Bible Devotion

Put On Humility

Sunday, August 20, 2017 Put On Humility 1 PETER 5:5 NKJ 5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and beRead More...
By : admin | Aug 20, 2017

Proverbs 31 Ministries

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Overwhelmed Schedule = Underwhelmed Soul

I know what it’s like to live with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul. Someone makes an unrealistic request of me; my brainRead More...
By : admin | Aug 18, 2017
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All About Him

Have you ever known someone who had a way of making everything about them? You’ve been hurt? They’ve been hurt worse. You’ve had success? They have had it even bigger. Everything getsRead More...
By : admin | Aug 17, 2017
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The Analysis Paralysis

When I was little, I wanted to play on the monkey bars more than anything else. I was afraid, and I couldn’t get myself to release one hand from the first barRead More...
By : admin | Aug 16, 2017
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A Heavy, Holy Assignment

My Dad has been my pastor my entire life. All told, my parents have been serving the church in pastoral ministry for more than 40 years. Can I share with you aRead More...
By : admin | Aug 15, 2017
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The Two Most Powerful Words

The two most powerful words are yes and no. How I use the words yes and no determine how I set my schedule. How I set my schedule determines how I liveRead More...
By : admin | Aug 14, 2017
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Father’s Eyes

The first solo I ever sang in church was an Amy Grant classic called, “My Father’s Eyes.” The premise of the song is that we may look like our parents, but weRead More...
By : admin | Aug 11, 2017
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Their Success Doesn’t Threaten Mine

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By : admin | Aug 10, 2017
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Intolerant Tolerance

I love the story of Esther. Esther’s heroism is set against the backdrop of murder and revenge. Because Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, would not bow down to Haman, the King’s top advisor, heRead More...
By : admin | Aug 9, 2017
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Live Loved

Are you living loved? I remember something I saw an author friend do several years ago. She was signing a book, and I peeked over to see what she was writing. BeforeRead More...
By : admin | Aug 8, 2017
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Plan A and B

Our boys went to summer camp, and it rained three of the four days they were there. After multiple days of rain, camp was a massive mud hole, and the afternoon activitiesRead More...
By : admin | Aug 7, 2017
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Finding Closeness with Jesus

There’s a big difference between being close to people who love Jesus and being close to Jesus Himself. Once, when I was speaking in an arena, a woman walked right up onRead More...
By : admin | Aug 4, 2017
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Perfectly Imperfect for Me

My husband and I could not be more different. He balances our checkbook to the penny. I just check it online and kind of keep it within a five-dollar guesstimate. When weRead More...
By : admin | Aug 3, 2017
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And I Thought There Was No Good

If you had told me years ago that God would bring good out of my weight issues and food struggles, I would have seriously doubted you. When you feel so defeated fromRead More...
By : admin | Aug 2, 2017
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Personal Prayers

“God is great. God is good. Let us thank Him for our food…”. This is the little prayer my boys say before we eat. It was the sweetest thing, but a coupleRead More...
By : admin | Aug 1, 2017
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Finding God’s Appointments in our Disappointments

What if today’s disappointment is making room for tomorrow’s appointment? Recently, I invited a friend to go with me on a trip. She really wanted to go. But as she prayed aboutRead More...
By : admin | Jul 31, 2017
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Peace in the Pain

A friend of mine has experienced deep pain and soul-crushing loss in wave after wave. The last time we talked, she asked, “why is God doing this to me?” I can understandRead More...
By : admin | Jul 28, 2017
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The Garden

Last Spring, I took a shortcut through a neighborhood and saw a man planting a flower garden, and I thought, I wish I had a pretty garden. Isn’t that the way itRead More...
By : admin | Jul 27, 2017
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Mom Guilt

Three days in a row I started the clothes in the washer but forgot to move them to the dryer. Do you ever have days like that, where you feel like youRead More...
By : admin | Jul 26, 2017
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Living Love Out Loud

