Posts with the category “devotions”

July 12th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on July 12th, 2024
Demonstrating Our FaithTony Evans“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1-2).Biblical faith is not amorphous. We don’t believe in Santa Clause or the Tooth Fairy—they have no substance or reality to them. Faith believes in the character and the promises of a very real God. We demonstrate our faith by acting on His Word.Have you ever turned on yo...  Read More
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July 11th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on July 11th, 2024
A Pattern for WorshipTony Evans“Even the first covenant had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary” (Hebrews 9:1).Many of us can remember watching our mothers make dresses when we were children. Patiently, they would cut out a pattern, pin it to the fabric, and then carefully cut out the pieces so they could be sewn together. The pattern was a guideline for something greater—a dre...  Read More
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July 10th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on July 10th, 2024
There Is No Rock Like GodBy Whitney Hopler “There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” – 1 Samuel 2:2, NIVBefore exploring the Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario, Canada – one of the world’s largest gardens – I looked forward to seeing the many flowers there. But I honestly wasn’t excited about the rock garden. After all, I thought, how excitin...  Read More
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July 9th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on July 9th, 2024
Strengthen YourselfBayless ConleyFor today's devotional, I would like you to read 1 Samuel 30:6 again as it contains another truth I want you to see,Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6Notice that this verse be...  Read More
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July 8th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on July 8th, 2024
Monuments to the LordBy Whitney Hopler “Evergreens will grow in place of thorn bushes, firs will grow in place of nettles; they will be a monument to the Lord, a permanent reminder that will remain.” – Amos 5:24, NETWhile walking through the Royal Botanical Garden in Ontario, Canada – one of the world’s largest gardens – I often stopped to stand in front of especially large trees that inspired me ...  Read More
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July 5th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on July 5th, 2024
Deep Calls to DeepBy Whitney Hopler “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” – Psalm 42:7, NIVThere’s something deeply powerful about experiencing a waterfall. I hiked to several waterfalls recently in the “waterfall capital of the world” – the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada area, where more than 100 waterfalls flow down the long Niagara Escar...  Read More
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July 4th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on July 4th, 2024
A Prayer to Prepare Our Hearts to Celebrate Our Nation’s 4th of JulyBy Lynette Kittle“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” - John 8:36America’s 4th of July holiday is all about celebrating freedom. Although many citizens may be viewing it as a reason for an extended holiday, family gatherings, and setting off fireworks, there is much more behind this national holiday. Many America...  Read More
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July 3rd Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on July 3rd, 2024
It's Not About You!Chuck SwindollI need to underscore a foundational fact: God's goal is not to make sure you're happy. No matter how hard it is for you to believe this, it's time to do so. Life is not about your being comfortable and happy and successful and pain free. It's about becoming the man or woman God has called you to be. Unfortunately, we will rarely hear that message proclaimed today. ...  Read More
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July 2nd devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on July 2nd, 2024
Legacies of Faith Allistair BeggFaith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. Hebrews 11:1-2What does faith look like? In chapter 11 of his letter, the author of Hebrews tackles this question by presenting us with a portrait gallery, as it were, of the saints of old—men and women who were commended on account...  Read More
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July 1st Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on July 1st, 2024
Tapping into His Power Tony Evans“Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God” (Acts 12:5).There was a lady who lived out in the country and never had electricity. Finally, her family made arrangements so a line could be run out to her house. However, after six months, she had only used one unit. Company officials decided to drive out to her house...  Read More
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June 28th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 28th, 2024
True WorshipTony EvansIn His Presence “An hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth” (John 4:23).Many years ago, Robert Grant wrote the words to “O Worship the King,”O worship the King, all glorious aboveO gratefully sing His power and His love;Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.O tell o...  Read More
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June 27th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 27th, 2024
Trusting God in the Shadows Chuck SwindollI want to dispense a fresh supply of hope. To help accomplish that, let me suggest four principles. They may mean more to you later than now—in a time when God leads you to wait in the shadows.First, when God prepares us for effective ministry, He includes what we would rather omit—a period of waiting. That cultivates patience. As I write these words, it o...  Read More
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June 26th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 26th, 2024
