Resources by Theme: Devotional

May 1, 2015

Where is The Gospel in the Mutilation of the Concubine? by Jared C. Wilson

There is a gospel spring beneath the deathly depravity of Judges 19.

May 1, 2015

Oh, That There Would Come a Mighty Rushing Wind by Staff

When will the Spirit gust in revival power? We don't know. But maybe today.

May 1, 2015

Is Your God Big Enough? by Derrick Lynch

The God who governs all things can be trusted, even when He can’t be understood.

May 1, 2015

Reclaiming the Heaven of Heaven by Erik Raymond

Join me as I try to think about heaven more often, even dwelling upon the reality of it, the ceaseless praise that is going on right now to the blessed Savior for his wrath drinking death upon the wood of Calvary.

Apr 30, 2015

An Improvement-Proof Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

If you preach the gospel, you wield the most powerful word in the universe. It's not the gnosis of the apostles. It's the resurrecting word entrusted to us all.

Apr 30, 2015

Cause Culture and Identity Thieves by Jeremy Wilson

The beauty of identifying with Christ is that He doesn’t need defending.

Apr 30, 2015

The Difficulty of Receiving by Mason King

Receiving is difficult. Being given something affects us differently than being the giver. Receiving something is harder than earning it, especially for driven people.

Apr 29, 2015

Kill Your Jesus Talisman by Jared C. Wilson

Jesus is no talisman. Crucify "Jesus as key to your personal achievement" and he will stay dead. But the real Jesus achieves a victory greater and far superior to any wish-dream of any man.

Apr 29, 2015

Union With Christ is Not Sporadic by Staff

Union with Christ is an abiding reality.

Apr 29, 2015

A Theology of Theology in One Verse by Bart Box

Moses would not make a good postmodern. The notion of “things that are revealed” is so certain, so objective, so confident sounding. Yet, Moses doesn’t shy away from the idea that God has given His people revealed things—truths about Himself, truths about man, truths about the world. And all these belong to God’s people.

Apr 29, 2015

We Wait, Eyes to the Ground by Andrea Burke

“No,” she pulls a blanket up over her head. I know you want to hide, I want to say. Confession makes us feel naked even with all of the weight of hiding on top of us. I know where she is, but I ask for her to show herself anyway. Coming face to face with the one you’re confessing to is important. I know it from the garden. I…

Apr 29, 2015

In Tight With the Boss of Existence by Jared C. Wilson

If nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, what then?

Apr 28, 2015

"Judge Not" is Not a Shield to Hide Behind by Casey Lewis

It is not uncommon to hear people say things like: “Aren’t we all sinners? What gives you the right to make moral judgments about someone else? Isn’t that God’s job?”

Apr 28, 2015

Putting the Poison Label Back On by Staff

During the last few years we have been putting a mild label on sin.

Apr 27, 2015

The Bible and "Le Mot Juste" by Jared C. Wilson

Every word of Scripture from Genesis 1:1's "In" to Revelation 22:21's "Amen" is le mot juste.

Apr 27, 2015

Fanny Crosby Wishes She Was Born Blind by Staff

"Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind?" said the poet.

Apr 27, 2015

X Marks What Spot? by Reid Monaghan

"What X marks the spot for me?"

Apr 27, 2015

See How Rich Believers Are! by Staff

"As long as Christ hath it, believers shall not want."

Apr 27, 2015

Your Money is No Good Here by Jared C. Wilson

The deal is all of Christ for all your nothing.

Apr 27, 2015

When I Look at the Cross by Staff

"Would I know the fullness and completeness of the salvation God has provided for sinners? Where shall I see it most distinctly?"

Apr 27, 2015

Luther On When Loss Isn't Loss by Staff

"If you will not let me live, then I will die."

Apr 27, 2015

Leave Everything and Go Wherever by Casey Lewis

While God certainly asks missionaries to pick up their life, leave everything, and go wherever, His call on His disciple's lives doesn't end there.

Apr 27, 2015

Getting Bored With the Right Things by Jared C. Wilson

It's just like the disciples - and us - to freak out about the world's storms and be asleep to the things of the cross.

Apr 26, 2015

The Problem with "God Told Me So" by Staff

"The brother dismissed my view as impossible on the grounds that the Holy Spirit, who does not lie, had told him the truth on this matter. Being young and bold, I pressed on with my explanation of grammar, context, and translation, but was brushed off by a reference to 1 Corinthians 2:10b-15: spiritual things must be spiritually discerned -- which left little doubt about my status."

Apr 26, 2015

Stewardship, Not Ownership by Mike Ayers

When we believe that the things we possess are actually ours or exist because of us, they begin to control and define us rather than the other way around.

Apr 26, 2015

Change of Will Needs a Change of Heart by Staff

You can't just decide to change your heart, Thomas Chalmers says.

Apr 26, 2015

Ecce Homo: Behold the Man by Rustin J. Umstattd

We have been racing from God, and yet in Christ, we find ourselves racing home.

