Devotionals

Praying

Church Life

December 18th

Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them – Matthew 18:20 We tend to place too much emphasis on crowds, on statistics, on the size of a particular group or movement. We, every one of us, are too easily influenced by the “mob mentality” — the desire to be …

Serving Others

December 17th

Whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward – Mark 9:41 We often look for the big, splashy acts of service or devotion by which we can prove our love for God. But Jesus says even the smallest act of …

Marriage and Family

December 16th

Only by pride cometh contention – Proverbs 13:10 This powerful proverb brings arguments to a sweet conclusion, lost tempers to a cool self-examination, and finger pointing to a swift end. Only by pride is there contention, or conflict. Arguments and strife do not come because one person is right …

Decision Making

December 15th

Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies – Psalm 27:11 This is the first and vital priority in making any decision: is it God’s will, is it God’s way? The decisions God prompts us to make will always be in complete agreement with his perfect Word, the Bible. …

Christian Living

December 14th

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me – Galatians 2:20 I am dead, but I am still living, Paul says. My old, sinful nature was …

Gratitude

December 13th

Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. – Luke 10:21 Jesus is rejoicing. Jesus is expressing gratitude to …

Forgiveness

December 12th

His lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses – Matthew 18:34-35 When someone asked Jesus what the great …

Call to Worship

December 11th

To the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever – Jude 25 We are called here to worship God with unending doxology. And we are given several reminders of His worthiness of that worship. First, we are reminded that God is the only wise God. There is no …

Cross of Christ

December 10th

We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God – 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 What was the subject of the apostles’ message? Christ crucified . Why? Not merely …

Names of God

December 9th

Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel – Isaiah 41:14 Exodus is the oldest account in history of emancipation efforts, and interestingly it is God who is undertaking the task. God says to Israel, as they are under …