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Today’s Bible Reading: November 16

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Ezekiel 13-15

Hebrews 11:20-40

Clicking on the Scripture links above will open a new window where you can read the scripture from the English Standard Version at Biblegateway.com or choose the Bible version you prefer to read. Check back each day to get the Scripture to read in the One Year Bible Reading Plan.

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Our Verse Mapping download is FREE and includes 6 pages: 3 pages of instructions for using the template and the 2 page template, plus the cover page. If you’re looking to go deeper into God’s Word, learn more about God and develop a stronger spiritual life, Verse Mapping will help you dig into the scriptures. As you apply God’s Word to your life, you will develop a more intimate knowledge and relationship with God.

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Why is daily Bible reading important?

Bible Reading is vitally important to growing spiritually and keeping our spiritual selves full. God wants us to hide His Word in our hearts, meditate on it and apply it to our lives. When we have a plan, we are more likely to follow through. Here are eight reasons you should have a daily Bible Reading plan:

  • We can find His will for our lives
  • Bible reading is our spiritual nourishment
  • It helps us be able to discern the thoughts and intents of our heart.
  • The Bible instructs us in righteousness
  • It gives us power to overcome trials, heartaches, and sin
  • God gives us many promises, but you won’t know them unless you read about them, memorize them, and know if it’s a promise intended for us today
  • God reveals Himself to us and we learn about Him which strengthens our relationship with Him
  • He also speaks to us through His Word.

Don’t miss what God has to say to you today.
It’s time to practice spiritual self-care and read your Bible!

Practice Spiritual Self care and dig into God’s Word today to be revived and renewed!

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Joy To The World: A 25-Day Advent Bible Reading Plan

Advent is the time where we anticipate with great joy the coming of our Savior. Before Jesus’ birth, people anticipated his arrival as the Messiah. Today, we anticipate His coming again as our victorious, risen, Sovereign, King of kings! In this 25-day Advent Bible reading plan, you get 13 pages with Scripture from the Holman Christian Standard Bible included. The Reading Plan includes four themes as you focus on preparing for the Christmas holiday celebration: Christ is Coming, Christ is Here, Christ will Give, Christ will Come Again. Each day between December 1-25, start your day with the Scripture provided and spend time meditating on what God will say to you through His Word and allow Him to fill your heart with joy this season.

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What Satan Does Not Want You To know

This trifold document includes Scripture verses that Satan does not want you to know about. As you hide these verses in your heart, you’ll be able to defeat the lies of Satan when he tries his wiles and schemes on you.

[Download not found]

Stress Journal

We all face stress. How we handle stress, however, has many variables. Learning how to recognize stress, coping with stress, and creating a self-care plan during times of stress can begin by journaling. Taken from our series on Biblical self-care for people in ministry, we’ve created this free download to help you through the things that cause you stress.

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2021 Bible Memory Verse Plan

We’ve put together 52 memory verses for you to hide God’s Word in your heart! You can download the full document for free and then print a new verse each week and as many copies as you’d like. Each verse prints four times on a page so that you can then cut them into index size cards and place them in prominent places where you will see them frequently throughout the day to help you remember to memorize them. Just because you visited our site, they’re yours for free! Download today.

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The Path to Sin

Satan is constantly trying to trip us up and he doesn’t even play fair because he uses our own desires as bait to get us to sin. James tells us the five steps that lead us down the path to sin in James 1:14-15, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” This download helps you identify your desires so that you can better recognize when Satan is baiting you and you can avoid falling into sin. When used along with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to identify the desires that Satan baits you with, you can then ask the Holy Spirit to help you not become a victim to the bait of your desires. Download the worksheet today.

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One Year Bible Reading Plan

With just 30-40 minutes per day, you can read the entire Bible in one year. The One-Year Bible Reading Plan consists of both Old Testament and New Testament readings for each day of the year. The Bible is God’s personal Word to you. What is He saying to you today? Open your Bible and find out!

