Resources by Theme: Devotional

Aug 26

Ruth: Redemption for the Broken by Jared C. Wilson

The good news is that the Lord has a way of making a way where there is no way.

Aug 26

Augustine and a Distracted Heart by Avery Thorn

Certainly, my smartphone and its accompanying array of apps can be a tool of inestimable value.

Aug 22

Worship Already in Progress by Mike Brooks

What’s it like to hear the whole world sing your praise? Only God knows. Be awed by the fact that He does.

Aug 20

A Father’s Love in a Pixar World by Chris Thomas

Two decades of pastoral ministry has taught me that a prevailing theme of Christian life is the faulty thinking that we relate to God as though he is a disappointed father.​

Aug 20

The Head Crusher Cometh

How the Biblical Narrative Reveals the Messiah

This is the story of the hopeful, dreadful time between sin’s entrance and Christ’s conquest.

Aug 19

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

The life of faith is difficult. But there is a joy waiting for us beyond all comparison.

Aug 14

Your Prayers Won't Save You by Allyson Todd

God’s character is as honest as we can be in our prayers. Our quest may feel endless but our God is not. 

Aug 14

When God Calls by David McLemore

The abundance of God comes in part in this life, but in fullness only later. 

Aug 14

Training For Godliness by Collin Campbell

While reading your Bible every day, praying, and fasting do not necessitate spiritual growth, neglecting them is like never going to the gym in the first place.

Aug 8

When the Perfect Comes by Thor Madsen

When the perfect comes, the partial, half-measures of today will pass away, and no one will miss them.​

Aug 6

The Gospel According to Essential Oils by Andrea Burke

I am not against you, friend. I’m against the golden calf that I’ve seen built in your midst.

Aug 5

Narratives of Surprising Conversions

3 Stories of the Gospel's Unusual Power

Here are just three of my favorite anecdotes touching on the surprising power of grace.

Jul 31

The Enduring Witness of a Normal Life by Russell L. Meek

Mimi is a good reminder, to me at least, to curb my ambition and instead simply, faithfully seek Christ.

Jul 29

Living Wisely to Spite Satan by Jared C. Wilson

When we engage in what the Bible calls foolishness—choosing sin over obedience—we engage in a practical kind of atheism.

Jul 25

What to Do If Your Church Won't Change by Mike Brooks

Often, in lieu of your local church becoming the best contextualized version of itself, God is fashioning its parts into a whole that looks more like Him.

Jul 23

For the Pastor's Kid: Your Dad Needs You by Bethany Melton

Pastor's Kid, your dad devotes his time and talent to faithfully steering the church toward Christ. As his son or daughter, don’t detract from that mission. Be a catalyst.

Jul 19

When God Swallows Your Sin by David McLemore

Jesus went willingly into the weakness of flesh, to make himself like us so he could save us.

Jul 16

Embarrassing Christianity by Ronni Kurtz

Jesus' torn flesh and spilt blood was for the embarrassing—those like you and me.

Jul 15

Things Jesus Will Never Say to You by Jared C. Wilson

If you hear this, it won't be from Jesus.

Jul 12

Don't Play With Sin by Adam Kareus

Don’t set yourself up to play with something that will grow to something that can kill and maim you.

Jul 10

What Happy People Do Differently by Katie McCoy

Living in the present, with a forgiven past, and secured future, will definitely lead to a happier life.

Jul 10

Why I Like to Read Biographies, and Why You Should Too by Jason K. Allen

As one who is entrusted with a leadership position, I find it profitable to read of others who have led.

Jul 3

What Is Union With Christ? by Cale Fauver

We have died to sin in his death and are now alive to God in his resurrection.

Jul 2

On First Looking into Spurgeon’s Sermons by Jason G. Duesing

On first looking into Spurgeon’s sermons, I have found joy and awe in the work of Spurgeon, the man, but also in the work of Spurgeon’s God.

Jun 28

Of Blooms and Roots by Katie McCoy

We don’t always see what the Vinedresser is doing beneath the surface, but we can rest assured that it’s always for our growth.

Jun 27

Why the Church Still Needs Immutability

A Conversation with Six Pastors and Scholars About an Attribute That Matters

A classical Christian understanding of God’s immutability would maintain that God cannot – and need not! – change even by a divine decision to alter himself. 

