Resources by Theme: Devotional

Jun 24, 2015

Have We Lost Our Sense of Sacredness? by J.A. Medders

Our churches will experience a super-nova of the Spirit when we stop trading personal and meaningful holiness for what is safe in the world’s eyes.

Jun 23, 2015

The Gospel is the Food of Faith by Staff

"The new life in Christ, just like all natural life, must be nourished and strengthened."

Jun 23, 2015

Hannah's Loss by Courtney Reissig

Hannah was able to look in the face of her precious boy as she walked away from him for the last time and know that God would win in the end and her loss was not in vain.

Jun 23, 2015

A Better Word by Jared C. Wilson

Let them come with their words, then. Let the devil come with his barrage of lies, even his truths-turned-lies.

Jun 22, 2015

Nobody Ever Came to Christ Because He Knew Himself To Be Elect by Staff

The question for you is not, 'Am I one of the elect?' but 'Am I a sinner?'

Jun 21, 2015

From Rubble to Restoration by Christine Hoover

He longs to transform their spiritual rubble into complete life restoration because this is His way, the way of Jesus. If they would just let Him.

Jun 21, 2015

Fathers, Give Yourself to the Lord, Then to Your Family

A Father's Day Reflection

There was a time when obeying my parents ended. There will never be a time on this earth when honoring my parents will end.

Jun 20, 2015

A Privileged People by Adam McClendon

Circumstances may currently be tough, but they are temporary.  On the other side of this life, a future glory awaits.  Don’t forget that.

Jun 20, 2015

Christian Community Happens In and Through Jesus by Casey Lewis

Only through His empowering are we able to live together in a way that honors Him.

Jun 19, 2015

Christianity and a Much Deeper Problem Than the Will by Staff

Christianity recognizes our problem as a matter of character, of human nature.

Jun 19, 2015

Do You Have A Dysfunctional Relationship With God? by Erik Raymond

Like a regular relationship, we have to see the warning signs here in our spiritual relationship. If we find ourselves intentionally avoiding or carelessly neglecting communion with God then we are on a troubling trajectory.

Jun 18, 2015

The Sweetness of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

I love my friend Jesus, because he's sweet in all the ways I deeply need and greatly want.

Jun 18, 2015

Trusting God To Do and Trusting God To Be by Becky Wilson

I have discovered that there is quite a massive chasm between trusting God to do and trusting God to be. So what's the difference?

Jun 18, 2015

Why Foolishness is Better Than Self-Esteem by David Prince

The question we must all answer is, are we willing to be thought a fool for the sake of Jesus?

Jun 18, 2015

The Greatest Miracle Of All by Steve Bezner

The universe, as I understand logic, demands a creator. But I do not believe the universe itself to be the greatest miracle of all.

Jun 17, 2015

Confession Is A Cosmic Trust Fall by J.A. Medders

We typically think that if given enough time, our sins will work themselves out. Boy, are we wrong.

Jun 16, 2015

His Eye Is On The Sasquatch by Jared C. Wilson

I'll tell you why I hope Bigfoot exists -- and why, in a way, I hope he is never discovered . . .

Jun 15, 2015

Grounded in God's Powerful Words by Staff

At each new beginning, the centrality of God's authoritative and creative word is reaffirmed and reemphasized. Because our salvation is not born of human will or merit but the powerful word of God, which dissolves darkness into light and raises the dead to life.

Jun 15, 2015

The Shape of Complementarian Husbanding by Jared C. Wilson

Complementarianism is not generally about authority/submission, as if they exist in a moral vacuum. It is about what biblical authority/submission look like. Any man who treats his wife in a neglectful or abusive way is no complementarian; he is a walking perversion of manhood in need of repentance.

Jun 15, 2015

Michael Kelley on His Child and Cancer by Michael Kelley

We sat down to ask Michael Kelley, "What did you learn about God while your son Joshua was battling cancer?"

Jun 13, 2015

What Does The Resurrection Have To Do With Forgiveness? by Joel Lindsey

It stands, then, that if Jesus was not raised, Christ’s sacrifice was deficient, that Jesus’ blood was somehow insufficient to pay the full penalty for sin.

Jun 12, 2015

That Fine Line of Favor by Staff

They love you, they love you not.

Jun 12, 2015

How Salvation is About God, Not Us by Jared C. Wilson

Salvation is for us but ultimately about God.

Jun 12, 2015

When Holy Ambitions Take Wrong Turns by Adam Cavalier

I’ve noticed in my own heart is that my definition of ministry success is often determined by what other people think of me. Strong influence, wide recognition, and powerful spiritual authority can be good things. Those things can be leveraged for tremendous impact in God’s kingdom. But often my heart can gravitate towards those things quicker than they do the ultimate goal: honoring Christ.

Jun 11, 2015

Theology Needs the Church; The Church Needs Theology by Staff

What is the relationship between theology and the church?

