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We cannot go where God is not. Look over your shoulder; that’s God following you. Look into the storm; that’s Christ coming toward you.


“‘Don’t be afraid,’ Jesus said. ‘Take courage. I am here!’ Matthew 14:27

Power inhabits these words. To awaken in an ICU and hear your husband say, “I am here.” To lose your retirement yet feel the support of your family in the words “We are here.” When a Little Leaguer spots Mom and Dad in the bleachers watching the game, “I am here” changes everything.

Perhaps that’s why God repeats the “I am here” pledge so often. “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28). We cannot go where God is not. Look over your shoulder; that’s God following you. Look into the storm; that’s Christ coming toward you.

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•   Pressing On! – a lesson on focusing our eyes and goals on Christ

•  Happy? If we don’t take time to allow God to minister to us, our Christianity becomes legalistic or shallow.

•  Salvation Explained


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When doubts arise remember what God said…


No words written on paper will ever sustain you like the promises of God. Do you know them?

To the bereaved, God promises: “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NIV).

To the besieged, God promises: “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” (Psalm 34:19 NIV).

To the sick, God promises: “The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.” (Psalm 41:3 NIV)

To the sinner:My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

When fears surface, respond with this thought: But God said. . .When doubts arise, But God said. . .When guilt overwhelms you, But God said. . . Search the Scriptures for promises like a miner digging for gold. Once you find a nugget, grasp it. Trust it. There is no greater treasure!

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From: God is With You Every Day

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•  The Unchanging Lord – by Charles Spurgeon
•  The Lord Never Changes
•  Salvation Explained

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A wall of water eclipsed Peter’s view. A wind gust snapped the mast with a crack. Peter shifted his attention away from Jesus and toward the storm, and when he did, he sank like a brick in a pond. Give the storm more attention than the Storm Walker and get ready to do the same. Whether or not storms come, we cannot choose. But where we stare during a storm, we can.

God’s call to courage is not a call to naïveté or ignorance. We aren’t to be oblivious to the overwhelming challenges that life brings. We are to counterbalance them with long looks at God’s accomplishments. The scripture says, “We must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it” (Hebrews 2:1 NASB).

Today do whatever it takes to keep your gaze on Jesus.

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•   When Confusion Prevails
•  What a Friend We Have in Jesus
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The Lord blesses His people with peace.Psalm 29:11

God’s peace ….. will keep your heart and minds in Christ JesusPhilippians 4:7

The worrisome heart pays a high price for doing so. 

Worry comes from the Greek word that means ‘to divide the mind.’ Anxiety splits us right down the middle, creating a double-minded thinker.  Rather than take away tomorrow’s trouble, worry voids today’s strength.  Perception is divided, distorting your vision.  Strength is divided, wasting your energy.

Who can afford to lose power?

But how can we stop doing so?  Paul offers a two-pronged answer: God’s part and our part.  Our part includes prayer and gratitude.  “Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanksPhilippians 4:6.

God’s part? “And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

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•  Life Can Bring Joy out of Sorrow by Norma Becker
•   A Poem of Hope …”I feel the arms of God around me”
•  Salvation Explained

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All tests are temporary, limited in duration. 1 Peter 1:6 says,

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

Some tests end on earth, but all tests will end in heaven, right?

In the meantime, let God train you. He watches the way you handle the little jobs. Jesus promised in Matthew 25:21, “If you are faithful over a few matters, I will set you over many.” Do you aspire to do great things? Excel in the small things. Don’t complain. Let others grumble. Not you. When you’re given a task, take it. When you see a hurt, address it. Compassion matters to God. This is the time for service, not self-centeredness. Cancel the pity party. Love the people God brings to you. He will work in you what is pleasing to Him. And be reminded— you will get through this!

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From:  You’ll Get Through This

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•   Suffering – Spiritual principles to meditate on during hard times
•  Broken but Made Beautiful
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Jesus was attending a wedding with the disciples and his mother, Mary, when she approached him with a seemingly irrelevant problem. “‘They have no more wine,’ she told him” (John 2:3). Mary presented the problem, Jesus commanded a solution, and the wineless wedding was suddenly wine flush. And we are left with this message: our diminishing supplies, no matter how insignificant, matter to heaven.

Listen, if Jesus was willing to use divine clout to solve a social faux pas, how much more would he be willing to intervene on the weightier matters of life? He wants you to know that you can take your needs—all your needs—to him.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

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•  Good News for You
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•  Salvation Explained

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You stare into the darkness. The ceiling fan whirls above you. Your husband slumbers next to you. In minutes the alarm will sound, and the demands of the day will shoot you like a clown out of a cannon into a three-ring circus of meetings, bosses, and baseball practices.

