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Posted on Dec 28, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Fret Buster 22

How much peace does it take to balance out the anxiety in our lives?

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Posted on Dec 21, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

The Unbroken Promise

If you were to compare each of God’s prophets to a musical instrument, Isaiah had a voice like a trumpet.

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Posted on Dec 14, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

A Messy Messiah

May we always remember we are, like Adam, only dust. But also, like Christ, we are sons of God and co-heirs of a grand kingdom.

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Posted on Dec 07, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

I Am Safe in the Protection of God

Nothing frees you to walk the tightrope of life—to perform daring feats outside your comfort zone—like knowing you’re safe in your heavenly Father’s care.

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Posted on Nov 30, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Hungry World

We live in a hungry world. Thirsty too. And as people eat the dust of this world and drink its acrid waters, they become increasingly dissatisfied.

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Posted on Nov 23, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

The Snort

If we are honest, most of us have been guilty of a forceful, rude blast of pride.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Steps to Forgiveness - Day 5

In His providence, God will bring about His intended result, and He will do it at the perfect time.

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Posted on Nov 09, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

No Conflicting Reports

Some time ago, I attended the funeral of an older gentleman. As I sat with his friends, co-workers, and family members in the chapel, I listened as one by one they took turns saying a few words in tribute.

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Posted on Nov 02, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

The Works of God on Display

Tim was born with cerebral palsy. He approached me as I walked off the stage after a concert in Georgia, and we struck up a conversation.

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Posted on Nov 02, 2015   Topic : Author Spotlight

Melissa Michaels

New York Times bestselling author, Melissa Michaels, will inspire you to make your house a well-loved home. Her relatable style, unique voice, and practical decorating ideas have made her highly respected blog, The Inspired Room, a haven for fans of real-life style.

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Posted on Oct 26, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

A Grave Buster

Whatever Jesus is doing in your life, he’s doing it not primarily to satisfy you but to glorify God.

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Posted on Oct 19, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Bread for the Journey

We need not hunger, nor fear, nor feel unloved. We need only to partake of our daily Bread of life.

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Posted on Oct 12, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Worry - Day 1

Many struggles in your life can become emotional strongholds, holding you hostage and keeping you from wholeheartedly serving and trusting God and experiencing the abundant life He has promised.

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Posted on Oct 05, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Strong and Secure

The Lord is strong and secure. Satan and his demons cannot scale His fortress.

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Posted on Oct 01, 2015   Topic : Author Spotlight

Jeff Kinley

Jeff Kinley (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) empowers people with vintage truth. Jeff is the author of over 20 books, including As It Was in the Days of Noah and Wake the Bride, and he speaks all over the country.

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Posted on Oct 01, 2015   Topic : Review Spotlight

My Brother’s Crown Review

From the authors of the Christy Award–winning The Amish Midwife comes an epic story of two women, centuries apart, each discovering her own hidden bravery.

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Posted on Sep 28, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

I Am Holy Before God

Have you ever had difficulty with the Scripture passage, “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16)? Because most people think being holy is synonymous with being sinless, they think, Who could possibly be holy? It’s unattainable…unimaginable!

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Posted on Sep 22, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Loving One Another

What is God’s brand? It isn’t people carrying Bibles underneath their arms. Neither is it “Christianese”—language designed to make some people sound holier or more spiritual than others.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

I Am Created to Do Good Works for Christ

We all know what it is like to feel small. As we look around us, it is easy to see people who are performing with peak proficiency, people who are being accomplished with quickness and creativity. In comparison, we often feel small and feel that we are inadequate, incapable, even inept.

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Posted on Sep 08, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Love Forgives

True love forgives regardless of the infraction because it transcends mistreatment.

What is your standard for forgiveness?

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Posted on Sep 01, 2015   Topic : Author Spotlight

Jennifer Rothschild

Jennifer Rothschild is an author and speaker who has written 11 books, including bestsellers Lessons I Learned in the Dark and Self Talk, Soul Talk and Bible studies such as Hosea: Unfailing Love Changes Everything.

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Posted on Aug 31, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Accepting One Another

The preacher thought, “She’s so disheveled, and she smells like she’s been cleaning toilets.

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Posted on Aug 24, 2015   Topic :

Fret Buster 40

Wondering what to do? Don’t try to ...

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Posted on Aug 17, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Invite Instruction

Wise people invite instruction. They understand that correction and rebuke are necessary if they are to grow in wisdom and righteous behavior.

