Resources by Theme: Devotional

Jan 22

You Have More Influence Than You Realize by Katie McCoy

These were ordinary women. Much like us, they probably didn’t feel like they had particularly extraordinary lives.

Jan 20

A Poem for MLK Day by Allyson Todd

A poem in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 16

Heresy Often Begins with Boredom by Brett McCracken

We should see orthodoxy as beautiful because it is bigger than us. It came before us and will be there after we’re gone.

Jan 15

The Dog-Likeness of Christ by Josiah Cox

Tell me that God’s love doesn’t demand the willingness to lose everything and, in fact, does take quite a lot. 

Jan 14

Laziness, Our Respectable Sin by David Prince

The testimony of the Bible from beginning to end says that laziness is wicked. But we don’t often look at it that way.

Jan 14

Tolkien, Great Reversals, and Hobbit-like Humility by Justin Jackson

Left without a challenger, pride makes us into self-exalters who forget that we are here to magnify God and not ourselves.

Jan 14

Jason K. Allen on Why Pastors Should Read Biographies by Jason K. Allen

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Dr. Jason K. Allen, President of Midwestern Seminary and Spurgeon College, "Why should pastors consider reading biographies?"

Jan 13

You Don't 'Let' God Do Anything by Jared C. Wilson

He doesn’t need our help. And he doesn’t need our permission. 

Jan 13

By Women, For Women

Jesus' Genealogy in Matthew

These were not token women. They were essential participants in the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham and David.

Jan 9

Packer’s Dusty Puritan Discovery Still Guides and Helps by Jason G. Duesing

May a new generation continue to follow Packer to make new discoveries like his of their own.

Jan 9

Ten Truths about a Liar by Sam Bierig

It is vital that you and I rightly discern and evaluate Satan. He is not to be trifled with nor buffooned, but in Christ, his back was utterly broken on Calvary’s hill.

Jan 8

The Wonder of the Word by Nick Harsh

All the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in a baby who couldn’t speak.

Jan 7

Commanding the Ravens: God’s Unexpected Provision by Kole Farney

Show me a man or woman seeking the kingdom, and I will show you a man whom God supplies.

Jan 6

Why The Church? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

You cannot have a high view of Christ and a low view of the church at the same time. 

Jan 6

What a Zombie Ant and Sin Have in Common by Andrea Burke

Sin doesn’t make you more real. Sin makes you more dead.

Dec 24, 2019

I Awake, and I am Still with You by Kole Farney

Have you ever wondered at the fact that you wake up believing in Christ?

Dec 23, 2019

A Thrill of Hope

The Light of Christmas in a Darkened World

If the festivities of Christmas are proving too weak an antidote for what ails you, I want to help you for a moment look beyond the wrapping to the Gift

Dec 18, 2019

Gaining Victory Over Temptation by H.B. Charles, Jr.

You cannot gain victory over temptation fighting the wrong battles.

Dec 17, 2019

What is Biblical Theology? by Andreas Köstenberger

No, Biblical Theology is not just theology that is biblical.

Dec 11, 2019

Grumbling to Gratitude by John Beeson

To grumble is to leak darkness when we were made to shine.

Dec 11, 2019

The Incarnation and My Brother's Death by Gail Emerson

The good news is that Christ's death and resurrection set in motion a righting of the wrongs in this world.

Dec 4, 2019

The Theological Educator as Sherpa by Jason G. Duesing

Just as the Sherpa comes alongside his clients and helps organize, direct, assemble, and lead, the theological educator does the same for students.

Dec 2, 2019

What Did Mary Know? by Jason Kees

How often has God told us in the Scriptures that he is good, but we choose our own golden calf? 

Dec 2, 2019

George Whitefield's Grave

A Meditation on the Labor of Ministry

The first thing you see may be the breaker box. Or boxes of church maintenance supplies. I’m always struck by the snow shovel leaning against the wall.

Nov 21, 2019

Don Whitney on Neglecting Spiritual Disciplines

Series: Conversations

FTC.co asks Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, "What is the impact of neglecting the spiritual disciplines?"

Nov 20, 2019

God’s Presence Rooted in Redemption by Wesley Lassiter

While we may not feel the impact of silence for generations and to one day hear the news of the Messiah being born, we do have the promise of Jesus’ presence.

Nov 18, 2019

What It Means To Love Christ by Jim Elliff

In valuing Christ we devalue all else for this object of our love, the treasure. 

Nov 14, 2019

Life from Death: The Upside Down Story of the Christian Life by Christina Fox

Death marks not the end, but the beginning for the believer.

Nov 14, 2019

The Poetry of Earth is Never Dead by Jason G. Duesing

The special value of General Revelation is that it calls the believer simultaneously to praise God and proclaim God.

Nov 11, 2019

God Loves You, Deal With It! by Sam Parkison

His standards are the robes of Christ’s righteousness—they literally cannot be higher. 

Nov 7, 2019

What Kind of Older Man Will I Be? by Steve Burchett

I’ve been told that becoming an older man guarantees more aches and pains. I hope it also means more hopeful discipling, and more earnest prayer. May the Lord help me.

Nov 7, 2019

Your Unfulfilled Desires are a Treasury, Not a Tragedy by Tyler Greene

The Bible reveals that while we are fixated on what we don’t have, God’s focus is on what we are becoming for the sake of His purpose.

Nov 7, 2019

Christian Theology: A Working Definition by Luke Stamps

The doctrines of systematic theology do not replace or stand over the Bible; rather, they provide definitions and summaries of certain key terms and themes that we encounter in the biblical story.

Nov 6, 2019

The Fruit of the Spirit by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The flesh may counterfeit Spirit-fruit. But it cannot produce genuine fruit. 

Nov 5, 2019

How God’s Wrath Equals and Reveals God’s Worth by Jonathan Leeman

In a world of self-justifiers and wannabe gods, the idea of God’s wrath will always be the first domino the devil tries to topple.

Nov 5, 2019

Debating the Historical Adam Debate by Brandon D. Smith

When teaching or reading Genesis 1, we should focus on the sovereignty of God in creation and how important mankind is to him and to the flourishing of the world.

Oct 31, 2019

God’s Wrecking Ball: A Tribute to Luther by Sam Bierig

Luther was God’s wrecking ball. He was God’s appointed servant for such a time as the Protestant Reformation.

Oct 31, 2019

When My Halloween Became My Reformation Day

The Stand That Saved My Soul

On Halloween night 1998 I threw a party in my apartment. I had girls, booze, weed, and cocaine. On that Halloween night, I was geared up for what I expected to be a good time. But my friend Dave didn’t respond like I expected he would.

Oct 30, 2019

Superman Can’t Share the Gospel by Ronni Kurtz

When others hear the gospel from your lips, they hear it not from one who can leap over buildings in a single bound but from one who needs grace for the next breath.

Oct 28, 2019

Christ Over Compartmentalization by Jared C. Wilson

When we “accept” Jesus into our life, we give him a seat at the table. But this is not how Jesus operates.

Oct 28, 2019

No Fear, No Wisdom by Sam Parkison

True wisdom—biblical wisdom—is not limited to the intellect. 

Oct 24, 2019

A Revolutionary Prayer Life by Mike Brooks

Where does the wayward mind truly go when it comes time to pray? It’s hard to say.

Oct 23, 2019

We Are Not Omni-Anything by Allyson Todd

All our longing for God-likeness is only wrong when we strive for it in and of ourselves.

Oct 21, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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 10, 2019

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, 2019

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.