The Living Dead
February 4, 2021 | Devotionals

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:11, nasb). In sports, they call it “playing not to lose”—trying not to make mistakes, being hesitant to take risks or push the boundaries, doing just enough to win. Yet in almost every case, it’s a sure way […]

Pursuing the Way of Authenticity
February 2, 2021 | Devotionals

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? (Matthew 7:1-3) […]

Forgiveness: The Crisis and the Process
January 28, 2021 | Devotionals

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:31–32, esv). True forgiveness is a miracle, but there are no enduring relationships without it. Choosing to put others’ […]

Pray Simply
January 21, 2021 | Devotionals

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:7–8, esv). Imagine if your daughter came to you and said, “Dad? […]

The One You Really Need
January 21, 2021 | Devotionals

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength (Isaiah 40:28–29, esv). It’s hard enough […]

The Enemy of Your Peace
January 19, 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 (Philippians 4:6, esv). When Paul coaches us, “Do not be anxious about anything,” it’s easy to react with indignation. “Really, Paul?! Have you looked at my life lately? Don’t be anxious about […]

Nothing Works Better
January 14, 2021 | Devotionals

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves (Philippians 2:3, nasb). Are you having a tough day today? Been a little down in the dumps lately? There’s a way to fix that—but not by “working on it.” The way to increase your joy […]

God’s Ear for Compassion
January 12, 2021 | Devotionals

,Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered (Proverbs 21:13, esv). God is not hard of hearing. In fact, when we don’t know what to pray—when we’re in such distress that we can’t even construct a sentence to describe it—the Holy Spirit “intercedes for us […]

Speak Up!
January 7, 2021 | Devotionals

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits (Proverbs 18:21, esv). How many adults still feel the sting of angry words they heard as children? And how many of us have said words we later regret? The tongue has the power to destroy. “Death […]

The Key to Remembering
January 5, 2021 | Devotionals

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign […]