Are You Abiding?
May 19, 2022 | Devotionals

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples” (John 8:31, esv). You probably can’t remember the last time you used the word abide in a conversation. Most of us don’t tell our kids, “If you abide in my house, you live […]

The Wrong Crowd
May 17, 2022 | Devotionals

This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them (1 Timothy 1:15, hcsb). “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (Mark 2:16, esv). That was the reaction of the religious when seeing Jesus interacting with the common rabble […]

Wanting for Nothing
May 12, 2022 | Devotionals

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (Psalm 23:1, esv). Think how much of our misery comes from our wanting. Wanting a particular level of income. Wanting a specific kind of vacation. Wanting a certain desired job, position, or assignment. Wanting to be like somebody else, or wanting what they have. Wanting this, […]

The Farmer Principle
May 10, 2022 | Devotionals

It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops (2 Timothy 2:6, esv). In his second letter to Timothy, Paul used a string of work analogies to show what it’s like to follow Christ Jesus. He spoke of Christ-followers as teachers (2:2), soldiers (2:3), athletes (2:5), and farmers (2:6). […]

For Better or Worse
May 5, 2022 | Devotionals

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22, esv). As much as we may wish for a day in this lifetime when everything negative finally clears and miraculously remains that way for all eternity, that day is not coming. As long […]

It Goes Without Seeing
May 3, 2022 | Devotionals

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him (Psalm 34:8, esv). I’ve often heard enthusiastic preachers lead their congregations in kind of a cheer: “God is good!”—to which the people respond, “All the time!” And of course I couldn’t agree more. God is good, all […]

Steadfast Under Pressure
April 28, 2022 | Devotionals

You know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness (James 1:3, esv). If you could have anything you wanted in life, what would it be? What would make your life just perfect? People have been dreaming up answers to that question for centuries, and have either been doing their best to pursue it or […]

The Power Source
April 26, 2022 | Devotionals

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him (Romans 8:8–9, esv). Sometimes, if we’re honest, we’ll admit that the Christian […]

Because He Lives
April 21, 2022 | Devotionals

[We are] always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh (2 Corinthians 4:10–11, […]

On Earth As It Is in Heaven
April 19, 2022 | Devotionals

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, esv). When we hear the Lord’s Prayer recited, we usually hear emphasis on the words kingdom and will. It sounds like this: “Your kingdom come, your will be done” (emphasis mine). We can subtly change the meaning of wording […]