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  • One of the criminals who was hanged insulted him, saying, 'If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!' But the other answered, and rebuking him said, 'Don't you even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? Luke 23:39 WEB

    Three men were crucified together at a place called Golgotha. The One in the center was Jesus, the Son of God. There was a convicted criminal on His left, and another His right. One of the criminals ridiculed Jesus, while the other defended Him. Both criminals were caught, convicted, and crucified together, but there were differences between them.

    One of the criminals saw himself as redeemable, while the other did not. Even though the Son of God was only a few feet away, and would have forgiven them both, one could not see it through his pain-filled life. He thought that he was just human trash and not worth saving, that God would never forgive him for all of the things that he had done.

    Each time that I have been hurt in my life, or hurt someone else, I grew a little more calloused, a little thicker shell. It became a little more difficult to believe that God cared about me, that He still loved me. I was looking at my future through cheap sunglasses and thinking that the future, would only be more of the past. These lens distort your vision.

    What you have done wrong, can be forgiven. What you have broken, can be repaired. What you have lost, can be found once again. The things that you used to dream about, can still come to pass in your life. The end of one thing, is only the beginning of another.

    It is important that you realize that whatever you have done, it is not too late and you can have a fresh start. You are the one that makes the difference, and you are the one that has to make the choice. One thief was saved, and one was not because that was the choices they made. Have hope. God loves you, and He still has a plan for your life. Do not let the pain of the past keep you from seeing the open arms of Jesus today. He chose you, now choose Him.

