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Ed Young Devotionals

    What is Love-Eros

    Posted on Feb 7, 2023
    Read: Ephesians 5:28-29 “In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no ...

    Topics: love, serve, communicates

    Go There

    Posted on Feb 6, 2023
    Read: Romans 12:15-16a, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be ...

    Topics: love, believe, perfect

    Perfect Timing

    Posted on Feb 5, 2023
    Read: Ruth 2:1, “Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.” Ruth 3:9, “’Who ...

    Topics: love, believe, perfect

    Love the Unlovable

    Posted on Feb 4, 2023
    Read: Luke 6:35, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, ...

    Topics: love, desire, treated

    Benefit of the Doubt

    Posted on Feb 3, 2023
    Read: 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NKJV), “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Think: Thomas Inman, a surgeon ...

    Topics: love, mercy, benefit

    Delight in the Truth

    Posted on Feb 2, 2023
    Read: 1 Corinthians 13:6, “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, ...

    Topics: justice, desire, saved

    Rudeness Rising

    Posted on Feb 1, 2023
    Read: 1 Corinthians 13:5, “It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

    Topics: love, potential, soul

    Love is Not

    Posted on Jan 31, 2023
    Read: 1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” Ephesians 4:2, “Be completely humble ...

    Topics: love, patience, sacrificed

    Talk To Me

    Posted on Jan 30, 2023
    Read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. ...

    Topics: love, faith, possible

    Unending Love

    Posted on Jan 29, 2023
    Read: Romans 8:39, “…neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ ...

    Topics: love, amazing, heals

    No Blank Check

    Posted on Jan 28, 2023
    Read: Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Psalm 84:11, “For the Lord God is ...

    Topics: purpose, peace, desires

    God’s Protection

    Posted on Jan 27, 2023
    Read: Psalm 91:2, “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” 2 Samuel 22:33, “It is God who arms me with ...

    Topics: protection, presence, surround

    Answer Me

    Posted on Jan 26, 2023
    Read: Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Lamentations 3:25, “The Lord ...

    Topics: grateful, prayers, excited

    Just Rest

    Posted on Jan 25, 2023
    Read: Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am ...

    Topics: love, strength, enjoy

    Perfect Companion

    Posted on Jan 24, 2023
    Read: Hebrews 13:5, "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you, ...

    Topics: faithful, promises, path

    Justice For All

    Posted on Jan 23, 2023
    Read: Ezekiel 7:2-4, “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says to the land of Israel: ‘The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the ...

    Topics: heaven, eternity, imperfection

    Justice For All

    Posted on Jan 23, 2023
    Read: Ezekiel 7:2-4, “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says to the land of Israel: ‘The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the ...

    Topics: justice

    Build Your Vulnerability

    Posted on Jan 22, 2023
    Read: Psalm 32:3-5, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my ...

    Topics: fear, emotions, shame

    Antidote to Shame

    Posted on Jan 21, 2023
    Read: I Peter 5:5, “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one ...

    Topics: heart, giving, value

    Obviously

    Posted on Jan 20, 2023
    Read: John 8:7, “When they had kept on questioning Him, He straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to ...

    Topics: leadership, religious, leaning

    Bounce Back

    Posted on Jan 19, 2023
    Read: Luke 15:20, “So he got up and went to his father. But while he was a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; ...

    Topics: power, glory, knowledge

    Forget About It

    Posted on Jan 18, 2023
    Read:   Luke 22:32-34, “’But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith would not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. ...

    Topics: remember, forgiveness, hear

    Convicted, Not Condemned

    Posted on Jan 17, 2023
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    Topics: reveal, solution, offer

    Greater Grace

    Posted on Jan 16, 2023
    Read: Ephesians 1:7-8, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He ...

    Topics: love, acceptance, direct

    No Shame

    Posted on Jan 15, 2023
    Read: Matthew 11:28-30, "'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am ...

    Topics: love, acceptance, direct

    See it First

    Posted on Jan 14, 2023
    Read: John 20:29, “Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” ...

    Topics: believing, struggle, true

    False Guilt

    Posted on Jan 13, 2023
    Read: John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension ...

    Topics: guilt, carry, difficulty

    False Guilt

    Posted on Jan 12, 2023
    Read: John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension ...