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Self-Care Wheel

The Self-Care Wheel provides ideas for practicing self-care in six dimensions of yourself: Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Sensory, and Social. NOTE: You will need 11X14 paper to print the wheel.

Want to know more about self-care? Our Self-Care blog series targets people who serve in any ministry position (paid staff or volunteer) and takes a Biblical approach to self-care.

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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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Bible Reading for November 16

Today’s Bible Reading: November 16

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Ezekiel 13-15

Hebrews 11:20-40

Clicking on the Scripture links above will open a new window where you can read the scripture from the English Standard Version at Biblegateway.com or choose the Bible version you prefer to read. Check back each day to get the Scripture to read in the One Year Bible Reading Plan.

#ReadYourBible #Ezekiel #Hebrews

Now you can enhance your Bible Reading with the Verse Mapping Template

Our Verse Mapping download is FREE and includes 6 pages: 3 pages of instructions for using the template and the 2 page template, plus the cover page. If you’re looking to go deeper into God’s Word, learn more about God and develop a stronger spiritual life, Verse Mapping will help you dig into the scriptures. As you apply God’s Word to your life, you will develop a more intimate knowledge and relationship with God.

[Download not found]

Why is daily Bible reading important?

Bible Reading is vitally important to growing spiritually and keeping our spiritual selves full. God wants us to hide His Word in our hearts, meditate on it and apply it to our lives. When we have a plan, we are more likely to follow through. Here are eight reasons you should have a daily Bible Reading plan:

  • We can find His will for our lives
  • Bible reading is our spiritual nourishment
  • It helps us be able to discern the thoughts and intents of our heart.
  • The Bible instructs us in righteousness
  • It gives us power to overcome trials, heartaches, and sin
  • God gives us many promises, but you won’t know them unless you read about them, memorize them, and know if it’s a promise intended for us today
  • God reveals Himself to us and we learn about Him which strengthens our relationship with Him
  • He also speaks to us through His Word.

Don’t miss what God has to say to you today.
It’s time to practice spiritual self-care and read your Bible!

Practice Spiritual Self care and dig into God’s Word today to be revived and renewed!

Click here to listen to our devotions on Spotify be sure to follow us.

Free Download resources:

Joy To The World: A 25-Day Advent Bible Reading Plan

Advent is the time where we anticipate with great joy the coming of our Savior. Before Jesus’ birth, people anticipated his arrival as the Messiah. Today, we anticipate His coming again as our victorious, risen, Sovereign, King of kings! In this 25-day Advent Bible reading plan, you get 13 pages with Scripture from the Holman Christian Standard Bible included. The Reading Plan includes four themes as you focus on preparing for the Christmas holiday celebration: Christ is Coming, Christ is Here, Christ will Give, Christ will Come Again. Each day between December 1-25, start your day with the Scripture provided and spend time meditating on what God will say to you through His Word and allow Him to fill your heart with joy this season.

[Download not found]

What Satan Does Not Want You To know

This trifold document includes Scripture verses that Satan does not want you to know about. As you hide these verses in your heart, you’ll be able to defeat the lies of Satan when he tries his wiles and schemes on you.

[Download not found]

Stress Journal

We all face stress. How we handle stress, however, has many variables. Learning how to recognize stress, coping with stress, and creating a self-care plan during times of stress can begin by journaling. Taken from our series on Biblical self-care for people in ministry, we’ve created this free download to help you through the things that cause you stress.

[Download not found]

2021 Bible Memory Verse Plan

We’ve put together 52 memory verses for you to hide God’s Word in your heart! You can download the full document for free and then print a new verse each week and as many copies as you’d like. Each verse prints four times on a page so that you can then cut them into index size cards and place them in prominent places where you will see them frequently throughout the day to help you remember to memorize them. Just because you visited our site, they’re yours for free! Download today.

