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I want to encourage you today. Hope’s Harbor Gritty Bible Devotions is a podcast that deals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other topics from a Biblical perspective. The goal of this podcast is to bring about positive change in our lives through the practical application of Scripture. This episode gives a little background into the creation of this Bible-based devotional show. The lessons are drawn from Scripture. I'm not a pastor, rather a layperson sharing personal experiences from 40+ ...
 
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Have you ever had someone catch your eye, and then you meet them? This happened to Boaz, a wealthy landowner when he saw Ruth working in the fields, gleaning grain for her and her mother-in-law. Keep in mind, Boaz was wealthy. So what was it about Ruth, a poor foreigner who is having to gather food left out for the destitute, that gets Boaz's atten…
 
Ruth was a faithful woman evidenced in several ways. First she left her home country to travel with her mother-in-law after her, Ruth's, husband died along with his brother. These men were Naomi's sons and led to her bitter spirit. And then, as happens often with difficult circumstances, faithfulness in Ruth surfaced once more after the two women a…
 
Naomi has lost a husband, two sons, and returned to her hometown of Bethlehem, Judah. Her daughter-in-law, Ruth, also recently widowed, came with Naomi, to call Bethlehem and Israel her new nation and people. And Naomi's GOD her GOD. There is a difference between the two women in that Naomi is bitter at the turn of events in her life. And Ruth, wel…
 
The book of Ruth is an incredible story of loss, struggle, faithfulness, love, and redemption. The principles at work in this event point to Jesus as our kinsman redeemer, portrayed by Boaz. The bride rescued in this story is a likeness of Jesus's bride, the church. That's us. The encouragement from the experience of Ruth gives us an example of GOD…
 
What happens to the Christian soul at death? The Bible is clear about this subject, however much speculation floats around about it, and even false teaching. This episode examines the truth in Scripture. And listen, there is nothing to fear. While dying on the cross Jesus made a statement to a thief, also dying on a cross beside Jesus, that reveals…
 
We have too many needs facing us each day to be able to go into in this short time together. But if we prioritize needs and are honest with ourselves the greatest need is of eternal importance - the need to get right and be right with GOD. This episode looks at how to do that very thing - show notes at hopesharbor.net…
 
Our Greatest Need - how can we know it beyond the need for food, clothing, and shelter? How about emotional needs? Do we need to be loved? How about this... do we need to love? A spiritual need may be the first thing to attend to. After that, an emotional need, a void within our heart, may be the greatest need we have. Listen to see if your need is…
 
Deliver me. In my experience, the greatest need we have is from mental bondage. First off we are in bondage to ignorance before we discover GOD's forgiveness. We don't know we need deliverance from the penalty of inbred sin. And then, after we ask GOD to forgive us based on Jesus's death on the cross for our sins, we are held captive by other forms…
 
Satan's tool of self-destruction. Does it come in different forms and practices seen at times like this? Suicide Numbing to oblivion Cutting What else? In my experience self-destruction is rooted in unbelief. When I do not believe life will ever get better so why bother living. And if I do live what does it matter if I stay numb? This is rhetorical…
 
This series examines three methods Satan afflicts GOD's people with, and provides a way of escape. Self-condemnation - This destructive mindset nearly put me in the grave. It is tied in with self-hate and self-destruction. These three afflictions in this order: condemnation-hate-destruction follow one upon another and will lead to deep despair in m…
 
Spiritual sleep is damaging, first to those whose eternal destination is other than with GOD. In Heaven. And second, spiritual sleep is damaging to a Christian's life. This is because eternal rewards hang in the balance, unclaimed by a deadened heart. Jesus died to give us life, not sleep in the spiritual sense. Show notes on hopesharbor.net…
 
GOD's Love is a symbol of His Power The Bible tells us GOD is love. It is part of His essence and not a flittering emotion like humans have. With love guiding GOD's decisions we can rest assured He will always do the best thing for us. But we must choose whether or not to believe in GOD's love. If we use worldly wisdom and logic, many times we will…
 
GOD's Glory is in His nature. We cannot add to it for GOD is complete in Himself. Even then we can point to His Glory by the way we live and believe His Word. We show loyalty to GOD when we obey His commands. In John 15 there are numerous commands Jesus tells us to obey. It is a good place to start and by our obedience show the world what GOD's Glo…
 
Baptism - an outward sign of an inward work of GOD's Spirit. This is something a Christian does after salvation, after becoming a Christian by believing in the finished work of Christ, the Son of GOD when He died on the cross to pay for our sins. Romans 6:4 - 'Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was rai…
 
Walking in the Spirit - it is a spiritual exercise, but what does it look like in everyday life? Well, it is different for everyone and at the same time, it has similar elements. The differences are varied like the varieties of personalities, which GOD created. The similarities are those found in Scripture sometimes described as good works, or frui…
 
