Resources by Theme: Devotional

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.

Sep 28, 2015

The Gospel is No Piddlin' Thing by Jared C. Wilson

When you have Christ, you have everything.

Sep 27, 2015

The Beauty of Christ by Staff

He is indeed possessed of infinite majesty . . .

Sep 26, 2015

Why I Am A Complementarian by Lore Ferguson Wilbert

You may call me foolish or underfoot, you may even accuse me of being blinded by my male leadership, and I am okay with that, because here is what I know . . .

Sep 25, 2015

Where Was the Grace for Achan? by Phil Wade

We understand that the One who cut his covenant with the people of Israel is the One who raised our Savior from the dead. He is the unchanging, holy, and eternal God of heaven and earth. So shouldn’t Achan have received some grace?

Sep 25, 2015

The Danger of the Ordinary by Jason Kees

If we get into the habit of weekly preparing our sermons while forgetting the who of the biblical text, we miss the point of the Gospel.

Sep 24, 2015

Knowing and Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit by Joel Lindsey

When Paul says that Christians belong to Christ Jesus, it means, at least, that the blessings that are Christ’s are the blessings bestowed on Christians right now.

Sep 24, 2015

The Undercurrent of Temptation in Ministry by Christine Hoover

We know we are not Jesus, but we're tempted to believe and act from the idea that we're able to be all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, self-sufficient, without limits, self-existent, and in control of all things. Especially in how we minister to others.

Sep 23, 2015

Work and Worship by Michael Kelley

If Adam had a business card, it would have read “Gardener.” Nothing exciting there. And yet the words God used to describe his job are anything but ordinary.

Sep 22, 2015

The Day God's Grace Seemed Evil by Chris Thomas

Before I let my gospel-centered infatuation cause me to point a judgmental finger at Jonah, maybe I too need to learn a lesson from the shrivelled up plant.

Sep 22, 2015

Hometown Roads Never Leave You by Mason King

There’s something to place. Something to knowing and being known. There is beauty in surrendering to it, recounting the faithfulness of God down every road.

Sep 21, 2015

God Wants the Liabilities by Jared C. Wilson

God looks at the available selection, sees that I have no evident talent or ability and that in fact I give all indications of being a liability to the team, not an asset, and says, "I'll take him."

Sep 19, 2015

The Gospel Cycle That Kills Sin by Casey Lewis

As we set our minds on the things above, we are reminded of our freedom from and power over sin, as well as of our future sinless reality.

Sep 18, 2015

Trust God For How Long? by Daniel Ross

Unfortunately, we live in the very present world and waiting is hard. Joining David,
we cry out with the familiar refrain of ‘how long?’

Sep 17, 2015

Push Through The Awkward by Christine Hoover

After living a lot of my life passively, I've discovered that pushing through the awkward is better than retreating almost all of the time. Because it's in pushing through the awkward that life gets a little bit crazy and a lot more complicated but also where God gets to come through.

Sep 17, 2015

Narnia, Sanctification, and The Hardest Prayer by Jake Rainwater

When we attempt to solve our shortcomings on our own, we are doing nothing more than scratching the scales off of our bodies, like Eustace did.

Sep 17, 2015

Fight Yourself by Darrin Patrick

What most men fail to see is that they are in the ring with themselves.

Sep 16, 2015

The 60 Second Gospel by Erik Raymond

If you cannot explain the gospel in this period of time, then you probably don’t understand it.

Sep 16, 2015

Are You Persuading or Polarizing? by Katie McCoy

Sometimes we think that zinger of a Facebook post or that Twitter tirade is championing a cause, when in reality, all we really accomplish is alienating those who disagree.

Sep 15, 2015

The New Food Legalism by Griffin Gulledge

Baptists like us have two ordinances and one sacrament. The ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The sacrament is a church-wide potluck.

Sep 14, 2015

How Grace is Like Grace (and How Grace Isn't) by Jared C. Wilson

One of the most vivid illustrations and daily reminders of God's grace in my life is my daughter Grace.

Sep 13, 2015

Worship as 'Play' by Staff

The cumulative effect of the gospel is affectionate worship of the one true God. The grand design of gospel proclamation, then, is gospel enthrallment, gospel enjoyment.

Sep 13, 2015

Bitterness and The Christian Soul by Matt LaMaster

Are you bitter? Do you catch yourself only giving critique and never giving compliments? Do you find yourself reacting strongly to confrontation but all too willing to enact it yourself?

Sep 12, 2015

The Way to Joy is to Die Before You Die by Staff

To take up the cross is to take up joy—painful joy, but real joy.

Sep 11, 2015

Spontaneous Regeneration by Jeff Dodge

When we come to Christ we are instantaneously swept into a spiritual, life-giving current - even before our conscience minds are aware of it.

Sep 10, 2015

Lessons in Humility by Jace Williamson

Death was a distant cousin to me. I knew he existed, but I knew nothing of him. But this has changed.

Sep 10, 2015

Let's Be a Weeping People by R.D. McClenagan

If we are not a weeping people then we are not the people of Jesus.