Resources by Theme: Devotional

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.

Jul 28, 2015

The Time I Said I Don't Always Like Women's Ministry Events by Christine Hoover

I invite her to our women's day retreat. She says no. She describes past experiences of women's events characterized by shallow conversation, girly crafts, and topics never veering far from marriage and motherhood.

Jul 27, 2015

Go to Christ by Staff

Let us therefore be incited, when we hear of such a fullness, not to take the grace of God in vain, but strive to participate in it . . .

Jul 27, 2015

The Responsibility of Suffering by Michael Kelley

Suffering is the gift that no one wants, and yet God chooses to give sometimes nonetheless.

Jul 27, 2015

Fear and Trembling by Jared C. Wilson

As it pertains to having the living God draw near to us, fear and trembling assume it is truly God and the glorious Christ we have encountered and not some pitiful caricature.

Jul 27, 2015

The Fuel That Grows Courage by Darrin Patrick

The fear of man leads to hypocrisy. The fear of God leads to courage.

Jul 26, 2015

Keep Your Heart by Staff

The call to keep your heart is a call to work on your life internally, not merely externally.

Jul 26, 2015

A Lesson from King Asa by Joshua Hedger

We had no idea when we named our son Asa, that he would have a disease of the foot. Perhaps it is simply coincidence . . .

Jul 25, 2015

A Divine and Supernatural Light by Staff

This knowledge, or sight of God and Christ, cannot be a mere speculative knowledge . . .

Jul 23, 2015

The Lavishness of Grace by Jesse Benack

Through faith in Jesus, God gives us an eternal country, a heavenly wealth, and the favor of the King of the Universe. These are blessings we did not earn and could never deserve.

Jul 22, 2015

Don Whitney on Praying the Bible by Staff

Series: Conversations

What does it mean to "pray the Bible," and why is it important?

Jul 22, 2015

Are You Desperate Enough Yet? by Micheal Pardue

I was recently conversing with a good friend about the spiritual condition of the Church. He made a comment that I am sure is not exclusive to him, but struck me deeply: “We are not desperate enough yet.”

Jul 21, 2015

Why I Wasn't Overjoyed When Our Town's Porno Shop Closed by Jared C. Wilson

Of course we should be glad when any purveyor of smut shuts down or suffers a setback. But we should not delude ourselves. The culture of porn is financially rich and dangerously addictive.

Jul 21, 2015

Life As a House by Sean Post

With each young man still wearing a smile of pride and accomplishment, I poured lighter fluid on each project and lit them aflame.

Jul 21, 2015

The Need For Need by Chad Francis

If the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, how can we be so unmoved by it?

Jul 20, 2015

By Faith, By Faith, By Faith by Staff

Oh, how eminently is Jesus thus glorified in His saints!

Jul 20, 2015

Who Pours Into You? by Christine Hoover

I wonder if, in all our talk of discipleship and mentoring and "pouring into", we've created for ourselves a culture of entitlement.

Jul 19, 2015

When the Real King Emerges, Things Stand Differently by Staff

Now this is proof that Christ is God, the Word and Power of God . . .

Jul 19, 2015

Rebellion and Worship by Nick Jones

The time had come for God’s justice to be laid out on the Amalekites, and King Saul was to be the mediator. But, as often is the case, a simple command gets transfigured into something more palatable between the hearing and the doing.

Jul 18, 2015

Look Up by Staff

Do not be always poring down over the imperfections of your own heart, and dissecting your own besetting sins.

Jul 16, 2015

A Voice To Be Heard by Joshua Hedger

I have much insecurity when it comes to the value of my input and wisdom. I always feel there is someone smarter, wiser, more experienced, and better qualified than I to speak on an issue. And the truth is that there is.

Jul 15, 2015

Not Simply a Promise, But a Happening by Staff

This was no new theology or new idea or new promise; it was a new event in history.

Jul 15, 2015

What Is The Good Life? by Darrin Patrick

No so-called "expert," when surveyed, associated the good life with being poor, mournful, and meek. But if you asked Jesus that very same question, that’s where he’d start.

Jul 14, 2015

Christian Men Think Clearly Christianly by Jared C. Wilson

All men face similar sexual temptations, but the Christian man is to think actual thoughts—clear, articulate, intentional thoughts. The Christian man doesn't just feel things in his mind; he says things to his mind.

Jul 14, 2015

Dissolving the Wish-Dream by Cody Barnhart

After months of feeling like my role in our church was nothing more than drudgery, this little book destroyed what had been dragging me down: a wish-dream.

Jul 14, 2015

The Wrath of God Warms My Heart by Peyton Hill

Hellfire and brimstone preaching will not suffice, but neither will a mushy Christianity.

Jul 13, 2015

The Greatest Doctrine You've Never Heard Of by Ronni Kurtz

If you want to have your breath taken away by grace, wonder the New Testament in search for what happens to wicked men and women who are “in, with, through, and by” Christ.

Jul 13, 2015

Utterly Saved by Jared C. Wilson

Salvation by Christ's work is a gift of grace received through faith. This salvation is total (Romans 8:30) and we see its totality in John 6.

Jul 13, 2015

Loaves, Fish, and Un-Self-Conscious Little Boys by Michael Kelley

You know the feeling. It’s the one when you find yourself surrounded by people who work more interesting jobs, take more interesting vacations, and live generally more interesting lives. Suddenly, you find yourself shrinking into yourself, very conscious of your normality in light of what’s surrounding you.

Jul 12, 2015

The Fountain, The Ocean by Staff

To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here.

Jul 12, 2015

Casting Upon a Caring Savior by Drew Griffin

God cares for His people from beginning to end, throughout all circumstances.  We do not rely on an unsympathetic God, or one who is distant or emotionally uninvolved.

Jul 12, 2015

Psalm 38 and Freedom From Consequences by Derrick Lynch

Is it possible to be at the same time repentant and also to boldly ask for relief from sin’s consequences? Or does God’s grace for our sin stop only at the point of forgiveness?  Are we on our own after that?

Jul 11, 2015

Thoughts On Prayer by Jeff Crawford

What prayer is and what it does and how it works and the ways it changes us and the world is nearly impossible to grasp. So here are just a few thoughts on prayer that have been camping out in my mind . . .

Jul 11, 2015

Union With Christ as Assurance of Life by Staff

When both our justification and our new life are found in Jesus Christ, then this burdensome, disingenuous Christianity is replaced by Spirit-empowered gratitude.

Jul 11, 2015

Don't Study to Pass by Jason Kees

My encouragement to you is that if you are presently in your Bible college or seminary education, do not study for a passing grade. Remember now why you are studying God’s word.