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Coloring Through the Bible

These are the daily devotionals posted last week at our Facebook page. (www.Facebook.com/ColoringThroughtheBible)

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     Coloring Through the Bible is a Facebook page that offers daily inspirations and encouragements. I know that not everyone 'colors' in their Bible, but the for those of us who do, the verses that are highlighted hold a special meaning. As we read scripture we color or highlight the verses that speak to us and encourage or challenge us. That is the motivation behind these daily devotionals. I hope that you will be encouraged and challenged as you read. To see all of the devotionals, please click here to visit www.Facebook.com/ColoringThroughtheBible. If you would prefer to receive these as a daily email, please send us an email via our Contact Us page. 
For every heart that has ever been broken – “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) For every eye that has ever shed a painful tear – “The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25:8) For every life tattered and torn by sin – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) We do not have a God who is distant, uncaring, uninvolved or un-invested. God is not afraid to get His hands dirty with the muck and mud of our lives. We may be a mess, but we are His mess. We may not be perfect. We may not even be close, but we are His children, dearly beloved and fiercely defended. God will not abandon us if we struggle too long. He will not cast us aside if we fall one too many times. His love goes the distance. His arm reaches everywhere. Whatever you are going through, He is with you. Whatever you face tomorrow, He will still be by your side. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36) As earthquakes, fires, hurricanes and floods bombard the earth, many look to the stars and planets to find an answer to the fate of this world. There are many theories and warnings. ‘Facts’ that are easily had at the push of a search button spread panic and concern, but can they foretell the earth’s final struggle? Jesus reassures us that no one knows the moment of his return – only God. Could it be tomorrow? It could. Could it be in a millennium? It could. Because of this, let us live a life that is desperate for God’s salvation. Let’s not get too comfy with the things this momentary world offers. Let’s live every day as if it were our last and leave no room in our lives for regret. God knows the exact moment of Jesus’ return. He knows the limit of our breath. As long as there is air in our lungs, let us use our voices to share the gospel. Let us use our hands to offer love and compassion. Let us use our feet to run to the aid of a world that is racing towards darkness and doesn’t even know it. Jesus will return. Will we be ready? (Written by Keegan Harkins.)

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Pretend for a moment that today was your last day on this earth. What is the most important thing you want to say? Do you have any regrets, any dreams you never tried? Will the ones who talk about your passing know of your faith? Did you encourage or condemn, love or judge? What if we take that moment today to make a list of all the answers to these questions and begin to change the ones that need changing? Live each day as if this were the day the Lord was calling you home. Dare to be bold in your faith and extravagant in your love. Dance in the rain and smile at the clouds. Inspire love in others. Encourage hope and trust. Be the light shining in the darkest night and never lose sight of the future that is just a moment away. Grasp THIS moment and don’t let it slip through your fingers. There are no guarantees of tomorrow, but today is ours. When the day comes that God calls me to my eternal rest, I hope that I am weary. I pray that I have poured myself out for others, loved when the world hated, and shared when others squandered. Lord, may I live each day as if it were my last. May I love without judgement and give without requirements. May my life be always characterized by You! (Written by Keegan Harkins.)

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As Hurricane Harvey slammed the coast, I met a man who refused to worry. Instead, this man walked among the cold and wet clumps of grumpy and worried people, encouraging us to acknowledge our blessings. He spoke of how Jesus had set him free and healed his body. He encouraged people to look past the devastation of the hurricane and see God’s hands of protection. There, huddled in the damp shelter, cold and wet, this man chose to focus on his blessings. As the people around him grumbled and pushed, he praised God for deliverances of the past and future. It's hard to feel the discomfort of current problems when we are praising God for His many deliverances. This man, newly released from prison, working three jobs to make ends meet, had more joy than the many wringing out their expensive suits and designer handbags. Joy doesn't come from flashy cars, sunshiny days or perfect pasts. It comes from God. Only God can take our sorrows and turn them into joy. Psalm 30:11 reminds us, "You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness." The next time life rains on us, let's follow this joyous man's example and praise God for the sunshine even when the clouds get in the way. No storm lasts forever! (Written by Keegan Harkins.)
Wouldn’t it be great if a spiritual curtain opened so you could see what God is doing on your behalf? No longer would we have to wonder, “What is God doing about my situation?” What you see would encourage and embolden you because God is always doing what causes us to triumph.
God can show us what He is doing. But He seldom does that. He wants us to walk by faith and not by sight. 
Seldom, I say, but not never. He did give such a vision in the days of Elisha. His servant rose early one morning and saw a great army surrounding the city. The king of Syria had sent his army to capture Elisha. When his servant saw the great army, he was gripped with fear. But Elisha said to him, “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them” (2 King 6:16).
Elisha’s words made no sense to his servant. All he saw on their side was the two of them—until God opened the servant’s eyes at Elisha’s request. Then he saw a protective army of horses and chariots of fire about Elisha (verse 17). This event was recorded to encourage us. We may not be able to see what God is doing behind the scene. But He is always at work causing all things to work together for our good. (Written by Frank King.)

Peace seems to allude our world these days. If we are not gripped with fear from wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods; we worry over war, terror attacks and disease. We can chase peace forever and never find it. Why? Because, apart from God, peace doesn’t exist. If we look to nature, all we find is a cycle of feast and famine – rain and drought. If we look to mankind we find fortune and poverty, the rise and fall of nations and ideals. There is no constant in our world outside of God. Only through Him do we see the balance of all that surrounds us. Only through Him can we face the uncertainty of life with full knowledge that there is a purpose in the confusion. When God created the world, He declare there to be a cycle to life – a day, a night, and then morning. From the expanse of eternity, it is easy to see how the end of one is the beginning of another. When we try to comprehend all that life brings at us without the viewpoint of God’s eternal grace, we can become overwhelmed in the moment. Peace comes when we close our eyes to the dilemmas and trials that try to suffocate us and focus our lives on the unwavering and unshakable consistency of God. Will storms come? Yes. Will God remain the same when everything else falls apart? Absolutely. That is peace. Peace doesn’t dictate that we rejoice because times grow hard. Instead, peace gives us joy even though times are hard because peace draws our attention from the earthly to the eternal. No matter what we face, we face it in the palm of God’s hand. This too shall pass, but our safety in eternity, shall never end. (Written by Keegan Harkins.)