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Peace & Presence

The peace we find in the presence of Christ is like crawling under a warm blanket on a cold winter’s day or feeling the soft breeze on a warm spring morning. Seeking after God is a continual process that grows us into a deep and long lasting relationship with Him. Come into His presence and find peace.

The Future Is Secure

I once lived in fear, thinking a day would come when I would commit a terrible sin, fall far from my Savior, and go to hell after death.

Fear kept me from doing many things in life, such as pursuing new job opportunities, going out to have fun, and making new friends. I aimed at eliminating all the opportunities that could lead to sin. As a result, I was neither happy nor fulfilled. I was a miserable Christian living in dread.

Then I realized Christ has promised nothing can separate me from His love. My future lies in His hands, and He will not allow anything to snatch me away (Psalms 55:22). I do not have to worry about failure since He is in control. When I fall into temptations, I can boldly go before the High Priest and ask for forgiveness (Heb.4:15-16).

Believers have the assurance their future is secure. Give thanks to the Lord all the time because we stand secure in His promise: nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. We are free to go after our dreams and to live each day to the fullest. Christ came so that we can have abundant life. His death on the cross was a guarantee of our forgiveness.

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. The great Shepherd will be your guide. 

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Finding Direction Amidst Distraction

Max, a boxer cross, was a typical puppy.

Puppies wander here and there, noses to the ground, eyes playfully following a butterfly—unaware of anything but what’s in front of their nose at the moment.

Max would become a large dog, but as a puppy he was a stumbling, rolling, mess of way-too-big puppy feet and flopping ears. When he heard his owner call his name, he sometimes turned slightly, but he kept going his own way in the end. Max was his own dog.

Unfortunately, Max’s owner thought his disobedience was cute. Other than a half-hearted attempt to make him come when called, Max’s puppy-will was never thwarted. One day, Max once again ignored the mundane while following a delicious scent. But reality interposed sharply in the form of a blaring horn and screeching tires. Max’s young life was saved by the observant driver, but a bumper tap on his tail was a wake-up call for the puppy’s owner.

The Bible says we’ve all gone astray like sheep . . . like puppies. Sheep are famous for wandering, but they have nothing on a distracted puppy. Going astray is their normal course of action—and ours too.

When we direct our own paths, we follow numerous rabbit trails. Wandering around on our own seems fine until we happen upon an impossible situation. Then we have to decide where we will turn. Trying different things, while enjoying the supposed freedom of a self-directed life, may be common, but they’re directionless in the end. Only God can rightly direct our paths.

If you’ve followed a wayward path that has led to close calls and bumps, give God’s direction a try. He promises to guide you across the most treacherous streets.

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A Lesson in Significance

We have all felt lost at some point—lacking significance. But we can find comfort in our existence, and biblical examples prove it.  

Ruth was a great woman of God who lost her whole way of life. She became a stranger in her own life, but followed passion during a time of great sorrow.

At a young age, Ruth lost her husband, but clung to her mother-in-law, Naomi. She left her homeland and followed Naomi to a foreign place she did not know. She entered the fields after the reapers and gleaned what was left behind. She humbled herself and left grief behind.

Ruth later married Boaz, and her life was restored. In her restoration, something significant occurred. A man named Jesse was born, and he had a son named David. From his seed, our Savior, Jesus Christ, came.

With obedience and meekness, Ruth began the genealogy of Jesus Christ. She was the great-grandmother of David and the ancestor of Joseph—Jesus’ earthly father.

The warm story of Ruth impacts us all, but her significance is often lost. God chose her to begin a process that directly affects your life. We often think our lives lack significance because we are not on the mountaintop getting all the attention. Understanding how the Lord works on this earth lets us comprehend our impact on the world.

Ruth turned the pain in her life to a promotion from the Lord. You can find significance in your situation. Even in the darkest moments, the Lord can lead you to fields of prosperity. When we humble ourselves despite our circumstances—as Ruth did—the Lord is faithful to promote us. 

You are not a victim of your circumstances, but an overcomer in Christ. 

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When God Pushes

On a windy Florida morning, my parents stepped out on the balcony facing Cape Canaveral­.

A giant barge drifted into the harbor followed by a little tugboat. They watched as the tugboat crept toward the barge until it became dangerously close. The barge’s monstrous presence made the tugboat look more like a bath toy bobbing up and down in the water. To my parent’s surprise, the tugboat turned its nose toward the barge and pressed into it. With its motor revving, the tugboat eased forward, steadily turning the barge.

A barge, though massive in size, cannot move itself but needs to rely on the small tugboat to push from behind and direct its path. When we finally make the decision to give our lives to the God of the universe, we give Him the power to lead. And He does ever so gently.

Even though we don’t see God directly in front of us, He steers us in the way we should go like the rudder of a ship. We can trust that though His voice is still and small, He is always encouraging us to follow His lead. 

In times of helplessness and trials, listen to the teaching of God through His Word, and believe His power will watch and guide you through.

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The Work of His Hands

On August 21, 2017, portions of the United States experienced a total solar eclipse—an event many will never see again in their lifetime.

The natural phenomenon captivated thousands of people, bringing them together in a few moments of awe. Viewing boxes were built and special glasses purchased. More people took in the glory of God than on any other day of the year.

As people looked to the sky, I wonder what they thought. Did they acknowledge the work of God’s hands, admiring His handiwork? The psalmist says we should have. The skies proclaim the work of His hands.

When we looked to the sky and watched totality of the eclipse, it was our moment to acknowledge God's presence. When we count the colors in a beautiful sunrise or sunset, it is our comfort that God is near. The heavens declare His glory, and the skies proclaim the work of His hands.

Step outside and look around. Look into the sky. Study the color patterns and cloud shapes. Admire the work of God’s hands.

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