Resources by Theme: Devotional

Jan 13, 2016

3 Ways the Gospel Impacts Our Gratitude by Becky Wilson

The gospel re-establishes our identity so that we understand who we are in light of whose we are.

Jan 12, 2016

Leader, You Are First A Child of God by Mike Ayers

Leader, on your worst day, you are still a child of God!

Jan 10, 2016

Exultational Theology by Staff

Some examples of writing that worships.

Jan 10, 2016

His Name is Faithfulness by Charles Spurgeon

When God sets us on high, Satan himself cannot pull us down.

Jan 8, 2016

Do You Trust Yourself Too Much? by Erik Raymond

No matter how well we do in the day to day tasks, if our minds are our ultimate governors then we are nothing more than fools.

Jan 7, 2016

The Problem With Our Complementarianism by Lore Ferguson Wilbert

Value all of the workers, not just the ones who put on a suit and tie, or plaid and cords, at 8am and come home for dinner at five.

Jan 4, 2016

One Consuming Question by Josh Smith

I’ve never spent a lot of time on end of the year reflections and beginning of the year resolutions. I have always found it difficult to find the time for that kind of reflection during the busiest time of the year. But this year has been different.

Jan 4, 2016

Still Sick in the Bay of Biscay

An Unremarkable Reflection

Union with Christ means the Lord of peace remains present in your joy, in your pain, in your liftoffs, and in your layovers.

Jan 4, 2016

Called Into the All-Surpassing Awesomeness of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

We need all that Christ is, and in becoming his disciples, we actually receive all that Christ is!

Jan 3, 2016

A New Year's Sermon from Spurgeon by Charles Spurgeon

We ought not, as men in Christ Jesus, to be carried away by a childish love of novelty, for we worship a God who is ever the same, and of whose years there is no end.

Jan 1, 2016

Doubt in the Midst of Worship by Chris Thomas

"And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted." What a phenomenal phrase.

Jan 1, 2016

Remember the Tragedies and the Triumphs of the Gospel by Erik Raymond

Paul is reminding Timothy not only of the reality of the situation on the ground but also of the importance of tending to his own soul.

Dec 31, 2015

A Guide to Biblical New Year’s Resolutions by Kristen Wetherell

Confession: I used to roll my eyes at the thought of making New Year’s resolutions. After all, how many people actually keep them? I wondered.

Dec 30, 2015

The Great Exchange by Jason Alligood

Here we come to the place that we must recognize that it is Jesus who bore the sins of all who would believe and as our substitute, He not only paid for our sins, but has also become our righteousness.

Dec 30, 2015

Righteousness On the Broad Way? by Jim Elliff

Do you merely perform religious duties like a pharisee, or is your life the fruit of a changed heart?

Dec 29, 2015

The Subtle Pride of Self-Condemnation by Michael Kelley

While self-condemnation might come off as holy in our churchified contexts, the truth is that self-condemnation is more than a bad character trait; it’s sin in and of itself.

Dec 29, 2015

From Generalist to Specialist

What to Do When You’re Doing it All

All church planting wives start as generalists. We are children’s ministry coordinators, counselors, graphic designers, web managers, worship leaders, hostesses, and the primary sounding board for the church planter. Multiply this work times years of church planting, and it can make for one exhausted woman. I know, because I was one.

Dec 28, 2015

4 Truths That Debunk the Prosperity Gospel's Lies by Cole Ryan

We have to choose - give or take, selflessness or selfishness. We’re given an incredible opportunity to be sacrificial and submissive and Christ-like. Here is what The Prosperity Gospel has done: it has eliminated the choice.

Dec 27, 2015

You Can Lead a Man to Living Water, But You Can’t Make Him Drink by Sean Nolan

It is possible to have a fascination with the Bible that does not lead to faith in Christ.

Dec 27, 2015

Charles Spurgeon on The Incarnation by Charles Spurgeon

No aristocratic Christ have I to commend to you, but the Savior of the people, the Friend of publicans and sinners.

Dec 26, 2015

A Signaling Savior by Adam McClendon

Our present difficulties do not dismiss God’s future promises.

Dec 25, 2015

Jesus and The Image of Man by Jared C. Wilson

Here's one personal test I subject my own reading of the Gospels to (which actually works quite well when reading any Scripture): Is it freaking me out?

Dec 25, 2015

Elizabeth Coleridge's Stable

A Christmas Poem

by Staff

A punchy little Christmas poem.

Dec 25, 2015

O, Come Let Us Ignore Him

Singing Songs About the Jesus You Won't Love

Better than all other possible “solutions,” following the Christ you sing about would be the best.

Dec 25, 2015

Christmas is About Mankind's Only Hope by Eric Hankins

This is the witness of Scripture, the confession of the Church, and the only hope for humankind.

Dec 24, 2015

C.S. Lewis's Nativity by Staff

A Christmas poem by C.S. Lewis.

Dec 24, 2015

Less is More (or, Let It Go) by Chris Thomas

My wife is currently in the throes of a full-blown "simplify" campaign, and I need to be careful—if I place my half-drunk coffee cup down it's likely to be thrown out. Anything not nailed to the floor may very well disappear.

Dec 24, 2015

Drained? Receive His Fullness by Kristen Wetherell

Christmas can leave a good number of people feeling more empty than full.

Dec 24, 2015

The Fullness of God Dwells Embryonically by Jared C. Wilson

If God came as a vulnerable, needful, weak baby, we have no need to fear for our own vulnerability, needfulness, and weakness.

Dec 22, 2015

A Worshipful Christmas by Peter Beck

The right response to the Christmas story isn’t “oh how cute” but “oh, how gracious.”

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.