Resources by Theme: Devotional

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.

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.