Defender of the Oppressed

In this devotional from Exodus 22, we learn the importance of show charity and grace to those who aren't as fortunate as we are.

Full Life in the Vine

I'm a tender branch connected to the Vine, Secure in the Jesus, a delicate soul am I. In the Vine, I produce much fruit, Full of life am I in the Lord Christ. The winds pull at my link, My connection is nearly torn by Satan. I cry out for rescue from the tempest, Out … Continue reading Full Life in the Vine

Being Men of God

Defining a Man What does it mean to be a man?  Popular culture defines a man as someone who takes the initiative.  They are strong and do not require the help of others when they face a crisis.  A man, according to the world, is someone who strives to be successful in all that they … Continue reading Being Men of God

Throw Out Spiritual Garbage

The Heavy Burden We can no longer remain as the people that we were before Christ, the moment we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior.  That is because that person is weighed down by the damaged caused by our sin.  They are like a sprinter trying to win a race wearing ankle weights, wrist … Continue reading Throw Out Spiritual Garbage

Make God the Hub

Reading God's Word Reading the Bible is crucial for the spiritual growth in all those who place their faith in Christ.  However, many do not even try to open God's Word, either because they are too busy or they don't know where to start.  Fortunately, in this technological age, followers of Christ have an abundance … Continue reading Make God the Hub

The gifts of failure.

The failures of this life are the reminders to us that we are not the masters of our destiny. That there are things in this life that our outside of our control. In many ways, this is a good thing.
For success can sometimes go to our heads, setting up the belief that we know all and there is nothing that can anyone can say that would convince us otherwise. In the Bible, God warns of the dangers of success, for it produces pride and a selfish love.
In Proverbs 16:18, we learn that pride and arrogance comes before a great fall. The Lord uses failure to humble us from our pride. He does this for our good, because He does not wish to see us make a fool of ourselves into believing that we can provide for ourselves, when in reality we cannot even change the color of our hair by just saying it to be so. He uses failure to reveal to us how much we need Him and when we do fail, He will show important life lessons that will guide us closer to being like Him.
Therefore, let us embrace failure when it comes our way. Let us seek God and understand what it is that the Almighty wishes us to learn from our stumbling. Let us grow strong in this understanding, not in our own abilities, but in the grace that we have in the Lord.

Thriving Under Pressure

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Appreciating Failure.

Failure has been my greatest teacher. As it was only when I failed that I finally realized who I was and what I was destined to become.

  • The failing grade I received on my first exam in graduate school taught me to ask for support when I needed most.  No matter how shameful I felt or embarrassed I was.
  • The end of a long-term relationship taught me how to value my time alone and make tough decisions for myself. No matter how weak I felt or lonesome I was.
  • The lay off from a job I loved taught me how to let go, look forward, and trust in something so much bigger than myself. No matter how scared I was or irrelevant I felt.

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Understanding Failure.

Learning from failure is the ultimate goal. That said, not everyone responds to failure in the same way, at the same time.

Our reaction to…

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