Resources by Theme: Devotional

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

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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.

May 4, 2015

The Church Exists for No Other Purpose by Staff

The Church exists for no other purpose but to draw men into Christ . . .

May 4, 2015

The Courageous Choice to Stay by Michael Kelley

Sometimes the most courageous thing you can do is to stay right where you are.

May 3, 2015

The Easter Wager by Ched Spellman

Everything rides on the reality of resurrection.

May 2, 2015

Set Free By Love To Love by Rob Trahan

We don’t follow Christ’s commands because we should or because we will be “blessed” when we do. We follow Christ’s commands because we have a deep and profound admiration and a growing love for Him and we want nothing more than to please Him.

May 1, 2015

A God-Pleasing Despair by Staff

Do not despair if you feel the flesh battling against the Spirit or if you cannot make it behave. For you to follow the guidance of the Spirit in all things without interference on the part of the flesh is impossible.

May 1, 2015

Where is The Gospel in the Mutilation of the Concubine? by Jared C. Wilson

There is a gospel spring beneath the deathly depravity of Judges 19.

May 1, 2015

Oh, That There Would Come a Mighty Rushing Wind by Staff

When will the Spirit gust in revival power? We don't know. But maybe today.

May 1, 2015

Is Your God Big Enough? by Derrick Lynch

The God who governs all things can be trusted, even when He can’t be understood.

May 1, 2015

Reclaiming the Heaven of Heaven by Erik Raymond

Join me as I try to think about heaven more often, even dwelling upon the reality of it, the ceaseless praise that is going on right now to the blessed Savior for his wrath drinking death upon the wood of Calvary.

Apr 30, 2015

An Improvement-Proof Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

If you preach the gospel, you wield the most powerful word in the universe. It's not the gnosis of the apostles. It's the resurrecting word entrusted to us all.

Apr 30, 2015

Cause Culture and Identity Thieves by Jeremy Wilson

The beauty of identifying with Christ is that He doesn’t need defending.

Apr 30, 2015

The Difficulty of Receiving by Mason King

Receiving is difficult. Being given something affects us differently than being the giver. Receiving something is harder than earning it, especially for driven people.

Apr 29, 2015

Kill Your Jesus Talisman by Jared C. Wilson

Jesus is no talisman. Crucify "Jesus as key to your personal achievement" and he will stay dead. But the real Jesus achieves a victory greater and far superior to any wish-dream of any man.

Apr 29, 2015

Union With Christ is Not Sporadic by Staff

Union with Christ is an abiding reality.

Apr 29, 2015

A Theology of Theology in One Verse by Bart Box

Moses would not make a good postmodern. The notion of “things that are revealed” is so certain, so objective, so confident sounding. Yet, Moses doesn’t shy away from the idea that God has given His people revealed things—truths about Himself, truths about man, truths about the world. And all these belong to God’s people.

Apr 29, 2015

We Wait, Eyes to the Ground by Andrea Burke

“No,” she pulls a blanket up over her head. I know you want to hide, I want to say. Confession makes us feel naked even with all of the weight of hiding on top of us. I know where she is, but I ask for her to show herself anyway. Coming face to face with the one you’re confessing to is important. I know it from the garden. I…

Apr 29, 2015

In Tight With the Boss of Existence by Jared C. Wilson

If nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, what then?

Apr 28, 2015

"Judge Not" is Not a Shield to Hide Behind by Casey Lewis

It is not uncommon to hear people say things like: “Aren’t we all sinners? What gives you the right to make moral judgments about someone else? Isn’t that God’s job?”

Apr 28, 2015

Putting the Poison Label Back On by Staff

During the last few years we have been putting a mild label on sin.

Apr 27, 2015

The Bible and "Le Mot Juste" by Jared C. Wilson

Every word of Scripture from Genesis 1:1's "In" to Revelation 22:21's "Amen" is le mot juste.

Apr 27, 2015

Fanny Crosby Wishes She Was Born Blind by Staff

"Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind?" said the poet.

Apr 27, 2015

X Marks What Spot? by Reid Monaghan

"What X marks the spot for me?"

Apr 27, 2015

See How Rich Believers Are! by Staff

"As long as Christ hath it, believers shall not want."

Apr 27, 2015

Your Money is No Good Here by Jared C. Wilson

The deal is all of Christ for all your nothing.

Apr 27, 2015

When I Look at the Cross by Staff

"Would I know the fullness and completeness of the salvation God has provided for sinners? Where shall I see it most distinctly?"

Apr 27, 2015

Luther On When Loss Isn't Loss by Staff

"If you will not let me live, then I will die."