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A 5-minute daily devotional to help you fully live the life God has designed for you.

A 5-minute daily devotional to help you fully live the life God has designed for you.


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A 5-minute daily devotional to help you fully live the life God has designed for you.






How Do I Know What Is True?

What is truth? This question was once asked of Jesus Christ by a man named Pontius Pilate. The scene was a Roman courtroom. Christ was being tried on charges of sedition, of trying to overthrow the Roman government. It was a strained situation that prompted the question about truth. Pontius Pilate was a governor in the land of Israel. His office was political and had been purchased by power maneuvers. During his reign, truth had been irrelevant in his political conquest. Bribery, graft and...


Is The Bible Really True?

Josh McDowell, a one-time agnostic turned apologist, has asked over 1400 young people whether or not they believe the Bible, and when they respond that they do, he asks, "Why?" While Josh says there are more than 50 legitimate answers to that question, only one person has ever given him an adequate answer.


This Is Why Life Is A Choice

When I was a young pastor, I encountered suicide for the first time. A local mortuary called and asked if someone could conduct a memorial service. It was a large church I was involved in, and the family really wanted a kind of generic--not very specific--kind of funeral, something which I did not know when I first got the call.


How To Identify the Signs Of Suicidal Thoughts

Looking back, his mother said that the problems started with her 19-year-old son when he was turned down at the school he wanted to attend. Trade school was their recommendation. About then he started drinking pretty heavily and started smoking pot. "Makes me feel better," he said. His appearance took a hit too. Whereas he had been pretty well groomed, he stopped bathing regularly and seemed to be withdrawn and sullen. He often shut himself in his room and listened to music or slept the day...


4 Guidelines To Teaching Your Kids To Be Honest

Children lie for the same reasons that adult lie: to avoid punishment, to win respect or to appear better than they are, because they don't trust someone with the truth, or because they feel threatened with power. Without realizing it, many parents teach their children to lie and actually encourage them in the practice at the very time they dislike what they see and punish their child because of it.


Stop Living A Dishonest Life

When I was a boy and Mother suspected that my story had been slightly amplified, she would say, "Son, look me in the eye!" She was convinced that if I could look her in the eye and tell her something, it was the truth! In Numbers Five of your Old Testament, there is a passage which I've never fully understood; nonetheless, it was a provision to determine whether a wife was lying about being unfaithful to her husband. A wife who had been so accused went to the tabernacle, and took a vow...


How To Show Sincere Gratitude

There is a difference between expressing thanks for something and being genuinely grateful for it. For example, let's suppose you are a craftsman and you agree to do a certain amount of work for so much money, and you fulfill your obligation. The work is done within the prescribed period of time and you do it well. When you fulfill your contract, you are paid. Common courtesy demands that you respond, saying, "Thank you!" as you pick up the check in the brown manila envelope and take your...


Here Is The Secret To A Great Life

For a moment, pretend that you have received a letter from a friend who gives the following description of a person she recently met. She writes that he was "a man of middling size, and his hair was scanty, and his legs were a little crooked, and his knees were far apart; he had large eyes, and his eyebrows met, and his nose was somewhat long."[i] Now honestly, would you be much impressed? Probably not, yet the description which I just gave you is the only one in history with any credibility...


How Do I Find A Safe Space?

Strongholds and fortresses are as old as history itself. They are a reflection of man's desire to be secure from his enemies. Most often they were constructed as military defenses—to keep enemies on the outside and families safe within. They were often built with massive walls of stone, defended with canons and armament. In the 5th century B.C., the Chinese built the 4,000 mile long Great Wall to keep out invaders. But eventually it was breached. Ancient Smyrna constructed what many thought...


This Is A Story About The Man Who Trusted God

Among the British, Yorkshiremen are known to be tough. They are a "no-nonsense" breed of individuals known for common sense, thrift, and hard work. Understanding J. Hudson Taylor's background may explain why this man quietly impacted China as no other foreigner has ever done. Yet of all the men whose lives have impressed me—spiritual mentors who have been benchmarks for my personal growth and goals—none is any harder to figure out than Hudson Taylor—which may be precisely why he is so...


Find Out What You Are Living For

He left his heart in Africa, but his body is interred with the great in Westminster Abbey in London. At his death, natives gently removed his heart and buried it in the Africa he so loved. Then his body was carried to the coast where it was shipped back to England for burial. His name: David Livingstone, born in Blantyre, a mill town in Scotland where he grew up.


Learn From The Life Of Evangeline Booth

A thousand men proposed to her. She had offers from millionaires, farmers, businessmen, fishermen and vagrants. Even after her 70th birthday, proposals came in such quantities that her secretary did not bother to show her the letters. She was not an actress or a movie star, but she had a tremendous following of thirty‑eight thousand men and women, who became ambassadors of goodwill in 86 countries. Her name was Evangeline Booth and she headed the Salvation Army. After retirement, she swam...


This Is Why We Love Grandparents

When electrical engineers, Luigi and Claudia, found that they were going to be parents, they began thinking about the prospective grandparents they did not have, since all four of their natural parents were no longer living. If you don't have children and want one, you adopt one, right? "Well," they thought, "why not adopt grandparents?" But Luigi and Claudia, who chose not to disclose their family


What Is The Key To Love?

The key to real love is accepting another person "as is" without trying to remake that person into the image of your dream; however, the key to staying in love is learning to live with some of the irreconcilable differences which just won't go away. Like what? Well, why don't you answer that question?


Where Do I Find Hope?

Centuries before Christ, a Greek philosopher named Thales said, "The most universal thing is hope, for hope stays with those who have nothing else." In a period of time when everything was changing, in a period of tremendous personal loss, the Apostle Paul penned the inspiring words, "And now these things remain: faith, hope and love..." (1 Corinthians 13:13). The second of these qualities, hope, is to life what oxygen is to breathing. Where there is hope, there is life. And when hope dies,...


How To Stop Giving Up And Find Hope

Question: Is there anything which can be described as an absolutely hopeless situation as long as God is alive? This, of course, means that you take His existence by faith, something that is not too difficult for most people. Hebrews 11:6 in the New Testament says that "anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."


This Is How To Find Hope

When a submarine sank several years ago off Provincetown, divers descended to see if there were any signs of life. Looking at a situation which seemed hopeless, a diver heard a tapping sound. Yes, it was something coming from within the hull of the disabled vessel. The diver listened carefully. There was a rhythm to it, and then, drawing from what he had learned many years before, he recognized the pattern. Over and over, the person inside was tapping out the message in Morse Code, "Is there...


This Is How To Clear Clutter

Have you ever heard it said that three moves are as good as a fire? What that means is that every time you move, you throw out things, good things too, which you would like to keep but there is no room to keep them. Why didn't you toss it out a long time ago? You kept it because you were sure it was too good to throw away, so you put it in the closet or stored it in your garage. Eventually, you have to reckon with it. If you want to label the disorder, call it, "CLUTTER!" It isn't only our...


How Do I Properly Grieve?

Picking up the pieces of your life after someone you love has passed through the valley of the shadow of death is never an easy task. Because no two individuals are the same, facing grief doesn't necessarily follow the same pattern. Some express their emotions, which is usually healthy, and some internalize them and take much longer to reconcile their loss.


What Is Wrong With Suicide?

If life is a matter of happenstance or chance, then ending your life when the going gets tough shouldn't be of much concern to anyone else. But, on the other hand, if life is sacred and you were made by God in His image, then the decision to take your life isn't yours to make. It's because life is sacred that most major religions have prohibitions against suicide. But how does God view this? If God has a plan and purpose for your life, would suicide ever be included in that plan? Do things...