An Encouraging Word to Those Under Pressure

from Tom Gaddis Ever feel like a crushed grape between the toes of someone? That’s tribulation! And Jesus in this verse tells us the truth: You will have tribulation! He does not allow His followers to live in private fiction about the way things really are. Tribulation is that external and outward pressure upon your soul.Continue reading “An Encouraging Word to Those Under Pressure”

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An Easter Devotional by Jeanette Morris He Has Shown Thee “As for you, you meant evil against me, {but} God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” (Genesis 50:20 NASB).  Thirty years ago, I woke up on Easter Sunday morning weeping bitter, guilt-laden tears.  My threeContinue reading “An Encouraging Word 10”

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Just Your Presence Scripture: For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority (Colossians 2:9-10 NIV). In 2001, I began a short-term mission ministry to Russia. At the time, excessive striving muddied my Christian worldview.Continue reading “An Encouraging Word 8”

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2 Kings 6 Those Who Are With Us Once the king of Syria sent a great army to capture the prophet Elisha. During the night, the Syrian army surrounded the city where Elisha was staying. When Elisha’s servant “arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. AndContinue reading “An Encouraging Word 6”

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Read Jeremiah 29:11-13 God Wants to Lead You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.  -Psalm 16:11 (NIV)  A dilapidated bridge dangles from one end of the canyon to the next. Seventy-five feet below lay sharp jaggedContinue reading “An Encouraging Word 5”

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by Frances Judge copyright 2020.  Used by permission from the author. The Image of His Heart Frances (Francy) Judge is an inspirational illustrator and author of “Randy’s Steps” a middle grade novel and an award-winning poet published in Clubhouse Jr. and several anthologies.  She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and livesContinue reading “An Encouraging Word 4”

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God’s Still Small (but not Silly) Voice Early last year I was purchasing some small gifts to hand out at our ministry planning retreat. The theme I had decided on was personal care items. With the lotions, face wipes, etc., the idea popped into my head to buy hand sanitizer. But when it came timeContinue reading “An Encouraging Word 3”

An Encouraging Word 2

Read Hebrews 12:1-3 … for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. — Philippians 2:13 (NIV) As I consider the work of an author—creating, writing, re-writing, and editing until every word is shaped into a cohesive manuscript, I think about Jesus as author of myContinue reading “An Encouraging Word 2”

An Encouraging Word 1

Holding Hands For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13 NIV)My Russian friend Natalia adores her grandchildren. She loves to delight their hearts by creating memorable experiences out of ordinary events, even just walking the familiar route toContinue reading “An Encouraging Word 1”