Resources by Theme: Devotional

Oct 27, 2016

The Bread Looks Different Today Than It Did Yesterday by Michael Kelley

We ask God for daily bread, always trusting that He knows what the bread for tomorrow will need to look like as well.

Oct 26, 2016

5 Building Blocks of Forgiveness

A Reflection on Philemon 1:1-7

Unforgiveness is not an obedience issue—it's a belief issue.

Oct 25, 2016

How May We Glorify God? by Joe Thorn

In our vocation and recreation, in days of peace and days of persecution, in the valley of the shadow of death and in the pastures of comfort, we are created and called to glorify and enjoy God.

Oct 25, 2016

Imperfect Pens and Pastors by Andy Sabaka

Not once has God ever picked up a perfect church led by a perfect pastor to write his continuing story of redemption.

Oct 24, 2016

Is Your Gospel an Urban Legend? by Jared C. Wilson

If you talk a big game about the gospel, but don't live like it's true, the people in your life will begin to suspect you don't actually believe it. Worse yet, they may begin to disbelieve it themselves.

Oct 23, 2016

To Whom Shall We Go? by Charles Spurgeon

 He appeals to you this morning--"Have I been a wilderness unto you?" Has not Jesus proved himself all-sufficient?

Oct 21, 2016

The Joy of Seeing Christ in the Old Testament by Ian Conrey

When we see the Old Testament in light of Jesus, we don't destroy its essence, we enrich it. 

Oct 19, 2016

Laboring For Maturity by Luke Holmes

Although physical maturity happens without our planning, Paul told the church at Colossae that spiritual maturity does not work that way.

Oct 18, 2016

Men, There’s a Difference Between Being Brave and Being Courageous by Sean Nolan

 If bravery is to outwardly face what intimidates us, courage is being transparent enough to admit that inwardly we have many fears and wounds.

Oct 16, 2016

When People Let You Down by Charles Spurgeon

There are times in our spiritual experience when human counsel or sympathy, or religious ordinances, fail to comfort or help us. Why does our gracious God permit this?

Oct 14, 2016

Why Multigenerational Community Matters by Adam McClendon

Be humble and open to correction from those inside and outside your peer group.

Oct 13, 2016

God’s Purpose Isn’t Ruined by Unbelief: Don’t Be Discouraged by Jim Elliff

There is a good reason the parable is that of the Sower and not the Soils. Christ's purposes will never be thwarted by the unbelief of the masses.

Oct 12, 2016

Driving from Duty to Delight by Erik Raymond

When the duties are ordained means by God, they are blessings filled with the seeds of your delight. 

Oct 9, 2016

He Will Keep You From Falling by Charles Spurgeon

Only an Almighty arm can preserve us from these unseen foes, who are seeking to destroy us.

Oct 7, 2016

An Apology to Christian Millennials by Steve Doss

I am sorry we didn’t tell you the Christian life is about being connected to the right root, Jesus, before you can bear the right fruit.

Oct 5, 2016

The Mysteries of Exodus Explained by Jared Musgrove

Wonder is necessary to survival, either in telling a story or living your own. No wonder we are a people starved of soul satisfaction.

Oct 5, 2016

Fix My Eyes by Kristina Shiddell

What does it mean to fix our eyes?

Oct 4, 2016

Christ, Our Credential by Joshua Jenkins

For Paul, having Christ as his credential was something that could not be improved upon by any other accomplishment. For Paul and for us - Christ is enough.

Oct 2, 2016

You Are Greatly Beloved by Charles Spurgeon

Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title?

Sep 30, 2016

Eat, Drink, and Self-Control by Austin Burgard

We often assume that there isn’t necessarily a correlation between nutritious eating, exercise, and spiritual discipline.

Sep 28, 2016

4 Thoughts About Grace by Jake Wright

God shows grace to all of his creatures every day. 

Sep 26, 2016

Faith and Hope and Love Endure Forever by Jared C. Wilson

Our frail earthly faith and our tender heavenly hope will meet their match in the Love that strengthens them, and we will enjoy this Love forever.

Sep 25, 2016

Conscience Accuses Us No Longer by Charles Spurgeon

Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him.

Sep 23, 2016

A Lesson from Martin Luther to Modern Day Reformers by Ian Conrey

For those of us who see this need, it is wise to pause and make sure we aren't doing the right thing in the wrong way. 

Sep 23, 2016

The Word Was In The World: Doing What? by Jim Elliff

There is more to Christ than what happened in a three year span, as critical as that is for man’s salvation.

Sep 22, 2016

Waiting for Akman: Part Two by Chris Thomas

Part two of a two-part parable recounting the events of Exodus 11-12.

