Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

Sit Down and Be Quiet!

Today’s Truth

“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted.  He did the same with the fish” (John 6:11 NIV).

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Have you ever noticed this pattern in the gospels – the disciples get in a bind and Jesus bails them out.  It reminds me of the old fifties program, Father Knows Best.  The kids got in trouble, the father solved the problem and then he taught us all an important life lesson at the end.  Come to think of it, “Father Knows Best” would be a …

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Gwen Smith

Don’t Scratch That Itch!

Today’s Truth

“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed” (James 1:13-14 NIV).

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I once woke up with a spider bite that was the size of a quarter. It may as well have been the size of North Carolina for as much as it itched! I was half-tempted to scratch off my arm. That nasty bite was just begging to be scratched. However, I have learned …

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Mary Southerland

Where is God?

Today’s Truth
The Lord is my light and the one who saves me. So why should I fear anyone? The Lord protects my life. So why should I be afraid? Evil people may try to destroy my body. My enemies and those who hate me attack me, but they are overwhelmed and defeated. If an army surrounds me, I will not be afraid. If war breaks out, I will trust the Lord (Psalm 27:1-3, NCV).

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I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the phone rang and my husband said, “Honey, you need …

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Sharon Jaynes

I’m Believing God!

Today’s Truth
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19 NIV).

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In Ephesians 1:13 we read: “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him, with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.”  We believed – past tense – and were saved, …

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Mary Southerland

I Need a Friend, Part 5

Today’s Truth
But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.’ When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her (Ruth 1:16-18, NIV).

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Friendship is the catalyst for every other …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Power of the Holy Spirit in You

Today’s Truth
Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8 NIV).

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“I’m not good enough.” Have you ever said or thought those words?

The truth is if you have made Jesus the Lord of your life, then you have the power of the Holy Spirit living in you and working through you. Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8).  You have God’s incomparably great power at your disposal. “That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in …

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Mary Southerland

I Need a Friend, Part 4

Today’s Truth
But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.’ When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her (Ruth 1:16-18, NIV).

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Friendship is the catalyst for every other …

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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.

I believe …

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Mary Southerland

I Need a Friend, Part 3

Today’s Truth
But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.’ When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her (Ruth 1:16-18, NIV).

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Friendship is the catalyst for every other …

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Sharon Jaynes

Silent Longings

Today’s Truth
She (Hagar) gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me’ (Genesis 16:13, NIV).

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Everyone wants to be noticed, to be cared for, to be loved.  How my heart breaks with David’s words, “No one cares for my soul” (Psalm 142:4).  He is crying out during one of the darkest times in his life and felt all alone in his struggle to survive.  We might expect to hear those words from the crowded city streets …

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