Daily Devotional

Do you even realize how much God Loves You! Yes YOU! Every single detail of your daily life is so very important to God, the one who placed the sun, moon, stars and universe in it's place ALSO cares deeply about whether you will get that job, if your children will ever listen to you, if your parents will stay together or separate, if you car gets fixed, if you have a home, if you will eat tonight, if that long lost friend will ever be in your life again...."EVERY" thing that is important to you IS important to God! Trails can be a distractions, BUT when you allow God To be God in the process of moving "Through" the trial, God Will not only restore all that you have lost along the way, but He will create in you all that you were meant to be in the first place, allowing you to fully step into the reason your were created.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7


The Greatest Gift Cost the Giver Everything

By Rick Warren — Dec 23, 2017

“Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin” (Romans 3:24-25 The Message).

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Everlasting Joy

By Tripp Prince

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God Empowers Us for a Life of Service
By Rick Warren — Dec 17, 2017

“God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing” (Ephesians 2:10 NCV).

There are three things you can do with your life: You can waste it, you can spend it, or you can invest it. The best use of your life is to invest it in something that will last longer than your time on Earth.
The worst thing you can do is live simply for today and live for yourself. God did not put you on Earth to live for yourself. He created you to be like Christ.

We know that Christ came to Earth to do two things: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give ...

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God Can Use Our Spirit-Controlled Desires to Direct Us
By Rick Warren — Nov 21, 2017

“It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:13 NIV).
When we want God’s direction for our lives, we should get our desires out of the way so that we can honestly say, “God, I’m willing to go either way — whatever you want is what I want.”

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Then we say, “God, help me to know what you want by giving me a desire one way or the other.” Some people don’t want to do that, because they think if they desire something, then God must be against it. That’s not true. God can use our Spirit-controlled desires to direct us. Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (NIV). If you’re really trying to do what’s right in God’s eyes, then your desires are going to be in line.

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How to Live Intentionally

By Shana Schutte

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17, ESV

There are times in all of our lives when we know there is something we need to do. We need to start taking better care of our bodies. We need to make more time for our loved ones. We need to give up a bad habit or complete a particular work project.,

But, have you noticed that often, right alongside the knowing that we need to do a particular something, there is a resistance to do the thing we need to do?

Maybe we resist doing what’s right because we are afraid of the outcome, af...

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By Rick Warren — Nov 19, 2017

“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you” (John 14:26 GNT).


In order to understand how prayer works, you must understand that God speaks two ways. He speaks generally — the Word of God to everyone — and that is called logos. He also speaks personally to individuals through his Word, and that’s rhema. That’s one way God answers your prayer.
How does God speak to us personally?

Scripture says it’s the Holy Spirit’s duty to take the Bible and show us how it applies to us personally:“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teac...

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Can You Keep a Secret?

LIZ CURTIS HIGGS

October 5, 2017

“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” Proverbs 11:13 (NIV)
You’re hanging out with friends. Sharing a meal, sharing your lives. Someone’s name comes up. Someone who isn’t there.

A comment is made. “Have you seen ______?” Then another. “Well, I heard ______.”Once people realize you know the person they’re talking about better than anyone else at the table, heads turn in your direction. Faces look at you expectantly. What happens next depends on how willing you are to honor today’s key verse from Proverbs and the One who wrote it.We often think of gossip as a verb — something we do. But here it’s a ...

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Successful Learning Starts by Immersing in God’s Word


By Rick Warren — Oct 5, 2017

“Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them. Only then will you prosper and succeed” (Joshua 1:8 GW).
To really excel in whatever you’re learning (whether it’s a new skill, a new theory, or about a new person), you must first steep yourself in God’s Word.

I chose the word steep intentionally. Do you know what it means to steep a tea bag? You take a tea bag out, dunk it in hot water, and bounce it up and down. You can’t do that quickly. You won’t have any tea. You need to do it slowly. When you do that, you extract all of the flavor out of that tea bag.You need to do the same...

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Every Storm Is a School, Every Trial a Teacher

By Rick Warren — Sep 21, 2017

“This small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble” (2 Corinthians 4:17 GNT).


When we go through difficulties in life, the first thing we often try to do is blame somebody else. But it doesn’t matter where your problem came from — God still has a purpose for it in your life. Even when you do stupid things, God can use it. Even when other people hurt you intentionally, he can use it. Even when the Devil plans bad things for your life, God can bring good out of it.


God’s purpose is greater than your problems and your pain. He has a plan! You need to look past the temporary pain and look instead at the long-term benefit in your life.

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September 21, 2017

“The LORD who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” 1 Samuel 17:37a (NLT)


Of all the wonderful stories in the Bible, the story of David and Goliath remains one of my favorites. Just imagining David — a young boy — loading a small stone into a sling and stepping onto a battlefield (knowing he was going to face a giant) bolsters my sometimes-fragile faith.

Can’t you just picture David as he stepped out in front of enemies and critics? Can you hear the naysayers?By earthly standards, David was woefully unprepared to engage Goliath. The Bible says Goliath was over nine feet tall and covered in more than 125 pounds of armor. Not exactly a fair fig...

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OUTREACH

Our Mission At Phoenix First, our mission is to reveal Christ to the world by loving people, cultivating community, and inspiring hope.

