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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.






Learn How To Worship God

A young man invested his life savings in a new Ferrari sports car, and having made the investment of his life, felt that he ought to have someone bless his car‑‑just to be on the safe side. Unsure of whom to call, he phoned the local Catholic priest, who said, "Yes, it's a bit out of the ordinary but I do baptize things for people"; but then he added, "Oh, by the way, what's a Ferrari?"


What Does It Mean To Be Still And Know God?

You find yourself caught up in the rush of living so you scarcely remember which day of the week it is. You jump out of bed in the morning, gulp down a cup of coffee and you're off to work. Then you rush home, eat dinner quickly so that you can get to an evening appointment. And then you crawl into bed, bone weary, so that you'll be able to get up in the morning, gulp down your coffee and repeat the cycle.


How To Overcome Jealousy

When your best friend marries the girl you dated, it's hard to get excited. When the employee whom you hired gets promoted, leap-frogging over you, you may wish him luck and be polite, but inwardly you'd probably like to put a dagger in his back. Your neighbor wins the lottery—not you. How do you handle other people's good fortune? Are you glad for them, or do you detest their good fortune, wishing it had happened to you? There's a part of human nature which remains the same, year after...


Why Is Time So Important?

What is it that can bring down empires, can literally shake down a craggy granite peak, yet has the power to heal a wound and change a life? Described as the greatest power on earth by some, that force is TIME. It was time that defeated Napoleon's forces at the gates of Russia's wealth. It is the erosion allowed by time's forces that will eventually split the granite peak and bring it crashing to the floor of the valley. It is time which allows healing of the human heart when the heart has...


How To Take Responsibility

An eighteen-year-old fathers a child and then walks away saying, "How do I know that I'm the only one who could have done this?" A widow with a considerable bank account is overwhelmed with the personal interest shown to her by a man young enough to be her own son. Following a romantic fling, she marries him. Her family is quite certain that the man is more interested in her money than in her. A father of three children, a great musician whose worship choruses are sung all over the world,...


Is It Too Late For God‘s Love?

When a reporter interviewed a prostitute on a late night TV show, he noticed that she was wearing a small cross on a gold chain around her neck. "Are you a religious person?" he asked commenting on her cross. Somewhat embarrassed, she quickly said, "Oh, not at all. I got away from all of that." She then told how she had gone to Sunday school as a girl, but then as a teenager she strayed far from the teaching of the little church she once attended.


This Is Why God Is Searching For You

"Like a shepherd he takes care of his flock," wrote Isaiah the prophet of Israel. "He gathers the lambs in his arms. He carries them in his arms. He gently helps the sheep and their lambs" (Isaiah 40:11, GWV). No wonder the soul of George Frederick Handel, the man who wrote Messiah, was stirred as he pondered those words.


Discover The True Source Of Joy

"Joy," wrote G.K. Chesterton, "is the gigantic secret of the Christian." Yet to many it appears to be such a well‑kept secret that they never fully discover what it all is.


How Do I Find God?

"The problem with you Christians," commented an atheist, "is that you have monopolized all the holidays. You have Christmas, Easter, Good Friday, All Saints Day, and what have you. What we atheists need is a holiday all of our own." With a wry smile on his face, the friend countered, "How about April 1?" Centuries ago, the Psalmist wrote, "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'" (Psalm 14:1). But it could well be translated, "There is no God for me!" A lot of people who describe...


The Reason You Don‘t Have to Worry

Mark Twain, the American humorist, once wrote, "I am an old man and have known many troubles, but most of them never happened." What Twain was saying is that most of the things we worry about never occur. Paul Myers, founder of the old Haven of Rest Broadcast, used to say, "Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."


Find A Better Way To Handle Anxiety

The National Institute of Mental Health did a study that required more than six years to complete. It was the most extensive piece of psychological research that has ever been conducted by this prestigious organization, or, for that matter, by any such organization anywhere. Their research confirmed what I have suspected for a long time: that the number one mental health disorder today is anxiety.


How Do I Know If God Really Exists?

"The real issue in the moral, ethical, and philosophical world today is the question of final reality," so wrote Francis Schaeffer, shortly before his death in 1984. He continued, "The Christian believes final reality is the infinite, personal God of moral absolutes who truly is there. The humanist believes it is impersonal material or energy which has existed in some form forever, and is shaped into its present form by pure chance. On this basis, man makes himself the measure of all...


Stop Living Your Life In Fear

In the Upper Room Jesus charged the disciples: "Don't be troubled; don't be afraid!" He knew what was ahead; they didn't. But instead of struggling with panic, Jesus was calm, fully in control. When you are stronger than the circumstances which confront you, you, too, can have that peace. Jesus finished his challenge to the disciples, saying, "I 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...


What Does It Mean To Have Peace?

"My peace I leave with you," said Jesus as He met with the disciples in the Upper Room. This was immediately followed by two commands: Don't be troubled; don't be afraid." What Jesus had in mind was a good deal more than worry, being concerned about something. The word means to be confused, to be in turmoil, to be distraught. And that's the condition of many people today who have trouble sleeping, are anxious, fearful, and have hearts filled with worry.


Discover Peace In An Uncertain World

Why are we always apprehensive about the future? Because, we just don't know what's out there. What lurking terrors await us? What surprises are there? We may whistle in the dark, or pretend we're unconcerned, but the reality is that our world will never go back to the days when things were normal--whatever that is.


Start Leaving A Legacy Of Peace

Six days before the Jewish Passover, Jesus and His disciples came to Jerusalem. At the Passover meal, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, giving them an example to follow, then opened His heart and talked with them. So important was it that John recorded it explicitly. You'll find it in the Gospel that bears his name, beginning with chapter thirteen.


How To Find Peace In The Storm

Google the phrase, "Peace Institutes in the world," and you will be amazed at the number that exist today. Among them are The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Global Peace Institute, Peace Brigades International and a host of others, all dedicated to what they call "a scientific basis for permanent peace." Described by some as "the science of human survival" these brain trusts are searching for a formula that will allow men to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears...


Who Is Afraid Of The New Year?

Facing the New Year is always somewhat scary. Who knows what the year may hold of bane or blessing? Have you ever asked yourself, "Why fear the unknown? When you were born, you had two basic fears: the fear of loud noises, and the fear of falling. But soon after your birth you began to develop other fears. The fears that you had at birth were necessary to survive. But as you grew older, you became afraid of other things, and sometimes by the time we reach adulthood, our list of fears has...


Here Is The Challenge Of The New Year

Then Jesus took his disciples up the mountain and gathered them around him. He taught them saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek. Blessed are they that mourn. Blessed are the merciful. Blessed are they that thirst for justice. Blessed are you when you suffer. Be glad and rejoice for your reward is in heaven."


Start Living In The Present

"Look here, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there for a year. We will do business there and make a profit.' How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it's here a little while, then it's gone," reads a paraphrase of what James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote in the first century.