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Hurting Hearts

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Daily Devotional For August 08, 2018
  

Bible Reading: Romans 12:9-15  ; 2 Corinthians 12:9  

"What's wrong, David?" Mom asked as David got into the car.

David sighed. "Mrs. Lewis told our class that Philip won't be in school for a few days. His dad had a heart attack and died early this morning."

Mom gasped. "Oh no! That's awful."

David nodded. "Principal Brown came and told us he went to Philip's house this morning. He said Philip and his mom and little brother are very sad. Then he and Mrs. Lewis let us ask questions and talk for a while." David paused. "Mom, why did this happen? What are they going to do?"

"I don't know." Mom shook her head. "Is there something you want to do for them now?"

"I want to see Philip. He's my best friend," David said. "Can we go to their house?"

"Okay, but first let's make a meal for them," Mom said. "People sometimes forget about eating at times like this."

David and his mom made a pot of sloppy joes and put the whole meal in a basket. In the car, David said, "Mom, let's pray for Philip and his family." Mom stopped the car, and they prayed for God to help the family. David also asked Jesus to give him words to comfort his friend.

Philip greeted them at the door.

"We brought you dinner," David said, and carried the basket to the kitchen.

David and Philip slipped out to the porch while their moms talked in the house.

"Philip, I'm so sorry. What can I do?"

"I don't even know. I miss Dad so much already." Philip covered his face, wiping away tears. "When Mom said something was wrong this morning, I prayed Dad would be okay. Now I don't know what's going to happen to us."

"I don't know what's going to happen either, but I do know that Jesus loves you and will be with you through all of this. You always have hope in Him." David put a hand on his friend's shaking shoulder. "I'll be here for you too. Let me know if there's anything I can do. I'll be praying for you and your family."

Philip closed his eyes and took a deep breath. "Thanks, David." Lynda Boucher

How About You?
Do you have a friend who is hurting? Perhaps someone they love has died or they're facing a difficult situation. Things like that can really hurt a person's heart, and they need the love and support of their friends. Help them in whatever ways you can, and let them know you're praying for them. Even though you won't have all the answers, you can remind them of the hope they have in Jesus.

Today's Key Verse:
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2   )

Today's Key Thought:
Help friends who are hurting
 

Toby and the Gurdwara

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Daily Devotional For August 08, 2018
  

Bible Reading: Matthew 9:10-13  ; 1 Corinthians 10:14-17  , 19-21

"Singur invited me to his birthday party next Saturday," Toby told his mom and older sister, Katrina, who was doing homework with her hair tied up in a bandana. "He's an awesome soccer player." Toby pretended to head-butt a soccer ball into a goal, then raised his arms in victory.

"You could get him a hat with his favorite team's logo on it," Mom said.

Toby shook his head. "Singur always wears a turban. It's part of his religion. He's a sick."

"He means Sikh, Mom." Katrina slipped off her bandana.

"Singur's mom said I can spend the night after the party," Toby said.

"What about church on Sunday?" Mom asked.

"I could go with Singur to his gurdwara. It's like church."

"A gurdwara is not a church," Mom said. "Sikhism is a different religion from Christianity."

"But that doesn't mean Toby shouldn't be friends with Singur, does it?" Katrina asked. "Didn't Jesus make friends with all kinds of people?"

"He did," Mom said, "and He shared God's love with them. But He never participated in things they did that went against who He was. Sikhs don't worship Jesus, so a gurdwara is not a place of worship for Christians. We need to be careful that the things we do with our friends take us in the direction we want to go as followers of Jesus."

"Give me your leg, Toby," Katrina said. "I want to show you something." She put her own leg next to Toby's and tied their ankles together with her bandana. "You go left. I'll go right."

When Toby tried to walk away from his sister, he fell. "You're tied to Jesus, and you need to go in the same direction as Him," Katrina said. "Otherwise you won't go anywhere but down."

Toby got to his feet. "Mom, I think I should go to Singur's party and spend the night, but I'll tell him I can't go to his gurdwara because I have my own church to be part of."

"Good thinking," Mom said. "You might even get a chance to tell him about Jesus and what He's done for you."