I really don’t think Jesus ever meant for our faith to be so complicated. There have been times when I’ve been overwhelmed by all that being a Christian means. So, let’s goRead More...
By : admin | Jul 25, 2017
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He’s a Know it All

“What’s 187 times 187?” my 10-year-old quizzed his 5-year-old brother. Exasperated, Tate shouted to his older brother, “I don’t know; I’m only in Pre-K!” Tate doesn’t know how to multiply just yet.Read More...
By : admin | Jul 24, 2017
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Security Satisfaction

We spend most of our time pursuing security and satisfaction, but the world’s versions of these things will disappoint us every time. The only time-tested way to get our basic soul needsRead More...
By : admin | Jul 21, 2017
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Memory Problems

I have a terrible memory! I can’t remember names of people I’ve met a few times. I almost never remember to send in permission slips for the boys’ field trips. And withoutRead More...
By : admin | Jul 20, 2017
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Thorns or Flowers

Life really isn’t always a bed of roses. When I was in middle school, my family was falling apart, so I went to live with my aunt for almost a year. IRead More...
By : admin | Jul 19, 2017
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What’s In a Name

Do you remember the names Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from your childhood Storybook Bible? They were the three Hebrew young men thrown into the fiery furnace for refusing to bow down toRead More...
By : admin | Jul 18, 2017
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Friends are a Package Deal

One of the best tips on friendship I’ve ever heard was from one of my daughters. My daughter, who was in middle school at the time, got in the car one dayRead More...
By : admin | Jul 17, 2017
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And There’s the People

“Here’s the church; here’s the steeple. Open the doors and there’s the people.” Did you say that poem as a kid, folding your hands and fingers into a building and steeple filledRead More...
By : admin | Jul 14, 2017
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Leap of Faith

When we experience those things in life that we just don’t understand, we have to choose whether or not we’re going to trust God. It’s not being optimistically foolish to trust GodRead More...
By : admin | Jul 13, 2017
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Fast Pass Faith

When our family went to a major theme park we discovered there is a new, faster and easier way to get to the front of all those crazy, long lines. It’s calledRead More...
By : admin | Jul 12, 2017
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Our Father

Isn’t it amazing that we can go to God personally and ask Him anything? I admit, that at times, it still baffles me that we can unashamedly sit anywhere and talk completelyRead More...
By : admin | Jul 11, 2017
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Stand Firm

Friend, this world is not an easy place to live in, is it? I think that’s why Scripture tells us to suit up in the armor of God. Interestingly, in Ephesians 6,Read More...
By : admin | Jul 10, 2017

Focus on the Family

Walking Through Grief With Your Child

Kathleen Fucci, author of the award-winning children's book Emily Lost Someone She Loved, shares personal lessons she's learned about ways to help children deal with death and grief.
By : admin | Aug 18, 2017

Mission Network News

Losing presidential candidate Odinga challenging Kenya election results in court

Kenya (MNN) — In the fall-out since Kenya’s tense presidential elections last week, the losing candidate Raila Odinga will challenge the election results in Kenya’s Supreme Court. He made accusations of fraudRead More...
By : admin | Aug 18, 2017

AFA Ministry reaches religious minorities in Middle East

Lebanon (MNN) — Sometimes, ministry can be tricky. People’s religious background or preconceived notions about Christians and their faith can make it difficult for Gospel seeds to take root. (Photo courtesy ofRead More...
By : admin | Aug 18, 2017

Curry talks Christian persecution at Jewish Temple

USA (MNN) — Earlier this month, Open Doors USA’s David Curry was the guest speaker at a breakfast held by Temple Emanuel, a Jewish temple in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Persecution Bonds JewsRead More...
By : admin | Aug 18, 2017

Native missions team finishes a summer of bringing the Gospel to reservations

North America (MNN) — Imagine trying to stay standing as the heat of the July sun beats on the asphalt of a basketball court beneath your tired feet and the stench ofRead More...
By : admin | Aug 17, 2017