    Prayer: Father, forgive me, a sinner. Without You, I am nothing. Help me put my life back together. Come into my heart and lead me from this day on. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, guide my steps, speak to me and through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph "Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:15).There is only one right way and that way is Jesus.
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Deleted Member Amen
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen 
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!
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Justin Strus
Justin Strus I just love how these devotionals hit home with me and they speak to me with things going on in my life. It must be that Divine Conspiracy. Thank you Lord for how much You love each and every one of us and how You have only our best in mind.
June 6, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good. 
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Amen
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Becky  Hines
Becky Hines Amen
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Wonderful Refreshing Hope. Amen
June 6, 2016
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard Have to keep my Rose Colored Glesses On !!!   Just wanted to thank everyone for the prayers... Still need them now too. Rich needs prayer also. I wanted to keep the house and land to put 5 small cottages on it to help people get with nature to heal. I got the house, need finances to keep it. We were asked and told by the judge to sell the 13 + acres with a cottage on it. Plus I have a bunch of cats and dogs that are all rescue animals. Some have been with us since 2004. They are my friends and companions that have helped me be calm. I don't want anything to happened to them because of this. I really need a miracle to be able to keep it all together and to remind myself there is a purpose for all of this. It's Gods timing and plan not mine.  Gods Will Be Done In My Life...  AMEN !  
June 6, 2016
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Estella Menchaca
Estella Menchaca Bendiciones 
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Deleted Member Prayers going up right now for you and for all things to work out for you and your precious animals. God can do greater things than we ever could imagine, believing for miracles today. Love, hugs, prayers and many many blessings and mighty miracles. 
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Amen!
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Amen
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan                 Hallelujah  
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion. I know from much experience in my life that He will always forgive the repentent sinner. He is a God of many chances, not just one or two or three. God is so loving and good that He will restore us over and over agin, if we only come to Him in true repentence and ask for His forgiveness and His help in our life.
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Deleted Member Amen, I am so thankful for His love and His forgiveness, He is always right there for us. God bless you, Carol, you are truly an inspiration to my life and to so many others. Love and hugs my precious friend.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Thank you my sweet Tamara!
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza So true.  " HE is a GOD of many chances, not just one or two or three."  HE has always there for me even in my the many sinful years of my life  Always holding my hands that in the  little faith that I have, GOD knows I will be back to HIS loving and forgiving arms. I love you my friend. 
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Love you too Deng!
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Love this !
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Deleted Member Amen, me too.
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Deleted Member An amazing devotion this morning as always, but it so touched me, because of the dreams that I had and the vision that Jesus gave to me and my husband seems that it will never come to pass, when I have felt like finally that door has opened for us, it seems satan is on the other side pushing against it with all his followers, but I know that Jesus can break down any doors or barriers that satan is trying to stop us from going through and that we can be where God wants us to be and do what He wants us to be doing. I am not going to give up on that vision or the dreams that Jesus has placed in my heart. Thank you so much for this today, it lets me know that even at the 11th hour, Jesus will not let that vision or dreamed be destroyed. Love y'all so much for all y'all do and for allowing RHM to bless so many. 
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Have faith, and trust the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY with all you heart, and HE will bring you to places where he wants you to be.  For GOD has plans for you to prosper you and to harm you. 
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelliedited: June 7, 2016 In the name of Jesus Christ, satan begone, I will not curse God ever (I think that is what satan wants us to do). That is what I always say in times like what you are going thru and satan flees. (it works for me).  Keep the Faith.
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy Thank you Pastor Dion for being a messenger to God's word. You touched my heart and helped to keep me at peace!
June 6, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza I pray for my son.  Pastor's prayer "FATHER GOD, please forgive my son, a sinner. Without You, my son is nothing. Help my son put his life back together. Come into my son's heart and lead him from this day on. Fill my son with Your Holy Spirit, guide his steps, speak to him and through him, in the name of LORD JESUS CHRIST I pray in accordance to THY will.  Amen
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Eileen Garcia
Eileen Garcia I pray my dons too. Put u Lord in their path. In Jesus name
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus I used to be your son years ago Deng. My mom prayed for me nonstop for years while I was lost and prayer works, keep praying and the Holy Spirit will do great things. God bless you and your family.
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Thank you Wesley.  Everybody have goodness in their heart and we all believe and have faith no matter how small it be like a mustard seed.  GOD BLESS YOU Wesley
June 7, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Without You I AM nothing. Up. Help me put me my life back together, Lord. I am having a difficult ongoing time of mental & emotional crap.  Had many tests medically.  Grateful all negative.  In a new period of time in my life.  Waiting for a doc call.  Fibromyalgia or what?  I was so far past Fibromyalgia until back ,& then knee surgery.  Then IBS, Sinus infection, stomach virus. ekkks, and now asking Go for help back on track not knowing what I need to do with this emotion crying etc.  Lord is great doc & I wait , & look for help.
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Eileen Garcia
Eileen Garcia Thank u Jesus that u forgave me. Help me today with this car situation. Thank u
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen pastor Todd! thanku
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!!  I can honestly say with Jesus in my life, I am at peace with myself.
June 6, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen pastor Dion great devotional and message, really hits home. There are things in my past that the enemy will remind me of , but when it happens I just say get behind me enemy  I've been forgivin My Lord and Saviours precious blood is way more then enough to forgive my sins, Hallelujah praise God. Thank you Jesus!! As always love the pastors prayer. May God bless you pastor and your wife to continue his will and work in Jesus name Amen!!