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The Path to Sin

Satan is constantly trying to trip us up and he doesn’t even play fair because he uses our own desires as bait to get us to sin. James tells us the five steps that lead us down the path to sin in James 1:14-15, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” This download helps you identify your desires so that you can better recognize when Satan is baiting you and you can avoid falling into sin. When used along with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to identify the desires that Satan baits you with, you can then ask the Holy Spirit to help you not become a victim to the bait of your desires. Download the worksheet today.

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Bible Reading Plan Download

One Year Bible Reading Plan

With just 30-40 minutes per day, you can read the entire Bible in one year. The One-Year Bible Reading Plan consists of both Old Testament and New Testament readings for each day of the year. The Bible is God’s personal Word to you. What is He saying to you today? Open your Bible and find out!

[Download not found]

Self-Care Wheel

The Self-Care Wheel provides ideas for practicing self-care in six dimensions of yourself: Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Sensory, and Social. NOTE: You will need 11X14 paper to print the wheel.

Want to know more about self-care? Our Self-Care blog series targets people who serve in any ministry position (paid staff or volunteer) and takes a Biblical approach to self-care.

[Download not found]

Do you have an event on the calendar and need a speaker?

We’re offering 30% off our speaker fees if you book by October 31, 2021. Call today and use the discount code: FALL2021.

We’re excited to be a part of your ministry and can’t wait to see you – no matter what size your event.

904.239.8937


Help support our ministry:

You can also support this ministry through the purchase of one of our t-shirts or other products in our Spreadshop or Teespring stores:

Our Newest Thanksgiving design:

Psalm 100:4

See our Thanksgiving designs:

See our fall designs:

The slide show below highlights some of our favorite Christian Tees designs available in our Spreadshop and Teespring stores.

  • Revive Us Again, Lord

See our Canvas prints in the Teespring Store:

Canvas art and posters are available in the Teespring store. Many of our Christian Tees are also available at Teespring.


Enjoy one of our YouTube Playlists

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Animated Devotionals

Contemporary Christian Music Playlist

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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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 Join the community of couples on Facebook who are committed to intentionally growing their marriage and learning how to have a marriage that honors God. Here you can post photos of the different activities as you do them, ask questions of other couples, share how God is using this book to strengthen your marriage, and grow with other Christian couples. We’ll see you in the community.


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Stress Management Tips from O.T. Bible Characters

by Julia M. Bruce, MSPC, Mental Health Coach,
CEO, Wellspring Christian Ministries

Coping with unchangeable stressors

Since we all experience stress, wouldn’t it be great if we had some good stress management tips? It would be great if we could simply change things and circumstances every time we feel stress. Unfortunately, that’s not reality. Some good, Biblical stress management tips would be helpful.

It is not within human capability to change the death of a loved one, a miscarriage, a diagnosis for cancer, or a job layoff. Coping with unchangeable stressors begins in prayer. We must be able to reach a point of surrendering it to God, understand that He will work all things out for our good, and know that He is at work bringing about His best solution, even if we can’t see it. It comes down to one question: Do we have faith that God will work this circumstance out?

Accepting that you can’t change a situation may be difficult but knowing that God can do anything and choosing to trust Him allows us to release control of the situation and surrender it to Him. We need to be able to recognize when a situation is outside of our control and what we can do. Several well-known Bible characters found themselves in stressful situation, and many times they were in situations they could not control. We can learn how from these Bible characters and how they handled the stress they experienced. Let’s look at the tips they have to offer us.

Abraham’s Tips: Have faith in God. He will provide a way.

The first of our tips come from Abraham. Can you imagine the stress that Abraham felt climbing a mountain to sacrifice Isaac, the promised son, in obedience to God? If you recall, first God tells Abraham to back up and go to land that God would show him. No directions were given. All God said was “pack and go.”

Then God promised Abraham that the Redeemer, the Savior of the world, would come from his lineage. God also promised that the Savior would come through Isaac’s lineage. And God had promised Abraham that his descendants would become a great nation and outnumber the stars. Yet Abraham and Sarah were past child-bearing years. It was not until Abraham was 100 years old that Isaac was born.