Hundreds dead, missing in Sierra Leone’s devastating floods

Sierra Leone (MNN) — Disaster struck the city of Freetown in Sierra Leone when torrential rains caused sudden landslides and flooding early Monday morning. Many didn’t have time to run and severalRead More...
By : admin | Aug 17, 2017

Café attack in Burkina Faso, 18 killed

Burkina Faso (MNN) — On Sunday, a lively café in the northern part of Burkina Faso was the site of a horrific attack by jihadist gunmen. A large group had gathered thereRead More...
By : admin | Aug 17, 2017

Charlottesville: Viewing racism through a biblical lens

USA (MNN) – This past weekend, the people of Charlottesville, Virginia experienced a radical display of hatred that revealed the worst parts of our society. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Hirsch via Flickr:Read More...
By : admin | Aug 16, 2017

A Christian response to Charlottesville

USA (MNN) — This past Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalists and neo-Nazis assembled to protest a Confederate monument’s removal. Law enforcement estimated between 2,00-6,000 people would be at the protest. TheRead More...
By : admin | Aug 16, 2017

Fighting illiteracy in India

India (MNN) — Imagine trying to travel without reading any signs or packing lunch without knowing if your food is expired. These are daily challenges that face India’s illiterate, and Erik MorseheadRead More...
By : admin | Aug 16, 2017

Global Disciples offering advice on business-as-missions

International (MNN) — Global Disciples has plenty of experience in the world of business-as-missions — or so 2,200 church leaders trained by Global Disciples would say. That’s why as business-as-missions models areRead More...
By : admin | Aug 15, 2017

Boko Haram captives released, but not yet home

Nigeria (MNN) — Three years ago, over 200 Chibok girls were kidnapped from their boarding school by Boko Haram militants. Now, they’re starting to come back. According to Todd Nettleton of VoiceRead More...
By : admin | Aug 15, 2017

North Korea threatens missile launch at Guam; Guam ministry launching the Gospel back

North Korea (MNN) — The war of words between North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un and United States President Donald Trump has been heating up already volatile tensions. Most recently, North Korea threatenedRead More...
By : admin | Aug 15, 2017

Ministries in India face intense government scrutiny

India (MNN) — When you think of persecution, a box of receipts is probably not the first thing that would come to mind. Yet for Christian ministries in India, it’s a perfectRead More...
By : admin | Aug 14, 2017

Kenya wary of ethnic violence following presidential election

Kenya (MNN) — Kenya is on the edge of spiraling into political chaos since their presidential elections were held last Tuesday. President Uhuru Kenyatta won re-election with a lead of about nineRead More...
By : admin | Aug 14, 2017

Spiritual freedom through prison ministry

USA (MNN) — Biblica’s prison ministry is older than most of the prisons they serve in. After two centuries, you would think requests for Bibles would die down, but Andrew Wilson withRead More...
By : admin | Aug 14, 2017

One Way Ministries begins training program for believers in Ghana

Ghana (MNN) — One Way Ministries (OWM) is affecting missions. A recent trip to Ghana saw the debut of the Livingstone School of Missions. A team of three Americans met with 23Read More...
By : admin | Aug 11, 2017

Local churches assist in Bible translation in the Middle East

Middle East (MNN) — Sometimes ministries bite off more than they can chew and tackle projects that seem too challenging or overwhelming. However, when it comes to Wycliffe Associates, Bruce Smith saysRead More...
By : admin | Aug 11, 2017

West Africa faces quickly escalating crisis

West Africa (MNN) — In West Africa, multiple factors are converging to create a quickly escalating crisis. Rain shortages have left people without food. Terrorist groups like Boko Haram have burned andRead More...
By : admin | Aug 11, 2017

Art therapy leads to Gospel conversations

Spain (MNN) — When you want to share your faith story with someone, it’s usually a good idea to sit back and listen to their story, first. That’s what one ministry isRead More...
By : admin | Aug 10, 2017

Russia sanctions could harm ministries

Russia (MNN) — It’s been just over a week since Russia’s President Vladimir Putin retaliated against the United States sanctions. Now, concern over repercussions against the U.S.-supported ministries in Russia is growing.Read More...
By : admin | Aug 10, 2017

Under the FCRA, what does the future of ministry in India look like?

