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In Touch Ministries; Charles Stanley – Always in His Presence


Psalm 139:1-12

In today’s reading, David asked, “Where can I go from Your Spirit?” (Psalm 139:7). The more he pondered the possibilities, the more he realized the answer is “nowhere.” God is present everywhere and at all times. This reality causes people to react in one of two ways—some find it a great comfort while others are filled with dread.

People who don’t know the Lord may think that He’s always judging their every move. But for those of us who belong to God through faith in His Son, His continual presence is a great comfort. We never have to walk through trials and heartaches alone, and we have complete confidence that He’s always providing, protecting, and guiding us through life.

This truth should change how we live. Knowing that God is ever-present motivates us to think, speak, and behave in ways that glorify Him. It’s a reminder to stand firm against temptations and pursue holiness.

There’s never a single moment in which the Lord is not looking out for your best interests. Nothing slips past Him into your life by accident, nor does the enemy have even a nanosecond’s opportunity to destroy you. This is the security we receive as believers, so let’s rejoice in knowing God is always with us.

Bible in One Year: Joshua 10-12

Our Daily Bread — The Reason for Writing


Bible in a Year:

But these are written that you may believe.

John 20:31

Today’s Scripture & Insight: John 20:24–31

“The Lord is my high tower . . . . We left the camp singing.” On September 7, 1943, Etty Hillesum wrote those words on a postcard and threw it from a train. Those were the final recorded words we would hear from her. On November 30, 1943, she was murdered at Auschwitz. Later, Hillesum’s diaries of her experiences in a concentration camp were translated and published. They chronicled her perspectives on the horrors of Nazi occupation along with the beauty of God’s world. Her diaries have been translated into sixty-seven languages—a gift to all who would read and believe the good as well as the bad.

The apostle John didn’t sidestep the harsh realities of Jesus’ life on earth; he wrote of both the good Jesus did and the challenges He faced. The final words from his gospel give insight into the purpose behind the book that bears his name. Jesus performed “many other signs . . . which are not recorded” (20:30) by John. But these, he says, were “written that you may believe” (v. 31). John’s “diary” ends on the note of triumph: “Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.” The gift of those gospel words allows us the opportunity to believe and “have life in his name.”

The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) are diary accounts of God’s love for us. They’re words to read and believe and share, for they lead us to life. They lead us to Christ.

By:  John Blase

Reflect & Pray

How might it change the way you read the Gospels if you thought of them as diaries? How are you being led to the heart of Christ through them?

Gracious God, thank You for the gift of the Scriptures, written down by faithful hands so that I might believe and have life.

Grace to You; John MacArthur – Realizing the Need for Seriousness


“Let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy to gloom” (James 4:9b).

The humble individual will come to see that sin is not a laughing matter.

Humor has always had a place in popular culture. But in recent decades a more worldly side to humor has emerged. Situation comedies dominate the list of top-rated TV shows, but many are far from what’s really best for people to view. The shows’ contents so often pander to the immoral and tend to put down scriptural values. Meanwhile, the world also runs headlong after activities that stress fun and self-indulgence. Most people just want to enjoy life and not take anything too seriously.

God’s Word acknowledges that there is a proper time and place for joy and laughter: “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Eccles. 3:4). The psalmist tells of one appropriate time for laughter and happiness: “When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with joyful shouting” (Ps. 126:1-2).

But the Lord requires that anyone who would have a relationship with Him must begin on a sober, serious, humble note. In today’s Scripture, James urges sinners to exchange worldly laughter and frivolity for godly mourning and gloom over their sin. The laughter spoken of here is the kind that indicates a leisurely indulging in human desires and pleasures. It pictures people who give no serious thought to God, to life, death, sin, judgment, or God’s demands for holiness. Without mincing words, it is the laughter of fools who reject God, not that of the humble who pursue Him.

James’s message is that saving faith and proper humility consist of a serious, heartfelt separation from the folly of worldliness as well as a genuine sorrow over sin. If these characteristics are present in your life, it is fairly safe evidence that you are one of the humble (see 1 John 2:15-17).

Suggestions for Prayer

Seek forgiveness for any thoughts and actions that have kept you from a serious attitude in your walk with God.

For Further Study

Read 1 John 2:15-17.

  • Think of several examples under each of the categories of worldliness in verse 16. Which of these are problems for you?
  • What steps can you take, with God’s help, to overcome them?

Joyce Meyer – You Are the Place of Prayer


For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building.

— 1 Corinthians 3:9 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Closer to God Each Day – by Joyce Meyer

Under the Old Covenant, the temple was the house of God, the place of prayer for His people, the children of Israel. The temple had three compartments, one of which was the Holy of Holies, which held the presence of God. Amazingly, now our renewed and sanctified spirit—the core of who we are—is the place where He makes His home!

Under the New Covenant, the apostle Paul tells us that God’s presence is now a mystery revealed as Christ in us, “the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Because of the relationship you now have with Christ, you can be close to God because you’re now His living temple. You are a home for the Holy Spirit, a building still under construction, but nonetheless His house. Paul spends a lot of time encouraging us to live a holy life, because we are the temple of God.

While the children of Israel had to go to a specific place and follow detailed instructions to worship God, we have the incredible privilege of worshipping Him anywhere and at any time, so we are actually houses of prayer. We are always close to God because He dwells in us!

