7 Signs of a Grateful Heart

7 Signs of a Grateful Heart

It’s something the Bible instructs us on: ‘to give thanks in all things’. There are many benefits of a thankful heart, but how do you know if you really have one? I came up with seven signs I’ve seen in the lives of those who are truly thankful… If you live with...

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Distractions & Moments of Peace

Distractions & Moments of Peace

Distractions!“I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best,with as few distractions as possible.”  1 Corinthians 7:35MANY YEARS AGO, Leadership Journal ran a cartoon of Martin Luther...

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“You are the light of the world.”

“You are the light of the world.”

Matthew 5:14The apostle John tells us that Jesus was the true light coming into the world (John 1:9). He shone into our darkness, but the darkness did not understand Him. Jesus takes His identity a step further. He tells His disciples—He tells us—that we are also...

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The Prophetic Enigma:

The Prophetic Enigma:

THE FULFILLMENT OF THE AGESThe Messiah had been prophesied for centuries. But on the surface, the prophecies were patchwork, a confusing array of diverse predictions. Prophetic “calculators”—the Scripture experts— couldn’t quite add them up. The best they could do was...

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A Discipline of Thanks

A Discipline of Thanks

Enter his gates with thanksgiving. (Psalm 100:4)The distance of God is an all-too-common malady among believers. It isn’t that God is really distant, but we go through waves of feeling that He is. Sometimes the waves are prolonged—circumstances batter us,...

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5 Tips for Reading the Psalms

5 Tips for Reading the Psalms

“The Psalms are inexhaustible, and deserve to be read, said, sung, chanted, whispered, learned by heart, and even shouted from the rooftops. They express all the emotions we are ever likely to feel (including some we hope we may not), and they lay them raw and open,...

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Lavish Love

Lavish Love

God loves us. We know that, don’t we? We sing about it, tell each other about it, and even quote well-known verses about how He is love and how He so loved the world that He gave His only Son. The love of God is foundational to our faith because it explains why Jesus...

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Provider

Provider

We worry about our lives. But God promises that if we trust in Him, He will take care of us. God is Jehovah Jireh—The God who provides.READ God had given Abraham an odd request—to sacrifice the promised son he had waited years to have. Abraham obeyed and prepared an...

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Come Back

Come Back

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 3:2“Come back! Come inside! Enjoy the wonders of My realm.”“Repent” has been thrown around a lot, and usually in a way that feels more condemning than hopeful. If, upon hearing the call to repent, we were to...

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Names of God

Names of God

Names of God - a Devotional StudyWhat if Jesus had never told us anything about Himself?We’d be left to guess who He is and what He is like. The possibilities would be endless. And no matter what theories we came up with about Him, we’d have no guarantee that we were...

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God of the Angel Armies

God of the Angel Armies

Our God is not only a warrior, but he commands an army—of angels. He is the God of the Angel Armies.READ God is Jehovah Sabaoth—the Lord of Hosts or the God of the Angel Armies. In the Bible, God’s title as commander of the armies of angels appears as Lord Almighty or...

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God Unveiled

God Unveiled

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT GOD IS LIKE, LOOK AT JESUS.It had been a long, long time to be misunderstood. God yearned for His people to know Him, but early on they had chosen to walk away. They broke their connection with Him which left them fatally sick and spiritually...

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Where is your heart?

Where is your heart?

GOD WANTS A LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.Here is one of the most mind-boggling truths of the universe: God—the God of everything—wants a relationship with you. That’s an amazing truth—and a hard one to wrap our minds around. We know what relationships are like. A...

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Irreplaceable You: Designed with a Purpose

Irreplaceable You: Designed with a Purpose

Irreplaceable You GOD HAS DESIGNED YOU WITH A SPECIFIC PURPOSE. When God designed irreplaceable you, He picked everything about you. Every single thing. God actually knit you together. (See Psalm 139:13). Knit as in hand-on-hand, stitch-by-stitch, every piece...

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Finding Time to Read the Bible

Finding Time to Read the Bible

Turning the calendar into a new year often sparks a desire to step into new adventures, start healthy habits like exercising and eating well, read more books, get our finances in order, and more, with a renewed resolve for improving our lives.Yet, it’s no secret that...

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Set Your Heart

Set Your Heart

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Colossians 3:1IN WORDPerspective is a funny thing. Everyone has one, but few of us are conscious of the...

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Stick with the Main Thing

Stick with the Main Thing

SOLOMON'S HALF HEART (1 Kings 1 to 11)There’s only one thing worse than never starting a project, and that is when we start well and then fade away as time goes on. Solomon was a great starter and a great finisher, at least to begin with. He started and completed two...

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