Weekend Devotions

Sharpen Your Axe

“If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.“ – Ecclesiastes 10:10 On this Veterans Day, we are grateful for those who have served our nation and fought for our freedoms. May God bless you and your families.Training is always challenging until you master your skill set and succeed — whether you play sports or have been trained for a job. As the training progresses, it becomes a little more enjoyable. Everyone must go through those first few months of training. You have to clear the hurdle of that first difficult experience in your marriage, career, family, or in your walk with God. You have to endure the part that hurts, aches, or makes you want to give up. Consistency is key. If you keep training yourself, you will acquire the life God has for you because you will become a

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Come Clean

“But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” – John 3:21 If you’ve made a habit of lying or even “stretching the truth,” I encourage you to tear down the house of cards you’ve built. The unfortunate thing about lies is that it’s hard to tell just one. After making up a story about something, it’s likely that you will have to make up another one to sustain the first one. Before you know it, you’ve woven a web of dishonesty that finds you trapped and forced to keep spinning so you won’t be found out. Unfortunately, as much as you may like to, there is no easy way to gradually tear down a house of cards — when one card falls, they all do. The best thing

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One Yes Is a Thousand No’s

“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.“ – 2 Kings 22:2 Yesterday we discussed possible reasons why the invalid man at the Pool of Bethesda made excuses for not receiving his healing when Jesus asked, “Do you want to get well?” Perhaps he would have lost his community of friends or the handouts he received from the pity of others. He told Jesus “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” You’ll notice he doesn’t simply say yes, I want to get well! You’d think if Jesus, this famous Rabbi, asked, “Do you want to get well?” he’d say yes, please heal me! However, he doesn’t

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Loving Your Enemies

“But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.” – Matthew 5:39,40 One of the best ways to prove to God that you trust Him with your life is by loving your enemies. If you don’t love offensive people or your enemies, you’re saying God doesn’t really have control over your life. Let me encourage you to test and see that loving offensive people is better for you in the end. Rather than obsessing over your comebacks, you become more friendly and relaxed. According to Jesus, we should turn the other cheek and this does not mean pretending that the offense does not matter. Rather than resenting or fighting a person, He said to try to go

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Build a Life of Humility

“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ ” – James 4:6 In the midst of the attacks on Israel, I pray that God brings healing for the injured and the families of the innocent people whose lives were lost. I’ve made many wonderful memories in the Holy Land, and today, I want to share a lesson that came to me during my last trip there. Every individual who strives to lead a great life should know the difference between what the world teaches us and what God teaches us. Herod the Great built many beautiful structures, including the great fortress of Masada. After the announcement of Jesus’ birth, he invited the Magi into his palace and asked where the King of Jews would be born so he could meet him. Even though he was smiling, on the

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She Believed God’s Word

“ ‘Truly I tell you,’ he continued, ‘no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.’ ” – Luke 4:24-26 What if I told you that when you believe God’s word, you will be rewarded for it? Yesterday we discussed how Jesus had difficulty performing miracles in Nazareth compared to other towns, due to their lack of faith. In Nazareth, Jesus was celebrated, but he said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’ ” Jesus

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God Chose You

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” – John 15:16 As a result of our love and enthusiasm for God, we have all made promises to Him in our hearts. You looked in the mirror one day and told yourself and God who you would become, where you would go, and what you would achieve. The good news is that you are still alive and there is still time to fulfill each of those promises. It’s good to reaffirm those affirmations you told yourself as you looked in the mirror! Over twenty years ago, I made a vow to God because I started noticing many young pastors were getting into drugs and losing their faith, or just getting weird, and I cried

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Big Dreams Build Big People

“Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.” – Psalm 144:15 There is one thing we can all do as we move forward in this life: Believe in yourself like God believes in you. God blesses you, has great things to say about you, and He has big dreams for you. There is a list of things God wants for your life, and it’s up to you if you will live up to those aspirations. Be in agreement with God and tell Him you are willing to pay the price. Let Him know you’re willing to do the work. Make sure He knows you are ready to commit all that you are, and believe in the big dreams He has for you! Here’s something my grandpa Schuller taught us: Build your dreams and your dreams will build you. We can

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Two by Two

“Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.” – Mark 6:7 When Jesus sent people out, He always sent them two by two, or in a group. Jesus would send His disciples out without food, money, weapons, jackets, or shoes, but He would never send them alone. He understands that this is how we are made and how we are built, and we can’t help but become like the people we spend most of our time with. The book of Genesis describes God creating different things, and it always says they are good. His creation of light and darkness was good. The earth, plants, and animals he created are good. Mankind was created by Him, and He declared it to be very good, but then He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.”A person

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You Are Born for Greatness

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.“ – Genesis 1:27 Our first belief should be that we are created in God’s image. It doesn’t matter if you are a Christian or not. To become full of power, full of life, and to do all that you have been called to do, you have to embrace the understanding that you are made in God’s image. He loves you and you are His child. This image isn’t just your physical body, but also what’s happening on the inside. It can be said that we are born for greatness. We all can believe that our lives were destined to be great, to be meaningful, to make a difference, to leave the world in a better place than we found it. That good desire comes from the Lord and I

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