Resources by Theme: Devotional

May 21, 2015

Set-Apart Sexuality in a “Sex is Power” World by Katie McCoy

The world’s picture of the sexually liberated woman isn’t empowered at all; rather, she’s enslaved by the deception that becoming a commitment-free object of lust was all her idea.

May 20, 2015

Making Contentment My Estate by Mason King

The wrestle of wealth, of making enough and having enough, is a dark space in my soul—the struggle for contentment against a sliding scale in a world that rejects less as more and sees more as a means to happiness. It’s where I have to preach to myself the truth I know when the lie is in front of me.

May 20, 2015

The Fullness of Empty Spaces by Becky Wilson

By God’s design, my family keeps growing and spreading. Certainly aspects of that are incredibly difficult. But when I think of the treasured people in my life that I never would have met had I not moved around as much as I did, and when I anticipate the hope of that happening again, that tastes pretty sweet to me.

May 19, 2015

A Sabbath That Shall Never End by Staff

"There every tear shall be dried, every saint who has fallen asleep in Christ shall meet us once more, and every hard thing in our life-journey shall be made clear and plain as the sun at noon-day."

May 19, 2015

The New Creation by Jared C. Wilson

In the beginning, God created my body and mind.
But my heart was without form and void . . .

May 19, 2015

The Sin We Don't Speak Of by Courtney Reissig

We all have that sin. The one we thought was long conquered, long forgotten, and long paid for by Christ's precious blood. Then one day it emerges, reminding us that we are not yet perfected, and riddling us with guilt.

May 19, 2015

When Self-Awareness Matures Into Self-Forgetfulness by Michael Kelley

By God’s grace, hopefully we are moving in the direction where we know ourselves more and yet think of ourselves less.

May 18, 2015

Made Much Of to Make Much Of by Staff

God in Christ certainly does make much of us. But not because we are lovely. Because Christ is.

May 18, 2015

In the Morning, You Shall See the Glory of the Lord by Nick Murray

Each week, when we move from the text of the Bible to the table of the Lord, we remember our Israelite heritage and the way in which God has yet again set the table for us. And just like Israel, when we gather together to worship the risen Christ, reminding ourselves of the gospel by taking the Lord’s Supper, we shall see the glory of the LORD.

May 18, 2015

Precious and Very Great Promises by Garrett Kell

Christians are people who live on promises. We grow by promises. We are sustained by promises. We please God by trusting His promises.

May 18, 2015

The Gospel On A Houseboat by Jason G. Duesing

In this missionary context where daily they see a lost world, the pursuit of sin and error, it is easy to forget that we who are in Christ, were once just as lost.

May 17, 2015

Gold: A Meditation on Matthew 7:12 by Reid Monaghan

The Word of God shapes both how we wish to be treated and how we would treat others. The Golden Rule both engages the moral imagination in specific circumstances and is grounded firmly in the Word of God.

May 17, 2015

Bearing Fruit in a World That Hates You by Brandon Shields

After reading several dozen church planting manuals over the past few years, I’ve yet to see one with a chapter entitled, “Don’t freak out, they’re just gonna hate you.”

May 14, 2015

In Praise of Fat Pastors by Jared C. Wilson

A toast toward the pastor embracing a Christward self-disregard and a godly un-self-conciousness.

May 14, 2015

How ISIS Helped Salmaa Become a Christian by Garrett Kell

ISIS thinks they are destroying and ending Christianity by killing Christians, but what they do not understand is that their evil acts are causing people to look not at them, but at these who are dying with the peace of Jesus.

May 13, 2015

Christ's Glory is the Pearl of Great Price by Staff

Every sacred truth that reveals something of the glory of Christ to our souls, is a pearl or precious stone which enriches us.

May 13, 2015

If You're a Christian, You Believe in God's Sovereignty by Staff

The prayer of a Christian is not an attempt to force God's hand, but a humble acknowledgment of helplessness and dependence.

May 13, 2015

Small Talk(ing)

When the Word is Overshadowed by the Hype

The message from God’s Word is meant to be the centerpiece of a worship gathering. If there is more emphasis placed on creating an exciting environment or attractive event than on hearing from God, we’ve missed the mark.

May 12, 2015

A Mighty Army of Deeply Spiritual Men by Staff

"Where are the men with a moral vision?"

May 12, 2015

Beyond "Nice"

The Gospel as Middle and Better Way

The gospel explodes niceness.

May 12, 2015

Our Love for Him is But the Repercussion by Staff

"He who loves may be sure he was loved first."

May 12, 2015

Autocorrect and Indwelling Sin by Paul Maxwell

Have you ever found yourself, in the midst of failure and frustration in the Christian life, saying, “I hate myself”?

May 12, 2015

The Thread of Scripture Leads to Christ by Benjamin Hawkins

Those who want to find the true Jesus through relics will come up shorthanded.

