Resources by Theme: Devotional

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.

Nov 6, 2015

The 6 Assassins of A Man's Contentment by Darrin Patrick

You have enemies as you try to live as a content man. Most of the time we think the enemies are from without—people around us and circumstances upon us. But the true enemies of contentment are within in us, which is where contentment is either fed or starved.

Nov 2, 2015

The Lie of the 'Nobody's Perfect' Mentality by Peyton Hill

Though some denominations historically have wrongly understood the call to moral holiness and perfection to mean that sinners can attain perfection on this earth, the pursuit of holiness is no less important.

Nov 1, 2015

Are You Desperate Enough Yet? - Part 3 by Micheal Pardue

May it never been that you get to the point where you believe that all things are possible for you—that you can do anything on your own.

Oct 31, 2015

When My Halloween Became My Reformation Day

The Stand That Saved My Soul

On Halloween night 1998 I threw a party in my apartment. I had girls, booze, weed, and cocaine. On that Halloween night, I was geared up for what I expected to be a good time. But my friend Dave didn’t respond like I expected he would.

Oct 31, 2015

Martin Luther: Your Praise is Not the Boss of Me by Staff

A faithful minister cares little what people think of him.

Oct 31, 2015

Whenever God Does a Mighty Work, It Has Been By Some Very Insignifcant Instrument by Charles Spurgeon

God has done his mightiest works by the meanest instruments: that is a fact most true of all God’s works—Peter the fisherman at Pentecost, Luther the humble monk at the Reformation, Whitefield the potboy of the Old Bell Inn at Gloucester in the time of the last century’s revival; and so it must be to the end.

Oct 28, 2015

On Remembering Well by Russell L. Meek

I often misremember. I’m prone to long for Egypt because I forget the truth about God’s character and faithfulness.

Oct 27, 2015

Don't Underestimate the Importance of the Foundation by Michael Kelley

Christian, no one might know what internal fear, insecurity, or idolatry the Holy Spirit is convicting you of and walking you through. And because it’s internal, you might be tempted to put it to the side in favor of something seemingly more flashy and exciting. But don’t neglect His work. Embrace it. Because the storm is coming.

Oct 26, 2015

Before Galaxies Stood Forth, He Knew You by Jim Essian

This is the cosmic love and wisdom of God for you . . .

Oct 25, 2015

Are You Desperate Enough Yet? - Part 2 by Micheal Pardue

We must become desperate to find favor in the eyes of the LORD.

Oct 24, 2015

He Will Not Despise the Broken by Joel Littlefield

The next time you enter the church to fellowship with God’s people, go with a sacrifice of brokenness.

Oct 23, 2015

Taming the Tongue by Jeremy Wilson

Why does Christlikeness always go and get in the way of a good two cents?

Oct 23, 2015

Busy Unlike Jesus by Jim Elliff

Becoming more conscious that Jesus walked isn’t perhaps a profound revelation to you, but is necessary for you who fill every moment trying to attain maximum productivity. It isn’t Jesus-like to be harried in life, even if it seems noble to others.

Oct 22, 2015

The Kingdom is Greater Than Its Appearance

Hope in the Small Things

If Christ the King has come, and He has proclaimed that the kingdom has arrived, then where is it?

Oct 21, 2015

When You Wonder if All the Work is Worth It by Christine Hoover

We planted our church over six years ago. There is a church where there used to not be one, yes, but we're still working really hard and sometimes it feels like we're spinning our wheels. When is it going to get easier? When is God going to do something big and miraculous instead of the small and incremental? 

Oct 19, 2015

The Victor's Spoils by Adam McClendon

I share in the victory of Christ.

Oct 18, 2015

Adversity Can Drive Our Affections to Christ by Liz Wann

I didn't want to get married. But I knew I was turning away a gift from God . . .

Oct 18, 2015

2 Effects of Unity by Rob Trahan

Too many churches still treat church growth as a competition.

Oct 17, 2015

The Anti-Beatitudes by Jim Essian

Cursed are you when others love you and accept you and say all kinds of good about you because you have moderate, tolerant views of a safe Jesus.

Oct 16, 2015

I Am 'Ashley Madison' by Caleb Brasher

We are always about ten feet from the edge of that moral failure cliff.

Oct 15, 2015

A Father to the Fatherless by Chris Thomas

I have a son. I did not father him, nor did my wife give birth to him. Yet, he is my son.

Oct 14, 2015

Blood-Sprinkled Words by Charles Spurgeon

Believe, I pray thee, and rest thee on the blood-sprinkled words of this wondrous Book.

Oct 13, 2015

Grace For Transparency by Trillia Newbell

I wonder how many marriages would be saved if everyone could get a glimpse into our email accounts? What if all our private messages were aired for all to see? Would we still have friends?

Oct 11, 2015

The Gospel According to Esther, Part 2 by Steve Rahn

Because our churches are filled with, and led by, people who have caved under far less pressure than what Esther faced. We have all been guilty of hiding our heavenly identity and submitting to the faithless systems of life around us.

Oct 10, 2015

Joy Comes in the Mourning by Drew Griffin

In order to have great heavenly riches we have to become poor in spirit; now, in order to find comfort, we must mourn.

Oct 10, 2015

Be Empowered Everywhere by Zach Barnhart

If we dig into Acts 1:8 we'll unlock a plethora of insight into what authentic "missional living" looks like.

Oct 8, 2015

Face Your Fear by Darrin Patrick

Fighting fear out of fear doesn’t work.

Oct 7, 2015

A Tree Between Two Mountains by Chris Thomas

God was at work. The Holy Spirit powerfully wielded the Word in that place. I have no doubt that hundreds, if not thousands, of lives and ministries were altered in profound ways over those four days. Then I came home.

Oct 6, 2015

The Lion Roars, and We Are Free by Michael Kelley

Let me take you back to Narnia for a second . . .

Oct 5, 2015

Spiritual Amnesia by Adam McClendon

I come to church and remember how awesome God is, how wonderful my salvation is, and how glorious heaven is, and then, after leaving, I act like my world is falling apart at the first hint of difficulty. 

Oct 4, 2015

The Gospel According to Esther, Part 1 by Steve Rahn

Esther's first nine verses make Xerxes out to be pretty intimidating. It's obvious from the lavish banquet throws and the riches he has and the way he micromanages absolutely everything that he is one powerful dude. But then the wheels fall off.

Oct 3, 2015

What The Dark Side Can Teach Us by Reid Monaghan

Though we might rather just have a happy, coffee cup verse of the day, God in his wisdom only gives such hope and encouragement in the context of our fallen reality.

Oct 2, 2015

Sharing at the Expense of Learning by Mason King

There is a difference between sharing and learning. Don’t confuse the two, thinking you have learned what you have shared.

Sep 30, 2015

3 Pitfalls of Suffering by Michael Kelley

We can look to Jesus and see a Savior who did it the good and right way, and we can be humbled under the weight of His sacrifice and emboldened to feel deeply for others in light of His compassion.