Resources by Theme: Devotional

Sep 9, 2015

Eating To Make God Happy by Becky Wilson

What do you suppose it might look like to eat or drink to the glory of God?

Sep 8, 2015

You Have Not Been Overlooked by Jeff Lawrence

In Acts, the disciples set the criteria for who would be chosen, and they land on two possible candidates: Joseph and Matthias. They cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias. This, of course, had to be a downer to Joseph.

Sep 7, 2015

How The Gospel Ended My Same-Sex Relationship by Anonymous

Jesus is worth a broken heart. In fact, He’s the only One who can heal it again.

Sep 7, 2015

His Body Is For You by J.A. Medders

What does Jesus mean when he says, "This is my body which is for you?"

Sep 7, 2015

Perversion of Justice (in Another Sense) by Jared C. Wilson

It was not justice for the state to sanction same-sex marriage. It is in fact injustice, because it sanctions as "righteous" what God has called unrighteous.

Sep 6, 2015

Run the Race to Win the Prize by Casey Lewis

The encouraging part of running the Christian race is that we don't have to run it in our own power. At salvation, not only is our heart created anew, which causes us to desire to run for Christ, but we are also empowered by God to run.

Sep 6, 2015

Like Wind and Fire by Staff

How are God's messengers like wind and fire?

Sep 5, 2015

The Trinitarian Gospel Deeps by Staff

We have no defense against this brilliant triangle offense!

Sep 5, 2015

How and Why We Need To Live Out The Golden Rule by Casey Lewis

Not only are we a witness to the power of the gospel when we live out the Golden Rule, but we also promote peace and societal flourishing.

Sep 4, 2015

Christ Holds No Empty Titles by Phil Wade

These titles for Jesus are unimaginably marvelous, and there are more incredible things about him. He charges us to live in his name, as if he is sending himself to the world through us.

Sep 3, 2015

Gospel Balm in 2 Timothy by Peyton Hill

Like many of us, young Timothy seemed to suffer with bouts of discouragement. Yet Paul does not write Timothy to encourage him with warm fuzzy thoughts about how awesome he is as a person.

Sep 2, 2015

A Break-Wall For The Soul by Chris Thomas

Without a break-wall, disaster is only a storm away.

Sep 1, 2015

Born This Way by Tish Hedger

In all the chubby glory of his toothless grin and dimpled cheeks, he desperately needs Jesus to save him. If not, those beautiful feet can only run him away from God.

Aug 31, 2015

Only As Deep As Your Gospel by Jared C. Wilson

They can only go as deep as the gospel we give them.

Aug 30, 2015

How Our Fullness and Christ's Fullness Differ by Staff

In Christ, there is the fullness of a fountain, which proceeds from himself and depends on no one else.

Aug 29, 2015

The Gospel's Antidote for Envy by Staff

Why do you think Abel's sacrifice was accepted and Cain's was not. Did God just like Abel better? Did Abel know the right religious words or jump through the right religious hoops?

Aug 29, 2015

Sons and Daughters by Chase L. Durham

The apex of the Father's re-creation of us in Christ is adoption.

Aug 28, 2015

On Charleston and Christian Forgiveness by Jenny Gabbert

How do we function in our communities, then? How do we encourage those fearful ones who hate and face hatred on all sides?

Aug 28, 2015

3 Ways Creation Impacts The Gospel by Russell L. Meek

Jesus Christ makes all things new. This applies not only to the personal implications of a life surrendered to his lordship but also to how we understand and relate to the theology of creation.

Aug 27, 2015

Words of Unnatural Comfort in the Midst of Unrelenting Conflict by Miles Morrison

So according to Jesus things are going to continue to get worse but that shouldn’t be cause for concern for us.

Aug 25, 2015

How Do You Back Away From God? by Peter Brunton

It's wonderful to feel the joy and thrill of God's Presence that comes through ministry. But we don't live in a church service or Christian environment 24-7. And neither could we.

Aug 25, 2015

Cough Drop Christianity by Jeremy Wilson

We may want to believe that we can do anything if we just believe in ourselves, but we are saved by faith in Christ, not faith in ourselves.

Aug 23, 2015

A Christian is a Person Who Can Never Be Conquered by Staff

The sun shall not shine, the wind shall not blow, to the church’s hurt.

Aug 23, 2015

The Infinite Glory of the Cross by Charles Spurgeon

Atonement is a divine business; its sacrifice is infinite, even as the God who conceived it.