Prayer Starter: Father, please give me the ability to live a holy life, and teach me how to care for my spirit, soul and body, since I’m Your living temple. Thank You for making Your home in me! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Truth for Life; Alistair Begg –Many Tribulations

Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

 Acts 14:22

God’s people have their trials. It was never God’s plan, when He chose His people, that they should be untested. They were chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen for worldly peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of mortality was never promised to them; but when their Lord drew up the charter of privileges, He included chastisements among the things to which they should inevitably be heirs.

Trials are a part of our experience; they were predestinated for us in Christ’s last legacy. As surely as the stars are fashioned by His hands, and their orbits fixed by Him, so surely are our trials allotted to us. He has ordained their season and their place, their intensity and the effect they shall have upon us. Good men must never expect to escape troubles; if they do, they will be disappointed, for none of their predecessors have been without them.

Consider the patience of Job; remember Abraham, for he had his trials, and facing them with faith, he became the father of the faithful. Review the biographies of all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and you will find that each of those whom God made vessels of mercy were made to pass through the fire of affliction.

God has ordained that the cross of trouble should be engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal insignia distinguishing the King’s vessels of honor. But even though tribulation is the path of God’s children, they have the comfort of knowing that their Master has walked it before them. They have His presence and sympathy to cheer them, His grace to support them, and His example to teach them how to endure; and when they reach “the kingdom,” it will more than make amends for the “many tribulations” through which they passed to enter it.

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Kids4Truth Clubs Daily Devotional – God Is Our Guide



“For this God is our God forever and forever: he will be our guide even unto death.” (Psalm 48:14)

For her twelfth birthday, Julie wanted to go on a real adventure. Her dad decided to take her whitewater rafting. Dad and Julie got onto a bus with rafts piled on top of it. Everyone on the bus was excited as they rode to the river. Julie could see that some parts of the river were calm, but there were some really strong rapids. When she and her dad got off the bus and they walked down to the bank of the river, she could see there were huge boulders in the middle of it. Suddenly, Julie started wondering what she had been thinking when she said she wanted an adventurous birthday. Maybe this wasn’t such a great idea, after all! She was shaking a little as Dad helped her get her lifejacket on and handed her a paddle.

But she felt better when a man with a Starbucks ball cap gathered some of them together and started explaining what they were going to do. He told the group that his name was Rob, and that he was going to be their guide for the day. He said that there are different categories of whitewater rapids. In the rating system they used, “1” meant “barely moving,” and “6” meant “Niagara Falls.” Julie blinked and swallowed hard. She had not planned to go rafting on anything like Niagara Falls! She was a little comforted to hear Rob say that the river they were going on was only a “3” or “4.”

Rob showed Julie and her group where and how they should sit in the raft, and then he jumped in the back. They traveled down the river, bouncing through rapids and dodging boulders. Rob would shout simple instructions as they moved along; they paddled when he said “Paddle” and rested when he said “Rest.” Julie could tell that they were sticking to the most exciting part of the river–where the action was. She also noticed that Rob was not only paddling with his oar, but he was also using his oar as a rudder. He used it to steer their raft around the boulders, through the peaceful waters, and over the rough rapids. Julie decided she trusted Rob. She smiled when she saw that he had somehow managed to keep his Starbucks cap on the whole time! Rob had guided people down this same river for years, and he knew how to get them down the river safely. And not only was he going to get them safely back on shore, but he was also going to take them right through the most exciting rapids and give them the best possible journey.

Life is a little like that river. Have you ever stopped to think that God is an expert Guide? Sometimes things go along smoothly. Things are good with your family and friends. God is guiding you through the smooth times. But the life of a Christian will not always be easy. A full life, with lots of the best kind of adventure, is going to have really rough times.

No matter what is happening right now, God is the most trustworthy Guide you could ever have. He is all-knowing. He sees everything and knows how to handle everything. He is all-powerful. He is absolute control of any circumstance that you face in your life, and He can protect you during anything you have to go through. He is faithful. He will not leave you to take care of yourself if you count on Him for His help. You can ask Him to guide you and give you wisdom through both the smooth and the rough places in your life. Depend on God to be your Guide. He is more than worthy of your trust.

God is a faithful and dependable Guide Who deserves our trust.

My Response:
» Do I lean on myself instead of asking God for wisdom and help?
» When I am in trouble, do I look to God as the only perfect Guide?

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Denison Forum – Why canceling Dr. Seuss is a threat to all evangelicals: Praying today for the courage we will need tomorrow


Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904–91) wrote and illustrated more than sixty books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. By the time of his death, his books had sold more than six hundred million copies and had been translated into more than twenty languages.

Geisel was a graduate of Dartmouth with graduate studies at Oxford. His work received two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. For decades, Read Across America Day has celebrated his birthday while encouraging children to read. Like millions of others, I read Dr. Seuss’ books as a child and then read them to our children.

Then came recent accusations that some of his books depict characters in racist ways. A school district in Virginia dropped Read Across America Day as a result. While President Obama marked the Day with a proclamation calling Dr. Seuss “one of America’s revered wordsmiths” and President Trump cited his “motivational words,” President Biden omitted any reference to Dr. Seuss in his recent proclamation marking the day.

