The Power of a Gentle Answer
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In a society where there’s a lot of anger and “us versus them” language, the world is longing for people who are gentle and kind. In this message, Scott Sauls looks to God’s Word to show us how Jesus gives us the ability to respond to anger and strife with gentleness and genuine love.
Today Daily Devotional
Today Daily Devotional
ReFrame Ministries
More Than Just a Crumb
Scripture Reading: Mark 8:1-10 “The people ate and were satisfied.” Mark 8:8 In today’s story, Jesus has compassion for a huge crowd of people again—and this time it’s simply because they are hungry! When the disciples raise the question of available resources, Jesus begins with a resource inventory. Seven loaves and a few small fish are way too few for feeding so many people. But what the disciples are not counting, of course, is the compassion of Jesus. What’s more, he only asks us to give what we have, and he will provide all that is needed. I often find that there’s a big gap between my available resources and the needs I hear about. Is that the case for you too? In effect, the disciples have asked a particularly critical question: How can the needs of the world be met? They see the gap and do not yet see that the answer is standing right in front of them. This is a lesson I am forever learning. I tally up what I have, and it is not enough for all the needs around me. I do not have enough time, patience, hospitality, skills, wisdom, energy, finances—you name it. But Jesus doesn’t ask me if I have enough; he asks what I have—and in his hands he will make it enough. What about you? I hope you know that Jesus will take and use what you have to extend holy compassion to others. Dear Jesus, I can feel as if I never have enough for what you need. Help me to concentrate on you and your power instead of the gap I cannot fill. Guide me to give you what I have. Amen.
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First15 Devotional
First15 Devotional
First15
Living from Union
As we finish up our week on centering our lives around meeting with God, today we’ll discover the beauty of living from union with him. Today may you discover and wonder at how incredibly connected and one with God you already are through Christ. May you live each day aware of and benefitting from that union, and be forever changed. It is my prayer that the reality of Christ’s finished work on the cross sinks into our hearts and minds today, and that our lives are turned upside down as a result. Our Scripture for today comes from Galatians 2:20, and today's worship is Communion by Bryan McCleery. ________ Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community! With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today. Become A Monthly Partner! _____ First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.
10 min
Life.Church with Craig Groeschel
Life.Church with Craig Groeschel
Life.Church
Help! I’m Out of Control - Greater Reward Part 1
Society often tells us that if we want something, we should be able to have it RIGHT NOW. But that’s not the way life usually works. Often, when we want something, we have to create and maintain the discipline to reach our goals. In week one of _Greater Reward_, we’ll learn how to build self-discipline to choose what we want most instead of what we want now. ABOUT GREATER REWARD Now more than ever, we need a fresh start. You could do what you’ve always done. Choose what you want now over what you want most. But there’s a _Greater Reward_ waiting for you. Discover how to let go of the status quo and stay focused on who God says you are and what He wants for your life. Learn more about Greater Reward_:_ https://www.life.church/greaterreward Start the _Greater Reward _Bible Plan: www.go2.lc/reward WE’RE OPEN To ensure safety at all of our Life.Church locations, our weekend services have been redesigned to create a sanitary, touchless environment that allows for physical distancing. Learn more about everything we're doing to keep you safe and how you can help by using hand sanitizer, washing your hands often, and more: https://www.life.church/updates Find a time and attend a service with us: http://www.life.church/locations NEXT STEPS Have you made a decision to follow Jesus? You may be wondering what’s next on your journey. We want to help! Let us guide you to your next steps in your walk with Christ: https://www.life.church/next ABOUT LIFE.CHURCH Wherever you are in life, you have a purpose. Life.Church wants to help you find your next step. Our hope is that your journey will include joining us at a Life.Church location throughout the United States or globally online at https://www.live.life.church. Find locations, videos, and more info about us at https://www.life.church or download the Life.Church app at https://www.life.church/app. FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/life.church Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/life.church Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lifechurch CONNECT WITH PASTOR CRAIG YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIIdiIO-Y20hRW9niR0CA8A Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/craiggroeschel Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/craiggroeschel Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/craiggroeschel
40 min
Teach Us to Pray
Teach Us to Pray
Christina Patterson
Episode 12: Prayers That Will Drastically Change Your Life
We've been on such a fruitful journey on this podcast. We've learned that prayer is the way we communicate with the Maker of the Universe, and He not only hears us, but He also responds. We've learned that through prayer, we access healing, wisdom, discernment, peace, protection, joy, and so much power we could never experience on our own. On our last podcast in this series, we share specific prayers that can drastically change your life. We also close out this series by praying together over these areas so that you can start experiencing the benefit of prayer today. Key Takeaways: • If changing our thoughts from negative to positive can turn our day from good to bad, they also have to power to direct the course of our lives. • Our Heavenly Father is ready and willing to guide and direct our steps and provide us with His wisdom and discernment to make the right decisions. • Even when we are weary and weak, the Lord is willing and ready to grant us His strength to surrender to the things we think I can't do or be. Resources Mentions in This Podcast Download Christina's Free 5 Day Prayer Guide at www.belovedwomen.org/prayer-guide to help you put into practice the powerful habit of prayer. Connect with Christina Paterson Website: https://www.belovedwomen.org YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/BelovedWomenTV Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BelovedWomen Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BelovedWomen Scriptures in the Podcast are from NIV, ESV or NKJV Episode Image Credit: Getty/mhatzapa
10 min
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