• The Family’s Debt to Widows Devotional

    1 Timothy 5:3-4

    Only those with no other recourse are to receive financial assistance from the church, not those who cannot afford food because they refuse to give up cable television, Internet service, lavish living, and other discretionary expenses. If you need the church’s financial assistance, make sure that you have exhausted all other possible avenues of support before you ask for aid. If you are not in need, endeavor to support the poor with wisdom. View Resource

  • Exhorting Women Properly Devotional

    1 Timothy 5:2

    Sexual immorality is a sin that causes the church to be slandered, so men and women alike should take care never to get into a situation where the propriety of a relationship can be legitimately questioned. Let us do what we can to promote chastity within the church. We are to be the light of the world, whose love for one another is a beacon of hope to our fallen culture. Mutual respect between all ages and sexes in the church is essential to fulfilling this task. View Resource

  • Encouraging Young and Old Devotional

    1 Timothy 5:1

    John Calvin says that today’s passage teaches us that pastors “must not only take into account their office, but must also see particularly what is due to the age of individuals.” Pastors especially must be sensitive to the age of the person with whom they are dealing, but all of God’s people must do the same. Older people should be patient with younger people. Younger people should respect their elders. All should treat one another with generous love. View Resource

  • Christian Men in the Church Devotional

    John 19:5

    As the only man who never sinned (1 Peter 2:22), Jesus is the supreme example of what it means to be a man, and all men would do well to live after the pattern of His life, relying upon the power of the Holy Spirit to have Scripture define godly masculinity. Men are well-served by developing close relationships with other men in their congregations, and wives should be doing all they can to support this so that their husbands might learn from other godly men. View Resource

  • The Wedding Feast Devotional

    Matthew 22:1–10

    Jesus tells us in Luke 12:48b that “everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” The more we have been blessed with, the worse off we will be for rejecting our God’s gracious invitation. Are you squandering the gifts the Lord has given you and rejecting His feast through a refusal to put your time and talents to work for the kingdom? View Resource

  • Healing on the Way Devotional

    Matthew 20:29–34

    When we do the work of ministry it can be easy to get so caught up in the big plans and programs we have going that we miss the needs of certain individuals among us. As followers of Jesus, we must imitate His compassion and take the time to minister to hurting individuals even if it may sometimes get in the way of our own plans and purposes. What are you doing in your church to make sure people are shown compassion and not forgotten? View Resource

  • A Spiritual House Devotional

    1 Peter 2:4–5

    While it is true that each individual believer becomes a temple of God, we do not do well if we neglect passages like this that emphasize the corporate nature of the people of God. Currently, we are being built into a temple along with other believers so that God may dwell richly among all of us. As we love other Christians, we become beautiful stones, and God dwells more powerfully among us. Find a way to love even the “unlovable” people in your church. View Resource

  • Deacons Devotional

    Matthew 25:31–46

    Are you serving others in the church and in the world as God commands? Take some time to look at the priorities in your life and see whether you are serving others as God would have you do. Then, go to the deacons in your church, and offer your time and resources to help them provide for those in need. View Resource

  • Bishops/Elders Devotional

    1 Peter 2:12

    Do you delight in the authority given to elders to shepherd the people of God, or do you think that they have no business getting involved in the personal lives of God’s people? God has ordained the office of elder so that His people can be prepared for Christ’s return. Ask the Lord to convict and help you submit to your church elders. View Resource

  • The City of God Devotional

    Psalm 48

    How has God adorned the church to make it beautiful? How can that beauty be increased in your own life? How can the church be a “joy of the whole earth”? Think this week about what part you play in adding to that joy. Ask God to help you grow in spiritual beauty. View Resource

  • True and Counterfeit Glory Devotional

    James 2:1–13

    Clothes make the man,” the saying goes. We behave better and feel more serious when we dress up. Do we dress up to go to banquets with mere men but not to attend the Lord’s Supper? Do we dress up to go to weddings but not to meet our heavenly Groom on Sunday? Would we dress up for an audience with earthly rulers, but not with the King of Kings? How do you dress for church? View Resource

  • The Nature of the Church Devotional

    John 1:35-43

    The New Testament shows that it is in the local assembly of the faithful that the great issues of life are fought out. Do not be one of those believers who has abandoned the church because she has “problems.” Realize instead that she will be the locus of such strife, while at the same time being God’s agent of promoting peace. View Resource