Jan 25th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 26th, 2022
Facing Fear with a Song of Faith – Chuck SwindollWhen fear has us in its icy grip, we quickly turn toward self-preservation. We hope to avoid loss, escape pain, or cheat death. Not David! His composition, preserved for us as Psalm 27, gives priority to eternal matters. Verses 4-6 revolve around the idea of David's desire to maintain constant, intimate fellowship with his Lord.One thing I have aske...  Read More
Jan. 24th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 25th, 2022
Facing Fear with Praise – Chuck SwindollAs David faced his fears and expressed them to God in Psalm 27, he began with worship, celebrating the power and faithfulness of his God.Declaration of PraiseThe key to the entire song is verse 1. It consists of two similar sentences, each ending with a rhetorical question."The Lord is my light . . . my salvation . . . the defense of my life." Interestingly,...  Read More
Jan 25th. Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 25th, 2022
 Wise Words – Chuck SwindollSolomon considered both the negative and positive uses of the tongue:The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable,But the mouth of fools spouts folly. (Proverbs 15:2)The lips of the wise spread knowledge,But the hearts of fools are not so. (15:7)Just as we found five destructive uses of the tongue, so we find five ways “the lips of the wise” can benefit others.Wise...  Read More
Jan. 21st. Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 21st, 2022
But I Don’t Feel Like - Forward with Back to the BibleRead Acts 16:22-25 (ESV) The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened the...  Read More
Jan. 20th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 20th, 2022
Waiting with Patience – Chuck SwindollAs David concludes his song about the grinding pain of unjust treatment and his chosen responses, he then commits to patience.Resolved: I will patiently stand and wait for relief.Do not take my soul away along with sinners,Nor my life with men of bloodshed,In whose hands is a wicked scheme,And whose right hand is full of bribes.But as for me, I shall walk in m...  Read More
Jan. 19th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 19th, 2022
Fully Grasping the GiftForward with Back to the BibleRead Ephesians 2:1-5 (ESV)And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind,...  Read More
Jan 18th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 18th, 2022
When God Is Doing Something New, and We’re Still Stuck in the Oldby Debbie McDaniel"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Is. 43:18-19Sometimes...God is wanting to do something "new" and yet we're still stuck in the "old." It's hard at times. To l...  Read More
Jan. 17th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 17th, 2022
When I Grow Upby Katherine Britton"Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, then we will live and also do this or that." - James 4:15"You can be anything you want when you grow up, sweetie."My parents profoundly ignored that phrase when I was growing up. I never heard them say those words, although the self-esteem trend was certainly making its way through the schools and Saturday morning ca...  Read More
Jan. 14th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 14th, 2022
Your Life's Every DetailBy Skip HeitzigWe're all familiar with the incredible story of Joseph in the Bible. It's a riches-to-rags-to-riches tale that shows us the massive scope of God's providence. Providence is when God intervenes in natural law—the chain of cause and effect that governs our lives—to bring about a supernatural result.Perhaps the most amazing thing about Joseph's story is that, wh...  Read More
Jan. 13th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 13th, 2022
The Most Dangerous Part – Chuck SwindollSolomon had a lot to say about what we say. In fact, tongue, mouth, lips, and words occur almost 150 times in Proverbs. On average, a reference to speech appears five times in each of the thirty-one chapters. Seems to me any subject mentioned that often calls for extended attention in our examination of the book of Proverbs. So we will devote two weeks to th...  Read More
Jan. 12th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 12th, 2022
His Love Endures Foreverby Ryan DuncanOh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! - 1 Chronicles 16:34Last December I had the privilege to be part of a short-term mission trip to Vladimir, Russia, where I worked alongside Russian Christians in the city’s orphanage. The trip was incredibly challenging, but the opportunity did help me learn a lot about God and...  Read More
Jan 11th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on January 11th, 2022
Missing the Forest for the TreesBy Debbie Holloway"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: ”‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" (Matthew 22:36).I j...  Read More





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