Why Did Jesus Have to Suffer?
April 8, 2021 | Devotionals

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:9–10, […]

The Upside of Destitute
April 6, 2021 | Devotionals

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught” (John 21:9–10, esv). The disciples were destitute. After His resurrection, Jesus had appeared to them several times. Then, inexplicably, He was […]

Terms of Surrender
April 1, 2021 | Devotionals

“Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour” (John 12:27, nasb). One of the great hymns we sang two or three times a month in the church where I grew up was the old invitation chorus, “I […]

What God’s Been Doing
March 30, 2021 | Devotionals

His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him (John 12:16, esv). We can all attest to the 20/20 nature of hindsight; that moment of looking back on a complicated, confusing situation and […]

Standing with the Fallen
March 25, 2021 | Devotionals

We all stumble in many ways (James 3:2a, esv). Maybe you’ve noticed one or two flaws in a few of the Christians around you. (Just maybe.) But that’s not really so surprising, right? After all, we’ve got a few flaws ourselves. If the church is supposed to be a place where hope abounds—even with sin […]

The Common Need
March 23, 2021 | Devotionals

And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need (Acts 2:44–45, ESV). One characteristic of God’s family is an inherent willingness to give. The believers in the early church “had all things in common” (Acts […]

Uncommon Community
March 18, 2021 | Devotionals

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42, ESV). What is fellowship? We use the term loosely but often fail to think about what it means. Fellowship isn’t red punch and cookies in the church basement (though many of us grew up with […]

Worship that Isn’t Worship
March 16, 2021 | Devotionals

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. —John 4:23 John 4 includes some of the most influential verses regarding the discipline of worship – how better to understand whether or not […]

What to Keep
March 11, 2021 | Devotionals

“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word” (John 17:6, esv). Could life really be as simple as keeping His Word? Sometimes when our spiritual life doesn’t seem to be moving fast […]

Pick It Up
March 9, 2021 | Devotionals

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1–2, esv). Let’s take an informal survey. Question: […]