Resources by Theme: Devotional

Sep 7, 2016

A Story of Faithfulness in the Middle East by Anonymous

The glory of the Lord fills the earth like the water covers the sea, and I’m convinced that soon Arabs will confess with their mouths, believe in their hearts, and find salvation in our gracious King.

Sep 1, 2016

The Complexity of Pain and the Plight of the Sojourn by Matt LaMaster

Suffering is a story we do not often like to tell. Jacob's life recalls the hope found in our wandering and reminds us again, "Blessed are the sojourns, for they are like their Savior."

Sep 1, 2016

Why Should We Work to Learn Contentment? by Casey Lewis

For most people, contentment doesn't come naturally. It's necessary for Christ-followers to put in the work of learning to be content with what God has given us, trusting that what He has allowed is what is best for us.

Sep 1, 2016

3 Reasons My Idols Are Better Than Jesus by Michael Kelley

Our idols convince us that the best thing we can do in life is pursue that which will satisfy us at a given moment. But Jesus? Well, Jesus will tell us the truth. He loves us too much not to.

Aug 31, 2016

The Wall is Broken Down by Joel Littlefield

The first step to our nation's renewal is going to be the repentance of every individual man, woman and child who names the name of Jesus. 

Aug 30, 2016

Better Than I Used To Be by Jeff Higgins

Let’s put the age-old adages away and say instead: I’m not as good as I think I am, I’m often worse than I realize, but thank God Christ is better than I imagine.

Aug 29, 2016

You Could've Been Something by Andrea Burke

“I heard your CD today,” she tells me. “You have a great voice. You could’ve been something!” I could’ve been something, yes, and by God’s grace I didn’t.

Aug 29, 2016

Success is Dangerous by Jared C. Wilson

You don't need "more" to be satisfied in God.

Aug 28, 2016

Why You Must Sing Even When You Don't Feel Like It by Charles Spurgeon

There are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. In such a condition what are we to do?

Aug 25, 2016

The Sufficiency of Scripture & Practical Bible Doctrine by Darin Smith

What we believe about the authority and sufficiency of Scripture is important. Either the Bible is right or it is wrong; it is either an ordinary book or a divinely-inspired text.

Aug 24, 2016

Prayer is Joining a Conversation Already in Progress by Michael Kelley

When we come to pray, we can know we are not there alone.

Aug 24, 2016

'For the Church' as a Means to the End at the End by Jason G. Duesing

Since that time until our very own, humanity has been living at the verge of the end of the world, but that is not a cause for despair or hand-wringing. 
 

Aug 24, 2016

Quiet by Rachel Erin

Life's distracting and relentless sounds become idols when they prevent us from truly hearing the beautiful and transforming truth of the gospel. 

Aug 23, 2016

Does Your Pastor Love You? by Erik Raymond

How can you tell how much a pastor loves Christ and his people? It is by his preaching. Doctrinal preaching feeds and protects the sheep.

Aug 23, 2016

Screwtape’s Advanced Strategies against Gospel Growth by Kevin Halloran

Dear Wormwood: two years ago, your subject crossed the point of no return, embracing the Enemy’s Son. Luckily for us, he embraced as “gospel truth” some of the splendidly simple, yet profoundly effective lies that you whispered in his ear..."

Aug 22, 2016

Our Blanket-Fort Kingdom of Weakness by Allyson Todd

No amount of building that I do in my blanket-fort kingdom will last.

Aug 22, 2016

The Bird with a Leaf in Her Mouth by Jared C. Wilson

When we go through something difficult, that is typically when we begin to question whether God is actually good, whether he's actually remembered us, whether he even cares, if we're even saved!

Aug 21, 2016

Like Two Men Trapped in the Snow by Charles Spurgeon

In order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others.

Aug 18, 2016

The Merciful King: A Parable by Jeff Dodge

Our one, true King forever stands at the intersection of pure mercy and perfect justice.

Aug 18, 2016

God of Your Grief by Chris Thomas

No matter the source of your grief—be it silent, relational, or communal—you must know today that God is not deaf to your pain. You soul's ache is not foreign to him.

Aug 17, 2016

A More Decisive Power is at Work by Joel Littlefield

There’s a greater and more decisive power at work in this world and it’s not the American government, the EU, the Global peace initiative or the Islamic State.

Aug 17, 2016

Look to Jesus and Live by Savannah Henson

Maybe He leaves us in these nasty bodies so we will long to be made clean. I do not know, but I do know that God promises to sanctify us.

Aug 15, 2016

We Have Nothing to Offer the One Who Offers Us Everything by Jared C. Wilson

There is one great sign that you are loved more than you thought.

Aug 14, 2016

He Knows Your Sorrows by Charles Spurgeon

The child is cheered as he sings, "This my father knows;" and shall not we be comforted as we discern that our dear Friend and tender soul-husband knows all about us?

Aug 11, 2016

Captive to Comparison by Lexy Sauve

More often than not, the burden of comparison leaves us shattered beneath its weight. In Christ, we have the opportunitiy to exchange false remedies for the healing balm of the gospel.

Aug 10, 2016

Killing Narcissism

How Focusing on Others Might Just Save Our Souls

Every Christian in every place could likely use a reminder that life is not about us, and thus we should not structure our lives as if it is.

