Weekend A La Carte (August 15) – Tim Challies

I dropped the kids at Boyce/SBTS yesterday and am heading home today! While it was a really sad goodbye, I’ll be glad to be home… My thanks goes to Clarifying the Bible for sponsoring the blog this week. Please do check out their great material aimed at helping you better understand your Bible. Today’s Kindle deals... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 15, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.Genesis 19: 1King James VersionEXPLORATIONLiving with a Divided HeartIf your heart is not clear and... Read more

Pearls of Grace – August 15

August 15 Inseparable "God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself" 2 Corinthians 5:19 The work of the Father cannot be separated from the work of Christ. They are always about the same business, fulfilling the same mission. There is, on record, a story of how a tribe of North American Indians, who roamed... Read more

In the beginning… – Girlfriends in God – August 14, 2020

August 14, 2020In the beginning...Wendy SpeakeTodays TruthIn the beginning God... (Genesis 1:1a, NIV).Friend to FriendTodays scripture is a partial scripture, but a complete comfort during uncertain times. The first four words in the Bible form an incomplete sentence but offer a profound promise. In the beginning God Those four words are the lens through which... Read more

Fighting for Those Who Forgo the Fight – Encouragement for Today – August 14, 2020

August 14, 2020Fighting for Those Who Forgo the FightJASMINE WILLIAMS Lee en espaolWhen Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. Ruth 1:18 (NIV)You know that friend who chooses the wrong guy over and over? Or those relatives who keep cycling through the same struggles? The ones you love... Read more

Waiting Well – Beloved Women – August 14, 2020

Waiting Well Beloved Women August 14, 2020READ: The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.  (Lamentations 3:25 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Waiting seems to be a part of life.  We find ourselves waiting in line in retail stores, waiting on the phone with customer service, and waiting on people.... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 14, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abrams cattle and the herdman of Lots cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.  And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and... Read more

The Real Thing – Encouragement Café – August 14

The Real Thing By Judy FussellGive me understanding and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.  Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.  Psalm 119:34-35This verse,Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart Psalm 37:4is one of my... Read more

Can Someone Else Ruin My Life? – Daughters of Promise – August 14

CAN SOMEONE ELSE RUIN MY LIFE?So she [Sarah] said to Abraham, Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac. And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, Be not displeased... Read more

Pearls of Grace – August 14

August 14 Our Help Comes from the Lord "Oh give us help against the adversary, for deliverance by man is in vain." Psalm 108:12 There is an Almighty One watching over us in Heaven. His view is never obstructed or blurred by the deeds of mankind or the dilemma of the world. He has a... Read more

No Plan B – Girlfriends in God – August 13, 2020

August 13, 2020No Plan B Sharon JaynesTodays TruthHe burned the plowing equipment 1 Kings 19:21Friend to FriendOkay, that might be the strangest Bible verse Ive written about in the 13 years of Girlfriends in Gods existence, but stick with me a moment.Sometimes when Im reading the Bible, one little sentence jumps out and grabs me... Read more

Choosing to Accept Grace in Everything – Encouragement for Today – August 13, 2020

August 13, 2020Choosing to Accept Grace in EverythingLAURA BAILEYLee en espaolBut 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)Crash!My stomach... Read more

Rest Assured – Beloved Women – August 13, 2020

Rest Assured Beloved Women August 13, 2020READ: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: When you lay down at night to sleep, your eyes may be closed, but are you fully at rest? There have been many times that my mind has been plagued... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 13, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:And Abram went up out of Egypt, he and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with himand Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in goldand Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.Genesis 13: 1-5King James VersionEXPLORATIONNeeds Versus WantsGod made... Read more

Producing Fruit – Encouragement Café – August 13

Producing FruitBy Joan Walker HahnI am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:1-2I have several different types of fruits growing around my house.... Read more

When Promises Take a Long Time – Daughters of Promise – August 13

WHEN PROMISES TAKE A LONG TIMEThe Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born... Read more

Pearls of Grace – August 13

August 13 Gentle Spirits "Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near." Philippians 4:5 When Jesus rode into Jerusalem He was described as thus,"gentle and mounted on a donkey".In His sermon on the mount Jesus teaches His disciples saying,"Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth". (Matthew 5:5)Gods... Read more

Pass It On – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of August 13

Pass It OnVerse:  2 Timothy 1:5-7Additional Scripture Readings:  Deuteronomy 6:4-9;  1 Peter 3:15  Who introduced you to Jesus?Perhaps it was a college roommate. Or your husband. Or a friend from a local womens group. Maybe it was a minister or a youth group leader. And maybe, just maybe, it was your grandmother or even your... Read more

I’m The Princess of Procrastination – Girlfriends in God – August 12, 2020

August 12, 2020I'm The Princess of ProcrastinationGwen SmithTodays TruthSo then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  (Colossians 2:6-7)Friend to FriendSir Isaac Newton wrote a book that was published... Read more

Personalizing Parenthood – Encouragement for Today – August 12, 2020

August 12, 2020Personalizing ParenthoodJESSICA SMARTT Lee en espaolLet us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)I have yet to manage a successful garden. Honestly, it seems overwhelming to keep 36 little plants alive, when it takes so... Read more

Be Strong – Beloved Women – August 12, 2020

Be Strong  Beloved Women August 12, 2020READ: Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts. (Haggai 2:4 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Its amazing how the right persons presence can bring a sense of peace. A parent in the... Read more

All the Details – Encouragement Café – August 12

All The Details By Paris RenaeHe who was seated on the throne said, I am making everything new! Then He said, Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. Revelation 21:5In our humanness everything is marked by time days, years Remembering the year of the bad storms, the day a loved one died. Remembering good... Read more

Transformation Garden – August 12, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.Romans 15: 5King James VersionEXPLORATIONTiming Is EverythingPatience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.Michael Le FanIs there something in my life that I long for... Read more

Pearls of Grace – August 12

August 12 The Fire of Gratitude "Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe for our God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:28-29 Its been said,"Its good to have things settled by faith, before they... Read more

It’s All So Fragile – Daughters of Promise – August 12

ITS ALL SO FRAGILEI hold my life in my hands continually, but I do not forget your law. Psalm 119:109What makes you faint today? Physical danger, serious illness, a bitter confrontation, treachery? David understands. For many years of his life, he faced things that make grown men fall to their knees. Hunted down by friends,... Read more

A La Carte (August 11) – Tim Challies

Today’s Kindle deals include titles by Keller, Mohler, Perkins, and the Babylon Bee. (Yesterday on the blog: Meatless, Cheeseless, Crustless Pizza and the Evangelical Church) “Your Will Be Done”: Powerful Not Pathetic Praying “your will be done” is not some kind of admission of defeat. It “is not pathetic or pedestrian, it is powerful and... Read more

In Proportion to Your Faith – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of August 11

In Proportion to Your FaithIf a mans gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it... Read more

I Am Not Afraid – Girlfriends in God – August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020 I Am Not AfraidArlene PellicaneTodays Truth Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me (Psalm 50:14-15, NIV).  Friend to FriendWhen I was in elementary school, I was afraid of a girl in... Read more

Three Ways to Stay Faithful in a Sifting Season – Encouragement for Today – August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020Three Ways to Stay Faithful in a Sifting SeasonMEREDITH HOUSTON CARRLee en espaolSimon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:31-32 (ESV)Have you ever... Read more

Why We Should Speak About Who God Is To Us – Beloved Women – August 11, 2020

Why We Should Speak About Who God Is To Us Beloved Women August 11, 2020READ: For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to... Read more