In response to this controversy, the company that oversees the author’s estate announced that it would no longer publish six of his books, citing what it called “hurtful and wrong” images.

The company did not elaborate, but the New York Times reports that one of the books portrays a “Chinaman” with lines for eyes who is wearing a pointed hat and carrying chopsticks and a bowl of rice. Another book depicts two characters from “the African island of Yerka” as shirtless, shoeless, and resembling monkeys. National Review notes that another Dr. Seuss book seems to have been targeted for a depiction of an Eskimo and still another for an Arab-looking character.

Then eBay joined the controversy, announcing that it would purge all listings for the six books from its site. Notably, the e-commerce giant will still allow you to sell pornography, Mein Kampf, and Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book.


The Sneetches and the United Nations 

I understand the sentiment against cartoons depicting ethnicities in unflattering or discriminatory ways, especially in books that could be influential for children. When the company that owns the formerly branded Aunt Jemima pancake and syrup products changed the brand and dropped a logo known to perpetuate racist stereotypes, I wrote an article supporting their decision.

However, there’s more to the story, a dimension that affects every evangelical Christian in America.

Writing for National Review, Dan McLaughlin focuses on one of the “canceled” books, The Sneetches. He describes the plot: The Sneetches are identical birds, except that some have stars on their bellies while others do not. The star-belly Sneetches look down on the star-less Sneetches. Then a monkey named Sylvester McMonkey McBean offers to add stars to bellies for a fee.

Now that the star-belly Sneetches are no longer superior, McBean talks them into removing their stars so that they can declare star-less bellies to be the new grounds for supremacy. Eventually, everyone loses track of who had what, while McBean makes off with all their money. Poorer but wiser, the Sneetches abandon star-based classification altogether and live in star-blind harmony.

The moral is clear and compelling: we should not discriminate against others based on their appearance. A “star blind” culture is best for all. Everyone deserves the same opportunities as everyone else. The book is so persuasive and its message so positive that in 1998, NATO and the UN distributed copies of the book in Bosnia in the midst of the ethnic conflicts being waged there.

This was essentially the approach of the civil rights movement. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 ensured that all Americans have the equal right and access to vote.

The goal was a culture in which everyone had the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. A “star-blind” society, in other words.

The NEA recommends a book about a cross-dressing prince 

That was then; this is now.

McLaughlin quotes the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) with regard to The Sneetches: “The solution to the story’s conflict is that the Plain-Belly Sneetches and Star-Bellied Sneetches simply get confused as to who is oppressed. As a result, they accept one another. This message of ‘acceptance’ does not acknowledge structural power imbalances. It doesn’t address the idea that historical narratives impact present-day power structures. And instead of encouraging young readers to recognize and take action against injustice, the story promotes a race-neutral approach.”

Here’s the point: it’s no longer enough to seek a world in which all Americans have equal opportunities with regard to voting, education, employment, or other civil rights. Now we must be proactive in “canceling” any oppression as defined by any person considered to be oppressed. We must identify “structural power imbalances” and “take action against injustice” as defined by the SPLC and similar groups.

For example, the National Education Association has provided a list of books to consider as replacements for those by Dr. Seuss that have been canceled. It includes Julián Is a Mermaid, about a boy who wants to be a mermaid, and The Prince and the Dressmaker, about a cross-dressing prince.


Why we must “be strong and courageous” 

Tomorrow, I plan to explain the worldview behind this movement. For today, let’s note its danger for evangelicals. If you disagree with this ideology, you’re among the oppressors. If you defend biblical morality against an LGBTQ agenda, for instance, you’re an oppressor of the persecuted oppressed. This mentality applies to “minority rights” across the age spectrum from abortion to euthanasia.

This ideology is only going to become more pervasive in a culture that is deteriorating from our Judeo-Christian heritage to post-Christian to now anti-Christian worldviews. We must not compromise our biblical convictions or treat our opponents as our enemies. Instead, we must pray now for the courage to stand for biblical truth with biblical grace.

As we do, we can claim Moses’ word to the Jews confronting the dangers they faced as God’s word to us: “Be 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 31:6).

Will you take your Lord at his word today?

Upwords; Max Lucado –Grace Brings Honesty


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My high school baseball coach had a firm rule against chewing tobacco, and he wanted to draw it to our attention. He got our attention all right. Before long we’d all tried it! It was a sure test of manhood. One day I’d just popped a plug in my mouth when one of the players warned, “Here comes the coach.” I did what comes naturally—I swallowed. Gulp.


I added new meaning to the scripture, “I felt weak deep inside me. I moaned all day long” (Psalm 32:3). I paid the price for hiding my disobedience. My body was not made to ingest tobacco. Your soul was not made to ingest sin. Are you keeping any secrets from God? Any part of your past or present that you hope you and God never discuss? Well listen, once you’re in the grip of grace, you’re free to be honest. And you’ll be glad you were.



a conspiracy of global elites revealed – E A Daily, Op ED – Sergey Ivanov

Устами Джо Байдена американское «глубинное государство» и, шире говоря, мировая глобалистская «элита» назвала Дональда Трампа «худшим президентом в истории США». Что ж, функционерам глобалистов, конечно, виднее, кто для них худший. Эта их оценка сама по себе многое говорит…

Translation of Article by Google Translate – Original Link with Name

Sergey Ivanov, Vladimir Putin’s former chief of staff, currently on the Russian Federation Security Council, has weighed in on the “historical scale of the personality and achievements of President Donald Trump” in an op-ed for Eurasia Daily.

