Resources by Theme: Devotional

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.

Feb 11, 2016

We Were Made to Marvel by Erik Raymond

We were created to have our hearts drawn after beauty through our senses.

Feb 10, 2016

What Do You Do in Weakness? by David McLemore

What do you do when life feels like this? When weakness is the air you breathe?

Feb 10, 2016

I Stand (Theologically) Corrected by Kristen Wetherell

My face fell as my husband gave me his honest feedback. I couldn’t blame him for speaking the truth—I had asked for his comments. Deep down, however, I didn’t want to receive his correction; I wanted to be right.

Feb 8, 2016

3 Implications of Not Being a Robot by Tom Jones

Not being a robot means it’s open season for grace.

Feb 8, 2016

The Story of Us by Tish Hedger

We must fight the treasonous compass of our flesh that can forget and believe there is wisdom wiser than God.

Feb 8, 2016

Dude, Prepare for Later Now by Jared C. Wilson

"Just give me the ball. I will run out of gas ten yards in, pull up with a muscle cramp, and collapse with two high ankle sprains."

Feb 7, 2016

Never Say It Could Never Happen To Us by Staff

It does our generation little credit that such passion for truth and holiness strikes an alien note in our minds.

Feb 7, 2016

You Must Get to the Very Christ, Not Just His Doctrine by Charles Spurgeon

While fullness is treasured up in Christ, it is not said to be treasured up in the doctrines of Christ.

Feb 6, 2016

The Quest for Gospel Holiness by Staff

“Holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing and realizing of the gospel in our souls.”

Feb 6, 2016

Why I Don't Share The Gospel by Ryan Smith

If my only motivation for sharing the gospel is that I should, then there is something incredibly broken in me. Christianity is not a should religion.

Feb 4, 2016

God's Word Bears Fruit in God's Time by Justin Deeter

During seasons of profound frustration, the pragmatism bug begins to seep into my heart. I scavenge the church-self-help books on Amazon or roam the web for the latest curriculum that will finally deliver its promised result to bring spiritual life. I look for the latest trends, methods, or man-made strategies to do what only God can do.

Feb 3, 2016

Honored To Be Dishonored by Becky Wilson

Sometimes ministry life is downright gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. But that's not quite the whole story.

Feb 3, 2016

When Joy and Sorrow Erupt in the Same Refrain by Michael Kelley

We live in the dual realities of what God has done and what He’s going to do; of the joy of salvation and the longing for redemption; of what is and what will be.

Feb 2, 2016

Some Days Are Longer Than Others by Darrell Deer

I don’t care what the clock says. Some days are longer than others.

Jan 30, 2016

The Enemy Within by Adam McClendon

I don’t “have to” read my Bible every day, I need to.

Jan 28, 2016

Figuring Out What Love Really Is by Cole Ryan

Why are we all so sure we know what love is?

Jan 27, 2016

Wealth and Our Daily Bread by Steve Patton

As we let the idea of the Lord's Prayer soak deeper into our hearts, we are confronted sometimes by our individualistic excess.

Jan 26, 2016

3 Occasions for Rebellious Singing by Michael Kelley

We are the rebellion against the rebellion. But this rebellion is fueled by love, grace, forgiveness, compassion and service. But there is another weapon we have at our disposal. It’s an unlikely one, something that we wouldn’t typically think of as being powerful.