Resources by Theme: Devotional

Jul 27, 2015

The Responsibility of Suffering by Michael Kelley

Suffering is the gift that no one wants, and yet God chooses to give sometimes nonetheless.

Jul 27, 2015

Fear and Trembling by Jared C. Wilson

As it pertains to having the living God draw near to us, fear and trembling assume it is truly God and the glorious Christ we have encountered and not some pitiful caricature.

Jul 27, 2015

The Fuel That Grows Courage by Darrin Patrick

The fear of man leads to hypocrisy. The fear of God leads to courage.

Jul 26, 2015

Keep Your Heart by Staff

The call to keep your heart is a call to work on your life internally, not merely externally.

Jul 26, 2015

A Lesson from King Asa by Joshua Hedger

We had no idea when we named our son Asa, that he would have a disease of the foot. Perhaps it is simply coincidence . . .

Jul 25, 2015

A Divine and Supernatural Light by Staff

This knowledge, or sight of God and Christ, cannot be a mere speculative knowledge . . .

Jul 23, 2015

The Lavishness of Grace by Jesse Benack

Through faith in Jesus, God gives us an eternal country, a heavenly wealth, and the favor of the King of the Universe. These are blessings we did not earn and could never deserve.

Jul 22, 2015

Don Whitney on Praying the Bible by Staff

Series: Conversations

What does it mean to "pray the Bible," and why is it important?

Jul 22, 2015

Are You Desperate Enough Yet? by Micheal Pardue

I was recently conversing with a good friend about the spiritual condition of the Church. He made a comment that I am sure is not exclusive to him, but struck me deeply: “We are not desperate enough yet.”

Jul 21, 2015

Why I Wasn't Overjoyed When Our Town's Porno Shop Closed by Jared C. Wilson

Of course we should be glad when any purveyor of smut shuts down or suffers a setback. But we should not delude ourselves. The culture of porn is financially rich and dangerously addictive.

Jul 21, 2015

Life As a House by Sean Post

With each young man still wearing a smile of pride and accomplishment, I poured lighter fluid on each project and lit them aflame.

Jul 21, 2015

The Need For Need by Chad Francis

If the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, how can we be so unmoved by it?

Jul 20, 2015

By Faith, By Faith, By Faith by Staff

Oh, how eminently is Jesus thus glorified in His saints!

Jul 20, 2015

Who Pours Into You? by Christine Hoover

I wonder if, in all our talk of discipleship and mentoring and "pouring into", we've created for ourselves a culture of entitlement.

Jul 19, 2015

When the Real King Emerges, Things Stand Differently by Staff

Now this is proof that Christ is God, the Word and Power of God . . .

Jul 19, 2015

Rebellion and Worship by Nick Jones

The time had come for God’s justice to be laid out on the Amalekites, and King Saul was to be the mediator. But, as often is the case, a simple command gets transfigured into something more palatable between the hearing and the doing.

Jul 18, 2015

Look Up by Staff

Do not be always poring down over the imperfections of your own heart, and dissecting your own besetting sins.

Jul 17, 2015

The Joy of Discipleship by Jared C. Wilson

Discipleship to Christ is very difficult. But it is incomparably joyful.

Jul 16, 2015

A Voice To Be Heard by Joshua Hedger

I have much insecurity when it comes to the value of my input and wisdom. I always feel there is someone smarter, wiser, more experienced, and better qualified than I to speak on an issue. And the truth is that there is.

Jul 15, 2015

Not Simply a Promise, But a Happening by Staff

This was no new theology or new idea or new promise; it was a new event in history.

Jul 15, 2015

What Is The Good Life? by Darrin Patrick

No so-called "expert," when surveyed, associated the good life with being poor, mournful, and meek. But if you asked Jesus that very same question, that’s where he’d start.

Jul 14, 2015

Christian Men Think Clearly Christianly by Jared C. Wilson

All men face similar sexual temptations, but the Christian man is to think actual thoughts—clear, articulate, intentional thoughts. The Christian man doesn't just feel things in his mind; he says things to his mind.

Jul 14, 2015

Dissolving the Wish-Dream by Cody Barnhart

After months of feeling like my role in our church was nothing more than drudgery, this little book destroyed what had been dragging me down: a wish-dream.

Jul 14, 2015

The Wrath of God Warms My Heart by Peyton Hill

Hellfire and brimstone preaching will not suffice, but neither will a mushy Christianity.

Jul 13, 2015

The Greatest Doctrine You've Never Heard Of by Ronni Kurtz

If you want to have your breath taken away by grace, wonder the New Testament in search for what happens to wicked men and women who are “in, with, through, and by” Christ.

Jul 13, 2015

Utterly Saved by Jared C. Wilson

Salvation by Christ's work is a gift of grace received through faith. This salvation is total (Romans 8:30) and we see its totality in John 6.