And for the millionth time you’ll make breakfast, schedules, and payroll… but for the life of you, you can’t make sense of this thing called life. Its beginnings and endings.  Cradles and cancers and cemeteries and questions.

The meaning of life!  The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word:  Grace!  Do we really understand it?

Ezekiel 36:26 says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you!”

Grace calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off!

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•   How to Pray
•   Going Deeper with God
•   Salvation Explained

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A man and his dog are in the same car. The dog howls bright-moon-in-the-middle-of-the-night caterwauling howls. The man pleads, promising a daily delivery of dog biscuit bouquets if only the hound will hush. After all, it’s only a car wash.

Never occurred to him (ahem, or to me) that the car wash would scare my dog. But it did. Placing myself in her paws, I can see why. A huge, noisy machine presses toward us, pounding our window with water, banging against the door with brushes. Duck! We’re under attack.

Don’t panic. The car wash was my idea.” “I’ve done this before.” “It’s for our own good.” Ever tried to explain a car wash to a canine? Dog dictionaries are minus the words brush and detail job. My words fell on fallen flaps. Nothing helped. She just did what dogs do; she wailed.

Actually, she did what we do. Don’t we howl? Not at car washes perhaps but at hospital stays and job transfers. Let the economy go south or the kids move north, and we have a wail of a time. And when our Master explains what’s happening, we react as if he’s speaking Yalunka. We don’t understand a word he says.

Is your world wet and wild?

God’s greatest blessings often come costumed as disasters.

Some of you doubt it. How can God use cancer or death or divorce? Simple. He’s smarter than we are.

He is to you what I was to four-year-old Amy. I met her at a bookstore. She asked me if I would sign her children’s book. When I asked her name, she watched as I began to write, “To Amy ...”

She stopped me right there. With wide eyes and open mouth, she asked, “How did you know how to spell my name?

She was awed. You aren’t. You know the difference between the knowledge of a child and an adult. Can you imagine the difference between the wisdom of a human and the wisdom of God? What is impossible to us is like spelling “Amy” to him.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

I keep taking Molly to the car wash. She’s howling less. I don’t think she understands the machinery. She’s just learning to trust her master.

Maybe we’ll learn the same.

Question: How can we trust God at times when we are confused, frustrated, or just don’t understand where our life is taking us?

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•  Practicing the Presence of God
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”  Philippians 4:6

We can calmly take our concerns to God because he is as near as our next breath. This was the reassuring message from the miracle of the bread and fish. In an event crafted to speak to the anxious heart, Jesus told his disciples to do the impossible: feed five thousand people.

You aren’t facing five thousand hungry bellies, but you are facing a deadline in two days, a loved one in need of a cure. On one hand you have a problem. On the other you have a limited quantity of wisdom, patience, or time.

Typically, you’d get anxious. You’d tell God, “You’ve given me too much to handle.” This time, instead of starting with what you don’t have, start with Jesus. Start with his wealth, his resources, and his strength. And before you lash out in fear, look up in faith. Turn to your heavenly father for help.

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•  Keeping Yourself in God’s Love – even during painful times in your life
•  Life’s Lessons can Come from Unexpected Places
•  Salvation Explained

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“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28 (NCV)

As long as Jesus is one of many options, he is no option.

As long as you can carry your burdens alone, you don’t need a burden bearer. As long as your situation brings you no grief, you will receive no comfort. And as long as you can take him or leave him, you might as well leave him, because he won’t be taken half-heartedly.

But when you mourn, when you get to the point of sorrow for your sins, when you admit that you have no other option but to cast all your cares on him, and when there is truly no other name that you can call, then cast all your cares on him, for he is waiting in the midst of the storm.

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From: The Applause of Heaven
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•  Come Alongside – by John Fischer
•  Sample Prayers
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Does a stronghold have a strong hold on you? Do you feel nothing but despair? Do you think thoughts of defeat? A stronghold is a false premise that denies God’s promise.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says “it sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” It attempts to magnify the problem and minimize God’s ability to solve it.

God could never forgive me— That’s the stronghold of guilt.
Bad things always happen to me— That’s the stronghold of self-pity.
I have to be in charge– The stronghold of pride.
I don’t deserve to be loved– The stronghold of rejection.

Most Christians don’t recognize strongholds. But we don’t have to be among them. Our weapons are from God and have divine power to demolish strongholds. Isn’t that what you want? Keep God at center stage. Turn off the computer and open the Bible more! And turn to God for help.