Meanwhile...Greg LaurieMeanwhile, Peter continued knocking. When they finally opened the door and saw him, they were amazed. (Acts 12:16 NLT)The first-century believers were people just like us. They were flawed. They weren’t super Christians. Yes, they prayed fervently. Yes, they prayed together. But sometimes they also prayed with an element of doubt.Clearly there is a place for faith in our pra...  Read More
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June 25th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 25th, 2024
The Lifestyle of WorshipTony EvansIn His Presence: “You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3).Worship is not simply an event or a place. It is an orientation. It is a way of life. It is the result of a decision that we make—one that exalts God above everything else. It is also a way of thinking. We come to a point where we realize and acknowledge that God is tr...  Read More
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June 24th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 24th, 2024
Time with GodAre you distracted?“O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Please read vv. 5-11)  Isaiah 2:5 Don’t let anything distract you from focusing your life on the presence and person of God! The people of Israel had been distracted. They were “full of things from the east” (v. 6); and “their land is filled with silver and gold” and “filled with horses and…chariots” (...  Read More
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June 21st Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 21st, 2024
Acceptable to GodTony EvansIn His Presence: “Abel . . . brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard” (Genesis 4:4-5).As consumers, we have little interest in leftovers. We don’t like to spend our money on flawed products. When we pay for an item or a service, we feel that...  Read More
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June 20th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 20th, 2024
Together Is Where We Belong Alistair BeggAs in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5Every so often, someone may ask you, “Do you belong here?” It’s usually asked in relation to a country club, a gym, or something similar. They’re wondering, “Is this a place t...  Read More
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June 19th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 19th, 2024
Worship the Lord with Your LifeTony EvansIn His Presence: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy” - (Jude 24).Faith is at the heart of worship. In Streams in the Desert, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman records a story that focuses on giving God praise. The story is of a woman who had very little. She made a “precarious...  Read More
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June 18th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 18th, 2024
Viewing Ourselves RightlyAlistair Begg By the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:3No one is immune to the sin of self-exaltation. To find evidence of this, simply enter any kindergarten classroom. In this little group of ch...  Read More
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June 17th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 17th, 2024
Jailed but Not BoundTony EvansIn His Presence “Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison” (Acts 12:6).Has there ever been a time when you felt so bound by your circumstances that you thought you would never be released? Without a doubt, Peter’s situation, from a human standpoint, seemed impossible. However, from Go...  Read More
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June 14th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 14th, 2024
God’s Unchanging WordAlistair BeggBy faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” Hebrews 11:17-18Life can feel overwhelming. Every day brings new challenges even as old ones continue without resolution. It’s easy to allow our faith to trip on...  Read More
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June 13th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 13th, 2024
Becoming a Person of MercyBayless Conley"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." Luke 6:38It is not unusual to hear this verse used in connection with giving money to the Lord's work. And while there is a principle concerning money embedded...  Read More
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June 12th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 12th, 2024
Feelings Are Not Lord, God IsBy Kelly Balarie“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 NASBI had no idea that almost every single prayer I prayed was about to be answered in just one night…As it happened, I was only in this mega-church because a woman wouldn’t stop has...  Read More
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June 11th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 11th, 2024
An Ear Open, a Will Ready Alistair BeggThe Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying.” Acts 9:11In the Bible, there is no mention of Ananias before his appearance in Acts 9, and there is only one brief mention of him after that (Acts 22:12). By all accounts, he was not a tremendous man who ...  Read More
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June 10th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 10th, 2024
Justice, Kindness, and Humility Alistair BeggHe has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:8When John Newton, the eighteenth-century hymn writer and pastor, preached on this verse, he entitled his sermon “No Access to God but by the Gospel of Christ.” Why would he use a title that seem...  Read More
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June 7th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 7th, 2024
Prayer Is Relational, Not Just TransactionalBy Whitney Hopler“…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” – Romans 8:26-27, NIVThoughts of several seriou...  Read More