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Posted on Aug 11, 2015   Topic : Review Spotlight

A Quick Guided Tour Through the Bible Review

You’ll feel as if you’re on the scene as the big events from the Bible unfold in this unique visual guide.

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Posted on Aug 11, 2015   Topic : Featured Staff

Kari Duffy

Something most people don’t know about me is that...

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Posted on Aug 10, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Embracing His Fellowship

I want to be like Christ. But honestly, I want to be like the Christ who turned the water into wine, not the Christ who thirsted on a cross.

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Posted on Aug 03, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Day Two of “30 Days to Victory through Forgiveness”

The Pelicano was once the most unwelcome ship in the world. For more than two years it sailed the open seas—the Flying Dutchman of the twentieth century.

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Posted on Jul 31, 2015   Topic : Author Spotlight

Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, chaplain of the...

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Posted on Jul 27, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

I Am Given the Mind of Christ

In the midst of confusion, you need the mind of Christ. In the midst of conflict, when criticism is caustic and when advice is adversarial, you need the mind of Christ. As long as you live, there will always be those who are mentally and emotionally on the attack.

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Posted on Jul 20, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Pursue Righteousness

What does it mean to pursue righteousness? We know how to pursue happiness or financial security. We may pursue a husband or wife, but what is the pursuit of righteousness?

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Posted on Jul 13, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

I Am Being Conformed to Christ

Before a thrilled Olympic audience in 1976, Dorothy Hamill created a sensation as she skated to victory with her “Hamill camel.” Yet even more amazing was the fashion sensation she created with a haircut known as “the wedge,” later called the “Hamill haircut.”

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Posted on Jul 06, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Keep Showing Up

Do you ever struggle with stamina? Do you sometimes need extra motivation to keep showing up at work, to continue being truly present in relationships, and to maintain your commitment to serve?

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Posted on Jun 30, 2015   Topic : Author Spotlight

David Chadwick

David Chadwick has been the pastor of Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1980. He played basketball at and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, then joined a professional basketball league for three years in Europe. He has MDiv and DMin degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary.

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Posted on Jun 29, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

A Stanza of Hope

As we walk among the ruins of our lives, can we hope that they will ever be rebuilt?

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Posted on Jun 22, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Fret Buster 16

The only reason to fear or worry is if the Lord had said…

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Posted on Jun 15, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

I Am Given Complete Access to God

As you were growing up, what kind of “signs” did your father wear? Was he labeled approachableavailableaccessible?

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Posted on Jun 08, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

When I Need to Forget Some Things and Never Forget Others

Dear God, today grant me what You promised:

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Posted on Jun 01, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Never Give Up

Have you ever wrestled with a difficult relationship, trying to make things work but to no avail?

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Posted on May 26, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Sharing Christ

Why are we quick to recommend doctors who heal us physically but sometimes reluctant to recommend the One who offers spiritual healing?

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Posted on May 04, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Counting on Him

How will I ever get through this? That’s the question we often ask ourselves when faced with a trial that overwhelms us. 

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Posted on Apr 21, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Confidence Because God is Faithful

Confidence is not based on you having all the resources needed to take care of yourself. True confidence is based on the truth that God is faithful.

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Posted on Apr 13, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

A Big Eraser on Tax Day

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1

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Posted on Apr 02, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Freedom from the Law

You stand before God right now in a place of complete innocence. It may sound too good to be true, but the Bible explains why this is so.

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Posted on Mar 31, 2015   Topic : Review Spotlight

Clutter Free Review

If you’ve ever wished you could clear out your clutter and simplify your space, Kathi Lipp’s new book has just the solutions you need...

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Posted on Mar 30, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Today is a Gift

"This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it,” says Psalm 118:24 (NLT). These words resonate with us some days more than others. Do you agree?

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Posted on Mar 23, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

The Need for the Cross

The cross is the defining portrait of Christ; it is, in fact, how He defined Himself because He said that He came into the world to die. He was born to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

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Posted on Mar 16, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Transformed by Trials

The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, “Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand.” Isaiah 14:24

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Posted on Mar 09, 2015   Topic : Review Spotlight

The Last Heiress Review

When British heiress Amanda Dunn meets American patriot Nathaniel Cooper in North Carolina, her desire to quickly return home changes. But they come from different worlds. And though they both believe they are on God’s path, how will their feelings about indenture and slavery affect those around them?

