Devotionals

It’s About What God Has Given
December 24, 2020 | Devotionals

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, esv). We all have favorite memories of Christmas. Maybe it’s a family tradition, a vivid scene from childhood, […]

Hope on Arrival
December 22, 2020 | Devotionals

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. (Luke 1:26–27, esv). Times were tough in the nation of Israel. Occupied by the Romans, […]

Shouldering the Government
December 17, 2020 | Devotionals

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, esv). “And the government shall be upon his shoulder.” Why is this simple sentence such good news? […]

Peace on Purpose
December 15, 2020 | Christmas, Devotionals

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.” (Luke 2:14, esv). I think we could all point to a lot of places today where we’re not exactly experiencing peace on earth, on our planet. But that’s not the kind of peace the angels were talking about […]

Unrelenting Petition
December 10, 2020 | Devotionals

Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth (Luke 18:7–8, esv)? What’s the worst thing happening in your life […]

Why Are You Here?
December 8, 2020 | Devotionals, Hope, Trials

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2, esv). Do you know why you’re here? On earth? Have you thought much about that lately? At this point in history, it’s easy to just skim information, watch random video clips, or amuse ourselves with whatever’s trending. The Bible, however, […]

Despairing Hearts, Desperate Plans
November 5, 2020 | Devotionals

Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing […]

Your Gratitude Meter
November 3, 2020 | Devotionals

Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well” (Luke 17:17–19, esv). It’s hard for us to imagine what this scene was like. […]

The Altitude for Living
October 29, 2020 | Devotionals

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men (Psalm 107:8, nkjv)! When God’s Word talks about giving “thanks to the Lord,” it isn’t saying just go through the motions. God is looking for our heart response, our genuine gratitude. Gratitude means to express that a kindness received is […]

Keep On!
October 27, 2020 | Devotionals

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2–4, ESV). Consider this statement made by James, the half-brother of Jesus: “for you […]