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Growing Through Our Adversity | by Charles Stanley

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 What would happen if you approached a fork in the road and found two signsone reading... Read more

Trust in the Wait | by Charles Stanley

Waiting on God stretches our trust in Him, especially when we are urgently longing for His intervention or guidance in a situation. From our earthly perspective and with our limited knowledge, it may seem as if He doesnt care, but that is far from the truth. God uses times of waiting to strengthen our trust... Read more

Suffering Alone | Devotional by Charles Stanley

Read: Psalm 88 When we face hard times, its important to remember the One who promises to be by our side. While Paul was suffering from a thorn in the flesh, God told him, My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Most gladly, therefore, I will rather... Read more

Dealing with Guilty Feelings | Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God by Charles Stanley

John 5:24-26 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the... Read more

Dealing with Discouragement | Thoughts about God by Charles Stanley

No matter what our position in life may be, we all at times encounter disappointment and that can quickly lead to discouragement. Disappointment is simply an emotional response to a failed expectation or hope, whether because plans went awry or someone didnt measure up. But discouragement is a state of mind in which we become... Read more

Pastor Charles Stanley to Step Down as Head Pastor of First Baptist Church

Pastor Charles Stanley to Step Down as Head Pastor of First Baptist Church Evangelist and Director of In Touch Ministries Dr. Charles Stanley is officially stepping down from his position as head pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta. Stanley was the head pastor of the church for almost 50 years, while also holding a leadership... Read more

Overcoming Obstacles | by Charles Stanley

Well face many types of hindrances in our life, such as a difficult boss, contrary family members, or financial trouble. But remember, nothing can touch you without Gods consent. Consider how unlikely a victory seemed for Joshuas army: Not only was there a great wall protecting Jericho, but God had also issued strange instructions to... Read more

The Slow Burn of Insecurity | by Charles Stanley

How would you answer if someone were to ask, Do you feel good about yourself? Would your thoughts be filled with self-doubt and second-guessing, or would you be able to stand tall and say, Yes, I do? There are many behaviours and attitudes that clearly cross boundariessuch as unforgiveness, adultery, and greed. But insecurity is... Read more

Living Water for the Thirsty | by Charles Spurgeon

I will pour out water to quench your thirst Isaiah 44:3 When a Christian believer falls into spiritual depression, he or she often tries to lift themselves out of it by focusing on their sorrow. Thats not the way to rise from the dust. Its a sure way to continue in it. It is not... Read more

How Comforters Are Created | by Charles Stanley

When Job was suffering, he said, Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity? (Job 2:10). Even hardship and pain have a place in Gods plan for each believer. During a particularly painful time in my life, I decided that I should learn something from my distress, as Job did. That allowed... Read more

Lifes Passing Storms | by Charles Stanley

Everyone experiences storms in lifeoccasions that bring pain, suffering, or loss. Its in turbulent times that all sorts of questions come to mind: Where is God? Why has this happened? Was it something I did? Did God cause it, and if so, why? When we find ourselves in tumultuous times, the safest place to go... Read more

Unshakable Peace | Devotional by Charles Stanley

Philippians 4:4-9Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will... Read more

The Causes of Insecurity | by Charles Stanley

Psalm 8 O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.When I consider Your heavens, the work of... Read more

Charles Spurgeon and the Ministry of Church Planting

Acts 29: Churches Planting Churches Few pastors are more beloved than Charles Spurgeon. The prince of preachers delivered thousands of sermons, wrote scores of books, founded a theological college, oversaw an orphanage, and much more during his lifetime. He worked tirelessly to win souls for Christ. The missionary David Livingstone once asked him, How can... Read more

Content | Thoughts about God by Charles Stanley

Read: Philippians 4:4-13 In today’s reading, the apostle Paul says he has learned the secret of experiencing contentment in all circumstances, good or bad. Does it surprise you that he wrote this when he was in prison, unsure of his future? We’re often discontent even when all is going well. Consequently, we wonder how it’s... Read more

How Knowledge Strengthens You | by Charles Spurgeon

The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. Daniel 11:32 (ESV) Every Christian understands that knowing God is the highest and best form of knowledge. This spiritual knowledge is a source of strength to us in our faith. The scriptures describe believers as people who are enlightened and taught biblical truth... Read more

Acquaint Yourself with Him | by Charles Spurgeon

Acquaint now thyself with Him. Job 22:21, KJV If we want to properly acquaint ourselves with God, and be at peace, we must know Him as He has revealed Himself, not only in the unity of His essence and provision, but also in the plurality of His persons, the Trinity. God said, Let us make... Read more

Why Does God Allow Storms in Our Life? | Devotional by Charles Stanley

No one likes turbulent times, but until we reach heaven, they will be a part of our life. The underlying foundation for understanding the storms we encounter is found in Psalm 103:19 The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. No matter what the apparent source is, God... Read more

Grace to Keep Going | by Charles Stanley

Read: Acts 15:7-11 As believers, we readily attribute our salvation to Gods grace, but what does this grace in which we stand mean to us now (Romans. 5:2)? How does it work out in everyday life, especially when were going through periods of trial or suffering? 1. The Lords grace releases His supernatural power within... Read more

Confidence in the Lord | Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

“The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.” Psalm 138:8 (KJV) Clearly the confidence the Psalmist expressed was confidence in God. He did not say, “I have grace enough to perfect that which concerneth me. My faith is so steady that it will not stagger.” No, his dependence was on the Lord alone. If we... Read more

The Storms of Life | Devotional by Charles Stanley

Why is this happening to me? Weve probably all asked that question at some point in our life. Perhaps our world was turned upside down by a medical diagnosis, a seemingly insurmountable financial crisis, a relationship that fell apart after starting out well, or a loss of some kind. Its natural to want to know... Read more

Handling Difficult Circumstances | Devotional by Charles Stanley

More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my... Read more

Praying in a Crisis | Devotional by Charles Stanley

The New King James Version of James 5:16 says the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Effectivethat is exactly what we want our prayers to be, especially in crisis. Lets look more closely at two things God looks for when we communicate with Him: Fervency. Ardent prayers are motivated by a burdened... Read more

TGC Podcast: H. B. Charles on Jesuss Longest Conversation

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. H. B. Charles: Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we ask again and afresh, that you would open our eyes that we may behold wonderful things about the Lord Jesus... Read more

Why Charles Spurgeon Remains Popular

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (18341892) remains a perennially popular figure with pastors and other Christian leaders. Biographies of Spurgeon abound, nearly all of which are pastoral in tone and written for a sympathetic readership eager for inspiration. His autobiography, compiled by his wife following his death, is still the best starting place to learn about his... Read more

Counting on God in Instances of Hassle | Ideas by Charles Stanley

[ad_1] Its simple to consider Paul as a non secular big who by no means grew to become discouraged by the various afflictions he suffered. In any case, he tells us to exult not solely within the hope of the glory of God but in addition in our tribulations, since they're a device the Lord... Read more