Jun 9, 2015

How God Cares For Those Who Don't by Paul Maxwell

We now face a bigger, badder “I don’t care.” It’s more complex. Topics of God, church, love, community, spiritual discipline, theological conviction, relational faithfulness, life, work, family, friends, whatever . . . all receive a definitive, self-assured “Meh.”

Jun 9, 2015

Tucking Them In by Becky Wilson

I'm finding these days that tucking my children in to bed has much more to do with securing the edges of life than the edges of blankets.

Jun 9, 2015

Fast Forward by Adam McClendon

The better the ending the less necessary the tension. When I know something will end well, I don’t have to fret as much in the middle.

Jun 6, 2015

Put a Rock in Their Shoe by Aaron Armstrong

Evangelism is often a slow process; sometimes it’s enough to stick a rock in someone’s shoe, and see what God does with it.

Jun 5, 2015

God's Pleasing Placement by Ronnie Parrott

Pastor, you primary calling is to the people God has you with now, not who you think you deserve.

Jun 2, 2015

"Our Church Will Never Grow" by Ben Reed

Basically I was being told, “Evangelism won’t work for us. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) is for everyone else."

Jun 1, 2015

Why We Sing by Courtney Reissig

We sing because we love God, not because we are the next Whitney Houston. Making a joyful noise is more about the One who makes us joyful than the squeaky noise coming from our vocal chords.

May 30, 2015

5 Spiritual Dangers of Skipping Church by Nathan Rose

Is skipping church whenever we feel like really no big deal?

May 29, 2015

Is There Any Hope For The Overeducated Christian? by Michael Kelley

I am, if you’ll excuse the metaphor, an intellectually fat Christian. My mind is obese with knowledge and bloated with facts. And as I loosen the belt around my heavily churchified brain more and more day by day, I wonder what would happen if my obedience kept pace with that knowledge.

May 29, 2015

When Your Heart Isn't In It by Joe Thorn

Sometimes we don't went to do what we are created for. And in that moment we make a common mistake. We think since our heart isn't in it we shouldn't do it.

May 28, 2015

He Restores My Soul by Steve Rahn

My instinct was to hide and to zone out and to stay inside my head. But God wasn’t having that. Sometimes He leads us, kicking and screaming, beside still waters.

May 28, 2015

Edwards For Every Day by Mason King

Maturity for Jonathan Edwards, and for us, is greater dependence upon the person and work of Christ. Grace takes a believer and gives them eyes to see themselves in light of who Christ is. And incremental holiness takes time.

May 27, 2015

Mom, Are You Doing It Right? by Ashley Haupt

Mom-judging is inevitable.  It will always happen, even in the best of scenarios and the best of friends and the best of hearts.  But it doesn’t mean we need to get stuck in a quagmire of doubt.

May 26, 2015

How To Go On American Idol Without Becoming One by Keri Seavey

We cannot stop worshippers from worshipping. But we can redirect their gaze to the One who is truly worthy of worship.

May 25, 2015

How the Gospel Establishes the Law by Staff

"Sooner might fire be without heat, and a solid body be without weight, than a true faith of the gospel be without evangelical holiness."

May 25, 2015

Joining The Dance of The Trinity by Dustin Rouse

The Father orchestrated the plan of salvation, the Son accomplished it, and the Spirit applies it. So it is in corporate worship.

May 24, 2015

Repentance As A Lifestyle

A Path To Joy

There is an initial act of faith and repentance at the moment of conversion, but, after that, the process of faith and repentance constitutes a daily discipline—the Christian’s lifestyle—and a path to joy thereafter according to Psalm 32.

May 24, 2015

Giving God What God Gave You by Steven Thompson

All who have accepted the call to salvation in Christ can offer Him the gifts He gave us, however and wherever He calls us to use them. 

May 23, 2015

The Adversary of Worry by Tish Hedger

We must allow God’s promises to establish an unshakeable trust in him, which forges the way for peace.

May 21, 2015

Denying, But Not Denied by Joshua Hedger

Jesus does not deny those he has called, no matter how grievous their denial of him has been in the darkest moments of life.

May 21, 2015

Set-Apart Sexuality in a “Sex is Power” World by Katie McCoy

The world’s picture of the sexually liberated woman isn’t empowered at all; rather, she’s enslaved by the deception that becoming a commitment-free object of lust was all her idea.

May 20, 2015

Making Contentment My Estate by Mason King

The wrestle of wealth, of making enough and having enough, is a dark space in my soul—the struggle for contentment against a sliding scale in a world that rejects less as more and sees more as a means to happiness. It’s where I have to preach to myself the truth I know when the lie is in front of me.

May 20, 2015

The Fullness of Empty Spaces by Becky Wilson

By God’s design, my family keeps growing and spreading. Certainly aspects of that are incredibly difficult. But when I think of the treasured people in my life that I never would have met had I not moved around as much as I did, and when I anticipate the hope of that happening again, that tastes pretty sweet to me.