Category Archives: thoughts by Charles Stanley

How to Cry Out to God

In the Bible, crying out refers to speaking audibly with great emotion concerning an urgent need. God invites us to use this form of prayer to communicate that we desperately need His mercy. Continue reading

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Jesus Our Intimate Friend

People cannot earn Jesus Christ’s love and friendship. He takes the initiative, reaches out, and draws into fellowship those who are willing. We are not worthy, but we are privileged to live in His love anyway. In the Lord, we find a friend who sticks closer than a brother Continue reading

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Accepting God’s Gift of Love

Many people simply can’t believe that the Lord could love them. Others believe that He loves them, but only when they are pleasing Him in some way. Why is it so hard for us to accept His unconditional love? Continue reading

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Lord I Love You But…

Consider whether you have ever found yourself saying or thinking, I love you, Lord, but don’t call me to do that! Continue reading

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No Greater Love

Perhaps the most intense love and protective instinct in the experience of mankind is that of parents toward their children. There is little that most mothers or fathers wouldn’t do for a baby. Continue reading

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God Is Our Loving Father

Read:  Luke 15:11-24 Humanity tends to project its own faulty habits onto God. This is especially true regarding the nature of His love. We think we must barter, plead, or try hard to earn the Lord’s favor. But as the … Continue reading

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Our Heart’s Desires

If you could have anything in the world, what would it be? Your answer reveals a lot about who you are. The psalmist writes, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). There is nothing wrong with desires–they motivate us to achieve great things. But not all of our yearnings come from God. Continue reading

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Assurance in Trials

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,  nor height nor … Continue reading

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The Names of Christ

The names given to Jesus tell a great deal about His ministry on earth 2,000 years ago. The scriptural names describing Him reveal who He was and is and will be for eternity. Continue reading

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How to Foster True Friendships

All people long to be in genuine relationships. God created us with this need, as we were not meant to live in isolation. Our world is so driven by technology that many people today try to ease their loneliness through computer relationships. However, this can never satisfy or compare to the human fellowship that the Creator designed. But healthy friendships don’t just happen. They require intentional effort. Continue reading

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God Accomplishes What Concerns You

When troubles arise, we, too, can trust God to deliver us, but it may not be by escape. Sometimes He sustains us through the difficulty, walking with us every step of the way.power is adequate, and He’ll keep every promise. When the trial has achieved His goal, He’ll remove it. Until then, keep walking with your eyes on Him. Continue reading

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When Facing Life’s Mountains

Wouldn’t it be great if it were easy to do God’s will? But sometimes it seems as if a mountain stands between us and what we’ve been called to do. Read: Zechariah 4:1-9 Continue reading

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Developing Patience

James tells us to consider trials a joy (1:2). But we often fail at this, don’t we? Humanly speaking, praising the Lord for tribulation is unnatural. However, doing so begins to make sense to believers when they cling to God’s promise that good comes from hardship. Continue reading

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The Effects of Fear

Fear obviously produces anxiety, but it also creates chaos in our lives and even affects those around us. Fear stifles our thinking and actions. What are you afraid of–loss, rejection, poverty, or death? Continue reading

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Responding to Disappointment

Followers of Christ should seek a godly response to disappointments they face. Since the Lord always has a plan, the wisest reaction is to anticipate the good He can do and await His timing. God certainly blessed Joseph for his willingness to “seek first His kingdom” (Matthew 6:33). Continue reading

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