Weekly Devotional – Surrendering Our Will

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This is a depiction of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.

It’s a picture of complete surrender.

The surrendering of our will to our heavenly Father’s can be agonizing at times. That’s what I love about this image. Jesus didn’t make it look easy. In fact, Scripture tells us He experienced such anguish in the garden, such overwhelming sorrow, that His sweat became like drops of blood.

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Weekly Devotional – Distractions

955816e6fc5223bd7dbde2b34ff22333For many of us, our loved ones are starting school again soon. This can be a hard time of trying to get back in the swing of things, and we can find ourselves getting distracted by the many tasks before us. We are back to traffic, schedules, soccer practice, Sunday school, Bible studies, homework…while trying to make sure we get enough sleep, good food and quality time.

All of this, plus all the distractions that come from our smartphones and other technology, can really pull us away from God. Sometimes a week will go by and we won’t have spent any time in His Word. We can miss a red flag from a friend in need because we are too busy checking our email while trying to write good discussion questions for our Bible study. We usually end up with no energy, or the excuse of “I’ll just do it tomorrow.”

But remember that even Jesus was tested by distractions–and by the master of temptations.

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Weekly Devotional – Teachable People

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A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person more than a hundred lashes into a fool.—Proverbs 17:10

Allow me to paraphrase the above verse: You can get more through to a wise person with one gentle conversation than you can to a fool by whacking him over the head a hundred times.

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Staff Pick – The 365-Day Devotional Commentary

4CEach week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

For years and years, I’ve been trying to successfully read through the entire Bible. I’ll invariably get bogged down somewhere in Leviticus or somewhere in the minor prophets, if I’m lucky to make it that far. Around the beginning of this year though, I decided to take a good look at one of the books we were having a promotion on: The 365-Day Devotional Commentary by Lawrence Richards.

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Weekly Devotional – Being Grateful for Work

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“God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”   Psalm 51:10

A few weeks ago, our department’s supervisor called us into the conference room for a meeting. As we all sat down, she stood up and asked us to tell everyone what we were grateful for about our jobs so she could write it on the whiteboard. Soon the room was filled with the sound of people speaking up—and did I mention that this was a room full of introverted developers?

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Weekly Devotional – Empowerment Against Attacks

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But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, `People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.’ “ – Matthew 4:4 (NLT)

After fasting for 40 days and nights, Jesus was tempted by Satan to produce bread to settle His own hunger. How like the Adversary to come at a time of extreme weakness and attack with the one thing that is desired the most. It is at the pinnacle of spiritual victory that we are most likely to succumb to the attacks of our enemy. When our prayer life is at its strongest, Satan attacks. When we spend time every day reading and meditating on God’s Word, the Accuser begins to throw guilt in the way of our spiritual growth.

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