Our Daily Bread
  • Strength in Suffering

    In 1948, Harlan Popov, the pastor of an underground church, was taken from his home for a “little questioning.” Two weeks later, he received around-the-clock interrogation and no food for ten days. Each time he denied being a spy, he was beaten. Popov not only survived his harsh treatment but also led fellow prisoners to Christ. Finally, eleven years later, he was released and continued to share his faith until, two years later, he was able to leave the country and be reunited with his family. He spent the following years preaching and raising money to distribute Bibles in closed countries.   Like countless Christians throughout the ages, Popov was persecuted because of his faith. Jesus, long before His own torture and death and the subsequent persecution of His followers, said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:9). He continued, “Blessed are you when people . . . persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” (v. 10).    “Blessed”? What could Jesus have meant? He was referring to the wholeness, joy, and comfort found in a relationship with Him (vv. 4, 8–10). Popov persevered because He felt the presence of God “infusing strength” into him, even in suffering. When we walk with God, in joy and peace, we too can experience His peace. He is with us.

Daily Devotion by Max Lucado
  • The Problem with Unresolved Guilt

    What kind of person does unresolved guilt create? An anxious one, forever hiding, running, denying, pretending. As one man admitted, “I was always living a lie for fear someone might see me for who I really was and think less of me.  I hid behind my super spirituality but this lie was exhausting and anxiety producing.” Unresolved guilt will turn you into a miserable, weary, angry, fretful mess.  In a psalm David wrote after his affair with Bathsheba, the kind said, “When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.  Day and night your hand … Listen Now

  • Matthew 5:10 (CEV)

    God blesses those people who are treated badly for doing right. They belong to the kingdom of heaven.

Thoughts about God
  • Is Anyone Listening?

    Father God, I find it hard to listen because of my pride, self-reliance, busyness, and doubt. You truly are the expert on life, and you know me. You know everything about my life. I confess my foolishness when I attempt to fix things on my own. Your wisdom is far superior to my best ideas. I’m listening. Guide me! Amen. Read MoreIs Anyone Listening? The post Is Anyone Listening? can be found online at Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God.

Every Day With God
  • April 6 – Jesse Tree – Joshua

    Read Joshua 1:1-11, 6:1-16,20-21a “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous…do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9 God works in mysterious ways and this is one of those times.   … Continue reading →

RSS Daily Devotional – Sports Spectrum
  • Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Monday, April 6 April 6, 2020
    “‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.'” — Joshua 1:9 Strength and Courage There’s a lot of fear and discouragement in the world right now. We’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, […]
  • How to Help Your Kids Find Peace in Quarantine

    Children's pastor Seth Dahl and his family are facing challenges along with parents and guardians around the world: working full-time, teaching at home, normal life stuff, and now the added threat of COVID-19 and living in quarantine with the family.