Resources by Theme: Devotional

Oct 16

When an Average Joe Turns 40

A Few Thoughts on Ministry Thus Far

My 20-year-old self bought the lie that flash, position, popularity, power, and success was the way to live ministry life. It is far better to strive for faithfulness to Jesus.

Oct 16

Christine Hoover on Hope for Discouraged Believers by Christine Hoover

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Christine Hoover, author and pastor's wife, "What encouragement do you have for the believer who feels like they're at the end of their rope?"

Oct 15

The Chocolate-ness of Chocolate and The Coffee-ness of Coffee

How the Gospel Frees Us to Rub Our Noses in the Quiddity of Things

If I don’t believe the gospel, I will miss out on the joy of the it-ness of things.

Oct 14

Be Not Conformed to this World by Charles Spurgeon

If a Christian can by possibility be saved while he conforms to this world, at any rate it must be so as by fire. 

Oct 12

Rejoice Always by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Yet we can take heart in the midst of it all because Christ has overcome the world.

Oct 12

Knowing The Lord Is God by Ashlyn Portero

A reading of the early chapters of Deuteronomy shows us that Moses' commandment to know that the Lord is God is not made in vain. 

Oct 11

The One Who Upholds All Things by David McLemore

Christ upholds all things such that not one molecule fails to do it’s appointed task. Not one ant goes off course. Not one leaf withers and falls out of place. He upholds all things well.

Oct 11

Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same

Thoughts on Race and the Evangelical Pulpit

George Cheever was right: God is against slavery and racism, as well as oppression and injustice of every kind, in every age.

Oct 10

On Earth as It Is in Heaven

A Biblical Theology of Worship

God is too great and good and glorious to forego the right, fitting, and delightful adoration that is due him from his creatures. 

Oct 7

Who Do You Trust? by Charles Spurgeon

To trust him whose power will never be exhausted, whose love will never wane, whose kindness will never change, whose faithfulness will never fail, whose wisdom will never be nonplussed, and whose perfect goodness can never know a diminution!

Oct 4

To the Self-Medicating Church Planter by Dayton Hartman

Your ministry is not about endless growth and it certainly isn’t about your fame; it’s about the difficult task of loving and caring for the sheep Jesus has sought and purchased.

Oct 3

We Can’t Mourn Like The World by Adam Kareus

We mourn the passing of loved ones and friends, but if they are in Christ we don’t mourn like the world.

Oct 2

Remember Death by Matthew McCullough

Death says you are less important than you’ve ever allowed yourself to believe. The gospel says you are far more loved than you’ve ever imagined.

Oct 2

The One Thing God Exalts by Justin Buzzard

God is in the business of opposing and exalting, of bringing down and lifting up.

Oct 1

The Romans 8 Driven Life by Jared C. Wilson

How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life?

Sep 30

Better Anything Than Death by Charles Spurgeon

Better anything than death. The snarlings of the dog of hell will at least keep us awake, but dead faith and dead profession, what greater curses can a man have?

Sep 28

4 Encouragements To Live A Vulnerable Life by Allyson Todd

Trust that God is at work in your heart, and vulnerability is good because He makes it good.

Sep 28

The Only Way You Can Do God's Will by Kristen Wetherell

True purpose is found in communion with our Father who invites us to draw near to his throne of grace with confidence because of Christ’s righteousness.

Sep 27

When the Spirit Comes Down by David McLemore

When God gets involved, it doesn’t mean everything will be safe. It just means everything will matter.

Sep 26

The Man Who Died for the Lord’s Supper by Benjamin Hawkins

Frith's call for Christian love doesn’t mean that he saw doctrinal debates about the Lord’s Supper as unimportant. 

Sep 24

Supernatural Comfort When the Days are Dark by Jared C. Wilson

When we suffer, we tend to ask lots of "why" questions. Here's the one thing we can know in our hurts.

Sep 24

Discernment in Marriage by Liz Wann

This tension that we must keep in balance with God-given wisdom is really a call to be like Christ.

Sep 23

Accepted in the Beloved by Charles Spurgeon

Know by full assurance thy glorious standing.

Sep 21

4 Important Lessons from Charles Spurgeon's Conversion by Allen Nelson

What if instead of making services about the altar, the priority of the gospel invitation was attached to the exhortation from Scripture?

