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Nehemiah wrote, “. . . the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Praise teaches us to turn our eyes away from circumstances to the one who has the ability to heal, save, renew, and mend every broken heart.

There is a difference between the happiness that this world has to offer and the eternal happiness or joy we can experience every day in Christ. Happiness found in the things of this world, while often good (delicious food, beautiful scenery, enthralling experiences), is fleeting. But the joy of salvation, of knowing God, and of His wondrous promises for us is eternal. This joy overflows when we live out lives in praise to God. You may feel as though you cannot praise God, but if you take just a step toward praise, you will sense God’s arms surrounding you.

Your praise can be simple: “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.” Praise will steady your heart when trouble comes and give you God’s perspective on your current situation.

Take time to thank God for what He has done for you. He has saved you and given you an opportunity to know and love Him. Remember He loves you with an unconditional love; He will not withhold His love from you.

Our deepest gratitude, honor, and glory belong to the Lord. Praise Him for He is worthy to be praised!

Prayer: All glory, honor, and praise to You, Lord! In the midst of trouble, I will take a step toward praise. Thank You for the embrace of Your loving arms. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation” (Psalm 13:5).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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