Daily Devotionals

Dealing With Depression

Jeremiah 15:16 reads, "Your words...were my joy and my heart's delight."   People in Bible times dealt with depression too. Elijah said, "I have had enough, Lord...Take my life" (1 Kings 19:4). Job said, "I loathe my very life" (Job 10:1). David wrote, "My soul is...

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The Importance of Self-Discipline

Philippians 1:10 reads, "Learn to sense what is vital...and of real value."   To achieve greater self-discipline, you should:   1) Start your day by doing the hard things first. And when you get sidetracked, make yourself go back and complete them. For example, make...

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What Are Your Strengths?

Romans 12:6 reads, "God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well."   Paul writes: "Just as our bodies have many parts and each...has a special function...We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other...God has given us different...

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Sound Financial Advice (Pt. III)

Proverbs 21:26 reads, "The godly love to give!"   The level of financial blessing of God will entrust to you depends on 3 questions:   1) Are you mature enough to handle it? 2) Are you hoping to reap but unwilling to sow? 3) Are you a hoarder or a giver?   God knows...

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Sound Financial Advice (Pt. II)

Genesis 41:35-36 reads, "Gather...in the good years...Otherwise this famine will destroy the land."   Joseph gave Pharaoh some sound financial advice that we would all do well to live by: "Gather into the royal storehouses all the excess crops of the next 7...

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Sound Financial Advice

Proverbs 21:20 reads, "The wise have wealth...but fools spend whatever they get."   It's foolish to buy things you don't need and can't afford, especially when your bills are overdue and you've nothing set aside for the future. Your financial security is determined by...

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Keep Pressing On

Philippians 3:13 reads, "Straining toward what is ahead, I press on."   Developing your faith is like taking swimming lessons. Observe:   1) Fear is like water; if you let it, it will take you under. 2) You can only tread water for so long before you drown. 3) When...

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God Uses Ordinary People (Pt. II)

1 Corinthians 1:26 reads, "Remember...few of you were wise in the world's eyes...when God called you."   Max Lucado writes: "Edith Hayes was a spry 80-year-old with thinning white hair, a wiry 5-foot frame, and an unquenchable compassion for South Florida's cancer...

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God Uses Ordinary People

Acts 1:8 reads, "You will be my witnesses."   A witness is someone who sees and experiences an event, then testifies to it in court in a way that convinces others. And that's what you have been called to do! You say, "But I don't feel qualified." God doesn't call the...

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Trust God and Act

1 Samuel 14:6 reads, "Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf."   During the early days of Saul's kingship, the Philistines controlled the western border of Israel, and battle lines were drawn at the pass called Michmash. Saul seemed content to sit on the sidelines,...

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A Promise to Praying Parents

Jeremiah 31:16 reads, "They shall come back from the land of the enemy."   Are you living under a cloud of guilt, feeling like a failure because your child has gone astray? Don't do it! The Bible teaches that sometimes children simply won't listen to the counsel of...

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Be “Aware” of God in Your Situation

Genesis 28:16 reads, "I was not aware of it."   One night Jacob had a dream. He saw a ladder with angels on it extending all the way up to Heaven, and God said to him, "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go" (Genesis 28:15). The next morning Jacob...

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The Marriage Covenant (Pt. IV)

Ephesians 5:33 reads, "The wife must respect her husband."   Paul writes, "The wife must respect her husband." Pay close attention to the word "must." This is a command from the Lord, not a suggestion or a topic that's open to debate. Notice, the Bible doesn't say a...

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The Marriage Covenant (Pt. III)

1 Peter 3:7 reads, "Being heirs together of the grace of life."   A good marriage is built on mutual sacrifice. Adam had to sacrifice something near and dear to him in order to get Eve - a rib. And your wife will know you love her when you're willing to give up things...

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The Marriage Covenant (Pt. II)

Ephesians 5:25 reads, "Husbands, love your wives."   We throw the word "love" around loosely, leaving it to be defined in many different ways. People say things like, "I love chocolate cake," or "I love football," or "I love that television show." What they really...

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The Marriage Covenant (Pt. I)

1 Corinthians 7:10 reads, "For those who are married, I have a command that comes...from the Lord."   Having God's blessing on your marriage is contingent upon your operating according to His rules. To enjoy His protection, peace and prosperity you must follow His...

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How Much Do You Love Jesus?

Matthew 13:46 reads, "When he had found one pearl of great price...[he] sold all that he had and bought it."   In one of the most unique corporate take-overs ever, Stanley Tam legally transferred 51% of the shares of his company to God. He started United States...

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Praise God Every Day

Revelation 4:11 reads, "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory."   A Christian farmer taught his horse to start and stop using words from the Bible. When he wanted the horse to go, he would shout, "Praise the Lord." When he wanted the horse to stop, he would shout,...

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A Small Change Can Make a Big Difference

Zechariah 4:10 reads, "Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings?"   Imagine the temple lying in ruins, and having to be rebuilt from the ground up. That's what things were like when Zechariah shared his vision with the people of Israel. Some thought it...

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Blessed in “Every” Area of Life

Ephesians 1:3 reads, "God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing."   Farmer Brown lived during the Great Depression, and he was having trouble keeping up the mortgage payments on his farm. Eventually the bank gave him 30 days to catch up on his back payments or...

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Each Child Is Unique

Jeremiah 1:5 reads, "Before you were born I set you apart."   Does a baby come into the world with a complex personality, or is that child a blank slate on which experience will write? In the past, behavioral scientists believed newborns had no temperamental or...

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The Island of Blessing

Colossians 2:9 reads, "You are complete in Him."   In his book Outlive Your Life, author Max Lucado says the Greek word for "blessed," makarios was the name of an island off Greece. It was known as the "blessed island" because it was self-contained. The residents...

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Don’t Just Read It, Do It (Pt. II)

John 14:26 reads, "The Holy Spirit...will teach you...and will remind you of everything I have said."   Jesus ended His Sermon on the Mount with a striking story that addresses the gap between knowing and doing: "Therefore anyone who hears these words of mine and puts...

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Don’t Just Read It, Do It

James 1:22 reads, "Be doers of the word...not merely hearers."   A businessman known for his ruthlessness, arrogance, and religiosity told Mark Twain that before he died he intended to visit the Holy Land, climb Mount Sinai, and read the Ten Commandments aloud. "I...

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Your New Christlike Body

Philippians 3:21 reads, "He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own."   The Bible says our heavenly bodies will be exactly like the one Jesus had following His resurrection. He resembled Himself, because the disciples could...

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The Difference Between Samson and Samuel (Pt. V)

Jeremiah 15:1 reads, "Then the Lord said to me, 'Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favorable toward this people.'"   Difference five: prayer.   The Bible records only two occasions when Samson prayed: first, when he thought he was dying of...

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The Difference Between Samson and Samuel

Hebrews 11:32 reads, "Time would fail me to tell of...Samson...and Samuel."   Samson and Samuel are mentioned in the same Scripture, but there are big differences between them. You ask, "Why should I be interested?" Because as a Christian, you are like them. Each had...

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