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10 New and Notable Christian Books for July 2020 – Tim Challies

Even in the heat of summer Christian publishers continue to bring us great new books! It has actually been quite a July for Christian readers with lots of notable books coming our way. Here are a few of the ones that stood out to me. Why Is My Teenager Feeling Like This?: A Guide for... Read more

When the Unknown Lurks – Girlfriends in God – July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020When the Unknown Lurks Rachel WojoTodays TruthThe LORD Himself goes before you; He will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)Friend to FriendThe letter had arrived. I had been waiting for weeks and finally, there it was! With my breath... Read more

The Gift of Our Weakness – Encouragement for Today – July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020The Gift of Our WeaknessALEXANDRA HOOVERLee en espaolBut he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness. Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christs power may reside in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (CSB)There have been times in... Read more

Put On Love – Beloved Women – July 31, 2020

Put On Love Beloved Women July 31, 2020READ: And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Have you ever longed for a stylist to help you pull an outfit together? Usually theres one thing that makes an outfit feel complete. Whether its that gorgeous necklace, a... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 31, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:I, even I, am He that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid.Isaiah 51: 12King James VersionTodays Study Text:And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face... Read more

Treasure Hunting – Encouragement Café – July 31

Treasure Hunting By Judy Fussell  Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:16-17As the sun peeked over the horizon dazzling the morning sky, an ominous black cloud of oppression slowly crept upon me. Circumstances, doubt, financial woes, and problems with children magnified as... Read more

The Cost of Mediocrity – Daughters of Promise – July 31

THE COST OF MEDIOCRITYAnd as they brought them out, one said, Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away. Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those... Read more

Pearls of Grace – July 31

July 31 The Sweetest Word Ever Spoken And The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. Revelation 22:17 In a lonely cottage there sat one night, an aged... Read more

When Highs and Lows Are Exhausting – Girlfriends in God – July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020When Highs and Lows Are Exhausting Gwen SmithTodays TruthHe stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. (Psalm 107:29)Friend to FriendSome called it a teeter-totter, but I always called it a seesaw and it was one of my favorite playground amenities in elementary school. There were always risks involved... Read more

Familiar Faithfulness – Encouragement for Today – July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020Familiar Faithfulness NICKI KOZIARZ Lee en espaolLet us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)If youve felt like this year has been uncomfortable and unfamiliar, you are not alone.If youve wondered what God is doing in this season, you are not alone.And if... Read more

Trusting God as You Wait – Beloved Women – July 30, 2020

Trusting God as You Wait Beloved Women July 30, 2020READ: The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Todays verse comes from 2 Peter 3:9 and happens about thirty... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 30, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:Todays Text of Encouragement:Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If Thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be... Read more

Raah-Raah Roi – Encouragement Café – July 30

Raah-Raah Roi By Luann PraterYou are the God who sees me, for she said, I have now seen the One who sees me.  Genesis 16:13I love to dig into the Word and find out the root Hebrew or Greek meaning behind common words we use today. The word that Hagar used here for SEE was Roi... Read more

How Could He Do Such a Thing?! – Daughters of Promise – July 30

HOW COULD HE DO SUCH A THING?!And they called to Lot, Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them. Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, I beg you, my brothers, do not act so... Read more

Pearls of Grace – July 30

July 30 SilerRefinedTake away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith; Proverbs 25:4 Silver is a most precious metal that is magnificent in appearance when the light hits it at just the right angle causing a radiance of beauty and splendor. Only God could make something so spectacular.... Read more

Lets Sidetrack Perfectionism – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of July 30

Lets Sidetrack PerfectionismVerse:  Colossians 1:21-23Additional Scripture Readings:2 Samuel 22:33Romans 5:10When Caesar Ritz opened his Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1898, this fastidious man sat at every table in the dining room, measured its height to the exact centimeter and adjusted the legs if needed. He slept in each bed in the hotel, one per night,... Read more

In the beginning… – Girlfriends in God – July 29, 2020

July 29, 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

You Are More than the Mean Thoughts You Think About Yourself – Encouragement for Today – July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020You Are More than the Mean Thoughts You Think About YourselfASHLEY JACKSON Lee en espaolWe destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (ESV) I knew I shouldnt hate myself, but I couldn't stop judging myself on behalf of... Read more

Transformation Garden – July 29, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:There is none like unto Godwho rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in His excellence on the sky. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and He shall thrust out the enemy from before Thee.Deuteronomy 33: 26, 27King James VersionTodays Study Text:1. And... 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

Vain Brings Pain – Encouragement Café – July 29

Vain Brings Pain By Dawn MastYou shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. Exodus 20:7It was a show we'd watched as a family many times. I thought we'd finally found something we could watch together and enjoy even though we have... Read more

Pearls of Grace – July 29

July 29 Weak Weapons and Imprisoned Tongues No weaponthat is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgmentthou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:17 (KJV) When a loved one passes away... Read more

Farewell to Sorrow – Beloved Women – July 29, 2020

Farewell to Sorrow Beloved Women July 29, 2020READ: He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Some of us have been through some things that have rocked us to our core. Situations that have challenged our faith. Weve experienced things that have left us thinking, If God loves me, then WHY? So... Read more

A La Carte (July 28) – Tim Challies

Amazon has board games on sale today, and they include some good picks. (e.g. as a family, we’ve been enjoying some of the Exit games.) Today’s Kindle deals include books by Francis Schaeffer, Jared Wilson, Randy Alcorn, and Warren Wiersbe. (Yesterday on the blog: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters) Further Reflections on Recent Conversations... Read more

Gods Workmanship – Encouragement Café – July 28

Gods Workmanship By Dawn NeelyFor we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we could walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 NASBI have my devotions early each morning. Someone once told me waiting to have ones devotions at the end of the day is like trying to play... Read more

God Tests obedience, the Enemy Tests Faith – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of July 28

God Tests Obedience, the Enemy Tests FaithSo when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and Gods fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would... 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

Are You Ready For Anything? – Encouragement for Today – July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020Are You Ready For Anything?KATHI LIPP Lee en espaolThe prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Proverbs 27:12 (NIV)Nothing in Northern California will cause your heart to beat faster than the word Fire! being yelled into your home.So when I heard pounding on my front... Read more

Your Source of Strength – Beloved Women – July 28, 2020

Your Source of Strength Beloved Women July 28, 2020READ: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Seen on items from coffee mugs to tee shirts, epithets like Strong Woman... Read more

Pearls of Grace – July 28

July 28 Unshaken Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalm 55:22 Corrie tin Boom said: The worry of tomorrow robs us of strength for today. Our journey through this life will carry us to many places, some painful, some heavy and... Read more