Resources by Theme: Devotional

Dec 4

The Theological Educator as Sherpa by Jason G. Duesing

Just as the Sherpa comes alongside his clients and helps organize, direct, assemble, and lead, the theological educator does the same for students.

Dec 2

What Did Mary Know? by Jason Kees

How often has God told us in the Scriptures that he is good, but we choose our own golden calf? 

Dec 2

George Whitefield's Grave

A Meditation on the Labor of Ministry

The first thing you see may be the breaker box. Or boxes of church maintenance supplies. I’m always struck by the snow shovel leaning against the wall.

Nov 21

Don Whitney on Neglecting Spiritual Disciplines

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "What is the impact of neglecting the spiritual disciplines?"

Nov 20

God’s Presence Rooted in Redemption by Wesley Lassiter

While we may not feel the impact of silence for generations and to one day hear the news of the Messiah being born, we do have the promise of Jesus’ presence.

Nov 18

What It Means To Love Christ by Jim Elliff

In valuing Christ we devalue all else for this object of our love, the treasure. 

Nov 14

Life from Death: The Upside Down Story of the Christian Life by Christina Fox

Death marks not the end, but the beginning for the believer.

Nov 14

The Poetry of Earth is Never Dead by Jason G. Duesing

The special value of General Revelation is that it calls the believer simultaneously to praise God and proclaim God.

Nov 11

God Loves You, Deal With It! by Sam Parkison

His standards are the robes of Christ’s righteousness—they literally cannot be higher. 

Nov 7

What Kind of Older Man Will I Be? by Steve Burchett

I’ve been told that becoming an older man guarantees more aches and pains. I hope it also means more hopeful discipling, and more earnest prayer. May the Lord help me.

Nov 7

Your Unfulfulled Desires are a Treasury, Not a Tragedy by Tyler Greene

The Bible reveals that while we are fixated on what we don’t have, God’s focus is on what we are becoming for the sake of His purpose.

Nov 7

Christian Theology: A Working Definition by Luke Stamps

The doctrines of systematic theology do not replace or stand over the Bible; rather, they provide definitions and summaries of certain key terms and themes that we encounter in the biblical story.

Nov 6

The Fruit of the Spirit by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The flesh may counterfeit Spirit-fruit. But it cannot produce genuine fruit. 

Nov 5

How God’s Wrath Equals and Reveals God’s Worth by Jonathan Leeman

In a world of self-justifiers and wannabe gods, the idea of God’s wrath will always be the first domino the devil tries to topple.

Nov 5

Debating the Historical Adam Debate by Brandon D. Smith

When teaching or reading Genesis 1, we should focus on the sovereignty of God in creation and how important mankind is to him and to the flourishing of the world.

Oct 31

God’s Wrecking Ball: A Tribute to Luther by Sam Bierig

Luther was God’s wrecking ball. He was God’s appointed servant for such a time as the Protestant Reformation.

Oct 31

When My Halloween Became My Reformation Day

The Stand That Saved My Soul

On Halloween night 1998 I threw a party in my apartment. I had girls, booze, weed, and cocaine. On that Halloween night, I was geared up for what I expected to be a good time. But my friend Dave didn’t respond like I expected he would.

Oct 30

Superman Can’t Share the Gospel by Ronni Kurtz

When others hear the gospel from your lips, they hear it not from one who can leap over buildings in a single bound but from one who needs grace for the next breath.

Oct 29

I Awake, and I Am Still With You by Kole Farney

How is it that even while we sleep, we don’t lose our bearings concerning Christ?

Oct 28

Christ Over Compartmentalization by Jared C. Wilson

When we “accept” Jesus into our life, we give him a seat at the table. But this is not how Jesus operates.

Oct 28

No Fear, No Wisdom by Sam Parkison

True wisdom—biblical wisdom—is not limited to the intellect. 

Oct 24

A Revolutionary Prayer Life by Mike Brooks

Where does the wayward mind truly go when it comes time to pray? It’s hard to say.

Oct 23

We Are Not Omni-Anything by Allyson Todd

All our longing for God-likeness is only wrong when we strive for it in and of ourselves.

Oct 21

The Gospel According to Galatians by Jared C. Wilson

The letter to the Galatians reminds us that the faith that saved us is the faith we still walk by and the Spirit that regenerated us is the Spirit that grows holiness within us.