Then when Isaac was a teen, God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son to the Lord. Abraham was able to be obedient because he has faith that God knew what He was doing, and that God would keep His promise. He couldn’t see how God would work it out, yet he knew that God would. Yet it must have been a very stressful and difficult time for Abraham. And we learn in Genesis 22 that it took Abraham, Isaac, and Abraham’s men that went with them three days to go to the place God had instructed. Three, difficult and stressful days.

Abraham’s faith

But when they reach the mountain, we see Abraham faith. He told his men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.” (Genesis 22:5) Abraham didn’t tell them, I will come back to you. He said we will come back to you. In fact, He had so much faith in God that either God would bring Isaac back to life or spare him that when Isaac questioned Abraham about not having a lamb for the sacrifice, Abraham replies to his son, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” (Genesis 22:8)

Abraham’s stress management tips would be, “Have faith in God. He will provide a way.”

Moses’ Tips: Stop doing things your way. Turn to God, He will deliver you

Our next tips come from Moses. From the time Moses enters the scene on the pages of the Bible as a baby, stress begins. At the time his was born, Pharaoh had instructed that all the male babies be killed. But God had a plan for Moses’ life and his mother hides him until he is too big to hide. She then makes a basket and places him in it and places it in the Nile river to float. Pharaoh’s daughter finds the baby and her heart is stirred. She adopts him as her own and he is returned to his own mother to nurse. Once he is weaned, he goes to live in the palace of Egypt where he will learn all he needs to know to become the person God uses to free the Israelites from slavery.

The time Moses tried to do things his way

But Moses gets ahead of God’s plans and tries to accomplish God’s plans his own way. When he sees an Egyptian task master beating a Hebrew slave, Moses commits murder, then has to flee and go into hiding. He becomes a shepherd where he will learn everything he needs to know to shepherd God’s chosen nation. So the first of his tips to us would be “Stop doing it your way and wait on God.”

Moses encounters God

Then at the right time, Moses has an encounter with God through a burning bush. (I’m not sure if that would fall under eustress or stress…or both!) and God sends him back to Pharaoh to say to him, “Hey, Pharaoh. My God says to let His people go.” No stress there, right? Then we see all the plagues and eventually ten plagues, Pharaoh does send all the people away.

But then Pharaoh regrets his decision and become angry and he rallies his entire army to go after them. So at the edge of the Red Sea, Moses and the people are trapped between the sea and the Egyptian army. But God parts the Red Sea and the people walk through it on dry ground. Pharaoh’s army follows them but God brought the waters back together and the entire army was drowned.

The stress of leading God’s complaining people

But that’s not the end of Moses’ stress. They are now safely on the other side, but there is no water to drink. When they come to some water, it is not drinkable. The people begin to murmur and complain to Moses. So Moses asks God what to do. God shows Moses a piece of wood and he throws it into the water and the water becomes fit to drink.

On another occasion, the people complain that there is no food to eat, and God sends manna. Then they complain there is no meat to eat, and God sends quail.

Moses’ meeting with God

When they finally reach the mountain where God will give Moses the Ten Commandments, God says, “Come up to the top of mountain to me.” Again, I’m not sure if that would count as eustress or stress. Probably some of both. After the business is concluded, God tells Moses to go back down the mountain because the people had built an idol and was worshiping it.

Basically, Moses’ life is one stressor after another but he always turned to God (except for that time he attempted to things his way and murdered a guy – maybe it taught him to turn to God) and he saw God deliver him over and over again. But if he could give us some stress management tips, he would say, “Stop doing things your way. Turn to God. Wait for Him and He will deliver you.”

Job’s Tips: It’s okay to question God. But don’t stay there. Humble yourself before God and give Him the praise

Job has our next tips. Of all the people in the Bible it is likely that no other Old Testament Bible character suffered more than Job. So, from his experiences, he has some valuable tips for us when we find ourselves in the midst of tragedy and distress.