Self-control - we have to exercise it because GOD gave us free will to choose how we live. Sometimes I want GOD to do everything for me, and other times I wish He would leave me alone. But that is emotion talking. Deep in my spirit, I know the freedom we have as Christians contains the need for self-control. For full show notes go to hopesharbor.ne…
 
Is gentleness a weakness? In today's world strength is vaunted - the power of might. But for the Christian where does being gentle fit in? This episode explores how Jesus was gentle and strong enough to lead angelic armies to conquer the earth during the Apocalypse. Gentleness is an act of love. Full show notes at hopesharbor.net Hope’s Harbor Grit…
 
Faith - what is our faith in? If it is in our belief about GOD and His ability to save us then our faith is misplaced. Yes, this was a trick answer. For full show notes go to hopesharbor.net Hope’s Harbor Gritty Bible Devotions Episode #36 Title: Faith-fulness Date: January 10, 2022 Contact: info@hopesharbor.net Key verse(s): Galatians 5:22 – ‘But …
 
Goodness - what does it mean to you? Most everyone thinks of themselves as a good person, and they are... for the most part. But what does the Bible say about goodness? Hope’s Harbor Gritty Bible Devotions Episode #35 Title: Goodness – the opposite of evil? Or something else? Date: January 3, 2022 Contact: info@hopesharbor.net Key verse(s): Gal 5:2…
 
Do you think of yourself as a kind person? How would you describe yourself as a kindhearted soul? Have you seen those signs popping up all over that read 'Be Kind?" Do you know what these signs are trying to tell people? For me "Be Kind" is because God loves us so much He was kind to us first. And now we have the chance to be kind, but gentleness i…
 
To suffer long. What does this mean in the Biblical sense? Is it having the patience of the naturalist who may sit for hours to watch a flower bloom? Or is it something more? Will developing patience change your life? Would you believe a commitment to patience, or longsuffering, will bring you calmness? Full show notes at hopesharbor.net Hope’s Har…
 
With the angels' final proclamation of peace on earth and goodwill toward men, this passage takes us back to when they announced that Jesus was born. The message these angels declared brings hope for all people in distress or need; it proclaims victory over violence through faith as well as divine protection delivered by way of His Son who saves th…
 
It's true that joy is our natural state of mind. It's the default setting God gave us! But why do so many people lack joy in their lives? Well, it all comes down life here on earth--and what happens when you're not able to have a joyful experience because someone or something takes away your peace. Hope’s Harbor Gritty Bible Devotions Episode #31 T…
 
The greatest commandment in Scripture is for us to love GOD with everything we have. When Jesus said, “GOD’s love for Him equals His love for us (John 15:9), He was showing just how much value you can place on your relationship with GOD. This passage really speaks volumes when considering all that matters most: That love is at the center of all we …
 
Jesus declared we are able to love our enemies. Why? Is it because if we can learn to love our enemies, we can love others for whom we have no affinity or who wronged us. If so, there is a condition to this. In this episode, we examine what love is and what it is not along with practical ways to apply actions to help with fulfilling the command to …
 
"MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD OF GOD! " The Bible is full of verses that speak about the importance and power of GOD's words. Some examples are found throughout both Old Testament books like Genesis 1:1 or Leviticus 26; as well New Testament Scriptures such as Jesus quotes regarding Satan when tempted by him as recorded in M…
 
Paul tells Christians in Romans 12:2 not to be like the world, which means its beliefs and practices. He also warns in 2Cor 11:14 - 'And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.' Satan who likes for people to think he doesn't exist or that his influence isn't too big in this world - one way being through humor - "I'm …
 
I want to delve into the part our mind plays when it comes to faith; how Satan’s fiery darts are lies and accusations which can easily destroy us if not opposed by GOD’s grace. And there is nothing sadder than seeing or hearing about someone who has turned away from GOD, His Word, salvation in Christ - all for some temporary pleasure with this life…
 
The Bible is full of wisdom to help you live your best life. But what about day-to-day living, how do we keep our faith strong to fight fear? Well, one way can be by facing fear when it arises, before our faith weakens! Now listen, I know that sometimes circumstances are fearful - no matter how brave or strong we are. Do you want to defeat fear to …
 
Do you have faith? Do you use it? I don't mean for salvation only, rather does your faith take you further along on the walk of becoming like the Son of God? Faith in the Atonement of the Son of GOD on the Cross not only saves us from GOD's wrath but arms us in order for us to serve GOD. In Ephesians 6:11-17, Paul outlines the importance of spiritu…
 
Time spent with GOD is always worth it. But we live in a world where noise and pressing responsibilities to buy and maintain convenience and comfort push GOD to the sidelines of our lives. We must find a balance to spend time on all aspects of life: work, family worship, or relaxation! Have you ever tried resting while vacationing? Yeah...the ones …
 