Jun 27

Amsterdam and Autonomy: The Good News of a Sovereign God by Ronni Kurtz

There is only one who instructs the rain to fall on Holland. There is only one who know the number of Netherland hairs. There is only one who administers days to Amsterdam. There is only one who is truly sovereign.

Jun 26

Not So with the Onlookers

A Word in Praise of Ordinary Discipleship

At the height of my foray into theological worlds unknown, I met a traveler. Her name was Mrs. Billie Jo.

Jun 25

The Bible in Miniature by Sam Parkison

This may come as news to you, and if so, I am sorry that it has taken this long for someone to tell you, but you are not the center of the universe.

Jun 24

The Transforming Power of God-Centeredness by Dave Jenkins

Our God is a treasure to be enjoyed, worshiped, and obeyed. 

Jun 21

Philosophy and the Christian Life by Thor Madsen

Philosophy can show us the extent to which Scripture answers life’s ultimate questions.

Jun 20

The Indispensable Value of Christ-Centered Courage by David Prince

You get the story wrong if you don’t see Jesus as the center and the goal. But when you get it right, you understand, as Stephen did, that suffering makes sense.

Jun 20

March to the Different Beat by Adam Kareus

Both beats in our ears make promises, promises of fulfillment and of satisfaction. But only one has the power to keep and deliver on its promises. 

Jun 19

Like A Bird In A Thunderstorm by Allyson Todd

My current struggles weigh as much as a feather while the weight of God’s glory is incalculable.

Jun 19

Sleep Well for God is Awake by Darin Smith

Seven theological and practical reminders to help you sleep like someone whose God is actually alive.

Jun 18

The Test of True Worship by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The Bible teaches three facts of life: God is good. God is all-powerful. Terrible things happen.

Jun 12

The Danger of Roadblocks along the Avenue of Grace by Samuel Stephens

The ministry of reconciliation continually provides a clear, unobstructed avenue to grace to all of those who need to hear the gospel, which includes all of us!

Jun 11

Breaking the Power of Shame by John Beeson

Ashamed friend: look to the shamed one on the cross and know his shame was for you. His shame was so that you might not be ashamed, that his welcome would overcome the world’s rejection.

Jun 7

The Day I Ditched My 5-Year Plan by Katie McCoy

The more we orient our lives around Him, the more His Spirit shapes and even transforms our plans. 

Jun 3

Dependency and the Power of God by Adam Kareus

We should be so dependent on God that our first ingrained action should be to pray to Him when times get tough or even when we start a new day. 

May 31

An Obedient Woman by Andrea Burke

Eventually, if we actually believe what we believe, obedience will be the tell-tale sign that follows us.

May 30

The Bondage of Either/Or Spirituality by David Prince

Pride can only bring bondage and discontentment because you do not have the power to compel the world to affirm you on your terms.  ​

May 29

My Flooded Soul by Allyson Todd

This is where I am - covered by water and desperate for God’s help every moment to truly believe this flood is a gift.

May 29

Filling The Void by Adam Kareus

We walk around incomplete or empty, longing to once again be complete in God.

May 27

River Runs To The Lowest Place by John Wohlgemuth

Aren’t we left here in this in-between time to point others to the Lamb of God? 

May 26

Continue in the Faith by Charles Spurgeon

Wear your shield, Christian, and cry mightily unto God, that by his Spirit you may endure to the end.

May 23

The Incarnation as Revelation by Sam Parkison

We couldn’t reach up on the top shelf to get God, so God places himself on the bottom shelf—right within our reach—in the person of Jesus Christ, the carpenter from Nazareth.

May 23

The Language of Forgiveness by Steve Bezner

My problem? I tend to think God forgives like I do. 

May 23

Faith is Personal — It Always Has Been by Glen Scrivener

Faith is not about impersonal plans, unfolding programs, or divine principles. Faith is heartfelt trust in the person of Christ.

May 19

He Requested Not to Die by Charles Spurgeon

We are not to expect that God will give us everything we choose to ask for. We know that we sometimes ask, and do not receive, because we ask amiss.