Devotionals

Praying

Jesus Our Example

January 23rd

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God…made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant – Philippians 2:5-7 Let this mind be in you. The Christian life is not merely intellectual assent to a list of orthodox tenets. It is …

Facing Temptation

January 22nd

Abstain from all appearance of evil – 1 Thessalonians 5:22 The best way to face a temptation is not to face it, to avoid it altogether. When it comes to sin, we often set ourselves up for defeat. We try to see how close we can get to moral failure, or heady success, or romantic involvement without …

Strength and Encouragement

January 21st

My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness – 2 Corinthians 12:9 Someone has said, “God always answers our prayers, either by giving us what we ask for or by giving us something even better.” In Paul’s case, God gave him something even better. Paul was afflicted …

Proverbs

January 20th

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him – Proverbs 18:13 It makes so much sense, and yet we fail to remember it almost every day: you can’t answer a question, or give a solution, before you hear the matter fully. Parents do it to their kids. They bark orders, …

Patience and Hope

January 19th

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory – 1 Peter 1:8 Christian faith is a paradox. It loves someone you have never met, it believes in someone you cannot see, and it enjoys this person with a fullness that …

Church Life

January 18th

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you – Matthew 28:19-20 Here Jesus succinctly sums up the entire purpose of his church, the commission he has given …

Serving Others

January 17th

Ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive – Acts 20:35 Support the weak. Here is the essence of serving others. Not “impress the powerful,” or “be good to the influential,” or “help those who might be able to …

Marriage and Family

January 16th

Showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done…that they might set their hope in God – Psalm 78:4, 7 The psalmist is here making a public covenant to keep a careful record of God’s blessings and to then recount them to the …

Decision Making

January 15th

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest – Joshua 1:7 There is a striking clash between God’s words to …

Christian Living

January 14th

These things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous – 1 John 2:1 The Christian’s goal, John says quite frankly, is total sanctification -- complete victory over sin in our own life. John is not satisfied, and neither is …