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: June 6, 2016 Amen!! I walked this road myself not to long ago the battle hurt it was family.  I pray God keeps me in his arms never letting any of them hurt me again. I'm putting it all in God's hands and let him help me with what should be and what will be. I pray a holy hedge around me to protect me from all evil. I pray in Jesus, Name. Amen <3 Thank you Pastor Dion for this devotion. I have to say reading it hurt but I have to not let myself around toxic people. I'm letting God lead me in what will be in my life with my siblings. They are very harsh women. I love them so much but their love is not the same as mine. I have to pray for them and love them from a distance. If I don't I will be living a sad life and letting mine pass me up while they enjoy my pain. God, said it's over move on and I know he will take care of it. Diane, let go and let God show me the way and what i'm to do. I am not sure of all of but please make it clear. I just want my joy back for my family here my husband, daughter, son in law and grandchildren. Plus I have many friends that would love to see me be Diane again love, laugh and enjoy what God wants me to. Amen <3 
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Father, forgive me, a sinner. Without You, I am nothing. Help me put my life back together. Come into my heart and lead me from this day on. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, guide my steps, speak to me and through me, use me for Your Glory.  In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
June 7, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Thank you for these wise words to help me today as I struggle with emotions I should not even be feeling! God is with me always and I need not be concerned with the judgement or acceptance of others. I need so much to remember this today as my friend and ex co-worker takes my book to work to read to the preschoolers... so many mixed emotions and insecurities I should not be feeling!   Heavenly Father thank you for always having me in your grace... forgive my weeknesses and my unwilling to let you hold my heart and heal my past hurts. When my extreme need for acceptance from those who do not matter rises please remind me that I only need your acceptance and love. Please forgive those who have caused this hurt so badly in me, they knew not what they were doing. Please forgive me for continuing to take back that which i have already placed in your capable and loving hands. Please bring me back to the joy-filled life of total trust in you Father. Lift me and help me feel your blessings and favor that I know you so freely have already given! Let this be a time of celebration and joy as I know your name is being glorified through the reading of my book today and always. let this book touch the hearts of those who read it and let them share your goodness and wonder to others! In Jesus name I pray ~ Amen~ Pastor's Prayer: Father, forgive me, a sinner. Without You, I am nothing. Help me put my life back together. Come into my heart and lead me from this day on. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, guide my steps, speak to me and through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Oh Diane I love reading your words in description of your honesty of your personal pain.  What happened to you long back & comes to pick pick pick on your heart, soul & mind is a torment I know of.  It makes me feel so so bad to be deep feeling of same thoughts before the Lord & even my husband.  He loves the Lord & pretty much sins thru his day & for most part I don't see feeling down.  I said to him I guess that's why we are brought thru Christ.  I have gotten so bad in triggers of whateverI feel ashamed before the Lord.  Oh how I remember having the veil lifted from my eyes to SEE Jesus & jump within and outside filled with joy that I could not get enough of Him.  Ran everywhere I could to hear more of Him, sing praises & be with others who were having the same experience.  As I read your words & thought of you writing a book hoping what it s that the Lord would anoint it's words I keep thinking how I needed to read your words today.  Medicine I have needed to hear another's struggle similar to what I have felt or am going thru.  I am sure you're stories are different yet in all likeness The Man of Sorrows Speaks!!  I want to feel the wash, cleansing, and renewed experience I  had experienced.  It is by faith to walk with the Lord to remember all He did in me & in my life yet when I get in a place as this within ..total me..I feel so ashamed before Him to be in this as to reject all that He is to me today, yesterday & many years ago in our Courtship time...my Lord & I.  I cried out yesterdsy, You are my strength  in weakness help me!!  You see..You know...what can I do in this miserable place I am in!!  Grace between to thieves & then scrolling down to read your honest inventory of the spiritual struggle you are having with descriptive words what I needed soo to hear. My mental emotional state has been so poor.  Stuck in a forward spiraling place is hard to climb out of to where I am physically, mentally, & spiritually sick.  Mandisa sings a song called, Broken Hallelujahs.  I get that! Her songs of her past and Chris t who turned it around for her minister great depth it is like she is jumping up & out of a fresh clean pool of water so alive & new!  A description of Baptism.  I remember how I could not wait to do the same!  Yet with two feet on this earth where I live walking with triggers & the old boy..I do become crushed, pulverized & seeing thru eyes sometimes or more times a torment starts.  Greatful for you & your sharing...not your pain.  I thought as I read more & more how another book you could write.  One with admitting your struggles & torment yet with Christ so present and your conversation with Him..the God who is in our pits with us.  Our only help to be understood & help to get us out for more of Him like fresh air after a place with almost little if none to breathe.  Psalm 42.  I say of this Psalm because there is where I saw the God of the pits!!  What a bright light that was the day I saw Him there.  THANK YOU JESUS!!  ( not proof read forgive my mistakes if you see any)
June 7, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wylesedited: June 7, 2016 Thank you Cheryl! You touched even my husband with this response to my struggles! He said your testimony is awesome and was full of love and understanding , he's really sorry for your struggles and praying for us both! I say that Thank you for understanding where my torment comes from! Triggers! Oh man those triggers! I can be going along just fine and content where God is leading and then those triggers! This morning was a big trigger.But I have been prayer most of the morning and have had good kind people like you reach out and connect with me, praying for me too, I'm feeling a bit better now. I'm so blessed to be a part of this ministry! Thank you Cheryl for all your kind words! Funny you should suggest another book! My original book project that I got writer's block over fears and doubts, is much more of what you describe. I'm about half finished and I hope to refresh my dedication to finishing it by the year's end. The book I actually did publish came through a dream after much prayer over my writer's block. I dreamed it, woke up and wrote it in about an hour! There is no writer's block when God gives you the words and pictures to put down. Plus it's  a Children's book so much shorter. It's taken a few months to learn and get through the processing but I am blessed to say he has guided me all the way from beginning to publication. If you are interested in checking it out I can send you a PDF version if you message me your email. I think you would really like it but totally understand if you are not comfortable giving your email out. Either way thank you so much for sharing your story with me and helping me let go of things I already gave to God before. He is so wonderful! He's changed my life in so many ways! I only want to be free of Satan's snares and triggers and live in God's love and grace! I pray the same for you too Cheryl <3 Love and Hugs  Dianna
June 7, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Love thinking thru conversation of the two.  Such grace & love hung between  them.  
June 7, 2016