Sep 21, 2016

Christ Our All: Image Maintenance in the Age of Emojis by Owen Strachan

In Christ, we no longer need to perform image maintenance and reputational management. 

Sep 21, 2016

The Antidote to Pride and Vanity by David McLemore

Humility comes between Pride and Vanity and breaks the bond between the two. 

Sep 20, 2016

When God Feels Far Away by Kristen Wetherell

Truths about God far transcend our fleeting emotions and distressing circumstances. So we choose to rehearse these truths when God seems far away, to praise Him even when we cannot feel Him.

Sep 18, 2016

Like Light and Heat from the Same Sun by Charles Spurgeon

Let faith and life be put together, and, like the two abutments of an arch, they will make our piety enduring.

Sep 15, 2016

Waiting for Akman: Part One by Chris Thomas

A two-part parable recounting the events of Exodus 11-12.

Sep 15, 2016

We Hold Precious Words Close by Erik Raymond

The Christian has the perfect words of God - they are scented with heaven, preserved for us, and even addressed to us. Sadly many of us have gotten over it.

Sep 14, 2016

Does Your Church Produce Leaves or Fruit? by Joel Lindsey

Jesus’ clearing of the temple served the same function as the cursing of the fig tree: it exposed hypocrisy and condemned fruitlessness.

Sep 14, 2016

We Are Not In Competition

Lessons of a Universal Scoreboard

 Let’s aim for a universal scoreboard. And give God glory that we get to play in the Games at all. 

Sep 11, 2016

Because There Are Spies Everywhere by Charles Spurgeon

Pilgrims travel as suspected persons through Vanity Fair. The espionage is everywhere.

Sep 9, 2016

Give it All, Just Not For Your Kids by Emily Jensen

If you want to give really good, eternally significant gifts to your children, become poor in spirit, take up your cross, walk in freedom from sin, and be willing to do whatever Jesus asks of you in this life.

Sep 7, 2016

A Story of Faithfulness in the Middle East by Anonymous

The glory of the Lord fills the earth like the water covers the sea, and I’m convinced that soon Arabs will confess with their mouths, believe in their hearts, and find salvation in our gracious King.

Sep 1, 2016

The Complexity of Pain and the Plight of the Sojourn by Matt LaMaster

Suffering is a story we do not often like to tell. Jacob's life recalls the hope found in our wandering and reminds us again, "Blessed are the sojourns, for they are like their Savior."

Sep 1, 2016

Why Should We Work to Learn Contentment? by Casey Lewis

For most people, contentment doesn't come naturally. It's necessary for Christ-followers to put in the work of learning to be content with what God has given us, trusting that what He has allowed is what is best for us.

Sep 1, 2016

3 Reasons My Idols Are Better Than Jesus by Michael Kelley

Our idols convince us that the best thing we can do in life is pursue that which will satisfy us at a given moment. But Jesus? Well, Jesus will tell us the truth. He loves us too much not to.

Aug 31, 2016

The Wall is Broken Down by Joel Littlefield

The first step to our nation's renewal is going to be the repentance of every individual man, woman and child who names the name of Jesus. 

Aug 30, 2016

Better Than I Used To Be by Jeff Higgins

Let’s put the age-old adages away and say instead: I’m not as good as I think I am, I’m often worse than I realize, but thank God Christ is better than I imagine.

Aug 29, 2016

You Could've Been Something by Andrea Burke

“I heard your CD today,” she tells me. “You have a great voice. You could’ve been something!” I could’ve been something, yes, and by God’s grace I didn’t.

Aug 29, 2016

Success is Dangerous by Jared C. Wilson

You don't need "more" to be satisfied in God.

Aug 28, 2016

Why You Must Sing Even When You Don't Feel Like It by Charles Spurgeon

There are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. In such a condition what are we to do?

Aug 25, 2016

The Sufficiency of Scripture & Practical Bible Doctrine by Darin Smith

What we believe about the authority and sufficiency of Scripture is important. Either the Bible is right or it is wrong; it is either an ordinary book or a divinely-inspired text.

Aug 24, 2016

Prayer is Joining a Conversation Already in Progress by Michael Kelley

When we come to pray, we can know we are not there alone.

Aug 24, 2016

'For the Church' as a Means to the End at the End by Jason G. Duesing

Since that time until our very own, humanity has been living at the verge of the end of the world, but that is not a cause for despair or hand-wringing. 

Aug 24, 2016

Quiet by Rachel Erin

Life's distracting and relentless sounds become idols when they prevent us from truly hearing the beautiful and transforming truth of the gospel.