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More Than Dust and Bone – Encouragement for Today – October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020More Than Dust and BoneLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolAnd God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 (ESV) Remember who you are.These are words I spoke to my children countless times when they were younger. I... Read more

The Problem With More – Encouragement for Today – October 28, 2020

October 28, 2020The Problem With MoreMARY MARANTZ Lee en espaolThey will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah... Read more

When You Arent Sure if You Should Stay – Encouragement for Today – October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020When You Arent Sure if You Should StayLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolBe gracious to me, O LORD , for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD , for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD how long? Psalm 6:2-3 (ESV)I love todays passage because its a... Read more

His Light Shines in Your Darkness – Encouragement for Today – October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020His Light Shines in Your DarknessDANIA YADAGO Lee en espaolThe light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 (NIV) I spent most of my childhood doing my homework in the dark under a burning gas lamp. As war erupted in my Middle Eastern country, we had electricity only... Read more

How Loneliness Can Hone Our Hearing – Encouragement for Today – October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020How Loneliness Can Hone Our HearingALICIA BRUXVOORTLee en espaolThe word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (VOICE)The mac and cheese had grown cold by... Read more

The One We Really Need Today – Encouragement for Today – October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020The One We Really Need TodayLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolThen Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35 (NIV)At times, Ive looked at prayer requests like Amazon Prime deliveries.I want to know Ill get... Read more

When Everything Overwhelms, How Do We Overcome? – Encouragement for Today – October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020When Everything Overwhelms, How Do We Overcome?GRACE P. CHO Lee en espaolI have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NIV)Hey, thats where great-grandpa and grandma live! My kids excitedly point... Read more

What to Do With Tough Relationships – Encouragement for Today – October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020What to Do With Tough RelationshipsLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolHumble yourselves, therefore, under Gods mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV) Do you ever feel like relationships are sometimes impossibly difficult to navigate? Me too, friend. Especially in the midst of all of the complicated, messy... Read more

The Reason I Pray, Even When Its a Struggle – Encouragement for Today – October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020The Reason I Pray, Even When Its a StruggleANNE GRAHAM LOTZ Lee en espaolFor this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your... Read more

What Happens When I Forget Christ Lives in Me – Encouragement for Today – October 16, 2020

Octobr 16, 2020What Happens When I Forget Christ Lives in MeLYNN COWELLLee en espaolI have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave... Read more

The Evidence of a Life of Forgiveness – Encouragement for Today – October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020The Evidence of a Life of ForgivenessLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolIf possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 (ESV) Theres some interesting context around todays key verse thats worth considering and unpacking.Paul didnt write what became the book of Romans while on a peaceful vacation with peaceful... Read more

God Hears Your Prayers for Your Marriage – Encouragement for Today – October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020God Hears Your Prayers for Your MarriageFRANCINE RIVERS Lee en espaolAsk and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 (NIV)My husband, Rick, and I celebrated our golden wedding anniversary on December 21, 2019. We often look at each... Read more

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Argues Republicans Would Reject Jesus Today if He ‘Repeated His Teachings’ in Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Argues Republicans Would Reject Jesus Today if He 'Repeated His Teachings' in Congress In a series of tweets on Monday, Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) rebuked Republicans for using matters of faith as an excuse to advance bigotry and barbarism.According to The Blaze, Ocasio-Cortez made the accusation after the first day of Judge Amy... Read more

When Things Get Worse Just Before They Get Better – Encouragement for Today – October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020When Things Get Worse Just Before They Get BetterLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolTherefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house;... Read more

Share Your Stuff; Serve the Lord – Encouragement for Today – October 12, 2020

October 12, 2020Share Your Stuff; Serve the LordKAREN EHMANLee en espaolDo not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 (ESV)My husband and I stood at the cellphone store, waiting for our turn at the counter. Just then, one of our sons high school... Read more

When You Get Off Track – Encouragement for Today – October 9, 2020

October 9, 2020When You Get Off TrackSHARON JAYNES Lee en espaolSince we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 (NIV)Rachel and I sat on weatherworn steps leading down to a pristine beach. We had a front-row seat as the morning sun stretched its arms over the horizon. Rachel... Read more

