Daily Devotionals

Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Hebrews 12:1-3

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Daily Devotionals

Psalm 117

Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us;
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.
Praise the Lord!
–Psalm 117

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Year of Gratitude 2017

Being Grateful in Every Situation

My daughters have a very active schedule. School, homework, dance, softball, track and church keep them very busy. My wife and I spend time coordinating our calendars so that we can get them to each practice, game, recital and youth group event on time. It takes some effort, no doubt.

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Starbucks

It’s happened several times: where multiple cars must converge into one line at a Starbuck’s drive thru, or two cars arrive at the same time and they play a game of chicken to see who gets in line first. Although it may sound silly, I’ve seen several people inch up and refuse to let the other car merge into the line. They won’t make eye contact and they’ll look down at their phone as if they had no clue that it’s the other person’s turn. It gets a little interesting quickly and it’s such an unnecessary situation. We’re all trying to be somewhere on time and our thought process is as such that we believe we can’t spare an extra 2 minutes. Really? I confess this is me on occasion.

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Peace

I know a lot of people who suffer from a noticeable deficiency of peace. I’m one of them sometimes. I’m not talking about a peace that equates to having a day with nothing on the calendar and plopping down on the sofa with a cup of hot tea and a good book. Not that this doesn’t sound inviting, but let’s be honest—that’s a rare occasion for most of us. The peace I’m talking about doesn’t require a mountain cabin or a getaway weekend. It can be found anywhere, even in the most hectic moments and places of your life.

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Cayla Chandara

Cayla Chandara is a 21-year-old college student in Waikiki, Hawaii. Because Cayla did not want to leave college with a tremendous amount of student loans she worked two jobs. She was a waitress at two different restaurants, putting in long, hard hours.

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Full Joy of Gratitude

I’m a big believer in the life changing power of gratitude. I have plenty of personal experiences to add to the mounting pile of research and data that proves gratitude can and does change your mindset and mood for the better. The only problem is, sometimes I get too tired, too busy and too distracted to be grateful for all of the ways my life is blessed. There are also days when I feel overwhelmed or sad and I remember how grateful I am for the life I have and THEN I end up feeling BAD about feeling BAD! “WHY am I feeling this way when I have so much to be grateful for?!”

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Luke 24:1-11

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Mag′dalene and Jo-an′na and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

Luke 24:1-11

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Mary

Growing up in Christian schools, I heard the story of Christ’s death and resurrection many times; I could almost recite the entire passage by heart. I always attended church services and listened intently to try to learn something new. But I developed a new appreciation of that story during my first Lent as a mom.

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Work Hard

Not everyone starts out on the same playing field in life. I was blessed beyond measure to have the parents I was given. My father worked incredibly hard as an electrician all of his life. He would put in a full day’s work at the factory to provide for his family, then come home and often toss the baseball back and forth with me or watch one of my ball games. He worked hard all day and then continued to give – all for the sake of his family. I knew from watching my father that hard work would get you a long way in life.

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