All posts in category Faith — Inspirational

CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Broken Hearts 1/27/2020

Send to Kindle by Ruth O’Neil How wonderful to worship a God who is full of mercy! Many biblical characters received God’s mercy. It feels good to know that many people who that received that mercy were so much worse behaved than we are; at least sometimes. There are days I need every ounce of mercy God can give me. Fortunately, His mercy is limitless.  There are […]

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Music in the Early Church 01/24/2020

by Michael J. Findley Jesus and the disciples attended Jewish synagogues and temple worship. These services included stringed, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The book of Psalms was the hymn book of the second temple. After finishing the Passover meal they sang a hymn, presumably not a Psalm, and presumably without instruments, before […]

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 1/21/2020

by Bible League International Verse of the Day and Devotion Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; – Isaiah 58:12 NIV Devotion They’re stories of chaos and destruction. What once was well-structured and well-organized is now scattered and destroyed. They’re stories that are always hard to […]

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 1/20/2020

Send to Kindle by Jim Hughes Luke 2:8-15 That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, and angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them, “Don’t be afraid!” he […]

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In The Stillness 1/17/2020

by CJ Peterson n this chaotic world, do you take any time to relax and enjoy the world around you? There are birds singing, squirrels gathering, deer enjoying their afternoon meal, and any other myriad of forestland creatures indulging in what nature has to offer…are you? As the world continues momentum toward its […]

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 1/14/2020

by Bible League International Verse of the Day and Devotion …”The Lord says, ‘I am with you!’”  – Haggai 1:13 ERV Devotion Sometimes, you just can’t see it. Sometimes, you just can’t see what time it is. You may think that you do, but you really don’t. After all, in the final analysis, […]

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Flash Flood Warning! Be Prepared! 1/13/2020

Send to Kindle by Rebekah Beene I woke up one morning recently to the sound of a weather report on my phone, “Flash flood watch for Your County until Saturday, January 11”. And then I looked at my phone to turn the alarm off and a social media picture popped up of the parting of […]

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Gems From Pastor Jim 1/10/2020

by Jim Hughes Matt. 2:1,2 Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen his star as it arose, and we have […]

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The Point Is … Better Late Than Never

by James Collins “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 Over the years, I have been blessed to receive many letters from readers. Many of those letters asked questions. One reader wrote, “Dear Pastor James, you […]

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: 10 Questions to Ask at the Beginning of the New Year 12/30/2019

Send to Kindle by Don Whitney Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the Prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them, and to evaluate their slipshod spirituality in light […]

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