Power Over Discouragement
July 25, 2023 | Devotionals

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet.  They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, […]

First Things First
July 20, 2023 | Devotionals

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed (James 5:16, esv). How’s your prayer life been this week? How many breakthroughs are you experiencing with the items on your list? How much light is God starting to shed on certain areas that perhaps have been unclear […]

Clean Your Glasses
July 18, 2023 | 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 […]

The Upside of Destitute
July 13, 2023 | Devotionals

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught” (John 21:9–10, esv). The disciples were destitute. After His resurrection, Jesus had appeared to them several times. Then, inexplicably, He was […]

Drop the Rock
July 11, 2023 | Devotionals

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with […]

Love Protects
July 6, 2023 | Devotionals

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:6–7, niv). Love protects. Real, biblical love always protects others. When we abandon protecting love, our relationships unravel. The Apostle John reminds us of that with a graphic illustration: “For this is the […]

Where Faith Grows
July 4, 2023 | Devotionals

Everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith (1 John 5:4, esv). “Trees don’t grow to the sky,” economists sometimes say. This expression suggests that things in life reach a maximum rate of return, above which they’re not able to achieve any […]

Fresh Fruit
June 29, 2023 | Devotionals

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24, esv). In God’s economy, “fruit” is the evidence of a life changed by Jesus Christ. And when it comes to bearing fruit—bearing “much fruit,” in […]

Deep Sea Surrender
June 27, 2023 | Devotionals

The Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights (Jonah 1:17, esv). The part that doesn’t often get noticed in Jonah’s well-known, underwater adventure is the connection between the moment when “the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited […]

June 22, 2023 | Devotionals

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him (Colossians 2:6, esv). Do you need a crisis of faith? “A crisis? No thanks!” we might be tempted to respond, lumping crisis in with root canal or bankruptcy. But in the life of a Christ-follower, a crisis can be a very good thing—in […]