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Category: Weekly Devotionals
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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” (Psalm 25:9)

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now it’s time to break out the Christmas tree, Michael Bublé’s infamous Christmas album and all the home decor. As the holiday season approaches, we find ourselves surrounded by plenty of family and friends. For some, there is nothing more comforting in the world, while for others, this scene sounds a bit daunting.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“’But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘God’s Messiah.’” (Luke 9:20)

Who do you say I am? In Luke 9:20, Jesus was speaking to His disciples and asks them who the crowds were claiming Him to be after witnessing or hearing about His ministry for the past few years. After hearing the disciples’ responses, He directs the question to them and asks who they believe He is after walking with Him, hearing His teachings and sharing life with Him. Peter steps up and says, “God’s Messiah.”

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1)

So, you have recovered (or are maybe still recovering) from the Thanksgiving food coma, Grandma’s interrogation about your relationship status and the overall holiday chaos.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:13)

With Thanksgiving fast approaching and Christmas on the horizon, memories and plans with family are on the rise. For some, these times are sweet and full, while others find them painful and empty. And then there are those who experience a mix of all emotions.

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

Life has many different seasons, just as people have many different emotions.

There are times I feel light, joyful and wide-eyed at the beauty of the world. I am curious and kind, and things seem easy, not perfect, but I have a clear perspective on who I am, who I serve and what I want my life to look and feel like.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?’” (Luke 9:23-25)

The other day someone posed the question, “Would you die for your faith?” My immediate reaction was to dodge the question and topic, because my entire being is hardwired to hate and avoid the concept of death. Death is unnatural for us as humans, because it is not from God and it is not good. That being said, it is a reality and a constant. Ephesians reminds us that the “wages of sin is death,” and as sinners living in a sinful world, we must recognize that truth. Yet, it is equally important to remember the second part of the verse and its own truth, which says, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“For Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body, but made alive in the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18)

There are times in our lives we experience periods of silence from God, where it feels like we have been abandoned with no reason why and no sign of Him making a reintroduction any time soon. It makes us question the validity of the previous experiences we’ve had with Him, if we can really trust Him with the future and if He ever really existed in our past. These times of silence are frustrating, lonely and confusing. They feel like a direct contradiction to who God claims to be.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15

Could it really be that simple? My natural reaction is to first say, “But…” and come up with a defense or an exemption. Could it really be that black and white? How can such a vast, all powerful God place such a simple choice of love and obedience into our hands?

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By Quin Jackson
Local Outreach Student Leader

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

There are so many times (too many times, maybe) where I feel like I need a pause in this life. I need to refocus; I need to reset my life and the path before me. I imagine myself on a trail, and with all of life’s distractions and responsibilities, I begin to take turns and shortcuts that eventually lead me off and away from the original path I was on, the one that was made for me, not by me.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Psalms 27:14)

Hope.

It is a nearly unconscious, unquantifiable, life-changing power in this world. Sometimes it is all we can do to make it through a situation and sometimes it is so natural we do not even recognize that we have it.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Matthew 13:44

What would you do to find a treasure? Rather, what wouldn’t someone do to uncover immeasurable riches? In pop-culture, it seems that the ends absolutely justify the means in cases like these. Movies including “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Indiana Jones,” “Fools Gold,” “The Mummy,” etc. are only a few great adventures where the main character stumbles upon or spends his life searching for a treasure of undeniable value. This idea of finding treasure has been alluring minds since the first century.

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By Breanna Alverson
Life Leader

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Whether you are a long time believer or just starting your personal relationship with Christ, the question of “What is God’s will?” certainly hits close to home. If you have ever prayed over a loved one who is dying or stood next to a friend who has lost everything, this question strikes even harder. Having experienced the loss of a parent, I have wrestled with it over and over again myself. My whole heart is hoping that you will keep wrestling with it in your own life and in that process draw closer to the God of truth to find the answers you need.

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