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•   HE IS! – a powerful poem about God
•   The Powerful Reality by Ruth Calkin
•  Salvation Explained

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If your God is Mighty enough to ignite the sun, could it be that He is mighty enough to light your path?

God is for you. Not ‘may be’, not ‘has been’, not ‘was’, not ‘would be’, but ’God is’!
He is for you. Today.  At this hour.  At this minute. As you read this sentence. No need to wait in line or come back tomorrow. He is with you. He could not be closer than he is at this second. His loyalty won’t increase if you are better nor lessen if you are worse. He is for you.

God is for you. Turn to the sidelines; that’s God cheering your run. Look past the finish line; that’s God applauding your steps. Listen for him in the bleachers, shouting your name. Too tired to continue? He’ll carry you. Too discouraged to fight? He’s picking you up. God is for you.

God is for you. Had he a calendar, your birthday would be circled. If he drove a car, your name would be on his bumper. If there’s a tree in heaven, he’s carved your name in the bark.  We know he has a tattoo, and we know what it says. “I have written your name on my hand”, he declares (Isaiah 49:16).

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•  God is Thinking about You
•  Father God’s Intimate Love Letter to You
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How kind are you?

What is your kindness quotient?

When was the last time you did something kind for someone in your family: e.g.: got a blanket, cleaned off the table, prepared the coffee – without being asked?

Think about your school or workplace. Which person is the most overlooked or avoided?  A shy student? A grumpy employee? Maybe he doesn’t speak the language. Maybe she doesn’t fit in. Are you kind to this person?

Kind hearts are quietly kind. They let the car cut into traffic and the young mom with three kids move up in the checkout line. They pick up the neighbour’s trash can that rolled into the street. And they are especially kind at church. They understand that perhaps the neediest person they’ll meet all week is the one standing in the foyer or sitting on the row behind them in worship. Paul writes:

When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).

And, here is a challenge – what about your enemies? With the boss who fired you or the wife who left you. Suppose you surprised them with kindness? Not easy? No, it’s not. But mercy is the deepest gesture of kindness. Paul equates the two

. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV).

Jesus said:
Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you. – If you love only the people who love you, what praise should you get?[L]ove  your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without hoping to get anything back. Then you will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High God, because he is kind even to people who are ungrateful and full of sin. Show mercy, just as your Father shows mercy. (Luke 6:27-28, 32, 35-36)

Kindness at home. Kindness in public. Kindness at church and kindness with your enemies. Pretty well covers the gamut, don’t you think? Almost. Someone else needs your kindness. Who could that be? You.

Since he is so kind to us, can’t we be a little kinder to ourselves? Oh, but you don’t know me, Max. You don’t know my faults and my thoughts. You don’t know the gripes I grumble and the complaints I mumble. No, I don’t, but he does. He knows everything about you, yet he doesn’t hold back his kindness toward you. Has he, knowing all your secrets, retracted one promise or reclaimed one gift?

No, he is kind to you. Why don’t you be kind to yourself? He forgives your faults. Why don’t you do the same? He thinks tomorrow is worth living. Why don’t you agree? He believes in you enough to call you his ambassador, his follower, even his child. Why not take his cue and believe in yourself?

Be kind to yourself. God thinks you’re worth his kindness. And he’s a good judge of character.

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•  Praying the 23rd Psalm for Yourself and Others
•  Praying for your Neighbours – while taking a walk
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How many disasters have been averted because one person refused to buckle under the strain? It’s this kind of composure Paul is summoning when he says:

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:5-6 NIV).

The Greek word translated here as “gentleness” describes a temperament that’s seasoned and mature. It envisions an attitude fitting to the occasion, levelheaded and tempered. This gentleness is “evident to all.” Family members take note. Your friends sense a difference. Coworkers benefit from it.

The gentle person is sober minded and clear thinking. The contagiously calm person is the one who reminds others God is in control. Pursue this gentleness. The Lord is near. You are not alone. You may feel alone, you may think you’re alone, but there is never a moment in which you face life without help.

God is near—be anxious for nothing!

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•   God Listens to Us
•  Talking to God
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“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Faith is trusting what the eye can’t see.

Eyes see the prowling lion. Faith sees Daniel’s angel.

Eyes see storms. Faith sees Noah’s rainbow.

Your eyes see your faults. Your faith sees your Savior.

Your eyes see your guilt. Your faith sees his blood.

By Max Lucado
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•   Fear, Faith and Migraines – Renewing your mind can help renew your body
•   God, Our Source of Life
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