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God is my hope in the day of disaster.

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  Lord, don’t terrorize me! You alone are my hope in the day of disaster. Jeremiah 17:17 Flood, fire, tornado, hurricane, earthquake, volcano, terrorism, and crime—God has it all under control. He is our hope in the midst of disaster. If the worst happens, he will be with us through it.     You have been reading 60 Biblical Affirmations for Anxiety. You might prefer to purchase a copy for your eReader at one of the following booksellers.             Your purchase helps put a meal on my table. Thank you!     Like the images? Order the Deck of 60 Cards Anxious for Nothing Deck: 60 Biblical Affirmation Cards for Anxiety   Available Only at The Game Crafter      

Squeezing Good Out of Bad by James N. Watkins

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For many years I have been a fan of the wit and wisdom of James N. Watkins. He weaves his natural sense of humor into serious subjects with seamless ease. And trust me, his sense of humor is warped like mine! Check out this “stand up” routine Moses could have given with his back against the Red Sea: “Hey, how’s everybody tonight? Well ‘shofar,’ so good (rim shot). So, how ‘bout that Passover meal? Great menu if you have to be on the lamb (rim shot). Tough room. I’m dying like a firstborn in Egypt (rim shot).” -James N. Watkins, Squeezing Good Out of Bad   Having lived through many “lemons” in life, his words are also rich with the wisdom of personal experience and the compassion that grows out of it. “But we often ask, “How could a God of love and compassion let one of His children experience such sinful actions?” Perhaps in the same way He let His one and only Son experience such...

Bags of Hope for the Homeless

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I want to make a difference and I bet you do, too. So when I find meaningful ways to take simple actions that make a difference, I want to share them with you. I recently read about a young girl who wanted to make a difference and her story impressed me so much, I’ve followed up on her ministry and decided to follow her lead:   There are all sorts of ways to begin this lifestyle of reckless generosity and living with open hands. My niece Clara made a decision to be a person who shares, and she did this in a big way when she was only seven years old. Sometimes she would see people living on the streets, in need or begging for change. She wanted to do something to help. Her compassionate little mind began to ponder her options, and she came up with “Bags of Hope.” Clara made these little bags that contain the following items: a dollar, a lifesaver mint, a granola bar, and a little...

John Eldredge (@johneldredge) on Hopeless Christianity

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Have you ever wished it was easier to share your faith? Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to muster the courage to approach someone? Wouldn’t it be great if people just walked up to you to ask about what makes you different or what happened that changed your life so much? Actually, the Bible says that’s exactly what we should expect. People should be asking us to explain why we have so much hope. But no one is asking. Perhaps it’s because we are living hopeless lives. John Eldredge, in his book, The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed of, explains why. Book Excerpt A curious warning is given to us in Peter’s first epistle. There he tells us to be ready to give the reason for the hope that lies within us to everyone who asks (3:15). Now, what’s strange about that passage is this: no one ever asks. When was the last time someone stopped you to inquire about...

Gotta Have It! by Gregory L. Jantz (@GregoryJantzPhD)

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Gotta Have It! Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now Gregory L. Jantz (@GregoryJantzPhD) 2010 275 pages Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Available from for ePub. I read the Kindle edition.   When I first picked up Gotta Have It!: Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now, I thought it was going to be one of those stop-buying-1,000-pairs-of-shoes kind of books. And it was, but it was different than I expected. Instead of being philosophical about getting rid of stuff, it turned out to be a Christian psychology book focused on overcoming our personal addictions, or excessities, as the author calls them because they are often necessities taken to the excess. As it turned out, it was a good mistake for me to make because I got a number of things out of it just by reading it. At the end of each chapter there are...