Devotion

18
Jul

The Power of a Word

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21a Do you ever stop and think about the words you say in response to being offended, caught off guard, or when you’re in the midst of a conflict? Are you aware of any negative messages you’ve adopted because of words said to you by a parent, friend, or adversary?

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14
Jul

Looking Through the Lens of Cynicism

Each of us has a lens we see life and people through. The filter on the lens shapes our perspectives. Often, our perspectives are skewed making our judgments inaccurate and unaligned with God’s perspective. How does this happen? Our human filter (heart) has been corrupted by life’s negative experiences through heart wounds that manifest into a cynical attitude. Cynicism is

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11
Jul

Are We Entitled?

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 I can’t tell you how many times growing up I heard, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” More than I can count. Around our house, this was considered one of

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8
Jul

A Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 My friend and I were walking on a warm summer evening, catching up on our lives. She asked me if I have a “living hope” in

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4
Jul

Learning to Unlearn

Over the past five years, I’ve spent a good bit of time revisiting the twists and turns of my last fifty years. Much of that time was spent sorting through childhood memories in order to unearth the origin of my internal struggles. “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing

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30
Jun

God- Protect Me From Myself

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 In a recent jail ministry class, one woman shared that she believes she was “rescued not arrested”. The other inmates looked puzzled by her statement. Then she began to explain, “because of my bad

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27
Jun

Are You in a Whirlwind?

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 We all desire to show our “best selves” to others. But God knows what’s really going on inside and He wants to free us from the emotional whirlwinds we experience from time to time. When we’re struggling with intense emotions, it’s sometimes difficult, if not impossible, for

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20
Jun

Are You a SAGE Con?

Ok –– I’m sure I’m not the only one who had no clue “what” or “who” a SAGE Con is –– right? When I ran across the reference to this title in a recent article, I had to stop, pull out my handy-dandy dictionary –– Google ––, and look it up. According to the Barna Group, a SAGE Con is

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16
Jun

Jesus Knows Me

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.” Jeremiah 1:5 We’re all familiar with the children’s song “Jesus loves me, this I know”. It was sung to me as a child and I sang it to my two boys. We so often hear about Jesus’ love, I think sometimes, we take His love for granted. The proof

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13
Jun

Who’s Changing Who?

“In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” Ephesians 4:22-24

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