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Don’t Waste Your Pain

Don’t Waste Your Pain

Don’t Waste Your Pain

SILVER LININGS IN DARK PLACES Surveying the various good outcomes God frequently produces from our agonies requires a careful word of caution. Because knowing the mind of God is impossible (Romans 11:33-34), discerning His intentions demands humility. Though it is true that God may have a singular goal for our afflictions, His desired end is

Hats, Gloves, and Scarves — Oh My!

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. — Philippians 4:7 We are quick to take precautions against the cold weather as the summer months end and the fall season begins. As temperatures plummet and breezes begin to blow, we pull out the accessories necessary to

Blessed are the Peacemakers

  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” —Matthew 5:9 White attending Sunday School as a child, my classmates and I were asked to memorize Bible verses. We began with single verses, and over time worked up to memorizing several verses and entire passages. Among them were Psalm 23, Psalm

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The Apostles’ Code: Countenance

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace. — Galatians 5:22 The evidence of Spirit-filled living will not be in what we say or even in what we do. It will be written on our faces in our countenance of love, joy, and peace. The first proof is found in love. The Greeks had

Anxious for Nothing Bible Study: Session One, Rejoice in the Lord Always

Editor’s note: There’s a good reason that Max Lucado is called “America’s Pastor.” He has his finger on the pulse of the nation and words of healing and hope to share. Anxious thoughts can take over our minds if we don’t heed the Word of God and stay in command of our own thinking. If

Peace: God’s Ultimate Goal

God’s ultimate goal for humanity is for peace to blanket the earth. His Son, Jesus Christ, was called the “Prince of Peace” by Isaiah the prophet (Isaiah 9:6). That’s because Isaiah saw another day on the prophetic horizon. He described that day as a time when nations would beat their swords into plowshares, and their

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

Overcoming Anxiety and Conflict   Moving from volcano and earthquake country to tornado country required my (Wayde) family to adjust our thinking. In Seattle we frequently heard predictions of what would happen if Mount Rainier erupted, and the frightening memory of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens is very much alive throughout the Pacific Northwest. We

Debt Up to Our Ears and How to Pray About it

3 Devotions and Prayers to Fight Off Financial Anxiety What the Word Says: Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks.  — Philippians 4:6 NCV According to a recent poll, money is the number one stressor among Americans. Among those surveyed, more than 40 percent reported feeling

The Joy Model: Radically Trusting God

Buzz. Buzz. Michelle’s cell phone vibrated twice on her night stand. It was a text coming in at 12:40 a.m. I was zonked out and the sound barely registered with me. “Jeff, Jeff, wake up. Look.” It was a text from my seventeen-year-old son’s ex-girlfriend: “Please check on Neal. He sent me this photo.” It

Anxious for Nothing: Cling to Christ

The phrase “fruitless and fret filled” describes too many of us. We don’t want it to. We long to follow Paul’s admonition: Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. — Philipians 4:8 NLT With a

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