Let Hope In, Session 1: Free Student Devotion, “Mission Purpose”

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This is the free student devotional for Let Hope In, Session 1: Hope Needed. Pause Think about the situations, circumstances, or relationships in your life that seem impossible right now. Ask God for the strength to trust in His power, even over what seems impossible. Look, I am Yahweh, the God of all flesh. Is [...]

But Now…Victory: A Reflection of Sacrifice

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by Lou Carlozo If you’re like most Americans, you start playing Christmas carols — “O Holy Night” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” — at least a month before Christmas. You spend hours wrapping gifts and hanging lights, jaunting off to countless Christmas parties. But in the weeks leading up to Easter, do you sit around listening to “Up From the Grave [...]

But Now…Victory: An Easter Message

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  On a beautiful spring day in 1977, my assistant, Specialist Fourth Class Tim Joiner, and I, a U.S. Army chaplain, were “on the circuit,” visiting our men at one of the 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s scattered missile sites in the Republic of South Korea.  by Jack E. Brown  After a 2 and a [...]

From the Editor: Thanking God For Rest

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We wrap up our “Productive” study with a session about rest. The Point of the session is, “Rest is a gift from God for His glory and our benefit.” We know that one of the 10 Commandments is “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” So what does that mean? Does it just mean [...]

Purpose, Session 6: Free Student Devotion, “For His Name”

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This is the free student devotional for Purpose, Session 6: Resting on Purpose. Pause Begin your quiet time by listening to your favorite worship song, perhaps “Called Me Higher” by All Sons and Daughters (The Longing, 2012). Have you ever done something specifically to bring glory to yourself? Did it satisfy you? Journal about that experience. We live [...]

Let Hope In, Session 1: Shadow of a Doubt

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By Kris Dolberry Why it’s OK to question your faith    I had the privilege of growing up in church. It was a small one with about 60 to 70 average attendees. My dad was a deacon. My mom was a Sunday school teacher. My parents did a terrific job planting seeds of the gospel [...]

Let Hope In, Session 1: The Gift of Hope

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by Ann Brandt  The dictionary defines hope as “desire accompanied by expectation.” But hope is much more than that — it is the essential ingredient that holds the soul together. That sentence has run through my mind more than once as I witness the suffering of others and endure spells of suffering myself. Hope is [...]

Let Hope In, Session 1: Unreliable Witnesses

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Why seeing isn’t always believing By Sean Savacool I held my best friend’s hand as he gasped for breath. Events in life can sometimes catch us by surprise. One minute you’re reading a novel, the next you’re clutching a dying hand. I was 18, homeless, poor, and in the middle of the most trying time of my life so far. [...]

From the Editor: 4 Actions to Create a Generosity Plan

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As with nearly everything in life, generosity requires some planning. It is as much a part of our budgeting as any other expense. Or at least, it ought to be. In a recent blog post, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, General Editor of Bible Studies for Life, offered four very practical ideas for how we can plan [...]

Purpose, Session 5: Free Student Devotion, “Be Like God”

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This is the free student devotional for Purpose, Session 5: Kingdom Purpose. Pause Spend a few minutes reviewing what you’ve learned about God’s character this week. Thank Him for being a God who loves to show compassion to His children! Do people often comment that you’re “just like” one of your parents or another family member? Think [...]