May 11, 2015

The Father's Not Tsk-Tsk'ing by Jared C. Wilson

He's not sighing or sulking. He is more eager to forgive than we are to sin.

May 11, 2015

The Incredibles by Staff

"It is incredible that the world should have believed so incredible a thing."

May 11, 2015

We Wait For Jesus; Jesus Waits For Us by Garrett Kell

After we take our places, we wait for the bride to make her entrance. As the congregation stands and the doors open, I look at the bride—but then I always take a peek at the groom.

May 11, 2015

Pastors, Let Praise Not Be the Boss of Us by Staff

A faithful minister cares little what people think of him, as long as his conscience approves of him. The approval of his own good conscience is the best praise a minister can have.

May 11, 2015

The Preciousness of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

Our Christ's preciousness is more than deserving to be adorned with the drink offering of our very lives. And it is our willingness to adore him in and through our breaking open that shows we believe this.

May 11, 2015

When To Stop Chasing Your Dream by Michael Kelley

Coming face to face with the reality that maybe it’s actually not going to happen for you.

May 10, 2015

Logface

Reflections on "Judge Not"

Considering the speck and log illustration, notice that Jesus does not finish his example by telling us that we are just sinners and to not help one another change. The way forward isn't simply picking each other apart, it's by being a brother, a loving member of the family.

May 10, 2015

The Equation of God's Goodness by Tish Hedger

I don’t want to ultimately hope in motherhood, or comfort, or health, or man’s acclaim, or even my beloved husband. I want to hope in Glory.

May 9, 2015

Bonhoeffer and The Costly, Enjoyable Kingdom by Steve Bezner

I had loved God. I had served God. I had preached about God. I had studied God. But I had never enjoyed Him.

May 9, 2015

The Ministry of Reminder by Nick Jones

If the gospel is an ocean, then a trip to the beach does not suffice.

May 8, 2015

Lord, I Refuse to Compete With Your Servants by Staff

"I am but an unprofitable servant. I gladly go to the foot of the cross and own myself the least of Thy people."

May 8, 2015

The Seductive Song of Self-Pity by Michael Kelley

I feel her scratch my itching ears with her words, saying just what I wish I heard from the people around me. And here’s what she sounds like . . .

May 8, 2015

Augustus Toplady on Assurance by Staff

A weak hand may lay hold of a strong Christ.

May 8, 2015

Jesus, Joe Montana, and Hand Soap by Jeremy Rose

In seeking righteousness through following a list of rules or focusing on our performance, we may feel superior or clean for a moment but that doesn’t make us a Christian any more than wearing a Joe Montana jersey makes us a good football player.

May 7, 2015

Meditating on the Glory of Christ by Staff

"There are three ways whereby the glory of Christ is represented unto us in the Scripture."

May 7, 2015

Reversed Thunder by Benjamin Hawkins

I’m awestruck by a metaphor used by 17th-century pastor and poet George Herbert to describe prayer: “reversed thunder.”

May 7, 2015

Curing the Thief, Not Just the Theft by Staff

In the middle of winter, Boston was low on fuel and a man came to the governor complaining that a "needy person" was stealing from his woodpile . . .

May 7, 2015

Remembering is the First Change by Jared C. Wilson

When you are stuck, deep, despondent, or in despair, think back to what God has delivered you from in difficult times past.

May 7, 2015

A Prayer for the Pastor's Wife by Becky Wilson

A prayer that the pastor's wife will be eternally fascinated and astonished by the gospel and that it will transform every aspect of her life.

May 6, 2015

When We Don't Respond Like Jesus by Jeremy Rose

Too many of us look for the out so we can step away from the need, rather than looking for any way in to show the tenderness of Jesus and the love of God.

May 6, 2015

Praying for Money and Stuff by Jared C. Wilson

Turning prayers for material provision inside out.

May 6, 2015

Embrace the Mess by Chris Goeppner

You never know how the Lord may use you to love and encourage the people He has given you the opportunity to serve. 

May 6, 2015

I Doubt It All by Andrea Burke

The fight for love is sometimes not letting go.

May 5, 2015

Nothing in My Hand I Bring by Staff

The Pharisee brought all his religious currency to the market and found that his money was no good there.

May 5, 2015

I Bought a Nice Sofa - Then I Repented by Adam McClendon

Seeking to leverage ministry for comfort goes against the grain of the ministry picture in the New Testament.

May 5, 2015

God's Way Is Through the Sea by Garrett Kell

Once He has helped us to step across the threshold of our straining circumstances, we will see that God is the wise and trustworthy Savior of His people.

May 5, 2015

Crucifying Defensiveness by Jared C. Wilson

Crucifying the defensive impulse is so difficult because it essentially means choosing to allow others to misunderstand you, misjudge you, and even malign you.