Toby nodded. "And for his gift, I think I'll get him a bandana with his favorite soccer team. It'll work great for winning a three-legged race!" Holland Webb

How About You?
Do you have friends who don't know Jesus? How can you be a friend to them without going against who you are as a Christian? Jesus was friends with all kinds of people, but that doesn't mean He went along with everything they did. Ask Him to give you wisdom in knowing how to be friends with people who aren't Christians while remaining true to Him.

Today's Key Verse:
"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." (NIV) (Matthew 4:19  )

Today's Key Thought:
Be a friend like Jesus
 

Four Legs Are Better than Two

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Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12  

Gavin walked into the six-inch-deep stream right behind his friend Will. The water filled his shoes and stuck his pants to his ankles. The round stones shifted under his feet as he slogged through the water.

Further downstream the rocks became larger and rougher, the ground more uneven, and the water muddy. Gavin felt around with one foot before taking each step. Even when he found a good rock, sometimes the surface was slick.

Suddenly his foot slipped. He fought for balance, but he fell on his bottom with a huge splash.

Will hurried back to him. "Gavin, are you okay?" he asked, reaching down to help Gavin to his feet.

"I'm fine," Gavin said. "I mean, besides being so wet." He laughed and tried not to cry. His elbow and knee hurt, and he had stubbed a toe. He wasn't sure he wanted to keep walking. He would probably just fall again.

"I have an idea," said Will. "Put your arm around my shoulder, and I'll put my arm around yours. Now let's try walking in the creek."

Gavin and Will took a step forward at the same time. Then another. And another. Suddenly Gavin slipped again, but this time Will held him up.

After a couple more steps, Will slipped, and Gavin caught him. They started walking faster and with more confidence, and whenever one of them slipped, the other caught him so he didn't fall.

"This is fun," Gavin said. "I was scared I'd fall again, but now I feel safe."

"Maybe we can help each other out of the water too," Will said. "You know, like Pastor Evans was talking about in church last week. He said Christians need to work together so we can hold each other up spiritually when we start to fall. That's why going to church and having Christian friends is so important."

"How can we hold each other up spiritually?" Gavin asked. He thought about it. "I know! We could ask each other about what we read in the Bible."

"Yeah, and when you're struggling with something, tell me. And I'll tell you about things I'm struggling with or worried about."

"That sounds like a great idea," Gavin said, holding on to his friend as he walked across another slippery rock. "We're stronger together!" Amy Glendinning

How About You?
Do you ever feel like the Christian life is too hard? Do you forget to read your Bible or get discouraged about sad events? Maybe you keep giving in to the same sin over and over. Jesus never meant for you to walk with Him alone. Become friends with other Christians and talk often about Jesus and His Word so you can encourage each other when you start to struggle.

Today's Key Verse:
Two are better than one...For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10  )

Today's Key Thought:
Christians can help each other
 

Like a Brother

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Daily Devotional For August 08, 2018
  

Bible Reading: Romans 10:9-14  

"Mom, can I go play at the park with Zayden?" asked Sawyer.

Mom laughed. "Zayden, Zayden, Zayden. Ever since you met him, all I hear is 'Zayden.'"

"He's lots of fun," said Sawyer. "I think we're going to be really good friends. It almost feels like he's the brother I never had."

"Well, he seems like a nice kid," said Mom. "Why don't you invite him to come to church with us this week?"

"Okay," said Sawyer, "I will."

That evening, Sawyer was excited when he got home. "I invited Zayden to church, and he promised he'd come!"

True to his word, Zayden attended church with Sawyer and his mom that week. He came the next week too, and then the next, and the next. And then one Sunday, Zayden trusted Jesus as his Savior.

Several weeks later, Sawyer came home looking worried. "Zayden and I were supposed to meet at the park this morning, but he didn't show," he told his mom. "I tried texting him, but I got a message saying his number is no longer in service. I'd go to his place to make sure he's okay, but I don't know where he lives--he always came here or met me at the park."

"I'll ask around," said Mom. "Maybe I can find out what happened."