Through the mouth of Joe Biden, the American “deep state” and, more broadly, the world globalist “elite” called Donald Trump “the worst president in US history.” Well, the functionaries of the globalists, of course, know better who is the worst for them. This assessment of them says a lot, but it is especially notable in that it actually recognizes the historical scale of the personality and achievements of President Trump.

You just need to stand on the side of the world and correctly place signs – “by contradiction” – to see that Donald Trump, perhaps the best president in the history of the United States, is “modern George Washington .” If the first president of America fought to lay the foundation of the nation and state, the beginning of American freedom, then Trump fought and is fighting to preserve the legacy of the founding fathers, to defend freedom; for finally not becoming the last truly elected people, the President of the United States. He, like Washington, is the flesh of his people, 100 percent American, a classic self-made man, a living embodiment of the American dream. Trump is a successful entrepreneur, a man of action and a man of his word, he built America all his life and became its true national leader.

Not only the American, but also the world history of the last centuries hardly knows other examples when a politician, in fact, having no “party machine” at his disposal, was able to become the head of state and receive such phenomenal support from the people. It is significant that even amid the intimidation of the pandemic (which the globalists also used to disrupt Trump’s promising triumphant election campaign and prevent the consolidation of the American nation around its leader), many thousands of people gathered to meet with the president. What, some of the “world leaders” over the past half century can boast of at least something similar?

The scale of the personality and deeds of President Trump is also emphasized by the fact that not only the “deep state” of the United States, but all “progressive humanity” has taken up arms against him. The entire “international”, from the communists (from paranormal leftists-extremists to respectable Chinese comrades) and ending with Pope Francis, fought an undeclared war to destroy the American leader for all four years. It could not be otherwise, because the United States is the leader country of modern civilization, and without control over it, globalists cannot successfully build their own “new world order.” In 2016, they underestimated Trump and the will of the American people for freedom, and they had to put their “construction” on hold. In 2020, with the help of insolent deception in the presidential elections, the globalists from the “deep state” corrected their mistake and, demonstratively usurping the right to choose the American people, showed “who is the boss.”

And today, together with Biden, they celebrate not only BLM, Antifa and their “curators” like Soros and Pelosi , not only Merkel and Macronbut also “anti-democratic” regimes around the world, from China and North Korea to Venezuela and Cuba. In the United States itself, long before the “election” scam, almost immediately after Trump came to the White House, the “deep state” functionaries from both parties – not only politicians and “public figures”, but also civil servants, provided unprecedented opposition to all of his endeavors, did everything to suppress America’s impulse for Freedom. And President Trump, like a real American hero, a man of epic proportions, took the fight and virtually single-handedly confronted the global monster devouring the American state. And he won in this confrontation, in this, perhaps, the last “western” of American history. Fighting the “bad guys” from the “deep state”, he tore off their mask. The mask of “Freedom,

Having torn it down, Trump not only presented the “city and the world” with factual proof of the existence of the “deep state”, making explicit the symbiosis of socialists, liberals, “Christian” and other “democrats” of all stripes, coupled with their anarcho-green “antagonists”, but also forced globalists reveal their real goals. And now everyone can be convinced that the construction of Paradise on Earth is by no means included in these goals. Rather, one can see that the “architects” of the “New World Order” are pushing “humanity” in the opposite direction to Paradise. After all, what has been done against President Trump and against America is not only surprising, but clearly smacks of some kind of infernality. And the point is not only that the “Sacred Principles of Democracy” were demonstratively violated, that a fiction, a bait for the naive, an empty shell thrown out “at the first naughty”,

Even if we “discard emotions,” something else cannot but amaze: why, for what sake, to destroy a prosperous country? What did Trump do wrong? In the shortest possible time – phenomenal successes in the economy, millions of new jobs, rapid growth in incomes, the percentage of working wealthy people among Hispanics and African Americans has grown significantly, the number of abortions has dropped significantly, and illegal immigration has been limited. Phenomenal, tangible (in the hundreds of billions of dollars) successes in the international arena. Not a single war, on the contrary, – the consolidation of peace in the Middle East, the beginning of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. And against this background – the incessant evil hiss: “the worst president”, constant hysterics of “demshizy” and “demosher” of all colors of the rainbow, from the old Italian witch-prostitute to the fed clown artists and athletes-morons.