    Topics: relationship, spiritual, creates

    Toxic Thoughts

    Posted on Jan 11, 2023
    Read: Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and ...

    Topics: regret, thoughts, shame

    What Was I Thinking?

    Posted on Jan 10, 2023
    Read: 2 Samuel 12:13, “Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’ Nathan replied, ‘The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not ...

    Topics: grace, forgiveness, loves

    Past Haunts

    Posted on Jan 10, 2023
    Read: Proverbs 4:18, “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we ...

    Topics: devoted, encounter, building

    Good Shame?

    Posted on Jan 9, 2023
    Read: 1 Corinthians 6:5, “I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?” ...

    Topics: significance, value, moral

    No Regrets

    Posted on Jan 8, 2023
    2 Corinthians 7:10, “Godly sorrows bring repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” Think: Regret is ...

    Topics: change, invitation, give

    Future Plans

    Posted on Jan 7, 2023
    Read: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make ...

    Topics: redemption, forgiveness, sharing

    Take Heart

    Posted on Jan 6, 2023
    Read: Luke 21:7, “‘Teacher,’ they asked, ‘when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?’ He replied, ...

    Topics: sin, conviction, addresses

    Lean On Me

    Posted on Jan 5, 2023
    Read: 2 Corinthians 12:9, “Each time He said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my ...

    Topics: creation, grace, advances

    Counterfeit Guilt

    Posted on Jan 4, 2023
    Read: Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and ...

    Topics: power, sin, grace

    Back Again

    Posted on Jan 3, 2023
    Read: Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in ...

    Topics: service, good, perfectionism

    Trapped

    Posted on Jan 2, 2023
    Read: Psalm 103:10-11, “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the ...

    Topics: salvation, clean, accept

    New Year’s Baby Steps

    Posted on Jan 1, 2023
    Read: Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and ...

    Topics: align, minds, diligent

    Caller ID

    Posted on Dec 31, 2022
    Read: Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” 1 Samuel 3:4-7, “Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel ...

    Topics: reveal, join, speaks

    Wanting and Waiting

    Posted on Dec 30, 2022
    Read: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make ...

    Topics: searching, soul, cared

    Broken Grace

    Posted on Dec 29, 2022
    Read: 2 Peter 1:2 “Grace and peace be yours in abundance throughout he knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” Think: It is the week after Christmas ...

    Topics: peace, salvation, grace

    Winter Is Coming

    Posted on Dec 28, 2022
    Read: Psalm 74:17, “It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for ...

    Topics: burdens, allow, heal

    Hold On

    Posted on Dec 27, 2022
    Read: Luke 2:19, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Think: Are you still holding on to Christmas? Christmas ...

    Topics: seek, tell, details

    Let Down

    Posted on Dec 26, 2022
    Read: Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God ...

    Topics: opportunity, feeling, comfortable

    Swaddling Details

    Posted on Dec 25, 2022
    Read: Luke 2:4-7, 12 (NKJV), “So Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David which is called ...

    Topics: praise, paid, tell

    Memories

    Posted on Dec 24, 2022
    Read: Luke 2:19, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Think: What are some of your favorite Christmas memories? ...

    Topics: joy, peace, contentment

    Christmas Character Quiz

    Posted on Dec 23, 2022
    Read: Matthew 1:1, 3, 5, 6, 16, “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham…Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, ...

    Topics: hope, savior, give

    Scrooge

    Posted on Dec 22, 2022
    Read: Matthew 6:19-20, “Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But ...

    Topics: love, invite, grateful

    No Random Days

    Posted on Dec 21, 2022
    Read: Luke 1:8-9, “Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom ...

    Topics: peace, hope, divine

    The Gifts

    Posted on Dec 20, 2022
    Read: Matthew 2:10-11, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary, his ...

    Topics: devotion, worship, wise

    For those waiting

    Posted on Dec 19, 2022
    Read: Luke 1:11-13, “Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was ...

    Topics: grow, hears, prayers

    O Holy Night

    Posted on Dec 18, 2022
    Read: Luke 2:10-12, “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the town ...

    Topics: rejoice, hope, encourage

    O Come, O Come Emmanuel

    Posted on Dec 17, 2022
    Read: Matthew 1:23, “’The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’)”. Think: “O ...

    Topics: sin, ressurection, redeemed

    O Little Town of Bethlehem

    Posted on Dec 16, 2022
    Read: Micah 5:2, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over ...

