Faith: Believing Without Seeing

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“For we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7 Have you ever gotten up in the middle of the night and walked from your bedroom to another room in the house without turning on the lights? You didn’t stumble. You didn’t falter. You didn’t even have to feel for the wall. Why? You knew where you were going. You were in familiar territory. Eventually your eyes adjusted and you could see quite well […]

Thrive Devotion – Day 30: Understanding the Difference One Person Can Make

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For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 It’s normal and natural to have questions about our faith during life. Many of us stray from the path only to find our way back and to have a more compelling story to bring others who have strayed from the path. If our own journeys can help us bring one more person to Christ, we’ve made the world a better place. […]

Thrive Devotion – Day 29: Living the Great Commission in Your Daily Life

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My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20 Think for a moment about the best gift you could imagine giving someone. Diamond earrings, a brand new Maserati, or other expensive possessions might be some of the first that come to […]

Thrive Devotion – Day 28: Sharing the Love of Christ With Others

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But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect 1 Peter 3:15 No one likes having religion shoved at them. In fact, forcefulness is a great failing of many evangelists with good intentions. But as 1 Peter 3:15 teaches, we all have a duty to defend our faith and […]

Thrive Devotion – Day 27: Fulfilling the Role God Has for You Today

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For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Romans 11:29 We’re all granted gifts by God, and we’re expected to use them. Have you ever procrastinated to apply for a job, audition for a play, or volunteer for a position? Each time you doubt yourself, you’ve missed an opportunity to share your God-given gifts with the world. He has given each of us a toolset we can use for good or evil. Romans 11:29 is a […]

Thrive Devotion – Day 26: Live to Give, Give to Live – Finding a Rewarding Spiritual Life

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In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35  Have you ever experienced a child offering someone his most precious toy or possession in an act of pure selflessness? Those moments make a parent proud, but they’re also gentle reminders to us all that material possessions in […]

Thrive Devotion – Day 25: A Heart for Service: The Secret to History’s Greatest Leaders

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Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35 Leadership through service is an old concept that has been proven effective over and over. Mother Teresa’s work in life highlighted the concept of servant leadership. In real life, Abraham Lincoln was a great servant leader. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was also a servant leader. The original servant leader, […]

Thrive Devotion – Day 24: Called to Serve Selflessly and Cheerfully With No Strings Attached

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You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14 Some Christians feel called to go to the far corners of the planet to serve others as missionaries. Others serve in church. As Christians we have been given two edicts in this life, from […]

Thrive Devotion – Day 23: Listening for God: What Do You See in the World Around You?

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Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God. John 8:47 Two people are outside at sunrise on a crisp fall day in the mountains of North Carolina. A Christian sees the view a little differently than others might. Nonbelievers may see the natural world in its most natural state and wonder how there could be a God. They see the pieces, but […]

Thrive Devotion – Day 22: What to Expect From a Relationship With God

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For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25 Some Christians view God as a clockmaker. They see Him as an all-powerful being who sets things into motion on earth and is waiting to see what we do with the time we’ve been given. In […]