Resources by Theme: Devotional

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.

Jun 28, 2015

Can I Tell You About My Friend Jesus? by Jared C. Wilson

Here is a series of tweets about my very best friend.

Jun 27, 2015

God Grammar by Derrick Lynch

Your preferred adjective when thinking about God is the single most important word in your theological vocabulary.

Jun 27, 2015

What NASCAR Taught Me About Church by Jeff Crawford

As I was watching Speedweek’s events, particularly the qualifying duels on the Thursday before the 500, I learned something about, of all things, the church.

Jun 26, 2015

Give Us This Day Our Daily News by Jared Musgrove

Let the news be an instigator to get you involved in all that God is doing in this world that belongs—without hype, sensationalism or slant—to Him. 

Jun 25, 2015

I Am Satisfied About You by Nick Jones

In our defense of the doctrine of depravity, which is right and necessary, we must not forget the transformative grace of the gospel.

Jun 24, 2015

Salvation From The Lord by Jonathan Shradar

Whatever you face today, be it a hard conversation or the good report and everything in between, take your trust in the Lord along.

Jun 24, 2015

Have We Lost Our Sense of Sacredness? by J.A. Medders

Our churches will experience a super-nova of the Spirit when we stop trading personal and meaningful holiness for what is safe in the world’s eyes.

Jun 23, 2015

The Gospel is the Food of Faith by Staff

"The new life in Christ, just like all natural life, must be nourished and strengthened."

Jun 23, 2015

Hannah's Loss by Courtney Reissig

Hannah was able to look in the face of her precious boy as she walked away from him for the last time and know that God would win in the end and her loss was not in vain.

Jun 23, 2015

A Better Word by Jared C. Wilson

Let them come with their words, then. Let the devil come with his barrage of lies, even his truths-turned-lies.

Jun 22, 2015

Nobody Ever Came to Christ Because He Knew Himself To Be Elect by Staff

The question for you is not, 'Am I one of the elect?' but 'Am I a sinner?'

Jun 21, 2015

From Rubble to Restoration by Christine Hoover

He longs to transform their spiritual rubble into complete life restoration because this is His way, the way of Jesus. If they would just let Him.

Jun 21, 2015

Fathers, Give Yourself to the Lord, Then to Your Family

A Father's Day Reflection

There was a time when obeying my parents ended. There will never be a time on this earth when honoring my parents will end.

Jun 20, 2015

A Privileged People by Adam McClendon

Circumstances may currently be tough, but they are temporary.  On the other side of this life, a future glory awaits.  Don’t forget that.

Jun 20, 2015

Christian Community Happens In and Through Jesus by Casey Lewis

Only through His empowering are we able to live together in a way that honors Him.

Jun 19, 2015

Christianity and a Much Deeper Problem Than the Will by Staff

Christianity recognizes our problem as a matter of character, of human nature.

Jun 19, 2015

Do You Have A Dysfunctional Relationship With God? by Erik Raymond

Like a regular relationship, we have to see the warning signs here in our spiritual relationship. If we find ourselves intentionally avoiding or carelessly neglecting communion with God then we are on a troubling trajectory.

Jun 18, 2015

The Sweetness of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

I love my friend Jesus, because he's sweet in all the ways I deeply need and greatly want.

Jun 18, 2015

Trusting God To Do and Trusting God To Be by Becky Wilson

I have discovered that there is quite a massive chasm between trusting God to do and trusting God to be. So what's the difference?

Jun 18, 2015

Why Foolishness is Better Than Self-Esteem by David Prince

The question we must all answer is, are we willing to be thought a fool for the sake of Jesus?

Jun 18, 2015

The Greatest Miracle Of All by Steve Bezner

The universe, as I understand logic, demands a creator. But I do not believe the universe itself to be the greatest miracle of all.

Jun 17, 2015

Confession Is A Cosmic Trust Fall by J.A. Medders

We typically think that if given enough time, our sins will work themselves out. Boy, are we wrong.

Jun 16, 2015

His Eye Is On The Sasquatch by Jared C. Wilson

I'll tell you why I hope Bigfoot exists -- and why, in a way, I hope he is never discovered . . .

Jun 15, 2015

Grounded in God's Powerful Words by Staff

At each new beginning, the centrality of God's authoritative and creative word is reaffirmed and reemphasized. Because our salvation is not born of human will or merit but the powerful word of God, which dissolves darkness into light and raises the dead to life.

Jun 15, 2015

The Shape of Complementarian Husbanding by Jared C. Wilson

Complementarianism is not generally about authority/submission, as if they exist in a moral vacuum. It is about what biblical authority/submission look like. Any man who treats his wife in a neglectful or abusive way is no complementarian; he is a walking perversion of manhood in need of repentance.

Jun 15, 2015

Michael Kelley on His Child and Cancer by Michael Kelley

We sat down to ask Michael Kelley, "What did you learn about God while your son Joshua was battling cancer?"

Jun 13, 2015

What Does The Resurrection Have To Do With Forgiveness? by Joel Lindsey

It stands, then, that if Jesus was not raised, Christ’s sacrifice was deficient, that Jesus’ blood was somehow insufficient to pay the full penalty for sin.

Jun 12, 2015

That Fine Line of Favor by Staff

They love you, they love you not.

Jun 12, 2015

How Salvation is About God, Not Us by Jared C. Wilson

Salvation is for us but ultimately about God.