A couple days later, Mom had news. "I'm afraid Zayden won't be coming around anymore," she said. "I found out his dad is wanted by the police. He apparently learned they were on his trail, and he packed up his family and took off. Seems he's been on the go like that for a couple of years."

Sawyer's face crumpled as tears filled his eyes. "So I'm never going to see Zayden again? But he was like...like..."

"I know," Mom said as she hugged him. "He was like a brother to you. And you know what? Because you both know Jesus, you are brothers in Christ. You've both been adopted by God, so even if you're never able to reconnect with Zayden in this lifetime, you'll see him in heaven someday."

Sawyer wiped his eyes. "I'm glad I told him about Jesus. I'm going to pray for him, wherever he is."

"Good," said Mom. "Let's pray for him right now." Agnes Livezey

How About You?
Have you told your friends about Jesus? Do you pray for them? Being someone's friend involves more than just having fun together. If you truly love them, tell them what Jesus has done for you and pray for them. Ask God to help them understand how they can become a part of His family so you can be brothers and sisters forever!

Today's Key Verse:
How can they put their trust in [Jesus] if they have not heard of Him? (NLV) (Romans 10:14  )

Today's Key Thought:
Share Jesus with your friends
 

Making Friends

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Daily Devotional For August 08, 2018
  

Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 18:1-4  

Jenny stooped down to tie her shoe while her class was running a lap for gym. As she knelt, one of her classmates veered and stepped on her hand.

"Ow! Hey! You stepped on my hand!" Jenny yelled after the retreating girl.

Susan was always bumping into Jenny or stepping on her toes, and it was starting to make Jenny mad. A teacher confronted Susan after Jenny complained and told her the school had a strict policy against bullying. If it happened again, the teacher said, she would call Susan's parents. Jenny thought Susan might be mad because she tattled, but she just looked sad. Jenny didn't want her to feel bad, she just wanted Susan to stop picking on her.

At supper that night, Jenny told her parents what Susan was doing. Her mom looked at her and said, "Remember when you were little and we brought Mittens home? You pulled her tail and knocked her over, but at first she purred every time you tried to play with her. Then she started hiding from you."

Jenny nodded. "I didn't mean to hurt her. I just wanted to play with her."

"That's right, but you didn't really know how. Do you remember why she eventually stopped hiding under the chair when you came into the room?"

"Because I started petted her more gently like you taught me."

Mom smiled. "Maybe that's Susan's problem--no one ever taught her how to make friends. You've been blessed with people in your life who have showed you how to be a good friend, and you also know the greatest friend there is--Jesus. You can be the kind of friend He is by reaching out to others, even when they treat you badly. Maybe tomorrow you could be friendly to Susan and show her how someone really makes a friend."

On the playground the next day, Jenny saw Susan coming and stepped in front of her. Susan took a step back, and her lip started to tremble. "I didn't mean to hurt you. I'm sorry," she said.

Jenny smiled and put her arm around Susan's shoulders. "Come on," she said. "Let's go beat those guys at kickball!" Gaines Irving Arnold

How About You?
Do you find it easy to make friends? Maybe you have lots of friends, but you know people who sit alone at lunch or play by themselves on the playground. How can you be a friend to them? Jesus showed compassion to everyone He met, no matter what they did or how others felt about them. Follow Jesus' example and reach out to someone who needs a friend.

Today's Key Verse:
A friend loves at all times. (Proverbs 17:17  )

Today's Key Thought:
Be a friend
 

How Dirty We Are!

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Daily Devotional For August 08, 2018
  

Bible Reading: Psalm 37:23-24  ; Jeremiah 18:1-6  

"I like being with you, Grandma," Gail said as she sprayed more cleaner onto her rag.

"It's nice having you visit again," said Grandma. "Miss Cindy was glad for your help with the younger children at youth camp. She wondered if you'd be interested in leading the children's class at church this week." She picked up a knick-knack to clean and winked. "You might become a great youth leader someday."

Gail lowered her head. "I don't know. I'm not sure God can use me for anything. I'm not always good, and my stubbornness gets me into trouble a lot."

