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Daniel 6:10 NLT “But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” The…

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“Good Morning” he says casually, as they pass in the hallway at work. “Good morning!” she replied a little too cheerfully, hoping he didn’t notice her cheeks turning pink. Man. She thinks. What is my deal?! This is crazy.  I’m married.  HAPPILY married. Why does my stomach flip-flop every time…

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    Have you ever noticed how hard it is to change someone who has a made up mind? Call it stubborn if you want; a mind that’s made up simply cannot be changed. From a nasty prison cell, the Apostle Paul wrote this bold, made up mind statement in the Book of Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (King James Version of the Holy Bible). The scenarios in this list have caused many people to give up and turn away from God. But, Paul went on record to let the church in Rome know that he had his mind made up. Nothing is able to separate him from God’s Love! Is your mind made up?
    Prayer: Lord, I’ve got my mind made up to live for You regardless. Though I walk through lonely valleys, You are with me. I’m not throwing in the towel. I’ll live for You come what may. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
    Devotion by: Kaye Singleton
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Chose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15 Holy Bible King James)

It’s easy to make a New Year’s resolution but not keep it because you are your own scorekeeper. Joshua made a critical choice, not a resolution, and he kept it. In Joshua’s final presentation to the descendants of Israel, he spoke of his faithful journeys with Moses. Joshua told of how he pledged his commitment to continue following the Lord. He went a step further. He asked others to make a choice—a commitment. Like Joshua, a decision to serve God is your choice. If it’s only a resolution, you keep score. If it’s a commitment, the Lord will keep score.

Prayer: Eternal God, I thank you for Joshua’s faith. His commitment to follow You is a great example of leadership. I commit myself to follow You today. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

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Reaching people. Loving people. It isn’t about programs.  It’s about us. Because programs don’t have hands and fingers and heartbeats. But you and I do. This is what God has been wrecking me with for the last week.  Last November, our church launched an Adopt-a-Block program called Operation 3:18.  Our…

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“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7, Amplified Bible) “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3, Holy Bible, New King James Version) These Scriptures confirm the power of thoughts. Success requires commitment. Thinking good things brings positive action…

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The Holy Bible tells the story of 3 men who were sent to die in a fiery furnace because they served the One True Living God and everyone else served a statue. When all was said and done, they weren’t burned, they weren’t even singed!

READ: Daniel 3:25,27 in the Holy Bible, King James Version…

“He ( the king) answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God…And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.”

It’s the same today for each of us! If we will serve the One True Living God, even if no one else is, God will be with us in the fires of our lives. And when all is said and done, we won’t even have a smoky smell!

In the Fire – But not Affected
In the Fire – But Protected
In the Fire – No Smoke Detected

Prayer: God I want to serve you no matter what anyone else does! Protect me from the fires in my life.

Devotion by Debbie Simler-Goff

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