Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

Battered and Bruised

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” (2 Corinthians 4:7NIV).

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The speaker came out onto the stage.  He pulled out a one-hundred dollar bill.

“Who would like this one-hundred dollar bill?” he asked.

Hands shot up all around the room.

Then he crumpled the paper, threw it on the floor and ground the dirt into it with his foot.  Holding up the dirty, crumpled and tattered money, he then asked, “Now, who wants this one-hundred dollar bill?”

The same hands …

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Mary Southerland

Do It Now!

Today’s Truth
To one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him, it is sin (James 4:17, NASB). 

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Procrastination is one of the greatest sources of stress in life. I once heard a preacher tell the old story of three demons who were arguing over the best way to destroy the Christian movement. The first demon had it all figured out. “Let’s tell all the Christians that there is no heaven. If we take away the reward incentive, their movement will collapse.” The second demon responded with, “No, I have …

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Gwen Smith

When There is Nothing There

Today’s Truth

“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” (1 Kings 18:43-44, NIV)

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I have a Christian girlfriend who is caught between faith and a hard place. Though she is a committed Christ-follower she struggles to believe God’s promises and feels helpless to the circumstances of her trial. She prays – but wonders if God no longer …

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Sharon Jaynes

Priceless Pigs

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…” (Ephesians 1:18 NIV)

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An African tribe viewed a film about the life of Jesus, The Jesus Film, in their own heart language.  As a follow-up, another ministry, Faith Comes by Hearing, provided the tribe with a contraption called a “recorder.” Most of the world can neither read nor write, so the recorder allows the tribal people to be discipled by listening to the New Testament in their own native …

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Mary Southerland

Greed is Contagious

Today’s Truth

Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone. But their trust should be in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give generously to those in need; always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that

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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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