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The Promise in the Crown of Thorns

The Promise in the Crown of Thorns

There is more to the crown of thorns Jesus carried than meets the eye at first glance.

Max Lucado reminds us of the grace and love shown to us in the crown of thorns Jesus wore to the cross.

Forever Friends!

Forever Friends!

As followers of Jesus, we are blessed to have forever friends from all over the world!

Phil Ware reminds us that in Jesus, we are friends, and our friendships reach around the world, across cultures, and unite us in one family.

Let the Show... End!

Let the Show... End!

Why is it so hard to do things quietly and without drawing attention to ourselves

Tom Norvell reminds us that true piety is about quiet, anonymous, kind acts of service and generosity for others done to honor God and not ourselves.

On the Other Side

On the Other Side

Like the disciples, we often look directly at Jesus yet fail to recognize him.

He moved about the room like a tornado comprised of stickers, kittens, lollipops and pure joy.

Faith, Hope, Love & Deployment

Faith, Hope, Love & Deployment

For those on the front lines and face loss daily.

Heather Gray shares a devotional on death and love and the power of God through it all for families who are deployed in harms way and she speaks with the authenticity of someone who knows because her husband David Gray was killed in Afghanistan.

Discovering the Character of your Church: 'Are' Values or 'Should' Values?

Discovering the Character of your Church: 'Are' Values or 'Should' Values?

How do we get down to our true values?

Tim Woodroof talks about the values of churches and distinguishes between the values that are and the values that churches feel like they should have.

Check Your Assumptions

Check Your Assumptions

Why trust in a God we cannot see and seems to never do us any miracles?

Ron Rose deals with a person who has had very difficult times and feels that prayer is not acted upon by God even if he hears them and that miracles are for times gone by.

Solid Ground or Sinking Sand?

Solid Ground or Sinking Sand?

What are you building your life upon?

Phil Ware continues his series on The Story by looking at Peter's confession of Jesus and how Jesus takes flawed, broken, messed-up people and builds his church that is unstoppable.

The Ring of Authenticity

The Ring of Authenticity

Can you tell if the imperfections have been cleansed?

Rubel Shelly visits a kiln that fires ceramics and helps us think through the importance of purifying our imperfections.

The Father's Love

The Father's Love

How deep is His love for us?

Tom Norvell reminds us of the overwhelming deep love the Father has for us and reminds us that he gives us glimpses of this in a good father's relationship and love for his children.

A Walk with Our Shepherd

A Walk with Our Shepherd

What does it really mean for us?

This is a simple meditation on the meaning of the Shepherd Psalm, Psalm 23.

Get Our Hopes Up

Get Our Hopes Up

How do we find the bright lining in the dark clouds?

Tom Norvel talks about being disappointed in a predicted snowfall that was nothing more than a light dusting.

Doing the Best I Can

Doing the Best I Can

What happens if your best isn't good enough?

Mike Barres reminds us that we all reach times in our lives when our best efforts are not enough, but God can do what needs to be done if we will persevere, fast, and pray.

WAIT!

WAIT!

Isn't it hard to wait on anything, but especially the Lord?

Mike Barres reminds us that waiting is hard, but God's timing is always best.

More than the Wrapping Paper for Christmas

More than the Wrapping Paper for Christmas

Can we move beyond the fluff to the focus of God's heart?

We get so caught up in the fluff we forget the focus of God, like justice and mercy.

Exercising the Spirit: Fasting

Exercising the Spirit: Fasting

Are you really hungry for God?

Fasting is a way to draw closer to God.

Trust Him!

Trust Him!

Will we trust him even if he doesn't live up to our expectations?

Jesus doesn't live up to our expectations, because God has more planned for us than what we can imagine.

Trust

Trust

Will we open up and really trust him to change our story into a grace story?

All around us are people who are grace stories -- people who have opened up to God and received his grace and had their hard lives changed for the better.

Ouch! You're Stepping on My Toes

Ouch! You're Stepping on My Toes

Does God ever use Scripture to step on your toes?

We make all these plans and get upset when they don't unfurl like we want, but God often has other plans!

Hoof, Anvil, Fire, Wall, or Junk Pile

Hoof, Anvil, Fire, Wall, or Junk Pile

Where did you put your faith?

Our faith can either be real and shaping us to be useful to God or it can be discarded or nothing more than a good luck charm.

That's Disgusting

That's Disgusting

What's so awful about that?

We often take our own sin too lightly and need to be shocked into realization of how bad it is.

The Three Envelopes

The Three Envelopes

What is in your mail this week?

God has a message of comfort for you in His word if you will only read it.

The Abuse of Time

The Abuse of Time

What are you doing with your time?

We must learn to make our use of time a holy enterprise.

The Behinder I Get

The Behinder I Get

How are you doing at keeping up with all your responsibilities?

We get behind and stay behind because we don't pray.

A Lizard's Tail?

A Lizard's Tail?

What's so important about an ol' dead lizard's tail?

We face temptation to sin, but sin is an old, dying, worthless lizard's tail.