The Lion
September 7, 2021 | 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). Hosea 6:1 includes an intriguing phrase: God “has torn us, that he may heal us.” The word torn describes how a predator grabs its […]

Enriching the Heart of the Giver
September 2, 2021 | Devotionals

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10, esv). God promises in His Word to bless the giver—He just comes right out and says it. Not once or twice but numerous times. Yet as […]

Trust + Wait
August 31, 2021 | Devotionals

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices (Psalm 37:3, 7, esv)! Rest is such an elusive thing. Our bodies […]

Breaking Generational Chains
August 26, 2021 | Devotionals

“For I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments” (Deuteronomy 5:9–10, esv). If we’re going to change, we have […]

Test Questions
August 24, 2021 | Devotionals

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 […]

The One Constant
August 19, 2021 | Devotionals

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers (1 Thessalonians 1:2, esv). Name one thing you “always” find yourself doing, something that’s “constantly” part of your day. How often would giving thanks be an honest answer to that? Perhaps you’d say you’re constantly talking on the telephone. […]

“You Stink!” is Unavoidable
August 17, 2021 | Devotionals

For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? (2 Corinthians 2:15–16, esv) According to the apostle Paul, you stink. […]

August 12, 2021 | Devotionals

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7–8, esv). We’ve gotten our circumstances and […]

Welcome Without Judgment
August 10, 2021 | Devotionals

One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table (Luke 7:36, esv). If you were making plans for going out this Friday or Saturday night, who are some of the people you’d most enjoy being with? And who are some of the […]

Clean Your Glasses
August 5, 2021 | Devotionals

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind” (John 9:1–2, esv)? What a thing to ask. Whose sin is this poor blind guy paying for? Jesus’ healing provided the eye-opening answer to it. He […]