Resources by Theme: Devotional

Jun 11, 2015

Theology Needs the Church; The Church Needs Theology by Staff

What is the relationship between theology and the church?

Jun 9, 2015

How God Cares For Those Who Don't by Paul Maxwell

We now face a bigger, badder “I don’t care.” It’s more complex. Topics of God, church, love, community, spiritual discipline, theological conviction, relational faithfulness, life, work, family, friends, whatever . . . all receive a definitive, self-assured “Meh.”

Jun 9, 2015

Tucking Them In by Becky Wilson

I'm finding these days that tucking my children in to bed has much more to do with securing the edges of life than the edges of blankets.

Jun 9, 2015

Fast Forward by Adam McClendon

The better the ending the less necessary the tension. When I know something will end well, I don’t have to fret as much in the middle.

Jun 6, 2015

Put a Rock in Their Shoe by Aaron Armstrong

Evangelism is often a slow process; sometimes it’s enough to stick a rock in someone’s shoe, and see what God does with it.

Jun 5, 2015

God's Pleasing Placement by Ronnie Parrott

Pastor, you primary calling is to the people God has you with now, not who you think you deserve.

Jun 2, 2015

"Our Church Will Never Grow" by Ben Reed

Basically I was being told, “Evangelism won’t work for us. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) is for everyone else."

Jun 1, 2015

Why We Sing by Courtney Reissig

We sing because we love God, not because we are the next Whitney Houston. Making a joyful noise is more about the One who makes us joyful than the squeaky noise coming from our vocal chords.

May 30, 2015

5 Spiritual Dangers of Skipping Church by Nathan Rose

Is skipping church whenever we feel like really no big deal?

May 29, 2015

Is There Any Hope For The Overeducated Christian? by Michael Kelley

I am, if you’ll excuse the metaphor, an intellectually fat Christian. My mind is obese with knowledge and bloated with facts. And as I loosen the belt around my heavily churchified brain more and more day by day, I wonder what would happen if my obedience kept pace with that knowledge.

May 29, 2015

When Your Heart Isn't In It by Joe Thorn

Sometimes we don't went to do what we are created for. And in that moment we make a common mistake. We think since our heart isn't in it we shouldn't do it.

May 28, 2015

He Restores My Soul by Steve Rahn

My instinct was to hide and to zone out and to stay inside my head. But God wasn’t having that. Sometimes He leads us, kicking and screaming, beside still waters.

May 28, 2015

Edwards For Every Day by Mason King

Maturity for Jonathan Edwards, and for us, is greater dependence upon the person and work of Christ. Grace takes a believer and gives them eyes to see themselves in light of who Christ is. And incremental holiness takes time.

May 27, 2015

Mom, Are You Doing It Right? by Ashley Haupt

Mom-judging is inevitable.  It will always happen, even in the best of scenarios and the best of friends and the best of hearts.  But it doesn’t mean we need to get stuck in a quagmire of doubt.

May 26, 2015

How To Go On American Idol Without Becoming One by Keri Seavey

We cannot stop worshippers from worshipping. But we can redirect their gaze to the One who is truly worthy of worship.

May 25, 2015

How the Gospel Establishes the Law by Staff

"Sooner might fire be without heat, and a solid body be without weight, than a true faith of the gospel be without evangelical holiness."

May 25, 2015

Joining The Dance of The Trinity by Dustin Rouse

The Father orchestrated the plan of salvation, the Son accomplished it, and the Spirit applies it. So it is in corporate worship.

May 24, 2015

Repentance As A Lifestyle

A Path To Joy

There is an initial act of faith and repentance at the moment of conversion, but, after that, the process of faith and repentance constitutes a daily discipline—the Christian’s lifestyle—and a path to joy thereafter according to Psalm 32.

May 24, 2015

Giving God What God Gave You by Steven Thompson

All who have accepted the call to salvation in Christ can offer Him the gifts He gave us, however and wherever He calls us to use them. 

May 23, 2015

The Adversary of Worry by Tish Hedger

We must allow God’s promises to establish an unshakeable trust in him, which forges the way for peace.

May 21, 2015

Denying, But Not Denied by Joshua Hedger

Jesus does not deny those he has called, no matter how grievous their denial of him has been in the darkest moments of life.

May 21, 2015

Set-Apart Sexuality in a “Sex is Power” World by Katie McCoy

The world’s picture of the sexually liberated woman isn’t empowered at all; rather, she’s enslaved by the deception that becoming a commitment-free object of lust was all her idea.

May 20, 2015

Making Contentment My Estate by Mason King

The wrestle of wealth, of making enough and having enough, is a dark space in my soul—the struggle for contentment against a sliding scale in a world that rejects less as more and sees more as a means to happiness. It’s where I have to preach to myself the truth I know when the lie is in front of me.

