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ToGather: The LORD Is Close

The LORD promised to be close—especially when we are broken-hearted and crushed.

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His Peace

There have been many times in my life that I believed I would only find peace when...

Tom Norvell reminds us this Lord’s Day that Jesus came to give us peace and that peace is meant to be a blessing in the middle of the chaos and uncertainty we face in our world.

Our Chorus is the Gospel

'The verses are the blues, the chorus is the gospel.'

Patrick Odum picks up a line from a Bruce Springsteen interview and helps us understand the need for being real about our struggles but also celebrating our hope in the gospel.

In the Hands of the Potter

God is the potter. He created us, taking us from an idea to what He imagined we could be, then shaping us into something beautiful.

Tom Norvell reminds us what it means to be in the hands of the potter!

Merry Christmas

We Wish You a Very Warm and Happy Christmas!

A Christmas prayer from the teams at Heartlight.org and verseoftheday.com.

For the Unseen Heroes

How do they do it? I see them, am amazed by them, and want to be more like them.

Tom Norvel sees the folks who face uphill challenges and yet keep on keeping on and is amazed and thanks them and affirms them and wants to be more like them.

Shape Your Worries into Prayer

In those times of restlessness and anxiety, where do we turn for relief?

Tom Norvell reminds us to take our worries, our concerns, our troubles, and turn them into prayers and praises.

He Wept!

When Jesus arrived, Lazarus’s sisters were grieving and disappointed.

Tom Norvell reminds us that Jesus wept at the death of Lazarus and the grief of his two sisters.

Glow in the Dark Spiders

Inevitably, the darkness will weigh on them, exhaust them, and feel altogether overwhelming to them. Then, they can come to the light to re-charge, but they can't glow in the light!

Jordan Harrell learned from her son's fascination with glow-in-the-dark spiders that we are made to shine in darkness, not sit under a light.

Christmas Ends Where It Begins

12 days of Christmas are not about calling birds and lords a leaping, but about an extended celebration of Christmas.

Phillip Morrison reminds us that the Magi, the Wise Men, came later on after Jesus was older; but rather than this putting a damper on our Christmas, we need to use this truth to extend our Christmas past the first of the year.

Little Miracles

How a bunch of poor, but precious homeless people minister to their minister in Brazil.

Dennis Downing writes about Church on the Streets and a special morning worship service when the minister receives the ministry of the people he came to serve.

Lead with Gentleness

In a society where parents are overwhelmed, overbooked, overworked, and overstressed, I can be a voice of gentleness!

Tom Norvell reminds us that gentleness is essential in today's divided world because we know that Jesus is near.

A Time for Giving Thanks!

On this day when many pause with their families to give thanks to God, let’s remember what the LORD God has done to bless us!

Phil Ware reminds us to give thanks for all of our blessings!

Your Part Is to Trust

Don’t believe the voice in your head that says that it’s up to you to do it or to overcome it.

Max Lucado reminds us that we can believe in Jesus and that Jesus can handle whatever we bring Him.

Living Simply?

The call to live simply and with contentment is not easy. I am not there, but I’m trying.

Tom Norvell encourages us not to grow weary in our battle to live simply so we can find true contentment.

God Is Not Surprised!

No matter where I go or what happens, God is not surprised, and He will not abandon His own!

Tom Norvell reminds us of the truth of David's famous Psalm 139 about God's presence in every twist, turn, and chapter of our lives.

His Words, Your Community

It always brought tears to her eyes when she thought of the first part of Genesis.

Tom Norvel reminisces about the days our personal copy of the Bible and our visits to church were something precious and asks us to think through how important they are to us today.

God's Providence? Perhaps!

Is this any less amazing than Paul’s unlikely meeting with Onesimus?

Steve Higginbotham connects us with God's amazing work at getting people together and helping them live as brothers in Christ both in Bible times and today!

A Tabulated List of Grace

Registered forgiveness! No humiliation! No shame!

Max Lucado shares a short anecdote on forgiveness and grace.

Creation Speaks

If we are willing, and if we allow ourselves the space to listen, God’s voice surrounds us.

Jackie Halstead reminds us to listen for God's voice in creation.

I Will Cling to the Old Rugged Cross

Like him, and because of him, we live and die to live again.

Phillip Morrison reminds us where the journey of Holy Week ends and our new life in Christ begins, the cross and the empty tomb.

More Deadly than Cancer

We fool ourselves into discounting the malignant threat of sin to our souls.

Bill Sherrill has a visit with a surgeon about removing malignant tissue and this experience opens his eyes about how we must treat sin in our lives.

Breaking Through the Clouds

If you find that you are surrounded by dark clouds and wonder if you will ever break through, keep believing.

Tom Norvell reminds us that our Pilot can land us even though we are surrounded by dark and ominous clouds.

Life Happens!

No one is exempt from life’s challenges.

Brian McCutchen uses the journey of Asaph in Psalm 73 to remind us that life happens to everyone, but God is with those who love him.

Every Heart a Manger

Have you invited him in?

Max Lucado reminds us to make our heart a manger and every day Christmas.

The Story of Our Savior's Birth

Sometimes we just need to hear the familiar story told simply with fresh words.

Jesus' birth stories from Matthew and Luke are shared in straight Scripture from The Voice Bible.