June 8th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 8th, 2021
3 Habits of Happy Peopleby Debbie HollowayToday I stumbled across a list someone had pulled together and put online, entitled “22 Habits of Happy People.” Inspired, I decided to write a few down on post-it notes and stick them up around my (already post-it laden) cubicle. Then I got to thinking about Scriptural wisdom to back up the catchy phrases. Here’s what I found for the first few.1. Let go o...  Read More
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June 7th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 7th, 2021
Love Coupons from the Lordby Shawn McEvoyThen you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.Hebrews 6:12, NLTRummaging through our junk drawer once upon a time, I came across a gift from my wife that has brought me nothing but trouble.Hold it right there. You keep pres...  Read More
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June 4th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 4th, 2021
Mini-Miraclesby Shawn McEvoySo they all ate and were filled. Mark 6:42The title of my devotional today strikes me as oxymoronic. Miracles, after all, are defined as acts of God, amazing and marvelous events, and "seals of a divine mission" (Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary). Generally speaking, there's nothing small about them.What I'm talking about, then, are instances of heavenly intervention in t...  Read More
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Jun3 3rd Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 3rd, 2021
What is a Miracle, Really?Guest Post by Angela Hunt, author of When God HappensWhat are miracles, and why do they matter?I recently decided to put together a book on miracles with friend and fellow author Bill Myers. When Bill and I put out the call for miracle stories, we received many stories about how God worked to answer prayers. To those who received these blessings, the events felt like mira...  Read More
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June 2nd Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 2nd, 2021
Daily DisciplesToday's Reading: 2 Chronicles 17; John 13:1-20Today’s Thoughts: Endurance to the End"For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:" Hebrews 10:36I turned off my computer and saw a couple of fingerprint marks right in the middle of my screen. I pulled my shirt sleeve over my hand and began to rub the screen. The marks were s...  Read More
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June 1st Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 1st, 2021
John NorthPsalm 37:3-4,10-11,16“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart…In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. Better is the little t...  Read More
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Living for Jesus
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 31st, 2021
At the end of my Freshman year of high school, I turned away from following Jesus. I went the way of the world. Later, while I was serving in the military, I recommitted my life to Christ. It happened one night while I was sitting on my bunk. God spoke to me and more or less said – “No more riding the fence. You are either going to live for me or you are going to continue to live for yourself.” I ...  Read More
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May 31st Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 31st, 2021
Refreshed by Prayer – David JeremiahNow it came to pass in those days that [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God.  Luke 6:12Life is marked by events, and our life is lived either in anticipation of those events (looking to the future) or in reflection upon them (looking to the past). In either situation, stress is a possibility. We may be concerned about...  Read More
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May 28th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 28th, 2021
Put On the Lens of FaithBy Skip HeitzigSome people believe faith is a blind optimism that everything's going to work out. Others view faith as positive confession, the idea that whatever the mind can believe and conceive, it can achieve. To other people, faith is just a wonderful feeling that things are going to be okay.But true faith is rooted in something solid: it clings to the promises of God,...  Read More
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May 27th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 27th, 2021
Cultivating the Gratitude MindsetTony EvansIn His Presence: Romans 9:14-24“Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called . . . Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us wi...  Read More
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May 26th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 26th, 2021
Fuel for FaithDavid JeremiahNow faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 James Watt, the eighteenth-century Scottish inventor and engineer, coined the term “horsepower” to compare the power of newly invented steam engines to the power of a draft horse. The horse and carriage gave way to the horseless carriage, or automobile, powered by gasoline. Now...  Read More
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May 25th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on May 25th, 2021
He can make a way through the wilderness and cause streams to rise up, bringing refreshing even in the desert times. He can split the sea, move mountains, or any barrier before us, and allow us to walk through on dry ground.   Read More
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