Resources by Theme: Devotional

Dec 22, 2015

Confrontation, Speaking the Truth in Love, and Unity by Tish Hedger

The enemy delights in hijacking relational complications for his purpose of disunity.

Dec 20, 2015

Orchestrating Seasons For His Glory by Joel Littlefield

Your current season may be cold and bitter too, but if you wait on the Lord you will find that the next season is full of the warmth of God’s faithfulness and the sweet reassurance of His constant care.

Dec 20, 2015

False Hope by Chris Thomas

Your only hope—my only hope—is that God himself would deliver us.

Dec 20, 2015

Do Not Be Dismayed When Your Soul is Troubled by Charles Spurgeon

The lesson of wisdom is, be not dismayed by soul-trouble. Count it no strange thing, but a part of ordinary ministerial experience.

Dec 19, 2015

How Can We Praise God During The Hard Times? by Casey Lewis

We will face difficult situations, but none of them will ultimately defeat us because God will keep us in Christ.

Dec 17, 2015

Can Savoring Food Be An Act of Worship? by Becky Wilson

Why do you suppose He gave us such a gorgeously diverse menu to choose from when we feed ourselves? Couldn't He have fed us simple manna every day?

Dec 16, 2015

Even So, Come, Lord Jesus

A Reflection on 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel'

We are held captive until Christ delivers us.

Dec 15, 2015

Fear and Trembling at Advent by Mason King

Our hearts tremble with love for that we have yet to see—as we long for the day when we see Him face to face.

Dec 14, 2015

How To Stay Christian During Xmas by Jake Rainwater

Along with the various sounds of the holidays, there is a tension in the air. And it’s not just the umpteenth repeat of “Christmas Shoes.”

Dec 14, 2015

The Christmas Miracle of the Incarnate Omnipresent Word by Jared C. Wilson

What we see in the wonder of the God-Man is a miraculous extension, not reduction!

Dec 13, 2015

Oh, The Intensity of the Divine Love of the Father to the Son! by Charles Spurgeon

This Fall and this redemption, and the story as a whole, so far as the divine purpose is concerned, are the fruit of the Father’s love to the Son and his delight in glorifying the Son.

Dec 12, 2015

Church is Messy by Darrell Deer

Because the church is people, church can often be messy. It’s never as neat and as ideal as we’d like it to be. We’d like things to run in perfect harmony, but they seldom do.

Dec 12, 2015

Preaching the Gospel from the Bread of Ruth 1 by Peyton Hill

The bread of Ruth 1 provides more than a theme in the Bible. It provides one of the keys to unlocking the meaning of the text by showing how Christ fulfills the passage.

Dec 9, 2015

Was Jesus Anxious to Start His Ministry? by Phil Wade

Did our Lord chafe during these pre-ministry years? Did he long to get started preaching the kingdom?

Dec 8, 2015

How 'It's Not a Religion, It's a Relationship' Is A Religion by Jared Sparks

If I feel like my relationship with Jesus is bad right now I can look to Jesus and remember it's all about Him.

Dec 8, 2015

What God Celebrates In Us by Christine Hoover

God asks for our faithfulness, but we don't get to choose the shape our faithfulness takes. 

Dec 7, 2015

Cynicism and Christmas Songs by Jared Musgrove

What are the songs of Christmas that help you fight off cynicism or even despair? THE ones that remind you of the reason for the hope of Christ?

Dec 7, 2015

Don't Let Christmas Distract You From Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

There is a great danger this Christmas season of missing the point. And I'm not referring simply to idolatrous consumption and materialism. I'm talking about Christmas religiosity. It is very easy around this time to set up our Nativity scenes, host our Christmas pageants and cantatas, read the Christmas story with our families, attend church every time the door is open, and insist to ourselves and others that Jesus is…

Dec 6, 2015

In Praise of Sunday Mornings by Sam Bierig

Corporate worship is one of the primary means by which God saves you to himself.

Dec 5, 2015

Don't Miss the Moments by Bill Laky

“Daddy, worshipping Jesus makes my heart happy,” her little voice whispered into my ear. “Do you know why that is?” I asked.

Dec 4, 2015

Jesus Is: A Greater King Than David by Jared Bumpers

As Christians, we look forward to the perfection or consummation of Christ’s reign, when sin will be defeated and we will enjoy the presence of God forever.

Dec 4, 2015

Pastor, You Are Not A Child of Hagar by Chris Thomas

Your identity of sonship isn't founded on performance-based assessment. Your standing before God was not procured by strategy or tribal association. Your preaching did not gain you merit, nor your vision give rise to redemption.

Dec 1, 2015

Contentment Isn't Natural, But It Can Be Learned by Michael Kelley

It was a crisis of faith, born under the lights of Friday night Texas football.

Nov 29, 2015

A Feeble Faith May Lay Hold of a Strong Christ by Staff

Are there any weak in faith who come under the denomination of bruised reeds and smoking flax? Let them know that God will take care of them.

Nov 28, 2015

We're All Getting Tattoos by Chris Thomas

I've finally come to terms with it. I'm getting a tattoo. But not just yet.

Nov 28, 2015

Proven Savior by Adam McClendon

He frustratingly questioned, “If all this is Bible stuff is true, why won’t God just prove that he is real!? Why won’t God just prove he loves me!?”