Comparison of these facts naturally leads to the question, why did President Trump not please the “deep state”? The fact that he is not a representative of the “minorities”? Just a successful white man. Today, for the leader of a “democratic” country, this is, of course, a “minus”, but there is no particular crime in this either. Or precisely by ensuring rapid economic growth, strengthening state institutions, protecting constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens, traditional family, morality, and religion? But it seems that the “deep state” should be interested in the power and prosperity of the United States. Its functionaries cannot cut the branch on which they sit with their own hands, deliberately destroy the country in which the ruling class is constituted …

History, however, knows similar incidents. And you don’t have to go far for examples, just remember the democrat-reformer M.S.Gorbachev and his “teams” for the “restructuring” of the USSR. But the point, of course, is not about examples. As they say, an example is not a proof, it is a matter of facts, which, as you know, are a “stubborn thing.” Here is one of the more typical ones. Since at least the middle of the 19th century, liberals, socialists and other “friends of the people” have been preaching that “the economy is primary,” “plays a leading role in the life of society,” etc. This “Truth” has become a mantra not only for “scientists -economists “, but also the entire” enlightened “public. And what did we see in Trump’s case? It turned out that the “world elite”, which in words preaches “economy”, in fact is much more concerned about ideology and, in particular, the protection of LGBT rights and the freedom to promote homosexuality. This fact became apparent when, throughout all four years of Trump’s presidency, the attacks of the “Democrats” on him, despite all his outstanding achievements,

But what does promoting homosexuality mean? This is not just an abstract “destruction of the traditional family”. In fact, this is the propaganda of childlessness. That is, pushing the human race towards gradual extinction, towards self-destruction. The question is, what, the functionaries of the “deep state” do not understand this? Or precisely because President Trump got in the way of this propaganda, they wrote him down as “the worst president in US history”? And why did they inspire and pay for the BLM movement, pogroms and desecrations of churches, moral terror against the forces of law and order? To strengthen American statehood? Maybe other priorities of the “world elite”: feminism, “fight against racism”, “green economy”, in combination with the promotion of homosexuality, will contribute to the growth of the well-being of the American and other peoples?

All these purely rhetorical questions are nothing more than an indication of facts that have become literally outrageous during the “pre-election” (and “post-election”) struggle of the “Democrats” with President Trump. Their simple generalization leads to the conclusion that another historically significant consequence of Trump’s victory in the collision with the “deep state” – the American vanguard of the “world elite” is that “the secret has become clear” – the “long-suffering” “conspiracy theory” has received a clear confirmation and ceased to be a “theory”, but became objective knowledge. It has successfully passed the experimental test, and now it is no longer a “hypothesis”, but an observed fact. Those who wish can call the “conspiracy” a “conspiracy” or, more politically correct, for example, “a non-public agreement of the elites concluded to achieve goals that are difficult to formulate publicly.”

Whether the globalists will be able to build their “New Order” and put an end to History , whether President Trump turns out to be its last hero, the future will show. But even today, thanks to his historic victory, everyone who “has eyes” can see where the “world elite” is leading and who is serving. See and fight for your future.

Sergey Ivanov


Source: President Trump’s historic victory: a conspiracy of global elites revealed – Politics news, Europe news – EADaily

Charles Stanley – Sunday Reflection: Passions and Patience


To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.

When young children want something they can’t have immediately, it often becomes their unrelenting focus. They persistently ask for new toys, experiences, or additional treats, perhaps even throwing a tantrum when their request is denied. If we’re honest, there are times we behave like that with God.

During the early days of the church, the word passion referred to these persistent, uncontrolled desires of the flesh that draw us away from God. When Paul wrote to the Galatians, this is exactly what he wanted them to remember—that to belong to Jesus means that these passions have been crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20Gal. 5:24).

We deal with harmful desires by taking slow, measured steps away from them and toward the Lord. It’s only as we relinquish our passions and retrain our focus that we’ll realize our fulfillment comes from Christ alone. But remember, you don’t have to get there all at once. It takes patience to surrender your passions and actively seek the Lord.

Think about it
• Throughout the day, notice what things you’re attached to by asking, What holds my attention most of the time? Consider writing them down or discussing them with a trusted friend.

Bible in One Year: Joshua 7-9

Our Daily Bread — Pleading with God


Bible in a Year:

I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures. . . . So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition.

Daniel 9:2–3

Today’s Scripture & Insight:Daniel 9:1–5, 17–19

A family’s prayer time ended with a surprising announcement one morning. As soon as Dad said, “Amen,” five-year-old Kaitlyn proclaimed, “And I prayed for Logan, because he had his eyes open during prayer.”

I’m pretty sure praying for your ten-year-old brother’s prayer protocol isn’t what Scripture has in mind when it calls us to intercessory prayer, but at least Kaitlyn realized that we can pray for others.

Bible teacher Oswald Chambers emphasized the importance of praying for someone else. He said that “intercession is putting yourself in God’s place; it is having His mind and perspective.” It’s praying for others in light of what we know about God and His love for us.

We find a great example of intercessory prayer in Daniel 9. The prophet understood God’s troubling promise that the Jews would have seventy years of captivity in Babylon (Jeremiah 25:11–12). Realizing that those years were nearing their completion, Daniel went into prayer mode. He referenced God’s commands (Daniel 9:4–6), humbled himself (v. 8), honored His character (v. 9), confessed sin (v. 15), and depended on His mercy as he prayed for His people (v. 18). And he got an immediate answer from God (v. 21).

Not all prayer ends with such a dramatic response, but be encouraged that we can go to God on behalf of others with an attitude of trust and dependence on Him.

By:  Dave Branon

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When you pray for others, how are you seeking the mind of God? How do you seek His perspective?

Dear heavenly Father, help me to know You better so that when I pray for others, I can filter my requests through my knowledge of Your will.

Grace to You; John MacArthur – Denying Yourself


“I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed” (Dan. 9:4).