Sep 19

A Guide to Finding the Goodness of God by Christine Hoover

How good it is, however, that God has pointed out what we couldn't see and has made a way for our return to him. 

Sep 18

Subduing and Being Subdued by Cale Fauver

This is fight of the Christian life: subduing what once subdued us. And, by God's grace, we will accomplish this task by his word and power.

Sep 17

God Delights in the Gospel by Skylar Spradlin

The proof of God’s delight in saving sinners is the investment of His Son on the cross for our redemption even when we had nothing to offer Him.

Sep 16

Partakers of the Divine Nature by Charles Spurgeon

Oh! marvellous mystery! we look into it, but who shall understand it?

Sep 14

It’s Not Enough to Have Your Sins Forgiven

Why the Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness Is Essential

Justification is not only the non-imputation of sin but the imputation of righteousness. 

Sep 14

Reflections on Josiah's Life and Legacy by Adam McClendon

As I think of Josiah, I am challenged by his humility and sensitivity to God’s Word.

Sep 13

On the Road to Emmaus

A Fictional First-Person Retelling

A fictitious first-person narrative imagining what it was like for the disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Sep 12

Innocent As To What Is Evil by Adam Kareus

I know way too much of the ways of this dark world and the ways of depraved humanity to be innocent of evil.

Sep 11

The Gospel Gets the Last Word by Mike Leake

I know that he sees my every failure. He knows my every sin against him. Yet, he stands in my defense.

Sep 9

Prevailing Prayer by Charles Spurgeon

Prevailing prayer takes the Christian to Carmel, and enables him to cover heaven with clouds of blessing, and earth with floods of mercy. 

Sep 4

Paul's Strange Reason for Why We Should Be Generous by John Beeson

If we experience giving and generosity as fundamentally an obligation and a duty, we will never unlock the joy that God has for us in it.

Sep 4

Steve Bezner on What Difficult Thing in Life Has Taught Him the Most by Steve Bezner

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor of Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX, "What’s the most difficult thing in your life that has taught you the most?"

Sep 3

Jesus is the Smartest Man Who Ever Lived by Jared C. Wilson

Greedy, lustful, predatory businessmen gain our support because "that's just the way the world works." "You've got to pick your poison." "The world isn't black and white." "What other choice do we have than picking the lesser of two evils?" Well, for starters, there is the way of Jesus.

Sep 2

The Gospel is a Miracle by Charles Spurgeon

Why, dear reader, if such be your case, do you crave for signs and wonders?

Aug 31

Beauty Brings Rest by Allyson Todd

It is a holy endeavor to stop and smell the roses so long as the rose is not the ultimate object from whom we seek rest.

Aug 29

Making Wise Investments in Our Spiritual Life by Cassie Watson

While we can’t drum up genuine zeal by our own power, God has given us his word to know him and prayer to commune with him.

Aug 29

Praying Like Jesus by Adam McClendon

What if one of my primary concerns in every situation was my holiness instead of my comfort?  

Aug 28

Enter by the Narrow Gate by Joshua Jenkins

Surely this is one of the most loving warnings Christ gave - to warn us of the way of destruction.

Aug 28

Saying Yes to Christ is Saying Yes to Joy by David McLemore

He came to serve, but he is not a butler; He’s the Lord God Almighty who is in the heavens and does whatever he pleases.

Aug 27

Don't Preach a Heterosexual Gospel by Jackie Hill Perry

God isn't calling gay people to be straight.

Aug 27

Fellowship at the Lord’s Table by Alice Roberts

When the church pursues the Lord’s Supper with discipline and forms good habits around the table, the congregation is equipped to embrace unity wholeheartedly.

Aug 26

He Hath Commanded His Covenant Forever by Charles Spurgeon

More especially it is the pleasure of God's people to contemplate the graciousness of this covenant.

Aug 24

How Do I Live for God’s Glory Alone? by Jonathan Hayashi

When we experience even a fraction of the weight of who God is, the only response is utter surrender.

Aug 23

Christ, the Delight of God and the Godly by Erik Raymond

Not only was Jesus qualified to take the mantle of our suffering, he was willing. This drips with love from another land.

Aug 23

Reader, If You Seek A Monument, Look Around by Jason G. Duesing

Bunhill Fields has never attracted the crowds of St. Paul’s, but the kingdom influence of those buried in that field lives far beyond the crowds through the churches that carry forth the same Gospel they preached and shared.