India (MNN) — Last year, the government in India used the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) to deny between 20,000 to 33,000 foreign funding licenses to charities and NGOs, including Compassion InternationalRead More...
By : admin | Aug 10, 2017

Pakistan prime minister disqualified for corruption

Pakistan (MNN) – In Pakistan, an unexpected transition of leadership means even more uncertainty for the country’s Christians. (Photo courtesy Open Doors USA) The lower house of Parliament recently elected lawmaker ShahidRead More...
By : admin | Aug 9, 2017

Food shortages, violence, and forgiveness in South Sudan

South Sudan (MNN) – Earlier this year, food shortages were so bad in South Sudan that the nation briefly dipped into famine. But even now food is in short supply. Meanwhile, theRead More...
By : admin | Aug 9, 2017

Persia, where the Gospel is flourishing

Iran (MNN) – We can become accustomed to reading the Bible in a way that stops asking questions. And because of this, we’re liable to miss out on some pretty important themesRead More...
By : admin | Aug 9, 2017

FMI brings Bible and evangelism training to Indonesia

Indonesia (MNN) — FMI’s Bruce Allen was recently in Indonesia for field visits and training conferences for FMI-supported church planters. Training and Conferences Indonesian believers worshipping. (Photo courtesy of FMI) Part ofRead More...
By : admin | Aug 8, 2017

Finding freedom of religion in Nepal

Nepal (MNN) — Change is happening in Nepal. “Nepal has become the country where Christianity is growing at the fastest pace of any nation in the world,” says John Pudaite, President ofRead More...
By : admin | Aug 8, 2017

Christian convert Maryam Nagash Zargaran released from prison

Iran (MNN) — At the beginning of the month, Maryam Nagash Zargaran, a Christian convert from Islam, was released from prison after over four years of captivity. She had been charged byRead More...
By : admin | Aug 8, 2017

Myanmar believers push for unity

Myanmar (MNN) — Myanmar is in trouble, and local believers know it. Religious strife and political tension have led to the abuse and persecution of Rohingya Muslims, and leaders are looking forRead More...
By : admin | Aug 7, 2017

Bangladesh cracks down on religious NGOs

Bangladesh (MNN) — FMI’s Bruce Allen recently reported that the Bangladeshi government has indirectly shut down 200 operating Christian NGOs since the Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Bill, 2016 (FDRB) was passedRead More...
By : admin | Aug 7, 2017

One Deaf man’s journey from language deprivation to Gospel saturation

Colombia (MNN) — We shared recently about Deaf Bible Society’s new partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators to advance sign language Bible translations. Deaf Bible’s President JR Bucklew says one of the translationRead More...
By : admin | Aug 7, 2017

Disabilities in India: a ministry challenges social stigma

India (MNN) – The most recent data from the World Health Organization estimates that just over 2% of India’s population is disabled. Despite the fact that this number would rival the populationRead More...
By : admin | Aug 4, 2017

U.S. sanctions against Russia fuel anti-Western sentiment

Russia (MNN) – Recent U.S. sanctions against Russia are fueling the fire of the country’s anti-Western sentiment. This upper middle-class family is a victim of the Russia/Ukraine conflict and assisted by MissionRead More...
By : admin | Aug 4, 2017

For Haiti With Love wishes you a Merry Christmas

Haiti/USA (MNN) — Eva Dehart would probably be the only person to wish you Merry Christmas this weekend. That’s because For Haiti With Love’s Christmas in August banquet is coming Monday, AugustRead More...
By : admin | Aug 4, 2017

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro quickly cementing role as dictator

Venezuela (MNN) – Venezuela’s controversial election on Sunday to elect a ruling National Constituent Assembly appears to be quickly cementing President Nicolas Maduro’s role as a dictator. (Photo by Global Post) TheRead More...
By : admin | Aug 3, 2017

