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Heart Auto Response – Encouragement Café – September 17

Heart Auto Response By Robin Jones[Jesus said] Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgivenas her great love has shown. Luke 7:47Our hearts, like our emails, receive and send messages.  There are some messages that I wish would go right to the trash bin.  However, when it comes to sending and receiving messages from the... Read more

The Downside of Guarding Your Heart – Encouragement for Today – September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020The Downside of Guarding Your HeartTRACIE MILES Lee en espaolGuard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)Mom, you have lots of walls around your heart.Upon hearing my daughters comment and feeling somewhat offended, I immediately replied, Ummm, no I dont. Yet she stood gentle... Read more

God Will Disclose His Heart To You Today – Tim Challies

Today the great majority of the people who read this site will be heading to church (or perhaps still taking in a service through a live-stream). As we assemble to worship, we will have the privilege of hearing the Bible read and preached. And in this brief quote from Harold Senkbeil we are reminded of... Read more

The Heart of God – Encouragement for Today – September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020The Heart of GodBINU SAMUEL Lee en espaolThis is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10 (NIV)It was almost closing time, and a cup of hot soup was calling my name.Thankfully, I work at a... Read more

Healing Your Heart When Its Been Rubbed Raw – Girlfriends in God – September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020Healing Your Heart When Its Been Rubbed RawSharon JaynesTodays TruthLord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?Jesus answered, No, not seven times, but seventy times seven (Matthew18:2122 nlt).Friend to FriendOne day I received an e-mail from a woman who was still bitter over a statement her husband made... Read more

How Home Renovations Point to Heart Renovations

Our family is in the middle of a house renovation. By our family what I really mean is, I have personally taken on an entire building project that is both exhilarating and also 100 percent overwhelming. Ive never built anything. Im not particularly handy. I dont love measuring things, nor am I especially crafty. But... Read more

10 Problems of the Heart That Leave You Feeling Stuck

I will admit, I struggle with anger. Not so much now as I did in childhood, but the wrong word at the wrong time can leave me highly upset. Ive learned to walk away, but walking away doesnt erase the anger felt on the inside.Be angry and do not sin. Dont let the sun go... Read more

4 Simple Prayers for Grief and the Grieving Heart

When tragedy strikes, we can pray through Scripture when we cant find our way through the fog of grief. Our world has been shaken. My husbands older brother and only sibling, Ken, dropped dead in his bathroom. We still dont know why. While we wait on autopsy results, we shake our heads in disbelief at... Read more

The Heart is What Matters | Devotional by Debbie West

…The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 I grew up in a time when we dressed up to go to church on Sunday. Everyone at my church looked pretty much the same. The men wore... Read more

My Heart Breaks for Kenosha

I feelas I imagine you dothe dismay and sadness over what’s happening in and to our city. Peoples lives here have been forever changed. A man likely paralyzed. A police officer’s reputation at stake. Fires burning. Businesses boarded up. People having to evacuate their homes. Most of us live here. Many of us grew up... Read more

Hands Over Heart – Beloved Women – August 27, 2020

Hands Over Heart Beloved Women August 27, 2020READ: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Do you bring your hands to me or your heart?During a time of prayer, I heard the Lord ask this simple question. If Im honest,... Read more

3 Ways to Actually Guard Your Heart | RELEVANT Magazine

How far is too far? Im sure its no surprise to hear that I get asked this question all the time from well-meaning young adults, looking to set up some boundaries in their physical relationships. As a professional counselor and as a woman who has gone through the world of dating, I think the question... Read more

What Your Complaints Actually Reveal about Your Heart

We Feel Entitled A Christian radio show announcer said, And when we come back, we will deal with the subject of people who irritate you. Oh that will be good, I thought. So many people irritate me. But what I didnt expect was hearing, If people irritate you a lot, your problem isnt the people;... Read more

Service with a Smiling Heart – Encouragement Café – August 19

Service with a Smiling Heart By Dawn MastYou, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13The work was hard. And there was a lot of it. However, in the sweltering heat you could find groups of teens around... Read more