"Hmm." Grandma gazed down at the picture frame she was now holding as she slowly wiped the glass.

"Oh, Grandma, look!" Gail giggled when she showed Grandma her soiled rag. "This shelf got really dusty since we cleaned it last."

"My goodness!" Grandma chuckled. "I guess we've been shedding a lot of skin around here lately. It reminds me how God can make great things out of dirt."

"What do you mean?" asked Gail.

"Well, doesn't the Bible say we were made from the dust of the earth?" Grandma asked. Gail nodded. "That means we're made of dirt," Grandma said.

After the last shelf was cleaned and everything was put back, Grandma tapped her chin with her finger. "You know, Gail, if God can use dirt to make something as beautiful and miraculous as a human being, just think what He can do with our nasty faults and filthy mistakes."

"Like what?" Gail plopped onto the couch.

"God can use them in a way that brings Him glory," Grandma said, nestling into her rocker. "None of us is good on our own--that's why we need Jesus. When we trust in Him, He uses us and transforms us--flaws and all. He can take our flaws and make them valuable to His kingdom." She smiled at Gail. "Like using someone's stubborn streak to make them a strong spiritual leader who won't back down when faced with difficulty, for example."

"I never thought of it like that," said Gail. She smiled back at Grandma. "Maybe I'll help Miss Cindy out with the smaller children after all!" Beth Anne Ingram

How About You?
Do you think God can't use you because of your ugly flaws or past failures? Guess what--He can! He doesn't waste or throw anything away, but finds a way to put it to good use. As He works in your life and makes you more like Him, He uses your flaws to develop qualities in you that help others and bring Him glory. Trust Him to use every part of you for good.

Today's Key Verse:
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
(Ecclesiastes 3:11  )

Today's Key Thought:
Jesus can use our flaws
 

Fortune Guesser

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Daily Devotional For August 08, 2018
  

Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 18:20-22  ; Hebrews 1:1-3  

"Dad, look at this!" Daisy pointed to a video on her tablet. "This woman is a fortune teller, and in this video, she talks about a whole bunch of things she thinks will happen soon."

"Don't believe it," said Brett, Daisy's older brother. "She's just a fake."

"Is she a fake, Dad?" asked Daisy. "The predictions she's making sound like they could happen. She says there'll be a plane crash and that we'll have a cold winter and--"

"There are plane crashes all the time, and every winter is cold," said Brett. "Even I could predict that! She's not a fortune teller. She's a fortune guesser!"

Dad nodded. "People like to think they can tell the future, but they can't. Before the Bible was written, God used prophets to speak His message and tell His people things that would happen, but not anymore. In Hebrews it says He speaks to us 'by His Son'--Jesus. He does that through what He's written in the Bible."

"Are people like that woman ever right?" asked Daisy.

"Sometimes--but it's probably more often a matter of making good guesses," said Dad. "In Deuteronomy, it says if a prophet makes even one mistake, he is not of God. Also, remember that Satan is very powerful, and it's possible he sometimes gives people special knowledge. That makes any attempt to learn the future very dangerous."

"Do people who make predictions like this just do it to fool everybody?" asked Daisy.

"I bet they do it to make money," said Brett. "A lot of people will pay big bucks to have somebody tell them what's going to happen to them in the future, won't they, Dad?"

"I'm sure that's true," Dad replied, "and I suspect fortune tellers also like the feeling of power it gives them."

"I guess anyone could have predicted most of the things this woman talked about in her video," Daisy said. "It's pretty silly to believe she has some kind of special power."

Dad nodded. "God is the only one who really knows the future and cares what will happen to us. After all, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die so we could have eternal life! We need to stay away from fortune guessers and trust our future to Him." Linda M. Weddle

How About You?
Have you heard someone claim to predict the future? No human being knows what's going to happen in the world. Only God knows, and He forbids us to use so-called fortune tellers to try to find out what will take place in the future. When you feel afraid about the future, talk to Jesus. Trust Him with your life and to always be with you, no matter what happens.

Today's Key Verse:
God...has in these last days spoken to us by His Son. (Hebrews 1:1-2  )

Today's Key Thought:
Only God knows the future