From God’s Word - The hope of our Lord Jesus Christ

January 15, 2021 chris
By Toni Ford As I was reading lately in the Book of Psalms, I was greatly encouraged by Psalm 30, I would love to share this psalm with you this week. It is my prayer that this psalm would encourage you as it did me and that you would know that the Lord is on
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From God’s Word - The best choice to make for the new year

January 7, 2021 chris
By Toni Ford Happy New Year! I would think that most of us are happy to see 2020 come to a close and a new year begin. Here at the beginning of a new month and a new year, many of us take time to reflect upon the previous year with what we have learned
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From God’s Word - The finish line for 2020

December 30, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford In Jonathan Cahn’s book, The Book of Mysteries, he shares a story about the “runner’s riddle.” The riddle goes like this: “Two men in a race. The first is a perfect runner, fast, strong, skilled and confident, one who only runs perfect races. The second is slow, clumsy, weak and unsteady. He’s
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From God’s Word - My stability, my protection, my charge

December 24, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Earlier this year, at the beginning of March when the coronavirus was deemed a pandemic, my first “go to” for prayer of protection from the virus for my family, friends and myself was Psalm 91. Since that time, we have continued to walk through even more difficulties of life. I am sure
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From God’s Word - God does the impossible

December 18, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford The Gospel of Luke is the third gospel in the Bible and written by Luke himself, also known as the “beloved physician.” Since Luke was a trained physician, it comes as no surprise that he begins his book with detailed accounts of the births of two important babies, John the Baptist and
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From God’s Word - Our great Redeemer’s awesome gift

December 10, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford During this Christmas season, I love to go back and read in the Book of Isaiah where Isaiah announced to a world that is experiencing much doom and gloom at the time (Isaiah 9:1) that soon there would be no more gloom, for a Redeemer was coming. God allowed Isaiah to see
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From God’s Word - Jesus’ birth was anything but normal

December 3, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford As I was preparing this week’s devotion, I was not sure this was the week for me to send what I was writing. Earlier this week, I received an e-mail from a ministry I follow called The Father’s Business. Its devotion for the week was absolutely perfect and resonated much more with
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Give me a greater vision, Oh Lord

November 25, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever read something and realized you might not know all there is to that particular subject, and yet deep in your soul you know that if you broadened your vision on the subject, you would gain so much more wisdom, understanding, perspective on life, and even to some degree a
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A time to be thankful

November 19, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford The holiday season is upon us, and although our holidays might look a bit different this year due to COVID-19, it is my prayer that we would not allow our circumstances to keep us from having a thankful heart. Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving is my favorite, so I am excited to
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The battle belongs to The Lord

November 13, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I have been reading in 2 Kings lately, and I must say that the first seven chapters of this book have rocked my world! Although this book of the Bible was written over 3,000 years ago, the lessons and life principles from even these first few chapters are applicable to where we
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The truth that will forever stand

November 6, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford As I write this devotional, at the present moment, our country is in the third day of this election process and we still do not know who the next President of the United States will be.  I am not here to discuss politics, and regardless of whether the person I voted for
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A prayer for the nations

October 30, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford As I was thinking about what to write for this week’s column, I immediately knew what has been heavy on my heart. The focus of my prayer over the past few months has been our nation. If there was ever a time when we as a nation needed God and His direction,
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God is our deliverer

October 23, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford The very last psalms King David wrote are recorded in 2 Samuel 22 and 23. There are at least 73 of the psalms in the Book of Psalms assigned to David, but his last two are found in 2 Samuel. One psalm is written as an offering of thanks to the Lord
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Just at the right time

October 9, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I’m not sure about you, but I can hardly watch the news or spend any time on social media these days due to all the harsh and judgmental words being spoken and written about others. I was actually sharing with a friend yesterday how quick the news and social media can cause
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The importance of spiritual warfare

October 2, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Some may ask, “What is spiritual warfare, and why is it so important?” Among Christians, it is often a term used referring to the idea of a war in the heavenlies between angels and demons, a battle between evil and good. Some might not believe that something like this exists. Others might
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Inspiration from God’s Word - When our circumstances take over