God will not respond to self-righteous prayers.

In Luke 18 Jesus told a parable to people who were trusting in their own self-righteousness. He said, “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-gatherer. The Pharisee stood and was praying thus to himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-gatherer. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’

“But the tax-gatherer, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’

“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted” (vv. 10-14).

Apart from God’s mercy we cannot enter into God’s presence. The tax-gatherer knew that and pled for forgiveness. The Pharisee missed the point and went away without forgiveness.

Like the tax-gatherer, Daniel approached God with an attitude of confession and self-denial. He could have reminded God of his years of faithful service while in Babylon, but that didn’t enter his mind. He knew that in himself there was nothing to commend him to God. His only thought was for mercy for himself and his people, that God’s purposes could be realized through them.

As a Christian, you have the wonderful privilege of boldly entering into God’s presence “with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith” (Heb. 10:22). That privilege is rooted in God’s grace through Christ’s sacrifice and leaves no room for presumption or self-righteousness. Always guard your attitude in prayer so that you don’t unwittingly slip into a Pharisaic mentality.

Suggestions for Prayer

Memorize Psalm 117:1-118:1 and recite it often as a hymn of praise to the Lord.

For Further Study

Jesus had much to say about the self-righteous scribes and Pharisees of His day. Read Matthew 23, noting His scathing denunciations of their hypocritical attitudes and practices.

Joyce Meyer – Excuses, Excuses


But they all alike began to make excuses…

— Luke 14:18 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Power Thoughts Devo – by Joyce Meyer

Moses made excuses when God called him to service. He said he wasn’t eloquent enough and could not speak (see Exodus 4:10). Felix made excuses when Paul was speaking to him about righteousness and self-control, basically telling Paul, “Right now is an inconvenient time. Can you come back later?” (see Acts 24:25).

When God invites people into a relationship with Him, many people come up with excuses because they simply don’t want to make the sacrifices required to follow Him. Even among those of us who are believers in Jesus, we still hear ample excuses for not serving Him fully. It’s time for us to deal with any excuses may have been making and start speaking truth, because the day will come when all of us will stand before God and give an account of our lives (see Romans 14:12). No excuses will work on that day, so let’s be vigilant to follow God’s instructions. You won’t regret it (see James 1:25)!

Prayer Starter: Father, please show me any excuses I’m holding onto that are keeping me from following You fully. Thank You for giving me the grace to follow Your instructions and stay in Your will for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Truth for Life; Alistair Begg –Little-Faith


Have faith in God.

 Mark 11:22

Faith gives feet to the soul, enabling it to march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly; but it is faith that carries the soul. Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of practical holiness to move well; and without faith the wheels are taken from the chariot, and we drag ourselves along. With faith I can do all things; without faith I will be missing both the inclination and the power to do anything in the service of God.

If you want to find the men who serve God best, you must look for men of faith. Little faith will save a man, but little faith cannot do great things for God. Poor Little-faith could not have fought “Apollyon”; it needed “Christian” to do that. Poor Little-faith could not have slain “Giant Despair”; it required “Great-heart’s” arm to knock that monster down. Little faith will go to heaven most certainly, but it often has to hide itself in a nutshell, and it frequently loses all but its jewels. Little-faith says, “It is a rough road, beset with sharp thorns, and full of dangers; I am afraid to go;” but Great-faith remembers the promise, “Your bars shall be iron and bronze, and as your days, so shall your strength be”;1 and so she boldly ventures. Little-faith stands despondently, mingling her tears with the flood; but Great-faith sings, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you,”2 and she crosses the stream at once.

Do you want to be comfortable and happy? To enjoy the journey do you desire cheerfulness rather than gloom? Then “have faith in God.” If you love darkness and are satisfied to dwell in gloom and misery, then be content with little faith; but if you love the sunshine and would sing songs of rejoicing, covet earnestly this best gift, great faith.

1) Deuteronomy 33:25
2) Isaiah 43:2

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Kids4Truth Clubs Daily Devotional – God Created Languages


“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” ( Genesis 11:9)

Wouldn’t it be easier if everyone spoke the same language? Then we could all understand one another! Missionaries wouldn’t have to learn a foreign language when they left for the mission field, businessmen wouldn’t have to use interpreters when they had a business meeting overseas, and we could travel the world and be able to talk to anyone we wanted!

That may sound like a great plan to us, but God had even better plans. It was God Who created languages, and He did it for a purpose. For hundreds of years after God first created the world, everyone spoke the same language, and everyone could understand everyone else. The people became very wicked, though, and did what was right in their own eyes instead of loving and obeying God. To judge them, God sent a great flood to destroy the whole world. After God rescued Noah and his family from the flood, God gave them a command. They were supposed to multiply (grow the family) and spread out all over the world. In other words, they were supposed to scatter around and fill up the world with their children and grandchildren. Earth would be filled again with people who would know and worship the one true God.

Over the next years, Noah’s family did grow, but they did not move to different parts of the earth like God had commanded. In fact, instead of worshipping God the way He wanted them to worship Him (by obeying his commands, for example), they decided it would be a better idea to worship God by building a tower so high it would reach Him up in heaven. Have you ever heard of “The Tower of Babel”? The grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Noah’s family started building this tower and a city of worship around it.

