The Exhausting Christian Life
August 29, 2023 | Devotionals

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good (Romans 7:15–16, esv). Many Christians are tired; some are very tired. They don’t […]

Who Gets Grace?
August 23, 2023 | Devotionals

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you (1 Peter 5:5–6, esv). This […]

Confronting Hypocrisy
August 22, 2023 | Devotionals

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice” (Matthew 23:1–3, esv). Jesus didn’t mince words when it came to hypocrisy. He went hard […]

Who’s Better?
August 17, 2023 | Devotionals

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little (Luke 7:47, esv).      I don’t know how he can even show his face in public!      She should be ashamed of herself!      Of course I’m not perfect, but I’d never do […]

Out with the Bad—In with the Good
August 15, 2023 | Devotionals

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Philippians 4:8, esv). You have to fight for your peace. Every day, negative, hurtful, harmful thoughts plague our minds, […]

Whose Slave Are You?
August 10, 2023 | Devotionals

But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as […]

God’s Purpose for Pain
August 8, 2023 | Devotionals

“Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up” (Hosea 6:1, esv). You—yes, you—can have a fresh downpour of God’s grace and mercy upon your life. No matter how far away you are or how long […]

The Power to Disarm Fear
August 3, 2023 | Devotionals

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples […]

Ordinary You, Extraordinary God
August 1, 2023 | Devotionals

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah (1 Samuel 16:13, ESV). Our culture disrespects the ordinary. If it’s not special, superior, showy, or shocking, then […]

The Hole in Your Soul
July 27, 2023 | Devotionals

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end (Ecclesiastes 3:11, esv). More than three thousand years ago, a king named Solomon chronicled his search for fulfillment. He was the wisest […]