rest in God

Today’s Truth

Psalm 23:1-3 (NLT) “The LORD is my shepherd. I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He refreshes my soul.”

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Life is so daily and often filled with uncertainty, a reality that can make me very nervous. I want to know what the plan is and how that plan is going to be implemented. Details! I need details! Instead, God calls me to rest. I don’t want to rest. When I rest, I feel guilty. I have places to go, people to see and important things …

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Sharon Jaynes

Remembering to Forget

Today’s Truth
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13, 14 NIV).

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As humans, we tend to remember what we need to forget and forget what we need to remember. God, on the other hand, forgets what He promises to forget and remembers what He promises to remember. God said, “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17).

Paul tells us one of the secrets to his success as …

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Mary Southerland

Making a List… Checking it Twice!

Today’s Truth
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope – (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT).

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Every year, I make a Christmas list comprised of every person for whom I am buying a gift.  Beside each name, I put a dollar amount, a limit of how much money I will spend for that gift, vowing not to spend one penny more than the set limit. (Somehow, the amount I actually spend rarely coincides with the amount I intended …

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Gwen Smith

Holding Fast to the Faithful One

Today’s Truth

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9

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My husband and I were in a waiting period. His company had gone through a merger and was collapsing positions and territories, which left his employment in jeopardy. For months we didn’t know if Brad would keep his job or if he would need to look …

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Sharon Jaynes

God Confidence

Today’s Truth
Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NIV).

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Paul said that he “put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).  In other words, he didn’t think that he was good enough because of any particular talent or ability that he had on his own.  But his confidence came from his understanding of who he was as a child of God.  Someone once said, “A man wrapped up in himself makes a pretty small package.” But a man, or woman, wrapped up in God is an amazing sight to behold.

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Mary Southerland

Don’t Miss Christmas

Today’s Truth

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16, NIV).

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The Christmas rush is on! I know many of you are still looking for the perfect gift, wrapping presents, baking your famous sugar cookies, packing the car for a long trip and wrestling with overly excited children. Ho! Ho!  Ho!

Stop right where you are! Take a deep breath and travel back with me to a time when there was no hope and no celebration. I can’t imagine a world without Jesus and yet, many times I live …

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