    Topics: love, forgiveness, give

    Joy To The World

    Posted on Dec 15, 2022
    Read: Psalm 98:6 Shout for joy before the Lord, the King. Luke 1:14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth… ...

    Topics: salvation, saved, sinner

    Peace

    Posted on Dec 14, 2022
    Read: Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those whom His favor rests.” John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my ...

    Topics: presence, peace, deep

    Chaotic Christmas

    Posted on Dec 13, 2022
    Read: Psalm 39:6, “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally ...

    Topics: love, heart, seek

    A Sword

    Posted on Dec 12, 2022
    Read: Luke 2:33-35, “The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: ‘This ...

    What’s in the Way

    Posted on Dec 11, 2022
    Read: Matthew 2:11, “They saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell to the ground and worshipped him.” Philippians 2:10, “That at the name of ...

    Topics: joy, worshipping, manner

    Mary Came Around

    Posted on Dec 10, 2022
    Read: Luke 1:29,34, 38, 46-47 Luke 1:29, “Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be… ‘How will this ...

    Topics: faith, learn, genuine

    Nazareth Nobody

    Posted on Dec 9, 2022
    Read: Matthew 2:23, “…and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a ...

    Topics: savior, created, bless

    Wise Men

    Posted on Dec 8, 2022
    Read: Matthew 2:1-2, “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ...

    Topics: trust, process, pursue

    Why a Baby

    Posted on Dec 7, 2022
    Read: Matthew 13:55-56, “’Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? ...

    Topics: sacrifice, God, powerless

    Christmas Lights

    Posted on Dec 6, 2022
    Read: Isaiah 9:2, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the deep darkness a light has dawned.” John ...

    Topics: light, allow, trade

    Unhurried Holiday

    Posted on Dec 5, 2022
    Read: Luke 2:16, “So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.” Think: “Kids help me load the car, we ...

    Topics: presence, shepherds, hurriedness

    Advent: Too Busy

    Posted on Dec 4, 2022
    Read: John 1:10-11, “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his ...

    Topics: Jesus, expectantly, show

    Advent: Common Ground

    Posted on Dec 3, 2022
    Read: Luke 2:8-9, “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared ...

    Topics: shepherds, willing, staffs

    Advent: Christ in you

    Posted on Dec 2, 2022
    Read: John 14:20, “On that day you will realize that I am in my father, you are in me, and I am in you.” Colossians 1:27, “To them God has chosen to ...

    Topics: hope, actions, deliver

    Advent: Did you hear that?

    Posted on Dec 1, 2022
    Read: Luke 1:26-31, “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to ...

    Topics: favor, give, birth

    Advent: Anticipation

    Posted on Nov 30, 2022
    Read: Luke 2:25-30, “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and ...

    Topics: hope, praying, telling

    Advent: Baby names

    Posted on Nov 29, 2022
    Read: Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful ...

    Topics: Israel, gave, prophet

    Advent: Immanuel

    Posted on Nov 28, 2022
    Read: John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the ...

    Topics: Bible study, Ezra, God

    What if?

    Posted on Nov 27, 2022
    Read: Psalm 7:17 Think: What if you woke tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for yesterday? When I came across that question I literally ...

    Topics: gratitude, blessing, gives

    It’s Not About Me

    Posted on Nov 26, 2022
    Think: Duke’s basketball team is known as the “Cameron Crazies” (for their arena and their behavior). When Duke plays their arch rival North Carolina ...

    Topics: faithfulness, thank, worshipping

    Jesus Gave Thanks

    Posted on Nov 25, 2022
    Read: Luke 22:19 Think: Jesus is thanking God for what is to come. It is the beginning of His “Passion” week-the week that lead up to the cross. ...

    Topics: glory, grace, give

    Practice Gratitude

    Posted on Nov 24, 2022
    Read: Philippians 4:11, 16 Think: Have you ever planted a garden? It takes time and effort. It also takes time and effort to cultivate joy and ...

    Topics: gratitude, grateful, become

    Express Yourself

    Posted on Nov 23, 2022
    Read: James 1:17; 1 Peter 4:10 Think: My parents went on a trip to an exotic location and brought a gift home for me. I was waiting excitedly with my ...