September 25, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford It is so easy to let our circumstances and the challenges we face each day take over our thoughts and actions. We often forget that God wants to give us His best and that He is always working good on our behalf. These days, I find myself praying much more often, that
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Principals for life

September 18, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Lately, I have been reading in the Book of First Samuel. I recently read Chapter 15, which is a pivotal chapter in the story of King Saul. The Lord gave Saul another opportunity to prove himself, but he failed again and lied about it and was judged. Saul had a habit of
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Turning trials in triumph

September 11, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever wondered what Jesus’ life was like while growing up as a child? I often think about this and wonder if Jesus had siblings – how many brothers and sisters and what they thought of Jesus. In Matthew 13; 55-56 we see that Jesus did have both brothers and sisters.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The Hall of Faith

September 4, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford The word “faith” is a fairly common word in the Bible. If you were to ask people what faith means, you might hear answers such as, “trusting” or “believing in something.” To fully understand faith, a good place to study is in Hebrews 11. Hebrews 11:1 describes faith as, “Now faith is
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Never too old, never too young

August 27, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford The Book of First Samuel begins with the story of Elkanah and his family. Elkanah had two wives, one named Hannah and one named Peninnah. Peninnah had several children but Hannah was not able to have children. Peninnah would taunt and bully Hannah as a result. Although the harsh and cruel words
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Praying the Word of God

August 21, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Those who know me, know that I often speak about praying the Word of God. To me, this is one of the most important disciplines we as believers can do to strengthen our faith. Isaiah 55:11 says, “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces
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Inspiration from God’s Word - From coward to conqueror

August 14, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford In the Book of Deuteronomy, God outlined the responsibilities of the nation of Israel, which were to love and obey Jehovah as the one and only true God, teach the children God’s laws, be thankful for God’s blessings and separate oneself from the worship of pagan gods in the land of Canaan.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A worldwide spiritual awakening

August 7, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford In March of this year as the world was experiencing the outbreak of COVID-19, several pastors from different nations and denominations joined together for a phone call. During the conversation, it became clear they all shared one heart – to unite and activate the worldwide Body of Christ to pray for both
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A day of great celebration

July 31, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard of the book of Esther in the Bible? It is a short book with only 10 chapters and yet a very powerful book about God’s faithfulness to protect Israel and the Jewish people. In the third chapter of Esther, we find Haman, the king’s second-in-command, casting lots in
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Inspiration from God’s Word - New lands and new beginnings

July 24, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Throughout this month, I have been reading the Book of Joshua. Joshua is a historical book, and although at times it seems to give a grim account of battles and wars, it is also about new beginnings for the people of Israel. Today, we might be not be experiencing a literal war,
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The only bread that matters

July 17, 2020 chris
We all know that two main staples in life are bread and water. Our bodies literally cannot live without water, and if we had to choose one food source to keep us alive, bread would be one of the best sources, if not the best source. When bread is mentioned in both in the Old
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Inspiration from God’s Word - A burdened heart

July 10, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever been burdened by something you see or hear and have become so passionate about wanting to “fix” it, yet you know you cannot by your own efforts? In the book of Nehemiah, in Chapter 1, we read about a man named Nehemiah who was faced with this exact situation.
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Inspiration from God’s Word - The importance of remembering

July 2, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Have you ever heard the saying, “I am too much in my head”? Well, that was me this past week. When I get too much in my own head, it usually leads to fear, anxiety, worrying about all the “what if’s” in the days ahead and on and on. The most harmful
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Inspiration from God’s Word - Be encouraged

June 26, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford Two of Paul’s earliest letters were written to a church of young believers that he helped start in Thessalonica, along with Timothy and Silas. These two letters were written to real people who were experiencing real problems. Most of us would say that we can identify with these people because we are
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Inspiration from God’s Word - God’s definition of normal never changes

June 19, 2020 chris
By Toni Ford I think many would agree that we are definitely living in unique times. Lately, instead of waking up each morning with a not-a-worry-in-the-world mindset, it seems as if I wake up with a battle-ready mindset of preparing for the unknowns of the day ahead. I remember praying this past week, “Lord, please
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