Posts with the category “daily-devotional”

Overcoming Shame
by Ministry Support on May 15th, 2022
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’” - Luke 15:21In Luke 15:19, the son says “I’m going to tell my father that I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” In other words, he felt that what he had done was so bad that he understood if his father disowned him. Shame, my friend, prevents a lot of people from turn...  Read More
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Overcoming Opposition
by Ministry Support on May 14th, 2022
“The older brother became angry and refused to go in…But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders… But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’” - Luke 15:28-30When it comes to turning your life around, you not only have to overcome self-doubt, but you wi...  Read More
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Overcoming Self-Doubt
by Ministry Support on May 13th, 2022
“I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants. So he got up and went to his father.” - Luke 15:17-20If you want to get your life back on track, you must start by taking responsibility. But after taking responsibility, you then must take the steps to ...  Read More
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Take Responsibility
by Ministry Support on May 12th, 2022
“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.” - Galatians 6:4-5Over the last few days, we have discussed the overwhelmingly encouraging idea that your story has not fully been written, that no matter where you are right now, it is not the end. This means your current ci...  Read More
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Not Fatal or Final
by Ministry Support on May 11th, 2022
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it out on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 1:6Did you know that you are not consigned to a life of unhappiness, frustration, or separation from God? You can experience the newness of life again. You can dream again, and you can experience love and happiness again. You can be whole again.  The Prodi...  Read More
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You Can Dream Again
by Ministry Support on May 10th, 2022
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that i...  Read More
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Get Up
by Ministry Support on May 9th, 2022
“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” - Luke 15:20Are you tired of your current circumstances? Are you frustrated by everyday life but just continue to do the “same-ole, same ole” day after day, week after week? There is a way to change, an...  Read More
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Back On The Tracks
by Ministry Support on May 8th, 2022
“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” - Luke 15:20We do not see it often, but trains do still derail from time to time. Not long ago (September 21, 2021, to be exact) near Joplin, Montana, an Amtrak train carrying 146 people between Seattle...  Read More
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Help Is On The Way
by Carson Crowe on March 27th, 2022
“In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.” - Psalm 71:1When I was a child, one of the most popular genres on television were Westerns. Shows like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Rifleman, and Cheyenne were all popular when I was coming up. And while I do not recall the names of the characters or the storylines, I do remember a common plot that frequently occurred in each of them.Whe...  Read More
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A Cry For Help
by Carson Crowe on March 26th, 2022
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” - 1 Corinthians 10:13If you have followed our devotions the last few days, you are likely very encouraged! The thing that has kept you from your dreams, your goals, and m...  Read More
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I’m Working On It
by Carson Crowe on March 25th, 2022
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” - Ephesians 4:22-24If you want to turn your weaknesses, your Achilles heel, or the thorn in your side into a strength, you must put...  Read More
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But Why?
by Carson Crowe on March 24th, 2022
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.” - Romans 7:15-17If you want to turn your weakness, your Achilles heel so to speak, into a strength, there is a journey you must go on to do so. It starts with recognizi...  Read More
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Recognizing My Weakness
by Carson Crowe on March 23rd, 2022
“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” - Matthew 7:5Over the next four days, we are going to go in greater depth on how we can eliminate a weakness, or even turn weakness into a strength. We all are going to have Achilles heels. But that does not mean we have an excuse not to work on them and learn to us...  Read More
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Strengthening Your Achilles Heel
by Ministry Support on March 22nd, 2022
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. We have spent the last several days talking about your Achilles heel. Whatever it might be, sometimes God allows it to remain to reveal His strength. And while this can certainly be true, there are also times that He wants you to turn to Him...  Read More
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When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong
by Ministry Support on March 21st, 2022
“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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 If you have been with u...  Read More
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Power Made Perfect In Weakness
by Ministry Support on March 20th, 2022
“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head…All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is...  Read More
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Removing My Thorn
by Ministry Support on March 19th, 2022
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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 12:8-9 What is the thorn in your side? 2 Corinthians reveals Paul’s vision and the thorn in his side. He begs God to remove...  Read More
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Thorn In Your Side
by Ministry Support on March 18th, 2022
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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 12:8-9Yesterday, we talked about the Achilles heel. It is a story that goes back to Greek mythology. But despite the fact t...  Read More
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Achilles Heel
by Ministry Support on March 17th, 2022
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”- 2 Corinthians 12:10The Achilles tendon is perhaps one of the strongest tendons in the entire body. It is named after one of the great heroes in Greek mythology, the warrior Achilles, who according to Greek legend was extraordinarily strong, c...  Read More
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Don’t Waste Your Meantime
by Ministry Support on March 16th, 2022
“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” - Ephesians 5:16-17We have spent the last several days talking about what to do “in the meantime.” This is the time in between where you are right now and where God is taking you. This is the place your dreams, visions, and goals lie that only God can lead you int...  Read More
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Preparing The Soil
by Ministry Support on March 15th, 2022
“He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows.” - Isaiah 30:23  There is a scene in the movie, “Facing the Giants,” where the head football coach questions his faith in God to the school’s head intercessor. The man turns to the coach and gives him the story of two ...  Read More
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Work For What You Are Waiting For
by Ministry Support on March 14th, 2022
“He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows.” - Isaiah 30:23  While you are waiting on God, there are three things you can be doing in the meantime. As we have referenced the last couple of days, we see this from a woman in 1 Samuel 1, who was childless and spend...  Read More
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Keep Worshipping
by Ministry Support on March 13th, 2022
“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” - Psalm 33:20-22  As you wait on God in the meantime, you still have responsibilities. Do not be mistaken, you are not just sitting and doing nothing, even if God is the one moving mountains for you. Yeste...  Read More
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Stop Worrying
by Ministry Support on March 12th, 2022
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27  Over the last few days, we have talked about the time in between where you are now and where you want to be. You know, on the other side of God’s promise for you. You might have a promise you have claimed from God. You know there is somethin...  Read More
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What To Do In The Meantime?
