Devotionals

Praying

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 …

Gratitude

January 13th

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Our immediate response may be, “In every thing? I can understand giving thanks for family and jobs and air conditioning and modern medicine; but how can I give thanks when I lose loved …

Forgiveness

January 12th

I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake – 1 John 2:12 You are a sinner. Your thoughts, your actions, and your words are all tainted with selfishness, pride, and idolatry. You need forgiveness. By whom do you need to be forgiven? While you may have …

Call to Worship

January 11th

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever – 1 Timothy 1:17 Worship God, first of all, because he is the King eternal. He always has been and always will be the sovereign of the universe. He never relinquishes his throne, at any time or …

Cross of Christ

January 10th

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin – Romans 6:6 When you by faith look at Jesus on the cross, do you see yourself perhaps in the place of those who stood far away from the gruesome scene, observing …