Resources by Theme: Devotional

Oct 21

The Gospel According to Galatians by Jared C. Wilson

The letter to the Galatians reminds us that the faith that saved us is the faith we still walk by and the Spirit that regenerated us is the Spirit that grows holiness within us.

Oct 21

Understanding the Mosaic of the Atonement by Katie McCoy

While the attributes of God’s wrath and God’s love may seem to clash to our spiritual ears, they were in perfect harmony in Jesus’ death on the cross. 

Oct 18

Dwelling on Death by Matt Boga

Many would rather live it up now and use the party they create out of their life as a sedative numbing them to the certainty of what lies ahead in death. 

Oct 17

Tolerance Trouble by Jim Elliff

When you hear of new appeals for tolerance of sinful behavior in the churches, remember that this is not a nascent problem, but the old Corinthian problem revived.

Oct 11

The Gospel According to David and Bathsheba by Davis Lacey

I am transformed from a person who balks at King David’s selfishness and short-sightedness into a person who bawls alongside of him. 

Oct 11

No Fear, No Wisdom by Sam Parkison

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and we fear God through Jesus. 

Oct 10

You Are Not Hidden From God by Kole Farney

If the Lord who counts every star came down from heaven to die in your place when you were his enemy, is it likely that he has forgotten you?

Oct 10

The Christian, Art, and Rediscovering John the Baptist by Jason G. Duesing

Just as we appreciate the skill of a spectacular soloist, or an elite athlete, or simply a brilliant coworker, we can appreciate the work of an artist. 

Oct 9

What It Means to Be a Christian by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The essence of Christianity is the believer’s union with Christ. 

Oct 2

The Uncomfortability Of Others’ Suffering by Margaret Bronson

There can be a temptation to put believers who are suffering in a petri dish, watching to see if they grow evidence that will confirm our doctrinal beliefs without making us too uncomfortable in the process.

Oct 2

Bibliology: What The Bible Is and Why It Matters by Jason K. Allen

As God’s revelation to man, the Bible comes with binding authority.

Oct 1

Christ: Our Only Hope

An FTC19 Sermon

Series: 2019 For The Church National Conference

Jared C. Wilson's message on "Christ: Our Only Hope" delivered at the 2019 For The Church National Conference.

Sep 26

Revival and the Book of Nehemiah by Sam Parkison

If you are not content with a Christianity characterized by minimal devotion to God, Nehemiah is your book.​

Sep 25

A Rubbish Redeemed by Katie McCoy

Because He is the Master at creating a brand new something from a pile of nothing, He saw what we could become.

Sep 23

The Way to Greatness by Jared C. Wilson

Jesus commands humility from us but he does not leave the humble man hanging!

Sep 19

When Bible Study Goes Wrong by David Prince

The Bible is preoccupied with the Messiah and we must be as well.

Sep 18

Jonah Couldn’t Get Away by Russell L. Meek

Jonah fled because he knows that God is compassionate and loving, eager to forgive sinners. 

Sep 18

A Stolen Unity by Allyson Todd

I made a disjointed relationship into a convincing substitute for true unity.

Sep 16

There Should Be Two of Us

A Lament for Loss and A Look to Hope

We share a couple of things in common besides our name. One is a dark reality. The other is a greater Truth.

Sep 11

Father, Help Us to See by Tim Counts

Father, help us to see that you are at work through us for the advance of the gospel. 

Sep 9

He Must Increase; Our Churches Must Decrease

Thoughts on The Desire for Revival

There is one thing that the churches experiencing historic revival have in common: they seemed overrun with the sense of the glory of God.

Sep 6

But You Are Holy by Macy Wilson

God desires us to run to Him with both the things that bring us joy and the things that bring us pain.

Sep 4

Words For The Widowed by Grace Pike

In this fallen world permeated with sin and death, even adopted children of God may taste the bitterness of loss.

Sep 3

Thankfulness Always: Reflections on Five Years as Provost by Jason G. Duesing

Because God is good and he does not change, there is a reason to be thankful, to God, for God, always.

Sep 2

The Fear-Driven Life

Lessons from Genesis 12 on God's Most Frequent Command

The more bored you are with the things of God, the more vulnerable you will be when difficulty comes.  

Aug 28

What A Bloomless Tree Taught Me about Trusting God by Katie McCoy

We may not always understand why the Father prunes the way He does.

Aug 28

The Wittenberg Door of American Evangelical Missions by Jason G. Duesing

It is good and right also to consider the impact of a group of praying students, heirs of Wittenberg themselves, on the modern missions movement of global gospel proclamation.

Aug 27

Is Your Calling Causing an Identity Crisis? by Tyler Greene

If all else were stripped away—your career, your earthly relationships, your plans—your identity as a beloved child of God would still remain.

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.