Job was a guy who had it all. A great family, a respected, well-known name, and he was rich. But then Satan comes before God and seeks God’s permission to bring disaster and misfortune to Job and told God that if Satan could take away all the blessings God had given him, Job would curse God. As a result, Job loses it all. His children died, his wealth taken away, his livestock died, his crops all died, and his health was gone. His wife just wanted Job to curse God and die. Job’s friends told him all that had happened to Job was his own fault and that if he would just confess his sin to God, God might restore blessings upon job.

However, no matter what trouble Satan heaped upon Job, Job did not curse God. He did the complete opposite. He praised God. In Job 1:20-21, we find: “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I come from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.'”

Job had questions, too!

Certainly, Job had questions about why everything happened to him. Just as we would, Job struggled with all the suffering that came in his life. In Job 10:1-4, Job says, “I am disgusted with my life. I will express my complaint and speak in the bitterness of my soul. I will say to God: “Do not declare me guilty! Let me know why You prosecute me. It is good for You to oppress, to reject the work of Your hands, and favor the plans of the wicked? Do You have eyes of flesh, or do You see as a human sees?”

When tragedy and difficult times come in our life, it is only natural to question God and wonder why such things happen. But if Job could give us some tips on managing stress, he would say, “It’s okay to question God for why you are experiencing this. But don’t stay there. Humble yourself before God, repent, and worship Him with praise and thanksgiving.

David’s Tips: Cry aloud to the Lord. He will hear you and He will help you.

David gives our next tips. David was no stranger to stress. Even as a shepherd boy, the Bible tells us that whenever a lion or bear came after the sheep, David would go after it, kill it, and result the sheep from the animal’s mouth. (1 Samuel 17:34-35) But then here comes Samuel, the prophet who anoints David as king over Israel while Saul was still on the throne.

David then spends a good number of years running from Saul because Saul becomes jealous and seeks to kill David over and over again. As a result, we find David living in caves and hiding out. He and the men who followed him lived on whatever food they could find or what was donated to them by loyal followers. Yet, David never took Saul’s life. He waited for God to remove Saul from the throne. Eventually, in the heat of battle Saul is injured and to avoid being captured, he falls on his own sword.

David cried aloud to the Lord

There are many psalms that show us that David always took his struggles, fears, and questions to God. And his tips to us is to do the same. In Psalm 142:1-2, David says, “I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out before him my compliant; before him I tell my trouble.” And in Psalm 18:6, David says, “I called to the Lord in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears.”

If David could give us some stress management tips, he would say, “Cry aloud to the Lord. He will hear you. Pour out your heart to him and tell him all your troubles. He will help you.”

Esther’s Tips: You were placed in this situation for such a time as this. Seek God’s purpose and follow his plan.

Our last tips come from Esther. In the Bible, Esther became Queen. When a decree was issued to wipe out the Jews, Mordecai told Esther to talk to the King. The custom of the day was no one could approach the King unless summoned. If one did and the King did not extend his staff to the person, it was automatic death. So, for Esther she faced one of three possible outcomes: 1) death because of a decree against the Jews, 2) death if the king did not extend his staff, or 3) life if the king allowed her to approach him with her request.

In Esther 4:13-14, we find Mordecai’s words to Esther: “And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” As the story unfolds, we find that indeed God placed her in the exact place and time to save the Jews from annihilation. So she, too, has some tips for us.

If Esther could give us some stress management tips, she would say, “You were placed in this moment of time and in this situation for such a time as this. Seek God’s purpose and follow His plan.”

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We know that ministry is hard! When you serve in ministry as staff or volunteer, you are on a spiritual battlefield 24/7. As you serve God, you fight for the Kingdom of God and our adversary is constantly attacking. He wants you to either lose your effectiveness in your ministry role or get you to quit. We must be sure we are reconnecting to the Vine (Jesus) so that we can refill, renew, and recharge. Then we can keep on pouring into others.

