Devotionals

Praying

God’s Word

January 7th

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away – Matthew 24:35 “Nothing lasts forever.” We have become so used to the reality of this cliche that we have many times, even as Christians, unconsciously applied this earthly maxim to eternal things. But Jesus would have us remember …

The Gospel Message

January 6th

We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him – 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Here is the gospel in a nutshell. First, God made Jesus sin itself — Jesus who had never sinned in his life. …

Salvation

January 5th

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned – Mark 16:16 Jesus describes two groups of people, and he gives each assurance of the end they can expect for their current course of life. Jesus has commissioned his disciples to go into all the world, …

Repentance

January 4th

Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins – Acts 2:38 Perhaps forgiveness is not one of your felt needs. You may have so completely immersed yourself in the relativism and self-justification of your culture that you have numbed yourself to the …

Sin and Its Effects

January 3rd

Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death – James 1:15 Sin may bring you pleasure. Sin may bring you wealth. Sin may even bring you a certain degree of satisfaction. But ultimately sin will only bring you death. As the pastor James wrote these words of warning, he no doubt knew how easily we …

Sovereignty of God

January 2nd

Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain – Acts 2:23 Nowhere is the sovereignty of God seen more brilliantly displayed than in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. God had already shown, for hundreds of years …

God and His Attributes

January 1st

God is love – 1 John 4:8 If there is an attribute of God that is popular with even non-Christians, it is the love of God. But even the love of God is widely misunderstood. God is love, but love is not God. Therefore, God is able to direct, apply, and sustain his love entirely independent of the …

Seven Sayings from the Cross

December 31st

"Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit": and having said thus, he gave up the ghost – Luke 23:46 The seventh and last lesson that we learn from Jesus on the cross is this: commend yourself to the loving hands of your Father. We can apply this lesson to ourselves in at least two ways. First, …

Future Things

December 30th

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness – 2 Peter 3:11 The certain and approaching end of this life, and this earth, should be for us like a warning sign along the highway. When we see a “Dead End” road …

Women of Faith

December 29th

Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God – Ruth 1:16 Although this passage is perhaps most well-known for its use in weddings—and …