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Posted on Mar 09, 2015   Topic : Author Spotlight

Melissa Michaels

Melissa Michaels is the creator of the popular blog The Inspired Room and the Better Homes and Gardens Readers’ Choice Decorating Blog winner in 2014. With creative, simple ideas and a friendly style, she inspires nearly half a million women each month to love their homes and lives.

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Posted on Mar 09, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

The Confidence of Faith

Being confident in life is fundamentally an issue of faith. Faith relates to all of life. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

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Posted on Mar 09, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

I Am Chosen by God

Have you ever longed to be chosen because you were really wanted, because you were really desired?

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Posted on Mar 02, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Transforming Our Culture

“When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:10-11

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Posted on Feb 23, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Help, Please

Lord, thank You for hearing simple prayers.

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Posted on Feb 20, 2015   Topic : Author Spotlight

Wynter Pitts

Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You, a ministry to girls that includes a print magazine, and the niece of Dr. Tony Evans. She has a drive to introduce young girls to Christian values so they can walk passionately and boldly. A native of Baltimore, Wynter resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Jonathan, and their four daughters.

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Posted on Feb 16, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

When I Need Hope

Dear God, I need hope! I long for authentic hope that is more than shallow optimism, wishful thinking, or anxious yearning.

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Posted on Feb 09, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

When I Need God’s Faithfulness

Almighty God, it’s an assurance of Your faithfulness I need in tough times. And all I need to do is turn to the Bible to hear the resounding affirmation of Your faithfulness.

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Posted on Feb 06, 2015   Topic : Author Spotlight

Kate Hurley

Kate Hurley is a worship leader, singer-songwriter, and teacher based out of Boulder, Colorado. She writes the popular blog The Sexy Celibate and has a passion to care for the poor through her art and her friendship. The mission statement for her life is "to paint an accurate picture of a passionate God."

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Posted on Feb 04, 2015   Topic : Review Spotlight

When a Mom Inspires Her Daughter Review

When a Mom Inspires Her Daughter is filled with biblical instruction and personal stories that reveal what works and doesn’t work when it comes to building the mother-daughter relationship. 

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Posted on Feb 02, 2015   Topic : Author Spotlight

Kathi Lipp

Kathi and Roger Lipp have been happily married for 10 years and are the parents of four young adults. Kathi is the author of twelve books and is a national speaker at retreats, conferences, and women’s events across the US. She is often featured on Focus on the Family, MOPS International, and Crosswalk.com.

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Posted on Feb 02, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

When I Feel Depleted

Almighty God, when I humble myself and confess my aching need for You, You lift me up and grant me opportunities beyond my imagination.

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Posted on Jan 26, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Out of a Whirlwind

Huddled in a cave and miles away from his home, Elijah tried to warm himself and remember how he got to this place. Queen Jezebel and her violent threats against him came rushing back to his mind, crowding out the memory of the miracle God had done on Mount Carmel and the spiritual victory that had been gained there. Now he hid in fear.

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Posted on Jan 21, 2015   Topic : Review Spotlight

Lifelines for Tough Times Review

Why does God allow suffering? Author Mike Fabarez—who is well acquainted with deep pain as the father of a special-needs child and as a pastor who has counseled many through life’s hurts—looks to the Bible for answers. This book will provide you with the resources to stand strong, rest in God’s care, and endure!

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Posted on Jan 19, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

The Only Worthwhile Purpose

The only purpose worth living for is God’s purpose. Living with the goal of serving Christ will change the way you live. You will stop just being alive, and you will start to really live. You will live the abundant life through God’s grace because you won’t be living for yourself anymore.

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Posted on Jan 12, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Come to Me Just as You Are

The apostle John gives us two “if’s” about prayer: If our hearts do not condemn us, and if we know that He hears us. The Lord is not outdone, even by our failures. He says, “Come to Me just as you are!” The assurance of the cross gives us boldness and confidence.

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Posted on Jan 08, 2015   Topic : Author Spotlight

James Merritt

James Merritt (PhD) is a pastor, author, and host of the Touching Lives television program, seen nationwide and in 122 countries. Previously, he served as a two-term president of America's largest Christian denomination. 

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Posted on Jan 05, 2015   Topic : Weekly Devotionals

Through the Valley of Fear

Alexander Maclaren, a great Scots preacher of another generation, tells the story of his conquest of fear. As a young boy he took a job in Glasgow, some miles away from his own village. He stayed in the city during the week and returned home on Saturday evenings.There was a ravine on the way to his home that superstition supposed was filled with evil spirits. All during the first week at work, the lad feared most that his long walk home would have to include passing through this ravine.

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