Aug 9, 2016

Pastor, Don't Forget Jesus by Jared Sparks

For a people prone to forget, Paul's words to Timothy are a stirring call to rememberance. The reminder that Christ is at the center of all of life and ministry is a drink of cool water to parched and thirsty souls.

Aug 8, 2016

Is Your Pastor Happy to See You? by Jared C. Wilson

How can we work toward our leaders’ joy and not their anxiety? It’s no advantage to us to be a nagging pain to our pastors.

Aug 7, 2016

They Would Sooner Lose Mother or Father Than Part With Christ by Charles Spurgeon

Believers love Jesus with a deeper affection than they dare to give to any other being.

Aug 4, 2016

Don’t Write It Off As Law by Chris Thomas

It's good to bask in the light of grace. Soak it up. Revel in it. But don't recoil from the commandments of God—they are meant to show us his faithfulness, and steadfast love.

Aug 4, 2016

On Consumeristic Worship by Dustin Rouse

Culture is relentless in leading us to believe that all of life exists with ourselves at the center. When it comes to worshiping God, preference gives way to His worth and we are to strive for unity within the Body.

Aug 3, 2016

Finding Hope in the Midst of Suffering by Bethany Murray

As I sit here quietly while my little boy naps, I remember that day one month ago so vividly. On that day I realized that I was miscarrying our second child. It was the child who we had been dreaming of and planning for after receiving news that I was expecting. This was the child who we could not wait to meet. This was the child to whom our little…

Aug 3, 2016

Don't Just Pray About It by Erik Raymond

May we have those childlike reflexes that so characterize the children of God. Let us pray, wait, and watch.

Aug 2, 2016

Feminism and the Question of Female Identity by Courtney Reissig

Recovering from feminism and embracing God’s idea of womanhood is far more than a throwback to a 1950s television show. True freedom is knowing that God had a good design when he created us male and female.

Jul 31, 2016

Don't Stop Singing by Charles Spurgeon

By the love of Jesus, let us be stirred up to close the day with a psalm of sanctified gladness.

Jul 27, 2016

God Doesn't Need to Be Convinced to Give You What You Need by Michael Kelley

We can freely come again and again to a Father who delights in being the best kind of giver.

Jul 26, 2016

Do I Really Love Jesus? by Jason Alligood

Here’s the rub: We don’t always want to love Jesus. Living in light of truth is hard and living comfortable lives according to our flesh is easy. It’s hard to put Christ first when He calls us to love Him more than anyone or anything. And yet He promises the most joy when we seek Him alone as our greatest treasure.

Jul 26, 2016

How My Special-Needs Sister Teaches Me to Trust God’s Heart by Allyson Todd

One of the most formidable things that shaped who I am today is my sister, Amanda. She is now 21 years old, reads more books than I do, just graduated high-school, and has Down's Syndrome. And she is a means by which God has taught us to love him more.

Jul 24, 2016

Stand Still by Charles Spurgeon

But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand still," and immovable as a rock it stands.

Jul 19, 2016

Powerfully Kept by Jim Elliff

True believers are held "in Christ," not by an armed guard. No, you are kept secure in Christ by the greatest power ever known - God Himself. And there has never been anyone able to snatch a person out of His hands.

Jul 18, 2016

Are You A Complainer or A Fixer? by Margaret Bronson

I remember one time after church I came home all bent out of shape over how lonely I was. No one ever invited me to anything. I just really wanted adult interaction. My sweet husband just looked at me patiently and said, “Well, why don’t you invite some girls over?”

Jul 17, 2016

Our Darling Sin Must Die by Charles Spurgeon

Our darling sin must die. Spare it not for its much crying.

Jul 15, 2016

When Tears Don't Satiate the Sorrow by Sam Bierig

Until the New Heavens and the New Earth, wear your mourning like a badge of love from your Savior.

Jul 15, 2016

Demonically Good Theology by Jared Sparks

It is true. You can say the right thing in the wrong way.

Jul 14, 2016

How Exaggeration Can Undermine Your Joy in the Gospel by Erik Raymond

In our over exagerrated world, the good news tends to not be that amazing. We autocorrect this by letting a couple of pounds of air out of the tires of the gospel. Though we are prone to diminishing the spectacular, the fact remains, God shows grace to unworthy people.

Jul 14, 2016

He's a Good Father, Even in Our Suffering by Garrett Kell

Few things are as isolating as pain. When we suffer, we feel like no one can really understand what we are experiencing. Yet, no matter how alone we feel, we are never ultimately alone. Our heavenly Father is there.

Jul 14, 2016

Searching for a Soul Mate by J. Alan Branch

To expect another fallen human to “make us whole” is to commit an idolatrous act, placing a created being before the Creator.  Only Jesus Christ can offer us genuine wholeness.

Jul 13, 2016

The Gospel for Teachers by Tabitha Rainwater

The gospel tells us that, yes, we are saved, but the Holy Spirit is continually teaching us and forming us to be more like Jesus, who is the Greatest Teacher.

Jul 11, 2016

In Victory, Insufficiency by Cody Barnhart

I’m convinced of this glorious and liberating truth about the gospel: In our victory, we can embrace insufficiency.