If you are feeling like you are losing the fight or struggling to stay in the fight, Jesus says to you, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31) Self-care is both Biblical and necessary, if you are going to stay in the fight and be effective in the Kingdom of God. Stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue are real weapons that the adversary uses against us.

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Releasing in December 2021, this packaged deal will include the complete video-based course plus 10 group coaching sessions with the author, Julia Bruce. In the 10-week program you will complete weekly videos and assignments and then meet virtually for a group coaching session to help you apply self-care where you need it. 

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BONUS: While this course and group coaching is not releasing until December 2021, if you’re purchasing this material, we know you need help now. So, if you purchase before the release date, we’ll place you in our new private Facebook membership page for free through the end of 2021. In January, this group will require a monthly subscription of $19.99. But it will be yours free through the end of year when you purchase the pre-release of the course and group coaching sessions.  

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Our Verse Mapping download is FREE and includes 6 pages: 3 pages of instructions for using the template and the 2 page template, plus the cover page. If you’re looking to go deeper into God’s Word, learn more about God and develop a stronger spiritual life, Verse Mapping will help you dig into the scriptures. As you apply God’s Word to your life, you will develop a more intimate knowledge and relationship with God.

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We’ve put together 52 memory verses for you to hide God’s Word in your heart! You can download the full document for free and then print a new verse each week and as many copies as you’d like. Each verse prints four times on a page so that you can then cut them into index size cards and place them in prominent places where you will see them frequently throughout the day to help you remember to memorize them. Just because you visited our site, they’re yours for free! Download today.

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Satan is constantly trying to trip us up and he doesn’t even play fair because he uses our own desires as bait to get us to sin. James tells us the five steps that lead us down the path to sin in James 1:14-15, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” This download helps you identify your desires so that you can better recognize when Satan is baiting you and you can avoid falling into sin. When used along with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to identify the desires that Satan baits you with, you can then ask the Holy Spirit to help you not become a victim to the bait of your desires. Download the worksheet today.

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God, Love and Marshmallow Wars is a book that includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

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Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

Have you ever messed up so bad that you felt as if God couldn’t love you? The good news is it’s impossible for a Christian to ever be separated from God’s love. To believe otherwise is to believe a lie straight from Satan. Satan would love for you to believe that it’s impossible for God to love you. He wants you to live defeated. He wants to steal your joy. Satan wants you to waller around in guilt and shame rather than living a victorious life in Christ.(Click to tweet)Why? Because then you are not winning others to Christ. But Paul tells us in the second half of Romans 8 that there is nothing that can separate us from the love God.

Because of God’s love for us, who can be against us?

In Verse 31 of Romans 8, Paul starts out asking, “If God is for us, who can be against us? We can have a sure reality that God is on our side. He is for us. Sometimes it seems that everyone and everything is against us. The world, political people who try to stamp our Christianity, Satan, secularist, false religions, our enemies, and even our own sinful nature flesh. But God is sovereign and He loves us and through Him we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) and there is nothing that can separate us from His love. Jesus conquered death and Satan on the cross and in doing so we have assurance that nothing can change God’s love or purpose for us. (Click to tweet) 

1 Peter 1:5 tells us that we are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” In Jeremiah 31:3, God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” Everlasting and faithful love – that’s God’s love for us!

God’s love is forever

God’s love is forever. He loved us even while we were yet sinners and sent Jesus to die for us (Romans 5:8). And in John 15:13, we find that there is no greater love than to lay down ones life for their friends, which is exactly what Jesus did for us. Psalm 36:5 says, “Lord, Your faithful love reaches to heaven, Your faithfulness to the clouds.” There simply is no greater or deeper love than what God feels for us as His children. Because of His love, how could we not love Him in return with all of our heart, soul, and might?

