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Enduring with the Lord’s Help

Enduring with the Lord’s Help

Hasten, O God, to save me; come quickly, Lord, to help me May those who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. — Psalm 70:1-2 Read Psalms 69-71 David’s psalms are a continual returning to urgent petitions. He asks God to hear him,

We love, but we do not know the One who is Love. We praise, but we praise what has been made and not the One who has made all things. We are so often in conflict with ourselves and with one another. We are proud when we should be humble.

Devotions to Learn the Life-Altering Love of God

  Editor’s Note: It’s a new year and it’s time to form more consistent daily rhythms. One of our newest 90-day devotionals might help do the trick. God Above All is a unique devotional that will take us through 90 days of some of Fourth-century philosopher and theologian St. Augustine’s most influential works. Here’s a

God can overcome a stubborn heart

There’s Dumb and There’s Death

“THERE WAS NO REMEDY”  The Lord sent word to [His people] through His messengers again and again, because He had pity on His people and on His dwelling place. But they mocked God’s messengers, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against His people and there

Old Testament Fulfillments

MATTHEW 26:14-35 The events that led up to the crucifixion of Jesus directly parallel what was prophesied about the Messiah as the Suffering Servant in the Old Testament. But not only did Jesus fulfill Old Testament prophecy; others around Jesus did as well. Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14) which was

Anger at others can set the whole world on fire. As we’ve seen, it can cause more damage than anyone could have imagined. As Christians, we have to put down our pride and love as we are loved. God will redeem for us what He will redeem!

Don’t Fight Fire with Fire

  Why rage against bad people? “Because they’re bad,” you say. You add yourself to their number by raging against them. Let me give you some advice: Are you being bothered by a bad person? Don’t make there be two of you. By condemning the person, you join them. You increase the number under judgment.

What must that have been like for her? She had been hiding, avoiding, hardened by her sin and circumstances but Jesus took all of that off of her and freed her completely! She walked in shame no more! And everyone around her could see the change!

The Hope of Easter: Shame Off You!

  John 4:1-26, John 4:28-30, John 4:39-42 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that He was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John — although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but His disciples. So He left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. Now He had to go through

Quit Posing: We won’t be perfect until Heaven. And, that’s a good thing! It means that Jesus shines through us. The glory is all His! In our messiness, in our mistakes, in our bumbling fumblings, Jesus wins, He is the victor. Praise Him!

Quit Posing

  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. — 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV Picking up the frame from its place on my parents’ bookshelf,

No one could ever have accomplished that except the actual Messiah sent from God Himself! Because of that we can know that He is the One and trust that because what was said about Him was true, what was said about the future is true, too! Hallelujah and amen!

Son of the Most High

  When Gabriel announced to Mary that she would have a son, the angel invoked a promise that had echoed throughout the Old Testament. Her son would be called the Son of the Most High and would reign on the throne of His father, David. Those familiar with the Law and the Prophets, including Mary

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