Oct 21

Understanding the Mosaic of the Atonement by Katie McCoy

While the attributes of God’s wrath and God’s love may seem to clash to our spiritual ears, they were in perfect harmony in Jesus’ death on the cross. 

Oct 18

Dwelling on Death by Matt Boga

Many would rather live it up now and use the party they create out of their life as a sedative numbing them to the certainty of what lies ahead in death. 

Oct 17

Tolerance Trouble by Jim Elliff

When you hear of new appeals for tolerance of sinful behavior in the churches, remember that this is not a nascent problem, but the old Corinthian problem revived.

Oct 11

The Gospel According to David and Bathsheba by Davis Lacey

I am transformed from a person who balks at King David’s selfishness and short-sightedness into a person who bawls alongside of him. 

Oct 10

You Are Not Hidden From God by Kole Farney

If the Lord who counts every star came down from heaven to die in your place when you were his enemy, is it likely that he has forgotten you?

Oct 10

The Christian, Art, and Rediscovering John the Baptist by Jason G. Duesing

Just as we appreciate the skill of a spectacular soloist, or an elite athlete, or simply a brilliant coworker, we can appreciate the work of an artist. 

Oct 9

What It Means to Be a Christian by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The essence of Christianity is the believer’s union with Christ. 

Oct 2

The Uncomfortability Of Others’ Suffering by Margaret Bronson

There can be a temptation to put believers who are suffering in a petri dish, watching to see if they grow evidence that will confirm our doctrinal beliefs without making us too uncomfortable in the process.

Oct 2

Bibliology: What The Bible Is and Why It Matters by Jason K. Allen

As God’s revelation to man, the Bible comes with binding authority.

Oct 1

Christ: Our Only Hope

An FTC19 Sermon

Series: 2019 For The Church National Conference

Jared C. Wilson's message on "Christ: Our Only Hope" delivered at the 2019 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 26

Revival and the Book of Nehemiah by Sam Parkison

If you are not content with a Christianity characterized by minimal devotion to God, Nehemiah is your book.​

Sep 25

A Rubbish Redeemed by Katie McCoy

Because He is the Master at creating a brand new something from a pile of nothing, He saw what we could become.

Sep 23

The Way to Greatness by Jared C. Wilson

Jesus commands humility from us but he does not leave the humble man hanging!

Sep 19

When Bible Study Goes Wrong by David Prince

The Bible is preoccupied with the Messiah and we must be as well.

Sep 18

Jonah Couldn’t Get Away by Russell L. Meek

Jonah fled because he knows that God is compassionate and loving, eager to forgive sinners. 

Sep 18

A Stolen Unity by Allyson Todd

I made a disjointed relationship into a convincing substitute for true unity.

Sep 16

There Should Be Two of Us

A Lament for Loss and A Look to Hope

We share a couple of things in common besides our name. One is a dark reality. The other is a greater Truth.

Sep 11

Father, Help Us to See by Tim Counts

Father, help us to see that you are at work through us for the advance of the gospel. 

Sep 9

He Must Increase; Our Churches Must Decrease

Thoughts on The Desire for Revival

There is one thing that the churches experiencing historic revival have in common: they seemed overrun with the sense of the glory of God.

Sep 6

But You Are Holy by Macy Wilson

God desires us to run to Him with both the things that bring us joy and the things that bring us pain.

Sep 4

Words For The Widowed by Grace Pike

In this fallen world permeated with sin and death, even adopted children of God may taste the bitterness of loss.

Sep 3

Thankfulness Always: Reflections on Five Years as Provost by Jason G. Duesing

Because God is good and he does not change, there is a reason to be thankful, to God, for God, always.

Sep 2

The Fear-Driven Life

Lessons from Genesis 12 on God's Most Frequent Command

The more bored you are with the things of God, the more vulnerable you will be when difficulty comes.  

Aug 28

What A Bloomless Tree Taught Me about Trusting God by Katie McCoy

We may not always understand why the Father prunes the way He does.

Aug 28

The Wittenberg Door of American Evangelical Missions by Jason G. Duesing

It is good and right also to consider the impact of a group of praying students, heirs of Wittenberg themselves, on the modern missions movement of global gospel proclamation.

Aug 27

Is Your Calling Causing an Identity Crisis? by Tyler Greene

If all else were stripped away—your career, your earthly relationships, your plans—your identity as a beloved child of God would still remain.