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How to Pray for Friends and Family in the New Year

How to Pray for Friends and Family in the New Year

A major motion picture about prayer. Your sister starring in that movie. Neither of these things is what I would call normal. Seeing my sister, Priscilla, in War Room left me speechless, and you better believe I was praying for her and for the people watching her. But this got me thinking. Do I pray

Max Lucado invites us to go deeper into the love of God.

Begin Again: Settle Down Deep in His Love

  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. — Ephesians 3:19 NLT Pipín Ferreras wants to go deep, deeper than any person has ever gone. You and I are content with 10 or 20 feet of water. Certain risktakers descend 40, maybe 50. Not Pipín. This legendary

Praise Jesus for grace! Many of us aren’t Jewish by birth and have been “graced” into the family of God! Romans is the book for us. We’re not bound by the old covenant! Come share your thoughts on Paul’s teachings in Romans.

Journal Through the Bible: Romans

  I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:38-39 READING PLAN 5

What are you grieving today, or what have you grieved most recently? What has your grieving process looked like? How does it feel to know Jesus also experienced grief? Come share your thoughts with us.

God Will Help You Get Through Grief

  We don’t discuss graveyards to brighten our day. Cemeteries aren’t typically known for their inspiration. But an exception was found in a graveyard near Bethany. And that one exception is exceptional. A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. This is the Mary who later poured

Zim asks, “What are areas of your life that need to be surrendered back to God What are you afraid will happen if you completely surrender this area to God? In what ways has God brought beauty and growth out of a painful time in your life?”

We Don’t Need Rain

  Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you. — Hosea 10:12 We had spent a sunny few days in Tel Aviv, a city on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. “You all brought amazing weather.

Part of why so many of us love Peter is because he is so like us: fallible. He loved Jesus with all of his heart. He was brave. He stepped out on the water. And, he failed. He chickened out when it mattered. He was… human like us. And, Jesus chose him. Like He chooses us. As Jesus continued to perfect Peter, He continues to perfect us.

Simon Peter

  The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. — Psalm 138:8 NKJV You will easily recognize Peter when you get to Heaven,” the speaker said with a smile. “He’s the man with the foot-shaped mouth.” As the audience laughed, I groaned within. I didn’t think the speaker was worthy to carry Simon Peter’s sandals

It’s Christmas Eve… O Holy Night! No matter what is going on in your lives our homes tonight, we pray that all of our hearts are expectant for the Lamb of God. May He fill us to overflowing and may we be completely at peace, so much so that the world can see Him shining through us today and every day of the year.

Expectant

  For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 NKJV Experts say that babies in utero are impacted by the atmosphere of their parents’

Let’s focus on eternity together and keep our eyes there. This world is only temporary; it’s not our home. We join together with our brothers and sisters who are mourning in this season of also rejoicing.

If You Could See Me Now!

  “I love it,” Casey said as he brushed away the tears spilling out of his eyes. That was exactly the reaction I was hoping for when he opened the Christmas gift I had bought him. We were only two months removed from Haven’s death, and this would be our first Christmas without her. Grief

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