    Topics: gratitude, give, thankful

    Pilgrims’ Perspective

    Posted on Nov 22, 2022
    Read: Psalm 118:1; 1 Chronicles 16:34 Think: In the fall of 1620 the Pilgrims set sail for Virginia with 102 passengers on board. They landed in ...

    Topics: focus, blessing, grateful

    Thanksgiving In All Seasons

    Posted on Nov 21, 2022
    Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Psalm 50:23 Think: When things aren’t going exactly as you planned, do you thank God that His plans are better than ...

    Topics: love, rejoice, care

    Sick of Manna

    Posted on Nov 20, 2022
    Read: Numbers 11:1-9 Think: The Israelites had some phenomenal blessings. We find the Israelites standing ankle deep in manna, bountifully blessed by ...

    Topics: blessing, thankful, verbalize

    Whoever

    Posted on Nov 19, 2022
    Read: John 3:16; Titus 2:11 Think: Have you ever been to an exclusive restaurant or club? Maybe you have been to an elite training facility where ...

    Topics: love, grace, friendless

    Keep Fishing, Don’t Quit

    Posted on Nov 18, 2022
    Read: Luke 5:1-11 Think: On a rickety fishing boat smelling of fish, Peter discovered what happens when you join faith and effort. The crowd on the ...

    Topics: patience, promises, requires

    Find Your Purpose

    Posted on Nov 17, 2022
    Read: Luke 19:10; John 20:21 There was a grocer in England who banned customers from his shop if they used crude language, smoked, brought in baby ...

    Topics: purpose, seek, save

    Look Who’s Talking

    Posted on Nov 16, 2022
    Read: Matthew 22:36-39; Mark 16:15 Think: Holly picks flowers from her garden and takes a sweet note to her neighbor with an invite to church. Brad ...

    Topics: love, opportunity, grow

    You Can Trust God

    Posted on Nov 15, 2022
    Read: Romans 5:8; Psalm 9:10 Think: During WWII, a father in England was holding his son’s hand and ran from a building being bombed into a hole that ...

    Topics: believe, surrender, follow

    The Ticket

    Posted on Nov 14, 2022
    Read: John 14:6; Acts 4:12 Think: Have you ever tried to get into a concert or a movie theater without a ticket? Maybe you are influential, have ...

    Topics: sin, relationship, cross

    The Rescue

    Posted on Nov 13, 2022
    Read: Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."   Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is ...

    Topics: rescue, good, sinners

    A Great Connection

    Posted on Nov 12, 2022
    Read  1 Corinthians 9:22 “…I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.”  Think  Today’s scripture gives us a very ...

    Topics: relationship, motive, valued

    Shine Your Light!

    Posted on Nov 11, 2022
    Read  Matthew 5:15, “…People do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. Then it gives light to everyone in the ...

    Topics: purpose, heart, living

    Universal Worship

    Posted on Nov 10, 2022
    Read  Matthew 2:1-2, "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ...

    Topics: worship, true, including

    Sharing with Care

    Posted on Nov 9, 2022
    Read  1 Corinthians 9:22-23, "When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find ...

    Topics: attitude, follower, effectively

    Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop.

    Posted on Nov 8, 2022
    Read  Acts 5:42, “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus ...

    Topics: life, experienced, encouraged

    His Name

    Posted on Nov 7, 2022
    Read  Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and ...

    Topics: reaction, witness, hears

    Was Not Expecting That….

    Posted on Nov 6, 2022
    Read  Acts 9:1, "Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord's followers."   Acts 9:3-6, "As he was ...

    Topics: give, Christians, chance

    The Big Question

    Posted on Nov 5, 2022
    Read  Matthew 16:15-16," 'But what about you?' he asked. 'Who do you say I am?' Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Messiah, the Son of the living ...

    Topics: believe, accept, choose

    Faith It

    Posted on Nov 4, 2022
    Read  Hebrews 11:7, “By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, ...

    Topics: faith, commitment, key

    Walking the Walk

    Posted on Nov 3, 2022
    Read  Genesis 6:9, “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.”      1 Timothy 6:11, “Pursue ...

    Topics: prayer, compassion, direction

    Run Your Race

    Posted on Nov 2, 2022
    Read  Hebrews 12:1, “...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race ...