God was angry at their plans to worship Him however they pleased while disobeying His other commands. They had not scattered around and replenished (re-filled) the different parts of the world. They had not taught their children and grandchildren the right things about God and how He expected to be worshipped.

In the middle of this huge construction project, God brought judgment down on it. He decided to mix up the languages. Can you imagine? Maybe you are on a ladder, working on the tower. You ask your second cousin to pass the hammer and some nails over…and he acts confused. He is not joking, either. He really has no clue what you are saying! He tries to answer you, but his words sound really funny to you, and you don’t know what he means. Now, you have known this guy all your life! He is related to you! And suddenly neither of you can understand what the other is saying?

It did not take long for the people to realize something very different was happening, and that God must have been the One doing it. God confused the languages of the people to help them stop doing things their own way and to help them fulfill his command to go out and replenish all the world. As people walked aimlessly around, trying to find someone who could understand them, they naturally divided into smaller groups according to language. These groups gradually split off from the others and moved to different parts of the world. They finally scattered and became the different nations of people we have today.

Wow! Did you know that God had such a specific purpose in creating languages? God has a purpose for everything He does, even in confusing a bunch of disobedient people thousands of years ago. A God Who can create languages is a powerful God! God’s plans are always designed to work things out for His glory and for His people’s best good. If only we would follow His plans instead of doing things our own way!

God is the sovereign Creator, and He can carry out what He wants done, even if people try to do the opposite.

My Response:
» Am I disobeying what God has shown me He wants me to do?
» Am I tempted to honor God my own way rather than how He wants to be honored?
» Do I need to do a better job remembering that God has a specific purpose in everything He does?

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Charles Stanley –The Words of Our Faith


Hebrews 2:1-4

Some churches today avoid using biblical language to describe what it means to be saved, because the terms can be confusing. However, since God chose these words to convey the greatness of our salvation, we should not overlook them. In order to understand grace, it is essential that we grasp the following concepts:

  • Redemptionrefers to Christ’s payment for sin—in other words, His death purchased us for God.
  • Regenerationis a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, in which He gives us divine life and makes us into new creatures.
  • Justificationis God’s declaration that through our faith in Christ, we are righteous and acquitted of guilt for sin.
  • Forgivenessis the removal of our guilt; to accomplish this, Jesus went to the cross in our place and bore our sins (1 Peter 2:24).
  • Reconciliationis the restoration of a right relationship with God. No longer His enemies, we’re now His beloved children.
  • Sanctificationmeans to be set apart for God. It’s the process by which we grow in holiness and obedience.

The more you understand the depths of your salvation, the greater your awe, gratitude, and love for Jesus will be. So meditate on these truths and the fullness of your salvation, and let them fill your mind and heart today.

Bible in One Year: Joshua 4-6

Our Daily Bread — Minding My Own Business


Bible in a Year:

Mind your own business and work with your hands.

1 Thessalonians 4:11

Today’s Scripture & Insight:1 Thessalonians 4:9–12

Years ago, my son Josh and I were making our way up a mountain trail when we spied a cloud of dust rising in the air. We crept forward and discovered a badger busy making a den in a dirt bank. He had his head and shoulders in the hole and was vigorously digging with his front paws and kicking the dirt out of the hole with his hind feet. He was so invested in his work he didn’t hear us.

I couldn’t resist and prodded him from behind with a long stick lying nearby. I didn’t hurt the badger, but he leaped straight up in the air and turned toward us. Josh and I set new world records for the hundred-yard dash.

I learned something from my brashness: Sometimes it’s best not to poke around in other people’s business. That’s especially true in relationships with fellow believers in Jesus. The apostle Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). We’re to pray for others and seek by God’s grace to share the Scriptures, and occasionally we may be called to offer a gentle word of correction. But learning to live a quiet life and not meddling into others’ lives is important. It becomes an example to those who are now outside God’s family (v. 12). Our calling is to “love each other” (v. 9).

By:  David H. Roper

Reflect & Pray

What happens when you meddle in other people’s business? What’s the first thing you should do instead for others?

God, teach me to know what it means to love others better.

Denison Forum – What happened this week at Denison Forum?


For many, March 2021 means that we’ve been living with the specter of COVID-19 for a year. Last year, some believed that the virus wouldn’t hit US shores. Or that it would only affect our lives for a few weeks.

But, as the months wore on, we realized that the fight against COVID was not going to be a sprint, nor a marathon, but a daily race we’re all running together.

Yet we’re prayerful that the finish line (i.e., sustainably lower numbers across the board) comes sooner than we think, especially as vaccinations continue to increase in the US and abroad.

Speaking of vaccinations, should you avoid the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

Dr. Denison considered that question in his Thursday edition of The Daily Article—which is also now available in a video edition.

Another notable news story this week, which could have far-ranging ramifications, is Bethany Christian Service’s decision to allow adoptions by LGBTQ parents. Dr. Denison relates that this tragic announcement proves at least three points:

  1. Government intrusion on religious liberty is escalating.
  2. Our culture and civilization are at stake.
  3. We need to support ministries who stay faithful to their mission.

In related news, the Equality Act continues to garner press for its ramifications as well. Dr. Denison writes that he is “adamantly opposed to the Act, as you might imagine. But this is not only because of my concerns regarding religious liberty. It’s also because I am convinced it is bad for those it is intended to protect.”