Indicators of Hidden Bitterness – Encouragement for Today – October 8, 2020

October 8, 2020Indicators of Hidden BitternessLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolPoint out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalm 139:24 (NLT)I remember several years ago when a friend of mine really hurt my feelings, and I got all bent out of shape. And, honey, everyone in my... Read more

Holding on to Hope – Encouragement for Today – October 7, 2020

October 7, 2020Holding on to HopeJONI EARECKSON TADA Lee en espaolSo be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD! Psalm 31:24 (NLT) I once felt as though life wasnt worth living. As a teenage quadriplegic, I looked down at my useless legs and limp hands and wanted to give up. Without... Read more

The Blessing of Boundaries – Encouragement for Today – October 6, 2020

October 6, 2020The Blessing of BoundariesLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolThe one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Proverbs 17:27 (NIV)Have you ever found yourself having an out-of-control reaction in response to someone elses out-of-control actions?I understand. Its all so very hard.When I share biblical discernment with someone I... Read more

Stop Beating Yourself Up and Take Back Your Joy – Encouragement for Today – October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020Stop Beating Yourself Up and Take Back Your JoyVALORIE BURTON Lee en espaolThe thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)There is a consistent, heavy sigh I hear when I mention the subject of guilt... Read more

Your Gifts Were Made for God and Others – Encouragement for Today – October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020Your Gifts Were Made for God and OthersJAMIE IVEY Lee en espaolAs each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies in order... Read more

Methodism Yesterday, Today, and Forever?

Jeffrey Barbeaus The Spirit of Methodism is a helpful primer for non-Methodists seeking to understand a global religious movement now numbering about 70 million or more. The story is especially important for U.S. Christianity as Americas third-largest denominationthe largest Methodist body in the worldprepares for likely schism next year over sexuality. The story [of Methodism]... Read more

Seeing Beauty Instead of Pain – Encouragement for Today – October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020Seeing Beauty Instead of PainLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolThe seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by lifes worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. Luke 8:14 (NIV) My life hasnt been a bed of roses.What an odd statement.... Read more

How to Find Your Strength and Identity in the Lord – Encouragement for Today – September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020How to Find Your Strength and Identity in the LordALLI WORTHINGTON Lee en espaolThe thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV)Have you ever watched a time travel movie where the main character keeps going... Read more

Our God Is Not a Do-Nothing God – Encouragement for Today – September 29, 2020

September 29, 2020Our God Is Not a Do-Nothing GodLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaol casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP) How can God just do... Read more

Jesus Wept – Encouragement for Today – September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020Jesus WeptANITHA ABRAHAMLee en espaolAnd he said, Where have you laid him? They said to him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. So the Jews said, See how he loved him! John 11:34-36 (ESV)There are times when there are no words. The situation is so heartbreaking that you feel it deep down in... Read more

Before You Press Send – Encouragement for Today – September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020Before You Press SendSHARON JAYNES Lee en espaolEven fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues. Proverbs 17:28 (NIV)It was a mean email. The woman had fussed at me up and down, made untrue accusations, questioned my spirituality, and then threw a little Jesus on it.So,... Read more

Healing for the Heartbroken – Encouragement for Today – September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020Healing for the HeartbrokenTRACIE BRAYLOCK Lee en espaolHe heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 (NIV)Tracie, youre needed in O.R. 12.I quickly turned and began walking down the long, cool hallway, approaching a role I deemed precious as an operating room nurse.I scrubbed in for the procedure, entered the room... Read more

What Leads You Today? | Devotional by Gail Rodgers

For those who are LED by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14 Does a rushing busyness lead you through your day? Perhaps your emotions simply drag you along. Think about what you are allowing to lead you today. God calls us to be LED by His Spirit. Its not an... Read more

When You Wonder Where God Is in Your Suffering – Encouragement for Today – September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020When You Wonder Where God Is in Your SufferingRUTH SCHWENK Lee en espaolIf I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even... Read more