Resources by Theme: Devotional

Apr 11, 2016

Belief, Work, and Resurrection by Jenna Fleming

The empty tomb is not only for faith for eternal life, though.  The empty tomb is also for the work and business of this life.

Apr 10, 2016

To Glory in The Cross Alone by Charles Spurgeon

Paul had the cross for his philosophy, the cross for his tradition, the cross for his gospel, the cross for his glory, and nothing else.

Apr 6, 2016

Followed By The God of Grace by Garrett Kell

It was early in my junior year at Virginia Tech—and I felt like everywhere I turned, God was following me around . . .

Apr 5, 2016

Ministry's Incompatibility With the World by Chris Thomas

Power that comes through position is incompatible with God's agenda on earth.

Apr 4, 2016

When There is No Good News by David McLemore

The person who is always partying knows not the reality of this broken world.

Apr 1, 2016

What if the Good Samaritan Drove a Car? by Kelly Wolfe

There is one thought about the conveniences of modern life that keeps eating at me. What if we are forfeiting opportunities to engage with people, particularly in the ways the Jesus did?

Mar 31, 2016

3 Ways the Spirit Works in Us by Darrin Patrick

As we’re “walking” with the Spirit, here’s what He does for us . . .

Mar 30, 2016

To Know and Be Known by Jason Alligood

We need to be truthful to those in our church community, so that they can come along side of us and help. We need this because we all are redeemed, yet struggling sinners.

Mar 27, 2016

Christ's Resurrection Guarantees Our Own by Charles Spurgeon

The regeneration which has taken place in those who believe has changed our spirit, and given to it eternal life.

Mar 25, 2016

The Friday That is Good by Jared C. Wilson

Many things can and will make us happy.
There is no joy but in Jesus Christ.

Mar 25, 2016

The Elderly Mr. Phipp

How Affection Toward God is Inseparable from Authentic Worship

When we perceive something of the Lord’s beauty, majesty, knowledge, or some other noble characteristic through what is said or sung or brought to the mind, our emotions are not to be either worked up by conscious effort or checked by deliberate willfulness. To do so would mean that we must take our gaze away from Him to ourselves.

Mar 24, 2016

A Simple Exercise to Determine What You Value by Michael Kelley

We know that we should value God more and above anything else, but we also know that we don’t always tell ourselves the truth. So how can we know what we truly value? I’d propose a simple exercise to find out . . .

Mar 23, 2016

Hello, My Name is Mike, and I'm an Achievement Addict by Mike Ayers

I know I am not unlike many other leaders in ministry. When we relax, if we are able to relax, we feel guilty. Our math looks like this: doing more = more done. Some will read this will say— “Of course!” The assumption here is that “more” is best.

Mar 22, 2016

From Divine Kings to Doctor Who

General Revelations of an Alien Savior

Our twenty-first-century culture is quite taken with a literal “alien savior”—Doctor Who. Like ancient kings of old, the Doctor spans the gap between humanity and that which lies outside our grasp. But there is one significant difference . . .

Mar 21, 2016

Theology is Meant to Help Us Love by Liz Wann

Knowing who God is and how he interacts with us and his world will give us assurance in the wilderness of the soul.

Mar 16, 2016

What Only God Can Do by David McLemore

The work of the Lord through his church has never looked like a well-oiled machine.

Mar 14, 2016

7 Lies You've Been Telling Yourself About Church by Kristen Wetherell

Here are seven lies that you may also have encountered, whether personally or from other people, about church . . .

Mar 10, 2016

Freedom From Getting Defensive by Michael Kelley

You know the feeling as well as I do. There is someone who brings something to us – it’s an accusation, it’s a criticism, it’s a rebuke – it’s a whatever. We. Must. Respond. Curious, though, that Jesus did not feel the same need.

Mar 9, 2016

How To Trust God by Josh Reich

Even in our moments of failure, doubt, and fear, he is still strong and sure.

Mar 8, 2016

The One Ring and Pornography by Samuel James

Those who worship idols eventually become like the idols they worship.

Mar 8, 2016

Flee Youthful Passions by Jim Essian

Blowing on the Gospel embers of young Timothy’s heart, the Apostle Paul fans into flame the grace-producing calling on the Ephesus disciple-maker.