    Topics: endurance, encourages, glorifies

    Share the Responsibility

    Posted on Nov 1, 2022
    Read    Romans 15:7, "So warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified."  Think  We ...

    Topics: believers, invite, welcoming

    Free to Obey

    Posted on Oct 31, 2022
    Read  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty ...

    Topics: joyfully, confidently, judge

    Commitment to Membership

    Posted on Oct 30, 2022
    Read    Luke 4:16, "And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he ...

    Topics: heart, powerful, present

    Open Your Heart

    Posted on Oct 29, 2022
    Read  Matthew 26:39, "My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?"  Think  Vulnerability ...

    Topics: healing, struggling, guidance

    I’ve Got the Power!

    Posted on Oct 28, 2022
    Read    Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within ...

    Topics: powerful, serve, willingness

    Serving the Ministry

    Posted on Oct 27, 2022
    Read  1 Peter 4:10, "Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you."    Matthew 20:28, "For even the Son of Man came not to ...

    Topics: serving, benefits, costs

    Tug of War

    Posted on Oct 26, 2022
    Read:  "Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance…Blessed is ...

    Topics: believers, together, glorify

    The Power of Teamwork

    Posted on Oct 25, 2022
    Read  1 Corinthians 12:7, "Each person is given something to do that shows who God is; everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits."  Think  We've all ...

    Topics: purpose, gifted, unique

    Gifts From Heaven

    Posted on Oct 24, 2022
    Read  Romans 12:6, "We all have different gifts that God has given to us by his loving-favor. We are to use them."  Think  God has given spiritual ...

    Topics: church, ability, spiritual

    Good at Looking

    Posted on Oct 23, 2022
    Read  Philippians 2:3-4, "Value others more than yourselves. None of you should look out just for your own good. Each of you should also look out for ...

    Topics: good, interested, problem

    Matter Matters

    Posted on Oct 22, 2022
    Read  2 Chronicles 24:13, “So the workmen labored, and the repair work progressed in their hands, and they restored the house of God according to its ...

    Topics: serving, commitment, restore

    Decide, Then Do

    Posted on Oct 21, 2022
    Read  2 Chronicles 24:4, “Now it came about after this that Joash decided to restore the house of the Lord.”    Think  Have you ever heard of ...

    Topics: commitment, better, avoid

    Capacity

    Posted on Oct 20, 2022
    Read  Ephesians 1:18-19, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of his calling, what are the ...

    Topics: believe, relationship, hope

    Forward Thinking

    Posted on Oct 19, 2022
    Read  Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."   Think  Baby Boomers. Gen X. ...

    Topics: relationship, learned, extinction

    Change Your Mind!

    Posted on Oct 18, 2022
    Read  Mark 6:12, “They went out and preached that people should repent.”  Think  In today’s verse, the disciples immediately obeyed Jesus’ command to ...

    Topics: sin, reject, recieve

    A Committed Crew

    Posted on Oct 17, 2022
    Read  Romans 10:14-15, "But how can people call for help if they don't know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven't heard of ...

    Topics: message, lead, follow

    Servant Leader

    Posted on Oct 16, 2022
    Read  John 13:14-15, "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example ...

    Topics: serving, helping, great

    Tough Love

    Posted on Oct 15, 2022
    Read  Psalm 23:2, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside still waters.”     Think  You’ll never see sheep, in a circus ...

    Topics: love, passage, learned

    Happy Face

    Posted on Oct 14, 2022
    Read  Philippians 4:12-13, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any ...

    Topics: comfort, hearts, seek

    What Shall We Say?

    Posted on Oct 13, 2022
    Read  Romans 8:31-32, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own ...

    Topics: truth, feelings, faithful

    Tip of the Iceberg

    Posted on Oct 12, 2022
    Read  James 1:19-20, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…”  ...

    Topics: fear, envy, emotions

    Feeling It

    Posted on Oct 11, 2022
    Read  Galatians 5:22-23, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against ...

    Topics: feelings, forgiving, replace

    The Please You Game

    Posted on Oct 10, 2022
    Read  Daniel 6:13, “Then they said to the king, ‘Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the decree you ...

    Topics: focused, desires, compromising

    A Powerful Prayer

    Posted on Oct 9, 2022
    Read  1 Samuel 1: 11, "She made a vow and said, ‘O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and ...

