Yes, But . . .
December 2, 2021 | Devotionals

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you (Genesis 28:15, ESV). Sometimes, we just won’t take yes for an answer. God’s promises to us in Scripture are so clear. Promises […]

The Grateful 10%
November 30, 2021 | Devotionals

Then one of [the ten lepers], when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan (Luke 17:15–16, esv). Thankfulness is the attitude that perfectly displaces our sinful tendency to complain and thereby […]

Got Joy?
November 25, 2021 | Devotionals

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice (Philippians 4:4, ESV). In Philippians 4:4, Paul made his point quickly and clearly. “Rejoice . . . Rejoice!” Preachers can relate to using repetition. Sometimes while preaching we survey the congregation and wonder, Are they getting it? So we repeat ourselves to make sure they’re tracking. […]

Is Your Soul Depleted?
November 23, 2021 | Devotionals

5Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation 6and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7Deep calls to […]

The Way Up Is Down
November 18, 2021 | Devotionals

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you” (John 13:14–15, esv). Jesus Christ, Son of God, second person of the Trinity, Lord of the universe, […]

Big Prayers—Big Peace
November 16, 2021 | Devotionals

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6–7, esv). Throughout the day we need little arrow prayers—quick prayers in […]

When to Face Conflict
November 11, 2021 | Devotionals

And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour (John 4:4–6, esv). To […]

When to Flee Conflict
November 9, 2021 | Devotionals

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee (John 4:1–3, esv). At first glance, this passage appears to be simply a travel note explaining a journey […]

That’s Great
November 4, 2021 | Devotionals

Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:25–26, esv). The mother of James and John once […]

Learning Contentment
November 2, 2021 | Devotionals

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content (Philippians 4:11, esv). Do you want contentment but find it elusive? Be encouraged. Even the apostle Paul, an exemplary Christ follower, realized being content was something he had to learn. If Paul had to pursue contentment, let’s acknowledge […]