Global Programs opens eyes at InterVarsity

USA (MNN) – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is helping students explore new countries this summer through its Global Programs international trips. However, these trips are about a lot more than just exploring aRead More...
By : admin | Aug 3, 2017

Northern Uganda refugees: faces in the famine crisis

Uganda (MNN) — There seem to be two prevailing levels of awareness in relation to the famine in East Africa right now. Some people are very aware of what’s going on, butRead More...
By : admin | Aug 3, 2017

Mental health deteriorates in Grecian island camps

Greece (MNN) — It’s been well over a year since the Turkey-European Union agreement was enacted. The move, which stemmed the flow of refugees from Turkey into Greece, has been highly criticized.Read More...
By : admin | Aug 2, 2017

Ministry builds relationships with Mozambican villages through medical aviation

Mozambique (MNN) — The African country of Mozambique is marked with extreme terrain — everything from high plateaus and coastal lowlands to mountains in the west. The Niassa Reserve in Mozambique isRead More...
By : admin | Aug 2, 2017

Indonesia’s capital city to jump islands

Indonesia (MNN) – The Indonesian government is considering sending its capital city island jumping. Currently, Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, resides on the island of Java. Jumping Islands (Photo courtesy of FMI) FMI’sRead More...
By : admin | Aug 2, 2017

Sanctity of human life faces opposition in New Zealand

New Zealand (MNN) — In New Zealand, the sanctity of human life is facing overwhelming opposition. Michele Shoun with her sign in front of the Capitol. (Caption, photo courtesy of Life MattersRead More...
By : admin | Aug 1, 2017

Relationships, addiction, and a free resource

International (MNN) — If you’ve spent much time on this earth, then you understand that relationships are a double-edged sword. They build up. They tear down. While we understand that healthy relationshipsRead More...
By : admin | Aug 1, 2017

On Eagles’ Wings team needs the support of prayer warriors

North America (MNN) — Earlier this summer, we shared about the Warrior Leadership Summit, a conference for Native American young people to gather, hear about Jesus Christ, grow in their faith, andRead More...
By : admin | Aug 1, 2017

Partnership helps sign language Bible translation projects go faster and farther

International (MNN) — There’s an old African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Today, while there are many portionsRead More...
By : admin | Jul 31, 2017

Democracy in Turkey teeters on brink of extinction

Turkey (MNN) — One year after the Turkish military’s failed coup that killed nearly 250 people, democracy in Turkey is on the brink of extinction. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Image Courtesy:Read More...
By : admin | Jul 31, 2017

Prime Minister of Pakistan steps down

Pakistan (MNN) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office on corruption charges. The decision follows last year’s release of the Panama Papers — a large quantity ofRead More...
By : admin | Jul 31, 2017

Ministry combats trafficking through victim rescue and community transformation

India (MNN) — This coming Sunday, July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The International Labour Organization estimates at least 21 million people are in forced labor and sexual exploitationRead More...
By : admin | Jul 28, 2017

Tenwek Hospital: out with the old, in with the new

Kenya (MNN) — To put the phrase “out with the old, in with the new” into practice can feel so good sometimes. Take this story from Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, for example.Read More...
By : admin | Jul 28, 2017

New nominee for Office of International Religious Freedom

USA (MNN) — A new Ambassador-at-Large for the United States’ Office of International Religious Freedom has been nominated. President Trump’s nominee is Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. David Curry of Open Doors USARead More...
By : admin | Jul 28, 2017

Ukraine kids camp sees 83 commitments to Christ, potential church plant

Ukraine (MNN) — A group of 14 people from a church in Indiana recently went with Mission Eurasia to host an English summer camp for kids in Ukraine. This was the firstRead More...
By : admin | Jul 27, 2017

Strikes in Kenya raise prayer request from ministry

Kenya (MNN) — There are always risks and consequences associated with strikes, but perhaps none are so dire as when they involve hospitals. Angela Many of World Gospel Mission recently shared aRead More...
By : admin | Jul 27, 2017