Nov 28, 2015

A Theology of the Heart from James by Peyton Hill

Unfortunately, on this side of heaven we will continue to have churches filled with quarreling members. In James 4:1, Pastor James asks rhetorically, “And what causes this behavior?” He answers himself, “You quarrel and fight because of what’s in your hearts.”

Nov 27, 2015

Jesus Is: A Greater Priest Than Melchizedek by Jared Bumpers

What are the implications of the priestly ministry of Jesus Christ?

Nov 27, 2015

What Does it Mean to Find Your Identity in Christ? by Gavin Ortlund

What does it actually feel like to find our identity in Christ in real time and amidst genuine struggle? I was thinking about this the other idea day and jotted down 5 initial thoughts . . .

Nov 26, 2015

Sing Habitually the Praises of the Father in Heaven by Charles Spurgeon

Let no thought distress you about death's coming to you at an unseasonable hour. Should it come to-morrow should it come now, if your faith is fixed on nothing less than Jesu's blood and righteousness, you shall see the face of God with acceptance.

Nov 25, 2015

In Defense of Christian Happiness by David Prince

"God does not want you to be happy, he wants you to be holy." "It does not matter whether you are happy, as long as you have joy." "Satan wants you to try to be happy, but God wants you to be faithful." Whatever one thinks of this approach in pitting happiness against Christian sanctification, it must be acknowledged that it is a novel perspective among Christians throughout the ages.

Nov 23, 2015

Jesus Fell Asleep by Wendy Alsup

For centuries, earnest Christians faithfully following Jesus have experienced a God who seems asleep at times, sometimes for long seasons in their lives. In the disciples' case in Luke 8, He literally was asleep. In my life, it has seemed He slept as I needed direction. Sometimes, He felt asleep as I needed deliverance from a trial. But as time goes on and I can look back, I recognize that…

Nov 22, 2015

A Faithful Friend by Charles Spurgeon

“He, near your side hath always stood. His loving-kindness. O! how good.”

Nov 21, 2015

Darkness Only Seems to Succeed by Joel Littlefield

The darkness that seems to hide the face of grace is actually a defeated darkness. It is inferior to the power of God’s unchanging light and grace. That’s like saying that clouds can smother the Sun.

Nov 20, 2015

Jesus Is: A Greater Prophet Than Moses by Jared Bumpers

We must constantly look to Christ as He has revealed Himself in Scripture.

Nov 20, 2015

On Being Matt Chandler's Roommate by Steve Bezner

This is a story about two young men who were friends, roommates, and pastors. In other words, this is a story about jealousy.

Nov 19, 2015

Denial, Acceptance, and Radical Grace by Jared Sparks

Do we have confidence in our savior Jesus? Are we secure in the fact that Jesus will have us?

Nov 17, 2015

Self-Esteem and the Esteem of Christ by Brandon D. Smith

My self-esteem, good or bad, cannot sustain me. It’s a toothpick house in a tornado.

Nov 16, 2015

All Dogs Go To Heaven by Jared C. Wilson

When his dog was suffering a particularly noisome barking fit, Martin supposedly preached this gospel implication to him, exhorting the pooch this way: “Never mind, little Hans . . . Thou too, in the Resurrection, shalt have a little golden tail.”

Nov 15, 2015

Gospel Deeps From My Two Week-Old by Sam Parkison

It is amazing to me that my helplessness before God mirrors the helpless of my two week-old son.

Nov 15, 2015

Rejoice and Be Exceedingly Glad! by Charles Spurgeon

He is not robbed of any glory, but his name is now surrounded with brighter lustre than ever.

Nov 14, 2015

4 Gospel-Shaped Praises of Thanks to God by Darin Smith

What should you put on that master list for life? Only one thing is necessary: to praise God for who He is and for what he has done for us in Christ.

Nov 14, 2015

Guiding Light by Adam McClendon

Peter introduces his letter to God’s chosen people with a glimpse of the front porch light.

Nov 11, 2015

When Our Children Ask for Stones, Let's Give Them Bread by Jared C. Wilson

We familyolaters take what most of us consider the most important thing in our lives and give it the weight of our worship in a way that is both dishonorable and unsustainable. And we end up living "Thus saith the family" rather than "Thus saith the Lord."

Nov 11, 2015

Keep the Calendar, Keep Your Brother by Mason King

For all the celebrations to be remembered, the occasions of suffering are the dates that stick with me. It was then, when the day came that she would call -  or we’d get in the car with a warm meal in the back seat. A note would get dropped in the mail, a meal on the doorstep to say: you are loved, you are not forgotten, and neither are they.

Nov 9, 2015

Learning to Count by Michael Kelley

Like a kindergartner learning his numbers, so do we practice the discipline of counting . . .

Nov 8, 2015

Why Do We Not See Him? by Charles Spurgeon

To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord.

Nov 8, 2015

Discipleship and You (and Me) by Jason Alligood

Other than in temporary moments of devotional solitude, there was never a time when Jesus was not with his men. After Jesus called his disciples, he had them with him doing ministry.

Nov 8, 2015

Aiming Our Worship by Dustin Rouse

The beauty of the gospel is that it hijacks our worship and aims it at the One in whom our worship finds its consummation of joy.