Jul 13, 2015

Loaves, Fish, and Un-Self-Conscious Little Boys by Michael Kelley

You know the feeling. It’s the one when you find yourself surrounded by people who work more interesting jobs, take more interesting vacations, and live generally more interesting lives. Suddenly, you find yourself shrinking into yourself, very conscious of your normality in light of what’s surrounding you.

Jul 12, 2015

The Fountain, The Ocean by Staff

To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.

Jul 12, 2015

Casting Upon a Caring Savior by Drew Griffin

God cares for His people from beginning to end, throughout all circumstances.  We do not rely on an unsympathetic God, or one who is distant or emotionally uninvolved.

Jul 12, 2015

Psalm 38 and Freedom From Consequences by Derrick Lynch

Is it possible to be at the same time repentant and also to boldly ask for relief from sin’s consequences? Or does God’s grace for our sin stop only at the point of forgiveness?  Are we on our own after that?

Jul 11, 2015

Thoughts On Prayer by Jeff Crawford

What prayer is and what it does and how it works and the ways it changes us and the world is nearly impossible to grasp. So here are just a few thoughts on prayer that have been camping out in my mind . . .

Jul 11, 2015

Union With Christ as Assurance of Life by Staff

When both our justification and our new life are found in Jesus Christ, then this burdensome, disingenuous Christianity is replaced by Spirit-empowered gratitude.

Jul 11, 2015

Don't Study to Pass by Jason Kees

My encouragement to you is that if you are presently in your Bible college or seminary education, do not study for a passing grade. Remember now why you are studying God’s word.

Jul 10, 2015

Consider Where Sin is Leading You by Garrett Kell

See yourself taking down those smiling pictures from the wall and taping up the moving boxes, unsure if you’ll ever open them again. Do you see it? Sin doesn’t tell you about those days, does it?

Jul 9, 2015

Exiles Don't Swagger by Staff

Being Christian exiles in American culture does not end our influence; it takes the swagger out of it.

Jul 9, 2015

The Proper Feeding of the Christian Soul by Dustin Rouse

A lot of worship diets are like "Oreos for breakfast."

Jul 8, 2015

What Do You Need to Offload? by Staff

If you are a Christian, but bored, maybe you need to lose something

Jul 8, 2015

Our Worship Has a Reason by Sam Parkison

When we are focusing on the grandeur of God’s actual glory, we are freed from superficial stimulation of our emotions. This is actually how we safeguard authenticity in our worship.

Jul 8, 2015

When God Lays Down His Bow by Jared C. Wilson

The rainbow symbolizes the gospel, for God has "laid down his bow." To turn it into a symbol of pride, then, is sadly and truly to test God into taking it up again, to invite his wrath.

Jul 6, 2015

When Gospel Motivation is Gone by Logan Gentry

While it would be nice for all of us to get a sabbatical to sort through everything, we all still have responsibilities, jobs, families, and friends that we can’t block out for an extended season until we are motivated by the gospel again. In these things, we must learn dependence in our weakness and watch the truth of scripture come to real life around us.

Jul 5, 2015

The Joy of Serving by Jim Fowler

The saying goes that church is not to be a "spectator sport" whereby we come, watch, grab our fill, and leave.  We are called to come and be a part of the life of the church, not watching from the sidelines, but getting involved.

Jul 5, 2015

A Fusion of Grace by Zach Barnhart

Some congregations have turned the phrase "Come As You Are" into "Stay As You Are," while other church bodies proclaim, "Be Ashamed With Who You Are." Neither approach is right.

Jul 4, 2015

6 Cries for Saving Mercy from Psalm 119 by Tom Johnston

From death to life, from lost to saved, from bondage to deliverance, from captivity to redemption, from guilty to acquitted. All these requested for mercy granted through the death of Jesus on the cross.

Jul 3, 2015

Sticks and Stones by Tish Hedger

When all is lost, Christ is not lost to us.

Jul 2, 2015

A Roach, A Spider and A Tangled Web by Katie McCoy

Make no mistake, whatever your posture towards it may be right now, wherever you are in relationship to the web, it is serious stuff.

Jul 1, 2015

Believing Prayer by Staff

Believing prayer is prevailing, successful prayer.

Jun 30, 2015

To The Praise of His Glory by Rob Trahan

When we orient our lives toward God, doing all “to the praise of his glory,” we reap the benefits of all of the spiritual blessings promised to us before the foundation of the world.

Jun 30, 2015

Family? Or Church? by Tish Hedger

When one voice tells me that my family comes first and another tells me I'm being selfish and need to sacrifice for the ministry vision, I am torn between which to follow.

Jun 29, 2015

To All Who Despair: Jesus is Making All Things New by Jared C. Wilson

Someday, Jesus the Redeemer will return to redeem everything. Fully. Completely. Eternally.