10 Gentle Prayers to Check Your Heart

Lately Ive battled more than a few urges to spout off a harsh response. Scrolling through social media, I can feel the anger pulsing deep inside. I know a gentle word turns away wrath and all that (Proverbs 15:1). But I wonder. Maybe if I could just pound out a few pointed words on the... Read more

Sin Hardens Your Heart // Femi Osunnuyi – TGC Africa

Reading of Genesis 4:1-14 Adammade love to his wifeEve,and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, With the help of theLordI have brought fortha man. Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the... Read more

When You Can Thank God for Breaking Your Heart | by Bethany Hayes

She told me what Gods been doing.How Hes picking up the broken pieces and making something new.How Hes taken these past three years and molded her and prepared her for the beauty thats emerging from the ashes. I think I like pain, shes concluded. Which tells me shes seeing the value in it. Its not... Read more

Does God Have a Heart for Your Family? – Daughters of Promise – July 29

DOES GOD HAVE A HEART FOR YOUR FAMILY?Then the men said to Lot, Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place. For we are about to destroy this place. Genesis 19:12The members of Lots family dont appear to have a deep and... Read more

Hows Your Heart Part 2 – Girlfriends in God – July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020Hows Your Heart  Part 2Mary SoutherlandTodays TruthBe careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour (1 Peter 5:8, NLT).Friend to FriendI was physically exhausted and had let my guard down. The minute I let my guard down,... Read more

Jon Tyson: Loving the Stranger is the Heart of the Gospel | RELEVANT Magazine

The Greek word for hospitality is beautiful: philoxenia. It is a compound combining philos (a word meaning friend that is related to phileo, the verb for nonerotic love) and xenos (foreigner). Rather than fear of the other, hospitality is love for the other. The reason God calls us to this kind of love is... Read more

Learning to Live With a Yes Heart – Encouragement for Today – July 16, 2020

July 16, 2020Learning to Live With a Yes HeartLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolTrust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) It all started the day God told me to give away my... Read more

Heart Directions | Devotional by Julie Cosgrove

May the Lord direct your hearts into Gods love and Christs perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 I want to have a loving heart, dont you? One that beats for others and yet stays strong. One that is so filled to the rim with godly love that nothing can break it. A love that will cushion my... Read more

A Willing Heart – Beloved Women – July 13, 2020

A Willing Heart  Beloved Women July 13, 2020READ: And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts,... Read more

10 Most Encouraging Bible Verses That Will Uplift Your Heart and Soul

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." -  Jeremiah 29:11 ESVYour Daily Bible Verse: Dont Take Jeremiah 29:11 Out of ContextBy Kelly GivensMy Old Testament professor had this to say about the ever-popular Jeremiah 29:11: I... Read more

Heart for Lebanon equips Syrian leaders – Mission Network News

Syria (MNN) Heart for Lebanon is equipping Syrian leaders from among the refugee population in Lebanon through a new leadership development curriculum. Heart for Lebanons Tom Atema explains how evangelism is key to the organization. If Heart for Lebanon is known for anything, it should and must be known for an organization that makes disciples.... Read more

How to Carry the Hope of Heaven in Your Heart through Suffering

"But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God." (Acts 7:55)We've read about Jesus, sang songs about Jesus, and felt His presence. However, none of us have laid our eyes on Him. When Stephen was being stoned,... Read more

4 Warning Signs of a Pharisaical Heart

4. Youve Forgotten Your Deep Need for Jesus Last, but probably the most devastating symptom of a Pharisaical heart, is when we forget our own deep need for Jesus and his grace and forgiveness.We all need Jesus, desperately, but when our hearts become more Pharisaical than humble we tend to forget how great that need... Read more

A Prayer for a Grandparents Heart during Quarantine

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be... Read more

Heart Light, Jesus Our Sonshine – Encouragement Café – June 11

Heart Light, Jesus Our Sonshine By Paris RenaeI press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:14Im not a runner unless you count running away from signing up for 5Ks and marathons. I have noticed, however, that these races are not done at night,... Read more

How to Care for Your Spouse’s Heart in These Stressful Times

Deep, lasting stress makes a mark on a marriage. Lifes troubles either wound and divide us, or they pull us together as a couple. How can a husband and wife encourage one another? Why does stress create friction and distance between us? How do we solve problems as a team? Can our faith make a... Read more