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June 6th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 6th, 2024
God's Pleasure…Your BlessingBayless ConleyLet them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, "Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant." Psalm 35:27This Psalm says it clearly—God is pleased when you are blessed. The Revised Standard Version translates this verse this way, God delights in the welfare of His servant.In ...  Read More
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June 5th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 5th, 2024
God's Eternal Generosity iBelieve Truth“I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you…” Daniel 2:23 (NIV)On a trip to a place where some of my ancestors lived – Ireland – I participated in an international prayer retreat. The other people I met at the retreat shared the same goal as I did: to learn more from God. We ...  Read More
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June 4th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 4th, 2024
Meant to Shine Alistair BeggDo all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:14-15As people who have been set free by the blood of Christ, we are meant to shine. There should be a glory about those who know Jesus. But grum...  Read More
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June 3rd Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 3rd, 2024
Leaving a LegacyAlistair BeggAlways be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5Each of us is leaving a legacy. Every day we are adding something to the portrait of our lives, and eventually what we leave behind—our decisions, our contributions, our priorities—will remain, at least for a time, for others to reflect upon and consider.At the e...  Read More
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May 31st Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 31st, 2024
Lose YourselfGreg Laurie“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 NLT)The things that impressed me as a younger Christian still impress me, but now other things impress me even more. When I was a brand-new believer, I was very impressed by a powerful preacher or someone with a great musical gift that they used for Go...  Read More
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May 30th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 30th, 2024
How Can We Develop Faith in What We Cannot See?By Meg Bucher“Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.” Proverbs 17:15“What?! But that’s not what I said!”I lost a lifetime friend because someone else misinterpreted what I said in a group text and passed it along like a childhood game of telephone. It hurt to be misunderstood, but what hurt ...  Read More
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May 29th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 29th, 2024
Incapable of Comprehending Chuck SwindollGod's plans are beyond our understanding and too deep to explain. Perhaps God doesn't explain Himself because knowing and understanding His way may not help us all that much. Stop and ask yourself: Does knowing why really help? Is the pain removed by knowing the cause? Ours is a world filled with devastating catastrophes, random shootings by hidden snipers,...  Read More
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May 28th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 28th, 2024
God’s Unchanging Word Alistair BeggBy faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” Hebrews 11:17-18Life can feel overwhelming. Every day brings new challenges even as old ones continue without resolution. It’s easy to allow our faith to trip o...  Read More
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May 27th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 27th, 2024
A Profound PlanChuck Swindoll“I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’ I had only heard about you before, but now I have see...  Read More
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May 24th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 24th, 2024
What Does God’s Omniscience Mean for Me? (Psalm 139:1)By Debbie W. Wilson“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me” (Psalm 139:1NLT).God is omniscient. That means that He knows everything. He knows the future, the past, and everything that is going on in this moment. He knows calculus, microbiology, and English. He understands physics and engineering. He knows the pressures ...  Read More
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May 23rd Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 23rd, 2024
Hoping Against All HopeBy Kelly Balarie“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations.” - Romans 4:18 NLTI didn’t have a dime in my pocket and the clock was ticking. I was either going to find money for rent or I’d be out on the streets, or that is how it felt anyway. Rent was due. Hundreds of dollars were in my bank account, ...  Read More
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May 22nd Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 22nd, 2024
Nothing Compares Chuck SwindollThen the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind: “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line?" (Job 38:1-...  Read More
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May 21st Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 21st, 2024
Great FaithBayless ConleyIn today's devotional, I want to look at the third level of faith. It is found in Matthew 8:5-10,Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You sho...  Read More
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May 20th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 20th, 2024
God and God Alone Chuck Swindoll“But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding? It is hidden from the eyes of all humanity. Even the sharp-eyed birds in the sky cannot discover it. Destruction and Death say, ‘We’ve heard only rumors of where wisdom can be found.’ God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found, for he looks throughout the whole ...  Read More
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