Barriers to Real Worship
June 22, 2021 | Devotionals

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them” (Exodus 20:4–5, esv). When we allow anything to accumulate on the […]

The Secret
June 17, 2021 | Devotionals

“When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6, esv). The secret to prayer is prayer in secret. Jewish tradition in Jesus’ day had reduced prayer down to a shadow of its […]

That Special Someone
June 15, 2021 | Devotionals

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins (James 5:19–20, esv). “Anyone,” meet “someone.” The beauty of this passage from James 5 is […]

Be Shrewd
June 10, 2021 | Devotionals

Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16, ESV). Know any people who are “wise as serpents” or, in some translations, “shrewd as snakes” (NIV)? Who comes to mind—a savvy business manager, a wily investor, a friend with […]

What to Wear
June 8, 2021 | Devotionals

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering (Colossians 3:12, nkjv). How do you expect you’d be received if you were to come to God, admitting need, admitting failure, admitting you haven’t lived in a way you’re proud of? Whatever you might expect, here’s what you’d […]

Light Walking
June 3, 2021 | Devotionals

If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7, esv). Where is the absolute safest place for you to be? In the light. And this isn’t just about physical safety, as […]

Prayer Time
June 1, 2021 | Devotionals

He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour” (Matthew 26:40, esv)? Most likely, you’ve read and heard the story so often, you could almost quote the narrative by heart. You’ve spent time trying to picture what Jesus was enduring, both […]

Power Switch
May 27, 2021 | Devotionals

Good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened (Hebrews 4:2, esv). Have there been times when you’ve wondered why, even though you know the promises of God, you don’t seem to experience them with […]

Which Comes First?
May 25, 2021 | Devotionals

He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart (Luke 18:1, nasb). “Once I get to feeling better,” you may sometimes think, “I’ll start praying again with more regularity.” “Once I’m not so upset, once my heart is not so overwhelmed, maybe I’ll […]

What to Do When You’re Going Under
May 20, 2021 | Devotionals

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save […]