Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

Ashes to Beauty

Today’s Truth
For I know that my Redeemer lives. (Job 19:25)

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God’s redemptive grace can restore any life.

In the beginning, at the very moment that rebellion collided with perfection and invaded the hearts of humanity, God set in motion a plan of redemption. His plan was Jesus – His only Son – who came to redeem us… to save us… to wash us clean from sin. He is an awesome Redeemer… One who gives beauty for ashes, comfort for mourning, and freedom to the shackled. A Savior who imputes His righteousness on the wretched, shines light …

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Mary Southerland

Mistakes or Opportunities?

Today’s Truth
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose – (Romans 8:28, HCSB).

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I am sure you have heard the story of Ivory soap, the “soap that floats.” However, it was not always that way. Years ago, this soap was just another brand among many until a factory foreman made a mistake. He left a fresh batch of soap in the cooking vat and went to lunch. When he was late getting back and the soap had overcooked, the foreman frantically …

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Sharon Jaynes

Reading Scripture With Fresh Eyes

Today’s Truth

For the word of God is living and active… (Hebrews 4:12 NASB).

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Several years ago I went on a mission trip to the West Indies. Part of our mission included distributing reading glasses to the islanders. I’ll never forget handing a Bible to a leathery-faced, elderly man.

“Can you read this?” I asked.

In polished Old-English, he began, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…” I listened as he delivered a well-rehearsed Psalm 23 in perfect King James. Interestingly, this was not a King James Version of the Bible; it was The Living …

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Mary Southerland

Treasures of Darkness

Today’s Truth
Isaiah 45:3 I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

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I love a great movie. To me, a movie is only great — no matter what any movie critic says or how many stars the film is granted — when good wins over evil, the right guy gets the right girl, nobody gets hurt and everyone lives happily ever after. A bit naive, I know, but I have decided that there …

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Sharon Jaynes

Taking A Leap of Faith

Today’s Truth
“I can do everything through him (Jesus) who gives me strength,” (Philippians 4:13 NIV).

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Several years ago, on a trip to Kauai, my husband and our friends, Larry and Cynthia Price, decided to go on a zip line through the jungle. After being jostled and tossed like ragdolls in the back of a retired army jeep, we finally made it to the top of the mountain from which we were going to zip down—risking life and limb I might add.

I hopped out of the jeep and eyed the cable suspended high above the valley …

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Mary Southerland

It’s Time to Do Something!

Today’s Truth
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another – (1 John 4:11, NIV).

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I could not tear my eyes away from the television screen as the 33 miners began to emerge from the depths of what could have been their mass grave. The men had been trapped for more than two months in the collapsed Chilean copper mines nearly half a mile underground. Everything I have read or heard about the tragedy is extraordinary.

The miners survived the early days by rationing food and working together as a …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Day God Showed Up

Today’s Truth
[Jesus said] “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working”
(John 5:17 NIV).

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Bob told me about a visit to Vietnam where he met with a leader of an underground Christian church. This leader, who had spent a large part of his life in prison for his faith, told Bob many stories of the growth of Christians as approximately one-million believers met in hidden huddles all around the country. “What everybody wants is to see God move,” the pastor explained.

And isn’t that the desire of …

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Mary Southerland

He Took My Place

Today’s Truth
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever – (Psalm 106:1, NIV).

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In a few short weeks, friends and family across America will gather around beautifully decorated tables filled with warm, scrumptious food to give thanks on Thanksgiving Day. However, this day will be nothing like holidays of the past for many people.

Lonely but committed soldiers covered in the dust of battle will patrol foreign borders, fighting for our freedom while their families back home long for word of their safety. The homeless will make their way to …

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Sharon Jaynes

Are We Having Fun Yet?

Are We Having Fun Yet?
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth
I [Jesus] came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows),” (John 10:10 Amplified Bible).

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C.S. Lewis says that most Christians lack “merriment.”  I like that word. “Merriment.” Just moving the words across my lips is fun. And I think Lewis is right. We lack merriment and we don’t expect it. Many Christians look like they’ve been weaned on a dill pickle. My goodness, if there is anyone who should exude merriment, it is a person who knows Jesus as …

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Gwen Smith

Be My Portion, Part 2

Today’s Truth
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him” – (Lamentations 3:24, ESV).

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I sometimes run to God as if He’s a celestial Wal-Mart purposed to satisfy my every want. Change my family. Fix my job problem, God. Do it my way! Instead of leaning in to hear the whispered will of the Lord, I selfishly shout my will, my desires and my demands. Lord, give me relief from life-pressures instead of giving me strength to endure them. When I’m desperate to fill my mega-sized heart-cart with things that …

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