Apr 26, 2015

Not All the Answers Are in the Back by N. Blake Hearson

How much are you missing because you assume all the answers are in the back?

Apr 26, 2015

We Need More Worship Wars, Not Fewer by Staff

Self-denying humility ought to show up in the way we worship together.

Apr 26, 2015

Our Adorable Conquering Redeemer by Staff

Adorable Redeemer,
Thou who wast lifted up upon a cross
art ascended to highest heaven . . .

Apr 26, 2015

The Gospel of Genesis 13 by Jared C. Wilson

We need the Jesus who loves us in our Genesis 13 moments and our Genesis 12 moments.

Apr 25, 2015

Love Covers Shame by Jared C. Wilson

We should note that in all the Bible's words about reproof and rebuke and discipline, the Bible never says to "confess one another's sins."

Apr 25, 2015

Grace is as Awesome as Its Source by Staff

Jonathan Edwards saw God's grace as a tide of goodness.

Apr 25, 2015

Serving in Obscurity by Steve Bezner

I believe obscurity is good for Kingdom laborers, particularly pastors, and most especially newly up and coming pastors.

Apr 24, 2015

Theology is a Challenge to Faith by Staff

Every theological idea which makes an impression upon you must be regarded as a challenge to your faith.

Apr 24, 2015

Will God Provide For Your Needs? by Garrett Kell

When we are tempted to doubt the Father's faithfulness, we have no further to look than His provision of Christ.

Apr 24, 2015

When the Truth of God Enters a Soul by Staff

"If any Christians are in earnest and full of love to God and man, they are those who know what Grace has done for them."

Apr 24, 2015

The Transformation the Church Needs by Staff

"If there is to be a renewal, it will be a renewal that grows out of the blazing center that is the glory of God in the face of Christ."

Apr 24, 2015

Lip Service Theology by Lore Ferguson Wilbert

When I fret about life, time, finances, relationships, I'm tempted to control them for my preferred outcome. When I rest in the giver of good and perfect gifts, I see every allowance as unmerited favor and can walk in the confidence as one who is held by the God of the universe—the perfection of every attribute. 

Apr 24, 2015

Sing Like Men by Griffin Gulledge

Christ died to redeem men and women from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation. When those men and women gather together, we ought to sing as only redeemed men and women can.

Apr 24, 2015

But We See Jesus by Glenn Lucke

Why so much grief? Why waves upon waves upon waves of sorrows? If the Lord desired to deprive atheists and agnostics of ammunition for their powerful theodicy argument we would welcome the cessation of pain. Even for those of us committed to the Lord’s sovereignty have existential reasons to doubt when the miseries pile up.

Apr 24, 2015

The Gospel for Ministry Quitters by Jared C. Wilson

In the pastoral ministry world, we sometimes get the impression from the Bright Minds Among Us that only losers quit. Well, maybe so. But Jesus came for losers.

Apr 23, 2015

The Gospel, Fathoms Deep by Jared C. Wilson

Two sweet words start the reversal of our will and fate.

Apr 23, 2015

The Danger of Comparison by Spencer Plumlee

Are there areas of your life that you find yourself comparing to others?  If we constantly find ourselves in “comparison mode,” we may have placed our identity in the accomplishments and status of this world.

Apr 23, 2015

God Embraces the Embarrassed by Paul Maxwell

Whether it’s a laughable underwear-on-stage experience (laughable later), or a deeply unsettling loss of integrity, embarrassment is a besetting quality of human life. It lurks and stalks beneath the surface of our circumstances, waiting to sink its teeth into our every failing and loss — intentional or naive, serious or jovial, public or private, embarrassment is a trained hunter of human failure.

Apr 23, 2015

A Colossians 3:16 Kind of Singing by Dustin Rouse

When we dwell on the gospel, it should stir within the depths of our soul an uncontainable joy.

Apr 23, 2015

Pastors, Pursue Jesus in His Word by Jeremy Rose

Pastors, your sermon prep is not sufficient for personal nourishment in the word of God. We must be chasing after Jesus constantly in the Scriptures in order to feed our hungry souls and, consequently, to feed our churches.

Apr 23, 2015

When You Didn't Bring the Bread by Mike Leake

In these moments our humanity lies bare. Our greatest fears are realized—we are exposed for the weak and woefully inadequate people we are. We failed to meet even the lowest expectations. Things that are so seemingly obvious nobody should mess them up.

Apr 23, 2015

Gospel-Centrality Beyond the Buzzword by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse Fitzpatrick is a popular conference speaker and author and one of the leading voices in helping the evangelical church apply the gospel to all of life. She was recently kind enough to answer a few questions for For The Church on the importance of gospel-centrality and some of the alleged perils of it too.

Apr 23, 2015

Meditating on the 9th Commandment with Martin Luther by Jason G. Duesing

In 1535 Martin Luther wrote a little book on prayer for his barber, which included a helpful recommendation that believers pray through the Ten Commandments as a means to warm one’s heart to God. What can following Luther's example show us about living honestly before our neighbors?