Mar 7, 2016

Jesus, The Antidote to Blame Transference Syndrome by Jared C. Wilson

While Satan comes to accuse, Christ comes to accept.
Where the law announces death, Christ announces eternal life.
While we're all blame-shifting, Jesus is blessing-shifting.

Mar 6, 2016

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

"But when the believer discovers this pearl of great price itself, then his soul cleaves to it with joy.”

Mar 4, 2016

Wrath, Western Lit, and The Cross by Jesse Payne

The "leadoff hitter" of Western lit carries the responsibility of setting the tone for all future literature. And does it ever.

Mar 3, 2016

Unforced Delight by Jonathan Evans

No one obligates you to do what you delight in. You do it freely, without external compulsion or obligation. So it is to be with God’s people and God’s word.

Mar 2, 2016

The Gospel for the Inglorious by Chris Thomas

A gospel for the mundane. A gospel for the sorrow. A gospel for the dark hours of early mornings.

Mar 2, 2016

A Mighty Fortress by David McLemore

When you're staring at the end of the rope with the threads so frayed that you can't believe a rope once existed . . .

Mar 1, 2016

Our Endurance and Christ's by Jason Alligood

My heart sank. I made the call that no one, not even a pastor, likes to make.

Mar 1, 2016

5 Prayers to Pray For Your Husband by Tish Hedger

The best help for your husband is prayer. Here are 5 ways to pray for him . . .

Feb 29, 2016

An Astonishing Revelation from Another World by Jared C. Wilson

That we don’t open this divine revelation with eyes wide, mouths gaping, hearts leaping out of our chest is an astonishment of its own.

Feb 28, 2016

God is the Way Back to Himself by Staff

If salvation is to be had at all it must be of divine origin.

Feb 28, 2016

The God Who Acknowledges You by Charles Spurgeon

Oh, wondrous grace of God, that he owns his son when that son is still an Egyptian slave.

Feb 27, 2016

Keeping Justification and Adoption Together by Jared Sparks

Holding justification and adoption together is supremely important.

Feb 25, 2016

Leverage Your Life for the Nations by Michael Abraham

We cannot sit idly by in our churches while 6,000 people groups making up over 2.9 billion people have never even heard the gospel.

Feb 24, 2016

What I Want My Daughters to Know About Food by Jenna Fleming

Not too long ago, my five-year old daughter asked me why I exercise, and I hesitated. The language we use regarding food is vitally important.

Feb 23, 2016

Does God Hear Us When We Pray? by Casey Lewis

How do I know God hears and answers us?

Feb 22, 2016

Walking Among Giants by Chris Thomas

The problem is not that we hold a few in high esteem, the problem is that we hold too few in high esteem.

Feb 21, 2016

When Faith Produces Fear by Charles Spurgeon

Those who have faith in God should show it by a holy fear.

Feb 19, 2016

The Gospel for Cynics and Scoffers by Allyson Todd

Far too many of our conversations are about why one church is the best in polity, or how a specific kind of music, preaching style, discipleship model, major, leadership training program, or missions agency is superior to all others.

Feb 17, 2016

Worship in a Selfie World by Stephen Miller

"One of the most intense times of worship I have ever experienced.” This caption came across my Instagram notifications a few weeks back. I never would have expected a picture of a young man standing in front of a mirror in his bathroom with a bewildered smirk on his face.

Feb 16, 2016

Past Faithfulness Fills the Reservoir of the Soul by Michael Kelley

Our worry isn’t about our circumstances; it’s about our hearts.

Feb 15, 2016

Play Hard by Jared C. Wilson

In our play we create and imagine and therefore tap into the very creative heart of God.

Feb 14, 2016

Love Like A Dam Break by Jared C. Wilson

The cross of Christ both proves and founds God's eagerness to forgive.

Feb 14, 2016

Take God Into Your Daily Calculations by Charles Spurgeon

A great many persons go about their supposed lifework without thinking about God.

Feb 13, 2016

Sugar Crash(tianity) by Cole Deike

The sugar crash after eating too much candy is strikingly analogous to some experiences with Christianity.