April 18th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 18th, 2024
The Power and Mystery of Obedience Alistair BeggThe Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons” … Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem.  1 Samuel 16:1, 1 Samuel 16:4Samuel stands ou...  Read More
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April 17th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 17th, 2024
A Prayer about the Power of PrayerBy Jessica Van Roekel“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints and what is the immeasurable greatness ...  Read More
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April 16th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 16th, 2024
What Really Matters Most TodayBy Keri EichbergerShe had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was continually listening to His teaching. But Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.”...  Read More
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April 15th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 15th, 2024
Faith Needed in the StormBy: Betsy St. Amant HaddoxAnd he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of...  Read More
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April 12th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 12th, 2024
Living Plan B: A Lesson from ExodusBy Ray PritchardBIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY: When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. - Exodus 13:17-18Some time ago I heard the follow...  Read More
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April 11th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 11th, 2024
Gracious Words Flow from a Gracious HeartBy Jessica Van Roekel“The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:23-24, NIV.Many years ago, I made a bad first impression because of the way I spoke to someone. My speech was the opposite of gracious. At the time, the words spe...  Read More
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April 10th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 10th, 2024
Gratitude Changes EverythingSharon Jaynes“Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV).Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and so I’ve been thinking about gratitude a lot lately. What is it? When should we show it? What does God say about it?Paul wrote the Thessalonians, “Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Most read that verse and think it rather nice. So...  Read More
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April 9th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 9th, 2024
How Does God’s Word “Light Our Path”?By Sarah E. FrazerYour word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. - Psalm 119:105 (NIV)Every night, I do the same thing. My husband and I work together on what we call “closing up shop.” What we mean is we put the dog out to the yard one more time before putting her in the garage for the night. We make coffee for the morning. Usually, I wipe the counters a...  Read More
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April 8th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 8th, 2024
What Are the Different Kinds of Blessings and How Do We Bless Others?By Michelle Lazurek“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ Numbers 6:24-26Last month, I attended a memorial service for a former college professor. Many people gave touching tributes and testimonies to the man's life. But...  Read More
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April 5th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 5th, 2024
Is God Your Source of Encouragement?By Victoria RiollanoBe strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6En·cour·age- to give support, confidence, or hope to someone.Many of us are looking to be encouraged or supported.We look to family.We look to pastors.We look to our friends.We l...  Read More
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April 4th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 4th, 2024
Today's Thoughts: God means for GoodDaily DisciplesToday's Reading: Genesis 49; Matthew 13:31-58When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him." So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, "Before your father died he commanded, saying, 'Thus you shall say to Joseph: "I beg you, please for...  Read More
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April 3rd Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on April 3rd, 2024
The Workings of God – Chuck SwindollThe workings of God are not related to our clocks; they are related to our crises. That's why God doesn't care if this is the last day you can buy that car on sale. It doesn't bother God that it is the first day of summer or high noon or a quarter after seven or ten minutes to one in the morning. His timing is unrelated to Planet Earth's clock time. So while wai...  Read More
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