    Topics: purpose, serve, committing

    Priorities

    Posted on Oct 8, 2022
    Read  Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”      Think  Think about ...

    Topics: success, focus, results

    Influence of Family

    Posted on Oct 7, 2022
    Read  Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT), “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting ...

    Topics: love, faith, designed

    K.I.D.S.

    Posted on Oct 6, 2022
    Read  Psalm 127:3, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.”     Think  Children are an amazing gift from God, never to ...

    Topics: priorities, reflect, commitments

    The Letters

    Posted on Oct 5, 2022
    Read  1 Corinthians 10:11, “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages ...

    Topics: wisdom, purpose, glorifying

    Friend of Sinners

    Posted on Oct 4, 2022
    Read  Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”     Think  “We are called to be comfortably uncomfortable” Go back to a time ...

    Topics: love, relationship, share

    ID Please

    Posted on Oct 3, 2022
    Read  Genesis 32:27-28, "The man asked him, 'What is your name?' 'Jacob,' he answered. Then the man said, 'Your name will no longer be Jacob, but ...

    Topics: identity, followers, struggle

    Powerless

    Posted on Oct 2, 2022
    Read  Psalm 103:13, “He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic...”      Think  “I can’t change.” Those three words are difficult for many ...

    Topics: truth, change, significant

    False Labels

    Posted on Oct 1, 2022
    Read  Acts 9:17-18, “Placing his hands on Saul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has ...

    Topics: God, living, greater

    Completed

    Posted on Sep 30, 2022
    Read  Daniel 4:27, “Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being ...

    Topics: power, pride, help

    Does God Really Love Me?

    Posted on Sep 29, 2022
    Read  Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."     Think  Have you ever ...

    Topics: love, Gods, anything

    No Shame

    Posted on Sep 28, 2022
    Read  Acts 22:4, "I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison."      Think  ...

    Topics: love, confidence, committed

    Seasick

    Posted on Sep 27, 2022
    Read  Mark 4:39, "He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm."    ...

    Topics: faith, trust, anxiety

    Keeping the Peace

    Posted on Sep 26, 2022
    Read  Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”     Think  “Hurt people hurt people.” The Bible ...

    Topics: love, peacemaker, challenged

    A Heart at Peace

    Posted on Sep 25, 2022
    Read  Proverbs 14:30, “A heart at peace gives life to the body,”     Think  Have you ever tweaked your back, twisted an ankle, or hurt your knee, and ...

    Topics: freedom, mistakes, forgiven

    Path to Peace

    Posted on Sep 24, 2022
    Read  John 10:10b, "I have come that you might have life and have it to the full."      Philippians 4:7, "And the peace of God, which transcends all ...

    Topics: peace, control, blessings

    A Quick Word On Obedience

    Posted on Sep 23, 2022
    Read  Psalm 119:60, "I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands."     Think  Consider the things you hurry to do. Maybe you hurry home to be ...

    Topics: wisdom, importance, obedient

    Two Winning Moves

    Posted on Sep 22, 2022
    Read  James 4:7, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”     Think  Once the final buzzer sounds in ...

    Topics: power, protection, obedient

    Emotional Sickness

    Posted on Sep 21, 2022
    Read                                                       1 Samuel 13:10-12, “Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. ...

    Topics: seeking, afraid, emotions

    Stand Firm

    Posted on Sep 20, 2022
    Read  Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to ...

    Topics: faith, favor, accepted

    It's About That Walk!

    Posted on Sep 19, 2022
    Read  Psalm 25:12, "Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose."      Acts 4:13, "When they saw the courage of ...

    Topics: wisdom, power, fear

    Impersonators

    Posted on Sep 18, 2022
    Read  1 Corinthians 11:1, “And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.”     Think  Have you ever seen a son try to walk in his dad’s shoes ...

    Topics: lead, impersonate, imitate

    Terrific Twins

    Posted on Sep 17, 2022
    Read  Psalm 23:6a, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…"      Think  Sheep sometimes wander off and need rescuing. A ...

    Topics: mercy, grace, deserve

    Juicy Fruit

    Posted on Sep 16, 2022
    Read  John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can't do ...

    Topics: trust, strength, serve

    Make Your Mark

    Posted on Sep 15, 2022
    Read  2 Corinthians 9:2, "…your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action."  Think  If you attend a memorial service, you will seldom hear people ...

