Tripping Over My Feet

"Some became fools through their rebellious ways     and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.  They loathed all food     and drew near the gates of death.  Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,     and he saved them from their distress.  He sent out his word and healed them;     he rescued…

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21 Days of Grace – Book of the Week

For Divine Encouragement's book of the week, check out our featured guest post by Amarilys Gacio Rassler, anthology contributor. Discouraged?  Need Rescue?  21 Days of Grace! Encouragement in 21 Days of Grace, offers rich truth within fiction, to encourage our hearts. An exciting journey takes us into the lives of characters in…

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Escape from the Wasteland

"Some wandered in desert wastelands,     . . . hungry and thirsty,     and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord . . .     and he delivered them . . .  Let them give thanks to the Lord  . . .  for he satisfies the thirsty     and fills the hungry with…

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Risky Myth of Secrets

“'Am I only a God nearby,' declares the Lord, 'and not a God far away? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?'” - Jeremiah 23:23-24 Padlocked journals. Receipts tucked into a sock drawer. Deleted files. Disguised flasks. Shredded evidence. What happens in Sin City . .…

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Up in Linked Arms

"Put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity" (Colossians 3:12-14). Genocide ravages our eastern neighbors. Oppression…

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Royal Status of a Child

"children running and shouting through the Temple, 'Hosanna to David’s Son!' . . . Jesus said, 'Yes, I hear them. And haven’t you read in God’s Word, ‘From the mouths of children and babies I’ll furnish a place of praise’?'” (Matthew 21:15-16). Easter dawned on the horizon as Christ marched through formidable gates to…

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Engage Your Long Range Weapon

  "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people" (Ephesians 6:18). A dust cloud thundering with hooves approaches from the horizon. Screams erupt as the grey shadow roars through the towns…

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Trusty Shields

"In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one" (Ephesians 6:16). As we visited Busch Gardens' one day, I observed a toddler patting the glass of a wildlife enclosure. A lioness sprang toward him from the other side. Massive…

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Near to the Invisible

Trillions of subatomic energy particles streak across space and dive into the atmosphere. Their scintillating wake revitalizes the air, illuminates my window, and massages vital warmth into cell tissues as they pass through my body. I cannot sense this process any more than I can discern which gases comprise my breath-concoction or count…

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Nativity Needed

We landed in Manhattan in search of great Christmas cheer. We strode among holiday shoppers and dined beside neighborly locals. Our eyes sparkled in the brilliance of tree lights and glamorous storefronts. Unbeknownst to us, a shadow rolled across the city. In the midst of preparing for the celebration of a…

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