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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Price and Pain of Betrayal

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver. From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus. — Matthew 26:14-16 (NLT) I suppose there is no […]

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Blessing of Friends

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it […]

Friday, March 24, 2017

Growing Grit

There are many hard experiences in life. They test us. Tough times reveal our commitments, our faith, and our true grit. Grit is an interesting word. It speaks of firmness, fortitude; an indomitable spirit. Grit is one of the most important qualities we can develop. It’s the difference between giving up and growing up. When […]

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Almost everyone knows the story of David and Goliath. It’s an amazing, inspirational record revealing how God’s power at work in a person’s heart can overcome anything. It’s a reminder of what can happen; what victories can be won, what problems can be solved, and what giants can be defeated when people partner with God. […]

Monday, March 6, 2017

There’s Hope For You

I suppose there is no worse thing than hopelessness. When it settles in your soul it clouds your thinking, obscures your vision for the future, and hijacks your emotions. Hopelessness is about feeling trapped, doomed to some form of failure, stuck in something you’ll never get out of, dominated by situations you have no control […]

Monday, January 23, 2017

Passing Your Tests

One decision can set the course of your future, positively or negatively. Never underestimate the power of your choices! Take a look at the following story and the lessons it teaches us about our decisions: Ruth 1:15-17 (NIV) “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” […]

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What God Wants

What does God want for your life? What’s really important to Him? A great place to find some answers to these questions is in one of the most familiar chapters in the Bible. Take a look: 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NLT) If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love […]

Sunday, December 25, 2016

December 25 | Savior

Matthew 1:21 And she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. What’s in a name? Most couples preparing for a birth spend a lot of time reviewing and deciding on a name. Naming a child is a special privilege and responsibility. When […]

Saturday, December 24, 2016

December 24 | Candles

Luke 1:78, 79 Because of God’s tender mercy, the light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. John 8:12 Jesus said to the people, “I am the light of the […]

Friday, December 23, 2016

December 23 | Wise Men

Matthew 2:10, 11 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house where the child and His mother, Mary, were, and they fell down before Him and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The story of the wise men has […]

Thursday, December 22, 2016

December 22 | Faith

Luke 1:45  You are blessed, because you believed that the Lord would do what He said. After Mary received the angel’s message that she would carry the Christ-child, she soon shared the story with her relative, Elizabeth. Luke 1:45 records a portion of Elizabeth’s response to Mary’s news. Elizabeth was most impressed with Mary’s faith. […]

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 21 | Angels

Luke 2:10 But the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!” Luke 2:13, 14 • Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God: 14“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom […]

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December 20 | Worship

Matthew 2:2 Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen His star as it arose, and we have come to worship Him. Worship is a word we spend little time contemplating. We usually connect it with certain common spiritual activities. For many, worship is attendance at a particular religious event. For others, […]

Monday, December 19, 2016

December 19 | Manger

Luke 2:7  She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped Him snugly in strips of cloth and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn. The travel had been tiring. It was time for rest, especially for an expectant mother. Surely they could nd […]

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 18 | Peace

Isaiah 9:6, 7 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on His shoulders. These will be His royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice […]

Saturday, December 17, 2016

December 17 | Giving

John 3:16 • For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. Christmas is the season of giving. Annually, for several weeks in December, society adopts a spirit of generosity. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always last. Giving runs counter […]