May 20, 2015

The Fullness of Empty Spaces by Becky Wilson

By God’s design, my family keeps growing and spreading. Certainly aspects of that are incredibly difficult. But when I think of the treasured people in my life that I never would have met had I not moved around as much as I did, and when I anticipate the hope of that happening again, that tastes pretty sweet to me.

May 19, 2015

The New Creation by Jared C. Wilson

In the beginning, God created my body and mind.
But my heart was without form and void . . .

May 19, 2015

A Sabbath That Shall Never End by Staff

"There every tear shall be dried, every saint who has fallen asleep in Christ shall meet us once more, and every hard thing in our life-journey shall be made clear and plain as the sun at noon-day."

May 19, 2015

The Sin We Don't Speak Of by Courtney Reissig

We all have that sin. The one we thought was long conquered, long forgotten, and long paid for by Christ's precious blood. Then one day it emerges, reminding us that we are not yet perfected, and riddling us with guilt.

May 19, 2015

When Self-Awareness Matures Into Self-Forgetfulness by Michael Kelley

By God’s grace, hopefully we are moving in the direction where we know ourselves more and yet think of ourselves less.

May 18, 2015

Made Much Of to Make Much Of by Staff

God in Christ certainly does make much of us. But not because we are lovely. Because Christ is.

May 18, 2015

In the Morning, You Shall See the Glory of the Lord by Nick Murray

Each week, when we move from the text of the Bible to the table of the Lord, we remember our Israelite heritage and the way in which God has yet again set the table for us. And just like Israel, when we gather together to worship the risen Christ, reminding ourselves of the gospel by taking the Lord’s Supper, we shall see the glory of the LORD.

May 18, 2015

Precious and Very Great Promises by Garrett Kell

Christians are people who live on promises. We grow by promises. We are sustained by promises. We please God by trusting His promises.

May 18, 2015

The Gospel On A Houseboat by Jason G. Duesing

In this missionary context where daily they see a lost world, the pursuit of sin and error, it is easy to forget that we who are in Christ, were once just as lost.

May 17, 2015

Gold: A Meditation on Matthew 7:12 by Reid Monaghan

The Word of God shapes both how we wish to be treated and how we would treat others. The Golden Rule both engages the moral imagination in specific circumstances and is grounded firmly in the Word of God.

May 17, 2015

Bearing Fruit in a World That Hates You by Brandon Shields

After reading several dozen church planting manuals over the past few years, I’ve yet to see one with a chapter entitled, “Don’t freak out, they’re just gonna hate you.”

May 14, 2015

In Praise of Fat Pastors by Jared C. Wilson

A toast toward the pastor embracing a Christward self-disregard and a godly un-self-conciousness.

May 14, 2015

How ISIS Helped Salmaa Become a Christian by Garrett Kell

ISIS thinks they are destroying and ending Christianity by killing Christians, but what they do not understand is that their evil acts are causing people to look not at them, but at these who are dying with the peace of Jesus.

May 13, 2015

Christ's Glory is the Pearl of Great Price by Staff

Every sacred truth that reveals something of the glory of Christ to our souls, is a pearl or precious stone which enriches us.

May 13, 2015

If You're a Christian, You Believe in God's Sovereignty by Staff

The prayer of a Christian is not an attempt to force God's hand, but a humble acknowledgment of helplessness and dependence.

May 13, 2015

Small Talk(ing)

When the Word is Overshadowed by the Hype

The message from God’s Word is meant to be the centerpiece of a worship gathering. If there is more emphasis placed on creating an exciting environment or attractive event than on hearing from God, we’ve missed the mark.

May 12, 2015

A Mighty Army of Deeply Spiritual Men by Staff

"Where are the men with a moral vision?"

May 12, 2015

Beyond "Nice"

The Gospel as Middle and Better Way

The gospel explodes niceness.

May 12, 2015

Our Love for Him is But the Repercussion by Staff

"He who loves may be sure he was loved first."

May 12, 2015

Autocorrect and Indwelling Sin by Paul Maxwell

Have you ever found yourself, in the midst of failure and frustration in the Christian life, saying, “I hate myself”?

May 12, 2015

The Thread of Scripture Leads to Christ by Benjamin Hawkins

Those who want to find the true Jesus through relics will come up shorthanded.

May 11, 2015

The Father's Not Tsk-Tsk'ing by Jared C. Wilson

He's not sighing or sulking. He is more eager to forgive than we are to sin.

May 11, 2015

The Incredibles by Staff

"It is incredible that the world should have believed so incredible a thing."

May 11, 2015

We Wait For Jesus; Jesus Waits For Us by Garrett Kell

After we take our places, we wait for the bride to make her entrance. As the congregation stands and the doors open, I look at the bride—but then I always take a peek at the groom.

May 11, 2015

Pastors, Let Praise Not Be the Boss of Us by Staff

A faithful minister cares little what people think of him, as long as his conscience approves of him. The approval of his own good conscience is the best praise a minister can have.