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Love Rules Over Legalism

One of the very first Bible passages most of us came to know was the parable of the good Samaritan (see Luke 10:25-37). In the story, a wounded man was left to die by the side of the road.

Two members of the religious hierarchy came upon him and, perhaps supposing that he was dead, dared not touch him for fear they would transgress the law. So they passed by, and the man was left there until a Samaritan came along who ministered compassion and kindness to him.

Adherence to the law caused the religious leaders to withhold help. But the higher law of love compelled the Samaritan to show the man mercy and to go out of his way to see that his needs were met. read more

Mary's Prophetic Journey

We're not told much in the Bible about the early days of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Her life was undoubtedly quite common. However, the encounter with Gabriel changed all that.

Her life was extraordinary from the moment of the angel's visitation until her spiritual experience in the upper room. Through her experiences of tremendous joy and immense sorrow we see a portrait of the reality of a pure faith.

Mary's journey was prophetic in that it is also the journey that every believer takes who says yes to the divine calling. Mary was singled out for an enormous task, but upon dutifully obeying God, she became a party to the miraculous time and again. So can we. read more

The Tangled Web

Marital infidelity ranks extremely high on the scale of devastating life experiences. But it isn't the only relationship in which we can find our trust in people betrayed.

In Battlefield of the Mind, author Joyce Meyer writes that in following the example of Jesus, we should "trust God completely and man discreetly." Our trust in people, unlike our trust in God, must be tempered with the knowledge that we are all subject to disappoint one another.

Only the unfailing love of God can rescue us from despair when those close to us can't honor their commitments. We can stand up under the most severe, deliberate betrayal when we know without a doubt that Jesus never fails. read more

Living in God's Presence

Most of us live life at a dizzying speed that makes it increasingly difficult to experience the genuine peace that God intends. Often we forfeit His wisdom and direction because we're too distracted to slow our pace long enough to hear from Him.

We mistakenly believe that certain things don't require God's intervention. But this creates the problem of fragmentation. When we compartmentalize the sacred and the secular aspects of life, we often fail to understand that God wants us to be complete--wholly surrendered to Him and totally empowered by His Spirit in every area of life. read more

Taking Delight In Obedience

(Part 1)

The Lord is always looking for willing vessels of His love. Simply start reaching out to others, and you will begin to experience greater intimacy in Your worship and a more meaningful relationship with Him. read more

No More Office Nightmares

(Part 1)

Unrealistic expectations about your workplace will bring tremendous disappointment. Nevertheless, the love of God will find you and bring you back to a place of peace, if you surrender your will to His. read more

Making the Most of a Difficult Marriage

In the Old Testament, Abigail, the wife of David, serves as a role model of someone who was victorious despite her less-than-perfect circumstances. Let her story encourage you and help you deal with any difficult situations you might face. Know that God always gives you the victory through Christ. read more

Your Calling Will Find You

(Part 1)

Let God's Word teach and guide you as to the best profession for you. Be patient, listen and let His Spirit speak to you and direct you to the best career and calling for your life. read more

Have the Mind of Christ

Our thoughts direct our actions. To live victoriously, we must align our thoughts with God's truth. When we accept Satan's lies, we forfeit the blessings of our inheritance. read more

Securing the Future

The halls of Congress are witnessing an unprecedented battle for America's moral future. Activist groups succeed when Christians remain apathetic and unwilling to take a stand. read more

When Leaders Fail You

(PART 1)

When spiritual leaders disappoint us, our trust in them is broken. Recovery requires forgiveness and faithfulness to God's ongoing commands.

READ: Ps. 37:3-8; Matt. 7:1-5; Matt. 18:21-35; Rom. 12:17-19; Gal. 6:1-2; 1 Cor. 13:4-7.
HEART ISSUE: Like love, trust reflects a choice, not an emotion. We must offer others the same grace we wish to receive.
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, heal the places in our hearts that have been wounded by those who were supposed to shepherd us. Help us to be forgiving and faithful. Amen.

(PART 2)

Church crises require disciplined tongues among those who fear the Lord. Spirit-led believers should help solve problems within the body rather than creating them.

READ: Prov. 6:16-19; Prov. 12:18; James 1:19-20; James 3:1-18; 2 Tim. 2:15-16; Titus 3:9-11.
HEART ISSUE: How can you influence others toward unity?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, we ask You, as David did, to "set a guard over [our mouths]" (Ps. 141:3-4, NIV). Give us healing words to build up the church--and keep us from tearing her down. Amen.

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Healing for Your Thoughts

Medical studies prove what the Bible established long ago--harboring negative emotions destroys one's health. Healed hearts produce healthier bodies and more fulfilled lives read more

You're Just Jealous

Personal insecurities can become springboards for jealousy if not submitted to God. Jealousy, especially between spouses, destroys intimacy and undermines spiritual growth. read more

The Joy of Following Christ

Portraying the Christian life as one of agony and gloom denies the reality presented in Scripture. The joy of fellowship with God outweighs any earthly sacrifice. read more

My Maker is My Husband

No man can ultimately fulfill our God-given need for intimacy. While death or divorce may separate human marriages, nothing can separate us from our marriage to Jesus. read more

God Didn't Call You to Be a Doormat!

Church leaders have traditionally promoted a "false doctrine" of unscriptural, female submission. God wants women to be strong co-laborers in their homes and in the church. read more

We Must Cry Out for Holiness

(Part 1)

Sexual immorality is a widespread problem in the church. We cannot allow our culture to dictate our morality. We must renew our pursuit of holiness.


READ: Lev. 19:1-2; Num. 25:1-3; Gal. 5:16-25; 1 Cor. 6:18-20; 1 Pet. 1:15-16; Rev. 18:1-5.
HEART ISSUE: Intimacy with God demands that we set ourselves apart from the world. In what area do you need to set yourself apart?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, forgive us for allowing the world to set our standards of righteousness. Give us courage and direction as we realign our lives to Your Word. Amen.

(Part 2)


Holiness seems outdated in a culture of situational ethics. Those who desire to know God must commit to holy living.


READ: Ps. 29:1-2; Is. 29:22-24; Ezek. 36:23-27; Matt. 5:6; Eph. 1:4-10; Eph. 5:18
HEART ISSUE: Do you hunger and thirst for God's holiness in your life? If not, what is numbing that craving?
PRAYER FOCUS: Father, impart to us Your deep desire for holiness. Cause us to hunger and thirst after Your righteousness, that You may fill us completely. Amen. 

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Life Can Be a Roller Coaster

When facing uncertain circumstances, we must turn to God for comfort and strength. Honestly confronting our feelings toward God helps us remain open to His deliverance. read more

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