by Ministry Support on March 11th, 2022
“Be very careful, then, how you live— not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” - Ephesians 5:15-16  Do you have promises that you are waiting on God to deliver? Do you have hopes and dreams that you know God will fulfill—it is just a matter of time? This can be a very exciting feeling, being able to claim the promises of God and knowing that He w...  Read More
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Do Not Waste Your Meantime
by Ministry Support on March 10th, 2022
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Matthew 6:34  Yesterday, we talked about the time in between where you want to be and where you are right now. We will call this period, “the meantime.” It is a period in our lives that is pregnant with possibility, but we have to be patient. How we manage the meantime is key. I...  Read More
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In The Meantime
by Ministry Support on March 9th, 2022
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” - Matthew 6:34  I once read a poem by Cameron M. Scott that I found both intriguing and interesting. It reads: “There is always something to do, some place to be, something to see, someone to be. A mountain to climb, a path to take, a journey to make. The future always holds a pro...  Read More
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The Only Choice
by Ministry Support on March 8th, 2022
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” - Proverbs 3:5-7  When we face the trying times of life, when a challenge is sent our way or a storm is thrown in our direction, if we want to make the best decision and choose what will b...  Read More
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Fireproof
by Ministry Support on March 7th, 2022
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. - Philippians 4:11-12  Over the last week, we have spent a lot of time talking about the...  Read More
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Learn to Test or Test to Learn?
by Ministry Support on March 6th, 2022
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” - James 1:2-4  When life hits you with a storm, the easiest thing to do is try to get out. Face it, it is not a comfortable place to be in, and a...  Read More
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No Weapon
by Ministry Support on March 5th, 2022
“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me.” - Isaiah 54:17  Why do we run from storms? Why do we avoid what is bad? Yesterday, we talked about storm chasers. These are people who go out into the storm to better understand how people can prepare and protect th...  Read More
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Storm Chasers
by Ministry Support on March 4th, 2022
“Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” - Colossians 1:11-12  Yesterday we talked about ignoring bad advice. If you want to pursue the destiny God has designed for you, it is going to inv...  Read More
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Ignoring Bad Advice
by Ministry Support on March 3rd, 2022
“In the Lord I take refuge, how then can you say to me: ‘Flee like a bird to your mountain.’” - Psalm 11:1  In Psalm 11, David is afraid of Saul, and his friends give him some well-intended yet bad advice to flee from Saul instead of trusting in God. David had often run from the adversity of Saul and hid himself in the mountains, but David understands now that he cannot allow his present oppositio...  Read More
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Take Heart, I Have Overcome
by Ministry Support on March 2nd, 2022
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33  Psalm 37:5 tells us to commit our ways to God. Trust Him, and He will act. As important as trust is, it is made real during times of struggle and difficulty. It is easy to trust during times of comfort. It is easy to obey the voice of the L...  Read More
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The Glue of Life
by Ministry Support on March 1st, 2022
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” - Proverbs 3:5  The late Bishop Henry Potter of New York was sailing for Europe in one of the great transatlantic ships that were commonplace in the 19th century. When he got on board, he discovered that another passenger had been assigned to share the cabin with him. After meeting his new roommate, he decided to go to...  Read More
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Changing Your Course
by Ministry Support on February 28th, 2022
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” - Ezekiel 36:26    What happens when you are not headed down a life path that is pleasing to God? Maybe you are struggling with an addiction or an illness. Maybe there is something (or someone) in your past that you just cannot seem to shake, or you are running from ...  Read More
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A New Name
by Ministry Support on February 27th, 2022
“Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.’” - Genesis 32:28  Today we will wrap up the story of Jacob—a man who’s name quite literally means “trickery or deceitful.” These were labels placed on Jacob from his own family from the time he was born. And the psychological effect of these labels lasted for ...  Read More
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Unresolved Injury
by Ministry Support on February 26th, 2022
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” - Psalm 9:9-10  When you read the Story of Jacob in Genesis 25-32, you see the story of someone who had an unresolved injury. He was a victim of religious and parental abuse and suffered from the time he was born in a household th...  Read More
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Judge Not
by Ministry Support on February 25th, 2022
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” - Psalm 51:10  Yesterday, we talked about the patriarch, Jacob, whose name means “trickster, deceiver, or one who supplants.” If you look at Genesis 25:26, it says Jacob got this name because he grasped his brother’s heel after being born.   That is it! That is all he did! And just like that, his own family labeled him. An...  Read More
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Labeled At Birth
by Ministry Support on February 24th, 2022
“After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.” - Genesis 25:26  Whether we realize it or not, there are a lot of traumatized people around us. There are a lot of traumatized Bible-carrying, churchgoing, cross-wearing Christians around us. These are people who deal with pain, hurt, and emotion...  Read More
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