    Topics: energy, focus, values

    Street Smart

    Posted on Sep 14, 2022
    Read  Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show ...

    Topics: trust, seek, lean

    Choices, Choices, Choices

    Posted on Sep 13, 2022
    Read  Ephesians 6:1-3, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother'…that it may go well with you and ...

    Topics: understand, implications, mature

    Subjection to Rejection

    Posted on Sep 12, 2022
    Read  1 Samuel 8:7-8, “And the Lord told him: ‘Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have ...

    Topics: leadership, peace, lead

    The Way God Does

    Posted on Sep 11, 2022
    Read  Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment].”     Think  ...

    Topics: commitment, forgiven, commanded

    Thankful in the Present

    Posted on Sep 10, 2022
    Read  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ ...

    Topics: heart, obstacles, thankful

    Plug In

    Posted on Sep 9, 2022
    Read  Luke 18:27, "What is impossible with man is possible with God."     Think  Do you have baggage from your past that you would like to unload? We ...

    Topics: power, peace, future

    Whole Life

    Posted on Sep 8, 2022
    Read  Ecclesiastes 5:2-3, "Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are ...

    Topics: life, faithful, consistency

    R.U.L.E.S.

    Posted on Sep 7, 2022
    Read  Proverbs 16:25, "There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death."  Think  Have you ever been completely confident ...

    Topics: forgiveness, choose, follow

    Integrity Affords Opportunity

    Posted on Sep 6, 2022
    Read  Daniel 5:12-13, "Daniel… was found to have a keen mind, and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain ...

    Topics: leadership, character, godly

    The Lord’s Supper

    Posted on Sep 5, 2022
    Read:  Luke 22:19-20, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in ...

    Topics: grace, forgiveness, free

    I Don’t Know

    Posted on Sep 4, 2022
    Read  Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”  Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ...

    Topics: heart, hopeless, feeling

    I Don’t Know

    Posted on Sep 4, 2022
    Read  Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”  Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ...

    Topics: hope, lead, desires

    The Value of Vulnerability

    Posted on Sep 3, 2022
    Read  Matthew 26:39, “My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?”     Psalm 73:26, “My ...

    Topics: power, strength, vulnerable

    Eternal Winners

    Posted on Sep 2, 2022
    Read  Matthew 16:18, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”   ...

    Topics: relationship, eternal, declared

    Walk the Talk

    Posted on Sep 1, 2022
    Read  James 3:13, “Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s ...

    Topics: wisdom, hope, curiosity

    Not Consumed By Quicksand

    Posted on Aug 31, 2022
    Read  John 4:14, "But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water ...

    Topics: power, hearts, minds

    Built to Last

    Posted on Aug 30, 2022
    Read  Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the ...

    Topics: truth, culture, teaching

    Why?

    Posted on Aug 29, 2022
    Read  Isaiah 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”     ...

    Topics: help, giving, interested

    Warning Signs

    Posted on Aug 28, 2022
    Read  Isaiah 14:12-15, “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low ...

    Topics: allow, captive, chosen

    The Greatest Exchange

    Posted on Aug 27, 2022
    Read  Isaiah 53:5, “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, ...

    Topics: believe, perfection, eternal

    We’re on the Same Team!

    Posted on Aug 26, 2022
    Read  John 17:20-23, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be ...

    Topics: prayer, glory, believers

    From Misstep to Next Step

    Posted on Aug 25, 2022
    Read  Matthew 26:74-75, “Then he began to curse and swear, saying, ‘I do not know the Man!’ Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the ...

    Topics: grace, resolve, strengthen

    Famous Everywhere

    Posted on Aug 24, 2022
    Read  Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of ...

    Topics: truth, build, strengthen

    Just One Candle

    Posted on Aug 23, 2022
    Read  Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  ...

    Topics: love, encouraging, showing

    Neverland, Really?

    Posted on Aug 22, 2022
    Read  Hebrews 12:6-7, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines ...

    Topics: purpose, disciplines, amazing

    Peace of Mind

    Posted on Aug 21, 2022
    Read  Philippians 4:6-7, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to ...

    Topics: faith, grow, give

    Power Struggle

    Posted on Aug 20, 2022
    Read  1 Peter 2:13-17, "Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to ...