The Phoenix Dream Center serves over 40,000 people each month and believes in the incredible potential of the at-risk youth, homeless, and needy within our community. Services at the Phoenix Dream Center include a residential rehabilitation program, shelter and care for victims of human trafficking, affordable housing for men and women in transition, and distribution of food and clothing throughout various Phoenix neighborhoods where the predominately poor reside.The mission and vision of the Phoenix Dream Center is to help at-risk youth and the needy families of our community by restoring hope and allowing them to dream again. The Phoenix Dream Center aims to become an inner city resource that will help distribute hope to the homeless, food to the hungry, clothes to the naked, and restoration to the broken.Services at the Phoenix Dream Center include:

  • The Rescue Project: The Rescue project provides hope and restoration for young women and girls who have fallen victim to sexual exploitation through human trafficking. Currently, an overwhelming majority of these victims are sent to juvenile hall or prison because there is no safer alternative. The Rescue Project is specifically structured to meet the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional needs of these young women. While in the program, each participant receives mentoring by trained life coaches, access to therapy and counseling, and the opportunity to receive their GED or high school diploma, access to a licensed physician, and legal help. The goal of The Rescue Project is that upon leaving, each young woman will be equipped to live a healthy, independent life. Do you need assistance? Contact the Rescue Project Program at 602-346-8786 or [email protected], For Emergency Rescue Services please call our 24 hour helpline at 602-516-0033. Foster Care Relief: Each year, nearly six hundred Arizona youths in foster care age-out of the system upon reaching eighteenth years old. At this time, some unfortunately are only given a black trash bag with their belongings and sent into society. Sadly, three hundred of these young adults, each year, will enter unknown and often dangerous situations. The Phoenix Dream Center has now opened 21 beds for these youths at its Grand Avenue facility, where they receive care, support, and hope for a future in which they become productive and thriving members of our community. Contact The Foster Care Program at 602-346-8767 or [email protected] for more information.Dream Center Living: The Phoenix Dream Center provides furnished suites for single working men and women in a Godly environment, and provides alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free living quarters for employed adults. Contact The DC Living Office at 602-346-8767 or [email protected] for more information.Atmosphere: Atmosphere is our Saturday night youth outreach that focuses on at risk youth in our community. We have music, lights, a dance floor, and the teens challenge each other in what is called a Dance Battle. After that we challenge them to think beyond just today and to think about their future. We provide free food and refreshments and offer food and clothing assistance. Our goal is to help them to become successful in every area of their life.Get Help: The programs of the Phoenix Dream Center are available to meet the needs of hurting and lost people by teaching them how to overcome life-controlling issues that range from homelessness, hunger, and lack of education to substance abuse and human trafficking.

 

  1. If you or someone you know is in need of food, clothing or other form of assistance please contact our Resource Center at 602-346-8716 or [email protected] you or a loved one interested in joining our 15 month Christian Life Recovery School? Contact our Church On The Street offices to learn more about enrolling in the program at 602.346.8726 or [email protected]

  2. For information or services related to Human Trafficking please contact the Rescue Project Program at 602-346-8786 or [email protected], For Emergency Rescue Services please call our 24 hour helpline at 602-516-0033

 

  • Prison Ministry: The Phoenix First Prison Ministry in partnership with Church on the Street is building the Body of Christ behind the prison walls. Regular services are conducted in the nearby Federal Prison, Perryville State Prison, and in the County Jails. To request a visit, contact the Church on the Street office, 602-257-8918. The inmates’ booking number or DOC number is most helpful, along with his/her location.

  • Dream Center Tax Credit: Those that pay Arizona State Income Tax can get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for a charitable donation made to the Phoenix Dream Center.

RE:scue Project Updates
MOM'S PANTRYGIVE HELP

Mom’s Pantry was built on the promise that no man, woman, or child go hungry. Mom’s Pantry is always stocked and always ready for the next visitor. Mom’s Pantry was founded because in Arizona, one in five families do not have the ability to provide enough food to feed the entire household. Through the collaboration and generosity of a local family and interested parties, the vision and mission to combat hunger brought Mom’s Pantry to life.Mom’s Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and aims to serve the community to distribute resources that provide much-needed nutrition to needy adults and children. Mom’s Pantry accepts donations of both food and money to help us meet our goals, and 100% of all donations – both food and money – go directly toward helping families in need.Volunteers are always needed to help stock shelves, coordinate food drives, and help with literally hundreds of different tasks to help make Mom's Pantry the best resource for those in need. Even more so, Mom's Pantry always needs donations of food to provide the best help possible for those in need. For more information on how to volunteer, host a food drive, donate food, or provide financial assistance, please contact [email protected] or main office number 602-867-7117.For a list of items you can donate, click here for our items list.

GET HELP

Mom’s Pantry can help. You have two options; call Mom’s Pantry at 602-992-0083 or drop by Mom’s Pantry at 13440 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix during the hours of operation, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you have an emergency situation, please email [email protected] or call 602-992-0083. Our team will meet with you to determine how Mom’s Pantry can best help, and each family will follow a simple registration process. Each registered family or recipient will be qualified to receive emergency supplemental food-aid once a week, with a mandatory four-week review cycle.

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Rescuing people out of poverty, homelessness, addictions, and human trafficking, The Dream Center seeks to provide hope and empowerment to the homeless, at-risk, and underserved communities in the inner cities of Los Angeles by providing social services, intervention programs, and the love of Christ. Click on a banner below to find out what we’re doing to rescue each individual need and find out how you can get involved.

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