If you have questions about what the Equality Act may mean for Christians, read this.

This week, Dr. Denison also wrote that an onslaught of cancel culture tends to condition us to look for the negative and overlook the positive. So, when we face opposition for our faith, how can we react with truth in love?

And Dr. Denison wished for a spare $12 million to buy a painting he doesn’t think is all that great—aside from the person who painted it.

As usual, it’s been a busy week at Denison Forum because the news never stops being new. But it’s a race we’re glad to run each day to inspire, challenge, and encourage believers like you to change their culture for God’s glory.

Lastly, as we all continue to run the race against COVID, let’s recall the most well-known passage about racing in the Bible: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1–2, emphasis added).

  1. S. Dr. Denison also released a new video titled “Why does God allow the ungodly to persecute the godly?” While you’re there, consider subscribing to our YouTube channel, and click the notification bell to be notified every time we publish a new video.


Hear Dr. Denison

Dr. Denison is routinely interviewed on radio shows and podcasts. Here’s where you can hear him from this past week:

As always, you can find Dr. Denison’s archive of interviews here.

What you may have missed

DON’T MISS THIS: Dr. Denison and pastors Tyrone Johnson and Mark Turman held an insightful and ultimately encouraging discussion on “Why Christians should celebrate Black history every month.”

Mark Legg sees a connection between the rise of meditation apps and St. Augustine’s Confessions: He defines Christian meditation and says that the “practice of confessing to God everyday matters, everyday sins, as well as major mess-ups in our lives, can be an act of meditation.”

In our feel-good story of the week, Minni Elkins highlighted the work of a teenager who helped senior citizens sign up for COVID vaccines.

Name any of Wilt Chamberlain’s teammates from the game in which he scored 100 points. That’s the challenge, and the illustration, that Ryan Denison offers in his latest article.


Notable Quotables

  • “May we be those who set aside our pride, seek humility, and love others whatever the cost. May we be so bold as to set our eyes on heaven and sacrifice this life for the sake of eternity.” —Craig Denison, First15
  • “One of the most tempting ways for Christians to deal with the opposition we face today is to separate our private beliefs from our public actions.” — Jim Denison
  • “I think you may judge of a man’s character by the persons whose affection he seeks. If you find a man seeking only the affection of those who are great, depend upon it he is ambitious and self-seeking; but when you observe that a man seeks the affection of those who can do nothing for him, but for whom he must do everything, you know that he is not seeking himself, but that pure benevolence sways his heart.” —Charles Spurgeon

Parting thought

Why do we celebrate St. Patrick?

In Touch Ministries; Charles Stanley – Handling Conflict and Criticism


Psalm 7

Contention can cause painful injury, especially when we feel misunderstood or wrongly accused. If someone speaks untruths about us, it seems as though salt is being poured into the wound. A typical first reaction is self-defense and an attempt to claim our rights, yet God’s Word teaches a different approach.

Contrary to our natural inclinations, the proper response to criticism and conflict is humility. In Psalm 7, David laments being persecuted but immediately asks the Lord to test his own heart and reveal if he has done anything wrong. Then, instead of taking matters into his own hands, he asks the Lord to vindicate him.

Romans 12:19 reminds us never to take our own revenge, but rather to leave vengeance to God. As Romans 12:21 tells us, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” In other words, we must leave the situation with God and trust Him to vindicate us in His time and way.

We should ask ourselves, Am I willing to check my own motives before pointing a finger or becoming defensive? Jesus said we’re to bless those who curse us (Luke 6:28). So let’s ask Him for the grace and humility to examine our own heart and trust Him to be our defender.

Bible in One Year: Joshua 1-3


Our Daily Bread — Who Knows?


Bible in a Year:

When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.

Ecclesiastes 7:14

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Ecclesiastes 6:12; 7:13–14

According to Chinese legend, when Sai Weng lost one of his prized horses, his neighbor expressed sorrow for his loss. But Sai Weng was unconcerned. He said, “Who knows if it may be a good thing for me?” Surprisingly, the lost horse returned home with another horse. As the neighbor congratulated him, Sai Weng said, “Who knows if it may be a bad thing for me?” As it turned out, his son broke his leg when he rode on the new horse. This seemed like a misfortune, until the army arrived at the village to recruit all able-bodied men to fight in the war. Because of the son’s injury, he wasn’t recruited, which ultimately could have spared him from death.

This is the story behind the Chinese proverb which teaches that a difficulty can be a blessing in disguise and vice versa. This ancient wisdom has a close parallel in Ecclesiastes 6:12, where the author observes: “Who knows what is good for a person in life?” Indeed, none of us know what the future holds. An adversity might have positive benefits, and prosperity might have ill effects.

Each day offers new opportunities, joys, struggles, and suffering. As God’s beloved children, we can rest in His sovereignty and trust Him through the good and bad times alike. God has “made the one as well as the other” (7:14). He’s with us in all the events in our lives and promises His loving care.

By:  Poh Fang Chia

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Can you think of an example where a misfortune turned out to be a blessing? How can you keep your focus on God in good times as well as in bad times?

Sovereign God, thank You for ordering my life. Help me to praise You in both good and bad times, believing that You work all things for the ultimate good of those who love You.