Daily Devotional

For All People For all Time

“Why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear?  No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved.”— Acts 15: 10-11 The concept of grace was too radical and […]

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Hearing God While Pulling Weeds

“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said…”—Acts 13:2 A group of believers in the early church at Antioch met to fast and pray. While using their respective gifts, doing what God had equipped them to do, and sincerely seeking His will, the Holy Spirit spoke to them. This is significant! […]

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We Just Need to Listen

“The men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.”—Acts 15:30-35 One of the greatest challenges believers face is how to determine the will of God. How do we know what God is saying? […]

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What Is the Simple Thing We Can Do to Know God?

“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”— Amos 3:3 To walk with God, to know Him, to be in tune to His will, we need to be in agreement with Him. And what better way to “agree” with Him than to know His will? The more I understand God’s Word, the […]

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Driven by the Need to Escape

“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 1:2 In a short story by James Joyce, a young boy embarks on a quest to the local bazaar to buy a gift for a girl he yearns to impress. When he finally arrives, the booths were closed and the hired help, in a hurry to count money […]

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We Simply Can’t Do It

“Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.”—Romans 5:20 What a great example of God’s pursuing love. God gave us the law, not merely to give us moral guidelines for living. He knew we couldn’t live up to His law. Instead, He teaches us through the law […]

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What If We Were Forced to Live by Faith?

“These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold.”—1 Peter 1:7 Oh to have more faith! If only we could give up worry, anxiety, and fear […]

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How to Teach the Truth in Love

“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. Then they all […]

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Who Is the Greatest?

Many of us have eternal life, but do we have ABUNDANT life? “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ “’I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you […]

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Not Everyone Gets Mud

“He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.”— John 9:6 What do you think would happen if a preacher did that today? If the man was healed, the peculiar method might be accepted. But there would still be skeptics who say, “That’s just plain weird.” […]

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