Aug 23, 2015

Do Not Be Anxious About the Threats of Man by Staff

Therefore, the demand of Jesus stands, and there is sufficient reason to obey it with joy and courage. Don't be anxious about the ordinary needs of life, and don't fear the threats of man.

Aug 22, 2015

If Paul Has Not Arrived . . . by Casey Lewis

A faith that has no growth will not do.

Aug 22, 2015

Prepare for the After-Show by Adam McClendon

A desire exists to be famous and live for the applause of others despite reality showing us that the applause does not satisfy. Nor does the applause last.

Aug 20, 2015

Holy vs. Holier Than Thou by Jared C. Wilson

How do we become holy without becoming 'holier than thou'?

Aug 19, 2015

Chasing Sunsets by Becky Wilson

Oh, that I might treat the glory of God like a sunset!

Aug 18, 2015

The Danger of Comparison by Tish Hedger

I wasn’t thinking about my unwashed hair or the spit up (and coffee) on my clothes or the fact that I honestly couldn’t remember if I had put on makeup that morning. That is, I wasn’t thinking about it until I saw my beautiful friend walking up to say hello.

Aug 17, 2015

The Priest Has A Billion Jacobs Engraved On His Breastplate by Erik Raymond

Not only did Jesus endure such injustice from sinners but he did it for sinners.

Aug 17, 2015

The Face of Evil, and of Love by Jared C. Wilson

There is no sin so great that God's gospel is not greater still.

Aug 16, 2015

To Assume the Gospel is to Lose Grip of It by Staff

"He is, after all, the one about whom the book was written."

Aug 15, 2015

The Extra Calvinisticum by Staff

"So Christ, who 'is in heaven,' has clothed himself in our flesh, so that by stretching out his brotherly hand to us he may raise us to heaven with himself."

Aug 13, 2015

The High Places by Adam McClendon

All of this makes me wonder:  If a king doing "what is right in the eyes of the Lord" could miss such blatant idolatry . . . couldn’t I? 

Aug 13, 2015

When The Clouds Gather by Collin Huber

As I write, I think of a 26-year old girl struck by a drunk driver less than five miles from my home. In an instant, a man’s carelessness wrecked her dreams and now she clings to life in a hospital bed. Around the world today, ISIS carries out its atrocities, natural disasters riddle lives with heartache, and still we drift forward. Can we find comfort? Peace? Hope?

Aug 13, 2015

5 Things the Ascension Means by Jared C. Wilson

The ascension is an integral part of gospel doctrine and has many implications. Here are just five . . .

Aug 12, 2015

Pastor, You Need the Gospel Too by Andrew Hebert

The gospel frees me from the pressure to be the hero of the church.

Aug 10, 2015

Repurposed Pain by Tish Hedger

Pain is a funny thing. How I wish I could shield my baby from it all. But that would not be love.

Aug 9, 2015

More Than Sovereign by Adam McClendon

Is God good?  As I reflected upon this question, I had a decision to make.  If the answer was “yes,” then that answer had to hold even if God allowed my child to die.

Aug 8, 2015

Free From the Law, O Happy Condition by Staff

The apostle having established the doctrine of justification, and answered the objections commonly urged against it, now asserts his triumphant conclusion . . .

Aug 6, 2015

The Mystery Unfolding, Grasping by Jared C. Wilson

This mystery is grasp-able because it itself comes near and grasps.

Aug 5, 2015

Love Should Lead Us by Casey Lewis

Knowledge is a hindrance when we allow it alone to guide us.

Aug 2, 2015

Heaven is Taking Over: Yield by Staff

This is the meaning of existence, if you will accept it and enter in.

Aug 1, 2015

Being Spectacularly Unspectacular for the Kingdom by Staff

Instead of obsessing about changing the world, what if we just gave ourselves to living in glad obedience to Jesus in the trenches of an ordinary life?

Jul 31, 2015

An Explosion of Joy by Staff

Mission begins with a kind of explosion of joy.

Jul 31, 2015

Run Your Race by Keri Seavey

I am running on a trail along a lake. I haven't run (or exercised) in months and so I really have to pace myself. But then she passes me. I don't even know who she is. All I know is she is about my age, she's wearing cute yoga pants and she just passed me.

Jul 28, 2015

We've Got Spirit, Yes We Do by Dustin Rouse

We must be careful that we don’t gauge the Spirit’s effectiveness in our church based on how many people feel a certain way.