Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

When Coincidences are Really God-Incidences

Today’s Truth
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV).

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Have you ever had a set of circumstances in your life that were so unexpected and so convoluted that you knew there was no other way it could have happened except by divine appointment? Heather certainly did. She and her family lived in North Dakota, hundreds of miles from their hometown.  After her grandmother died and her mother-in-law hospitalized for triple by-pass surgery, she longed to move closer to her extended …

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Mary Southerland

Fogged In

Today’s Truth
II Corinthians 4:18 So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us, but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen. The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.

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In an effort to escape the brutal summer heat of South Florida, our family headed to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. We splashed in the icy mountain streams until our hands and feet were almost numb from the cold and spent as much time outside …

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Gwen Smith

Connecting The Dots

Today’s Truth
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26, NIV)

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Ever since I was young, I’ve loved connecting dots. In my childhood, it was dots with numbers on paper that I could connect and color. As I threw my attention to the page and followed the numbered steps, a picture developed. A new creation appeared. It brought joy to my little-girl heart.

My grown-up dot-connecting challenges are far from …

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Mary Southerland

Got Faith?

Today’s Truth
Matthew 21:21-22 I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 

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We all have faith. We go to a doctor we hardly know. He hands us a prescription we cannot read. We take that prescription to a pharmacist we have never met. He gives us a medication we do not recognize or understand and we take it … all in …

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Sharon Jaynes

He’s Here!

Today’s Truth
“Oh, woman, your faith is something else. What you want is what you get!’ Right then her daughter became well” (Matthew 15:28 The Message).

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I hope you read yesterday’s devotion. We left Belva crying herself to sleep and muttering the following prayer: “O God, if there is any way you could make an exception for one so lowly as me. I know I am from a cursed race, a despised people. But my daughter is being destroyed. She is only a child.I am not asking for me. I am begging for her. Please send …

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Sharon Jaynes

Who Knows… Maybe a Miracle is Coming Your Way

Today’s Truth
“Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Matthew 15:22 NIV)

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Belva held her twitching daughter in her arms. With eyes rolled back and thrashing limbs, the child convulsed on the earthen floor.

“Oh Mara,” the distraught mother cried. “When will this ever end?”

For years little Mara had violently convulsed in predictable synchronized intervals.The child often cried out in loud screeching voices, threw herself against the walls of their one room home, and cut her arms with rocks and broken pottery until blood flowed.

Belva and her daughter lived in Tyre, a Gentile Phoenician …

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Gwen Smith

Holy Adonai

Today’s Truth
“Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Isaiah 6:5 (Amplified Bible)

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Have you ever been ‘undone’ before the LORD?  Have you shaken your head in awe at the mere thought of being accepted as holy in His sight? The prophet Isaiah experienced God in His splendor, through a vision that left him flat-out speechless.

“In the year that King Uzziah …

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Sharon Jaynes

Drifting

Today’s Truth
”For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it” (Hebrews 2:1 NASB).

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It was supposed to be a sailing adventure for Loran and his youth group at Central Church.  His friend procured three sailing vessels that resembled the Niña,Pinta and the Santa Maria. I’m not sure how much they looked like the ships that came across the Atlantic with the pilgrims, but they seemed just about as old.

When they left the dock, the sky was blue, the wind was brisk, …

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Mary Southerland

The Beatitudes of Anger Management, P2

Today’s Truth
In your anger, do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26).

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A minister was making a wooden trellis to support a climbing vine. As he was pounding away, he noticed a little boy watching him. The youngster didn’t say a word so the preacher kept on working, thinking the boy would leave – but he didn’t. Pleased at the thought that his work was being admire, the pastor finally asked, “Trying to pick up some pointers on gardening?” The little boy said, “Nope. I’m just waiting to hear what a preacher says when he hits his thumb …

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Mary Southerland

The Beatitudes of Anger Management, P1

Today’s Truth
In your anger, do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26).

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Everyone has to deal with anger. The challenge is to deal with anger in the right way. Anger is powerful – an emotional warning that something is wrong. We have been hurt or rejected. Something has changed and we don’t like it!

Anger itself is not sin. We just have to learn to express anger in the right way. Mishandled anger is destructive but anger that is handled correctly can become a tool for good. God’s Word is filled with tips for learning to handle anger …

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