• Are You Lost?

    | Dec 11, 2017
    Being lost is a terrifying experience. A person's head spins as panic creeps up, shouting threats like, "You'll never find your way!" or "It's impossible!" Fear clutches at you. Several strange things are true about being lost.
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  • Change Your Routine

    | Dec 10, 2017
    Following the sixth day of creation, the Lord God deliberately stopped working. He rested. It wasn't that there was nothing else He could have done. It certainly wasn't because He was exhausted. Omnipotence never gets tired!
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  • Relating with Our Friends

    | Dec 09, 2017
    After God made man, He observed a need inside that life, a nagging loneliness that Adam couldn't shake. "Then the LORD God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.'" (Genesis 2:18)
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  • Make Leisure Part of Your Day

    | Dec 08, 2017
    How do you get good at getting the rest God said was good for you? How do you get good at leisure? We can, of course, nod in agreement to all we've discussed in the past couple days about how important it is to rest.
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  • Give Yourself Permission

    | Dec 07, 2017
    Since most humans suffer from a lack of balance in their lives, our best counsel on living a steady and stable life comes from God's Word. In Paul's letter to the Christians in Ephesus, he includes this most unusual command:
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  • Is Fatigue Next to Godliness?

    | Dec 06, 2017
    Now here's a rhyme I'll never understand: Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, where have you been? / I've been to London to look at the queen. / Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, what did you there? / I frightened a little mouse under the chair.
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  • Enough Is Enough

    | Dec 05, 2017
    Today's devotional has one primary objective: to help you enjoy yourself, your life, and your Lord more . . . without feeling guilty or unspiritual. Yes, enjoy! In our work-worshiping society, that is no small task.
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  • The Downward Spiral of Defiance

    | Dec 04, 2017
    Talk about going from bad to worse. Defiance is the classic illustration. First, defiance begins with carnal attitudes. Long before there are carnal actions, there are carnal attitudes.
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  • God Takes Action in Response to Defiance

    | Dec 03, 2017
    King Solomon planted seeds of willfulness and independence that reaped a harvest of rebellion in his heart. God's first reaction to Solomon's defiance was a strong statement of divine anger (1 Kings 11:9). What else does the Lord do?
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  • God's Attitude toward Defiance

    | Dec 02, 2017
    Solomon planted seeds of willfulness and independence that reaped a harvest of age-old rebellion in his heart. Let's see what God did in response to Solomon's defiance. Read 1 Kings 11:9–11.
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  • Defiance: A Biblical Warning

    | Dec 01, 2017
    When it comes to the topic of rebellion, King Solomon's story is pretty incredible. Although bright, rich, capable, and the son of a famous father, Solomon became an insolent, carnal man. We need to see how God dealt with him.
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  • Dealing with Defiance

    | Nov 30, 2017
    Defiance and stress are inseparable co-conspirators. Together, they scheme to steal your peace of mind. Although the term defiance does not appear in Scripture, acts and attitudes of defiance often do.
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  • Peace Amidst an Uncertain Future

    | Nov 29, 2017
    If you live intimidated by people, then you need to come to terms with your lack of peace. God is bigger than any person. You don't need to dread tomorrow. You don't need to dread your uncontrollable circumstances.
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  • Peace Amidst Unpleasant Circumstances

    | Nov 28, 2017
    About the time you get things settled in your heart and promise, "Lord, I'm not going to panic; I'm going to leave those dreams with You," no small disturbance occurs.
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  • Peace Amidst Unfulfilled Dreams

    | Nov 27, 2017
    Today's Scripture passage, which details events in the life of the apostle Paul, has a lot to teach us about finding peace in spite of our natural tendency to panic. I hope you will read it thoroughly.
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  • Peace . . . in Spite of Panic

    | Nov 26, 2017
    I invite you to focus your full attention on one of the rarest of all virtues. It is a virtue that everybody pursues, but very few possess on a regular basis. I'm referring to the often-longed-for but seldom-found virtue of peace.
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  • Shifting the Stress by Prayer and Rest

    | Nov 25, 2017
    In Parts One through Three we talked about some strategies for alleviating stress. Prayer is another relief—an essential therapy during stressful times. I'm reminded of David on one occasion.
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  • Stress Reduction: Spreading Out the Workload

    | Nov 24, 2017
    We've been talking about the very common and very real problem of stress. Today I'd like to tackle a practical suggestion for stress-reduction: spreading out the workload. There is a side of stress that is easily overlooked.
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  • Overcoming Worry

    | Nov 23, 2017
    In Part One, we looked at a couple of New Testament examples (one negative—Martha, the other positive—Jesus) of people under stress. Let's now go back to the Old Testament and lift out some familiar words of hope.
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  • Two Perspectives on Stress

    | Nov 22, 2017
    There is an old Greek motto that says: YOU WILL BREAK THE BOW IF YOU KEEP IT ALWAYS BENT. Wise words, but how do we loosen the strings? Even when we make every effort to slow down and relax, others place high demands on us.
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