This is not a devotion in the normal format. Instead, I recorded an account of having recently survived the Delta variant of Covid-19 in August 2021. I hope to give an understanding of the effects of the virus and its sometimes deadly consequences. I survived due to 3 factors: 1) The diligence of my wife who woke me at 3:00 am on August 11th after …
 
The way you make decisions in your life is through the permissive will of God. He gives us choices, but only those which are good for our soul and not harmful or damaging to others. This episode goes over simple questions and answers about how we can take part in this adventure and take some of the mystery out. And by the way, GOD wants us to enjoy…
 
I must apologize. The titles of E20 and E21 got mixed up in my covid brain. It may be I should have waited before resuming the podcast. It's just that I missed sharing GOD's encouragement through these devotions. Regardless, I made corrections as much as I could and ask for your patience and understanding. When taken together E20 and E21 present a …
 
Love is such a powerful force, and Paul believed that the Holy Spirit was responsible for giving this love to Christians. The first of nine virtues listed in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 are "charity," or better known as agape Love. This kind of true selfless unconditional love stands out when you think about how different it can be from your relationship …
 
In the Bible, we know that GOD loves people and hates sin. He proved His love when He sent His son to rescue us from the bondage of sin - if we so choose it. To save us, He did not ignore all the sin in one's life but rather paid a very high price to set us free. We'll look into the following verse in Proverbs to better understand GOD's hatred for …
 
Many people wonder if God is biased and doesn't care about other people besides Christians. And then, Jesus once told a woman from Canaan that He wasn't sent to help her daughter because she was not of Israelite descent. And I wonder what does GOD have to say about it? For full show notes go to hopesharbor.net Hope’s Harbor Gritty Bible Devotions E…
 
So, is GOD angry? Does He have a right to be angry with the evil being perpetrated throughout the world, against vulnerable people? This episode examines GOD's anger. It may not be what you expect. In this devotion on GOD’s Goodness, you will learn about how Jesus was not only sinless but also perfectly GOOD. He lived an exemplary life and died for…
 
Suffering is an inevitable part of life. And it can be used for many purposes, including bringing glory to God and teaching us about His love through faithfulness. Yet it may also enable us to serve others who are in similar pain with more compassion than we could have otherwise. My challenge is that you take a moment today to really think about al…
 
God uses suffering as a tool to bring about His glory, and also for our own benefit. For example, He may use the pain that we experience in order to teach us more of who He is or what can be expected from Him when faced with similar situations; this way if you come across someone else going through something difficult like yourself - you'll know ho…
 
Many people wonder why God would allow some of his children to suffer. Philippians 1:29 is clear on this and states Christians are granted the permission "to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake." Today I want to look at different aspects of suffering and draw from lessons imparted when we face certain types of suffering. By doing so - d…
 
The Bible is full of promises about how God wants to deliver us from our brokenness. But many times we feel stuck and don’t know what to do next. We are captive, but to what? We pray, read the Bible, but it doesn’t seem like things are changing in our lives. It can be discouraging and make you wonder if God really cares or if you should give up on …
 
Jesus proclaims that He came to recover sight for the captives, but what does it mean to be a captive? There are actually a lot of us captive. We don’t see ourselves as captives because we have not been beaten or chained up somewhere. We may only think about physical captivity when thinking of being captured, but in reality, there can be many thing…
 
Jesus proclaims that He came to recover sight for the captives, but what does it mean to be a captive? There are actually a lot of us captive. We don’t see ourselves as captives because we have not been beaten or chained up somewhere. We may only think about physical captivity when thinking of being captured, but in reality, there can be many thing…
 
The Bible is full of promises about how God wants to deliver us from our brokenness. But many times we feel stuck and don’t know what to do next. We are captive, but to what? We pray, read the Bible, but it doesn’t seem like things are changing in our lives. It can be discouraging and make you wonder if God really cares or if you should give up on …
 
Are you or someone you know brokenhearted? Did you know when Jesus promised to ‘heal the brokenhearted’ He meant the mind? Mark 5:15 – ‘Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.’ Jesus came to heal mental distresses. Just as He healed th…
 
Are you or someone you know brokenhearted? Did you know when Jesus promised to heal the brokenhearted He meant the mind? Mark 5:15 – ‘Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion (of demons), sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.’ Jesus came to heal mental distresses. Just as He…
 
If we believe in something, it’s likely because there is an element of that belief which benefits us. But when GOD first lay this term of Beyond Belief on my heart I wondered what could possibly be beyond having belief? Let me give some insight: The answer is within reach for each one of us! Belief is powerful when placed in God's truth found in Sc…
 
Are you struggling to increase your faith? The sin of unbelief is commonly overlooked by most of us and will hinder our growth as faithful Christians. One reason for this is that unbelief is subtle; it's not a surface issue, but part and parcel to the normal veil covering our minds. Unbelief has far-reaching consequences. One of them is an inevitab…
 
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