So be assured, my friend, that no matter what you are going through or how much you might have messed up, (Yes! Even that thing your thinking of!) God loves you. Not convinced yet? Look at this long list of Bible people who messed up, but God chose to use them anyway:

People in the Bible who Messed up and still experienced God’s love

Old Testament Men

  • David, was guilty of murder, lying, adultery, and coveting and stealing a neighbor’s wife. Yet he confessed His sins and God forgave him. God called David “a man after his own heart” and it was through David’s ancestral line that Jesus was born.
  • Moses was a murderer and had a stuttering problem, but God used him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into the promised land.
  • Jonah ran from God, but after three days in the belly of a fish, the fish spat him out and Jonah went to Nineveh as God had told him to – as a result the city repented and God spared them from His destruction.
  • Jacob was a cheater but God would change his name to Israel his 12 sons would become the 12 tribes of Israel.
  • Noah, who was the only righteous man left on earth and God saved from the flood got drunk and slept naked, but through him the human race survived.
  • Gideon was insecure and had to test God with a fleece rather than just trusting what God said. But God used him to defeat Israel’s enemies.
  • Abraham was old and guilty of taking part in Sarah’s solution to God’s promise, but he became the father of the nation of Israel.
  • Elijah was moody and had a problem with depression – even to the point of wanting to die, but God did many miracles through him.

Old Testament Women

  • Rahab was a prostitute but it would be through her ancestral line that Jesus would be born.
  • Tamar dressed up as a prostitute and coerced her father-in-law, Judah, to have sex with her and she bore twin sons. One of these sons was the ancestor of King David, a direct lineage to Christ.
  • Sarah was impatient and tried to help God out with the promise of child and gave her maid to Abraham so that he could father a child through her. Then she ended up hating her maid out of jealousy. But in God’s timing, Sarah had her own child, Isaac and from them the entire nation of Israel.

New Testament

  • Saul, before his Damascus Road experience, persecuted and killed Christians. Yet once He encountered Jesus, God used Paul to spread the gospel to the Gentiles.
  • Peter denied knowing Jesus when Jesus was on trial, but Jesus chose Him to be the rock that He would build His church on and Peter spent the rest of his life leading others to Christ.
  • Martha was a worrier, but she, along with her brother Lazarus and sister Mary,  was one of Jesus’ closest friends
  • Thomas was a doubter, but he was still one of the 12 disciples
  • The Woman at the Well had five previous husbands and the man she was living with when she encountered Jesus at the well she wasn’t married to, but she led her entire village to Christ
  • The Woman caught in adultery discovered the grace and forgiveness of God. When others condemned her to being stoned to death, Jesus forgave her.

The common denominator is God’s Love

The one thing that all these people had in common was the God loved them and chose to use them as part of His plan to redeem the lost. There is nothing we can do to separate us from the love of God and regardless of what sins are in your past, God can redeem and use you too.

God’s Love Is Unfailing

In 1981, Evie Karlssen wrote a beautiful song called “Unfailing Love” Take a moment and listen to the song on YouTube as you read the lyrics and contemplate the everlasting and faithful love of God .

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Unfailing love flows from his heart and heals my soul,
In spite of who I am, he loves and makes me whole.
I almost can’t believe its true,
Unfailing love and yet I know
He gave his life to give to me unfailing love.

If the highest mountains turn to ashes,
If the mighty rivers should run dry
Should sun and moon grow dim,
I still will trust in him,
He’s watching from above,
I’m resting in his love.

Unfailing love flows from his heart and heals my soul,
In spite of who I am, he loves and makes me whole.
I almost can’t believe its true,
Unfailing love and yet I know
He gave his life to give to me unfailing love.

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Now you can enhance your Bible Reading with the Verse Mapping Template

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We’ve put together 52 memory verses for you to hide God’s Word in your heart! You can download the full document for free and then print a new verse each week and as many copies as you’d like. Each verse prints four times on a page so that you can then cut them into index size cards and place them in prominent places where you will see them frequently throughout the day to help you remember to memorize them. Just because you visited our site, they’re yours for free! Download today.

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