    Topics: honor, control, respect

    Snake in the House

    Posted on Aug 19, 2022
    Read  Colossians 2:8-10, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the ...

    Topics: Gospel, sins, engaged

    Get Smart!

    Posted on Aug 18, 2022
    Read  2 Corinthians 2:11, “…so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.”      John 10:10, “The thief comes only to ...

    Topics: protect, watch, listen

    Truth Way and Love Street

    Posted on Aug 17, 2022
    Read  Ephesians 4:15, “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ…”     Think  Do you ever avoid the ...

    Topics: love, truth, struggling

    History Lessons

    Posted on Aug 16, 2022
    Read  Daniel 5:20, “But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.”     ...

    Topics: truth, consequences, rely

    Truth Way and Love Street

    Posted on Aug 15, 2022
    Read  Ephesians 4:15, "Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ…"     Think  Do you ever avoid the ...

    Topics: truth, feelings, struggling

    Lead Me

    Posted on Aug 14, 2022
    Read  Psalm 139:24, “See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  John 10:27-28, “My sheep listen to My voice; I ...

    Topics: heart, following, lead

    Test Me

    Posted on Aug 13, 2022
    Read  Psalm 139:23b, “…test me and know my anxious thoughts.”     Think  God is for you! He loves you more than you can imagine. He has great plans ...

    Topics: life, grow, opportunities

    Search Me

    Posted on Aug 12, 2022
    Read  Psalm 139:23a, “Search me and know my heart…”  Think  In today’s verse, David asks God to search him and know his heart. God knew David’s ...

    Topics: fear, brave, selfish

    The Heart of the Issue

    Posted on Aug 11, 2022
    Read  Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me ...

    Topics: trust, seek, desire

    The Battle of the Beans

    Posted on Aug 10, 2022
    Read  Genesis 25:34, “Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank and then got up and left. So, Esau despised his ...

    Topics: purpose, serve, obeying

    True Juicy Fruit

    Posted on Aug 9, 2022
    Read  Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ...

    Topics: truth, learn, respond

    Sushi-Size

    Posted on Aug 8, 2022
    Read  Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Think  ...

    Topics: faithful, provided, cared

    Stay Off the Fence!

    Posted on Aug 7, 2022
    Read  Revelation 3:16, "But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!"  Think  Our verse for today is ...

    Topics: scripture, consistency, biblical

    First Things First!

    Posted on Aug 6, 2022
    Read  Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well.”   Think  For most of ...

    Topics: seeking, submitting, solution

    Do Not Imitate Evil, But Good

    Posted on Aug 5, 2022
    Read  3 John 1:11, "Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil ...

    Topics: imitation, good, God

    You First

    Posted on Aug 4, 2022
    Read  1 John 4:10-11, "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, ...

    Topics: love, risk, extending

    Why Doesn't God Do Something?

    Posted on Aug 3, 2022
    Read  2 Peter 3:8-9, "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a ...

    Topics: opportunity, patient, choose

    Battle Ready

    Posted on Aug 2, 2022
    Read  1 Peter 1:13, "So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control … "     Think  Can you remember the last sporting event, competition, ...

    Topics: scripture, prepared, encourages

    Not Today, Satan!

    Posted on Aug 1, 2022
    Read  James 4:7-8, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you."   1 ...

    Topics: leader, friend, vulnerable

    Stepping into the Fog

    Posted on Jul 31, 2022
    Read:     Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you ...

    Topics: promised, strong, courageous

    Pure Joy

    Posted on Jul 30, 2022
    Read  James 1:2-4, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your ...

    Topics: betrayal, perseverance, thanking

    Spotless

    Posted on Jul 29, 2022
    Read  Hebrews 7:27, "Unlike the other high priests, (Jesus) does not need to offer sacrifices day after day … he sacrificed for their sins once for ...

    Topics: sacrifice, powerful, wash

    Not Just Information, Transformation

    Posted on Jul 28, 2022
    Read  Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, ...

    Topics: deliver, transform, message

    No One Understands Like Jesus

    Posted on Jul 27, 2022
    Read  Hebrews 2:18, “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”     Think  Have you ever felt ...

    Topics: struggles, overcome, tempting

    Live Life Out Loud!

    Posted on Jul 26, 2022
    Read  Titus 2:7-8, "In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness, and soundness of speech ...

    Topics: believe, commitment, align

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