• Earning an Honest Living Devotional

    Ephesians 4:28

    Scripture permits us to enjoy the material blessings that God provides, but it never tells us to hoard the fruits of our labor. Christians are to be the most generous of people, using their financial blessings to help those who are unable to satisfy their basic needs, especially impoverished believers. Such assistance, however, should not just be a handout but should be designed to help the poor learn to provide for themselves and for others as well. View Resource

  • Going Above and Beyond Devotional

    Philemon 21-22

    Though the Bible allowed provisions for indentured servitude, which was a humane alternative to such harsh punishments for failure to pay one’s debts, such as debtor prisons, nevertheless the seeds for the abolishment for all forms of slavery were clearly sown in the New Testament. Church history evidences the impact of Christianity on the abolition of slavery as believers live out these implications of the gospel message. View Resource

  • Paying the Cost Devotional

    Philemon 19-20

    In Philippians 2, Paul calls us to follow the example of Christ and put others ahead of ourselves. We seldom consider how our decisions and behavior will be regarded in the community of believers, but this should not be. Instead, we must always factor into our decisions how what we do or say may or may not impact those around us. Do you consider how what you do and say will be seen by other believers that you know? View Resource

  • The Effective Sharing of Faith Devotional

    Philemon 6

    That too many believers rarely consult other believers and elders in the church before making a decision reflects the degree to which a non-biblical individualism has corrupted even the thinking of Christians. While the church is not to legalistically bind the conscience, the advice of other godly people is invaluable when we are faced with several choices that appear to be equally acceptable before God. View Resource

  • Creation Ordinances Devotional

    Genesis 1-2

    In this day and age, there is a great temptation for the church in the United States to think that its mission is coextensive with the platform of one or more of the political parties in this country. Yet while we must never be guilty of this error, it does not follow that the church is to be silent on current policies that violate God’s natural law. The state must ever be reminded that it is under the authority of God and the laws He has established in nature. View Resource

  • Shades of Gray Devotional

    1 Corinthians 10:31

    Though the Spirit grants us new life in Christ, this does not mean we immediately overcome our ignorance of God’s ways. Instead, the Spirit works through Scripture, illuminating it as we read and hear it so that we might learn what the Lord requires of us in every instance. The only way we can grow in our ability to discern what pleases God is to meditate on His Word, for its commands are the basic building blocks of Christian ethics. View Resource

  • The Tenth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:17

    The answer to covetousness is not the absence of all desire, as in Buddhism, but rather the cultivation of contentment (1 Tim. 6:6–10). It can be a long journey on the way to discovering how to be content in every circumstance, but if we are endeavoring to be grateful to God for every blessing He has given to us, then we will be less inclined to covet that which is not ours. This day, let us be thankful to the Lord for the blessings we now possess. View Resource

  • Holy Truth Devotional

    1 Peter 2:22

    Of all the lies we might tell, the most dangerous are probably those lies we tell ourselves to make us believe we are not really sinning. Given our susceptibility to falling into sin, we must be extra careful to examine thoroughly the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. Let us think carefully about what we do and why we do it, so that we may not be liars to ourselves or others. View Resource

  • Lies and Their Consequences Devotional

    Deuteronomy 19:16-21

    The Lord, being the font of wisdom and truth, has given us fair principles for guiding His community. It is essential, therefore, for a healthy church to follow His law, showing grace to the repentant and applying discipline when professing believers harden their hearts. A healthy church is going to take all of God’s Word seriously, refusing to tolerate false witness and taking tangible steps when it attempts to flourish in the body. View Resource

  • Stealing from God Devotional

    Malachi 3:6-12

    It is tempting to give God only the leftovers after we have spent our income on ourselves. Yet this should not be the attitude of the Lord’s people, for what we own is His, and He has said that a portion of it belongs to the work of His kingdom. As we sit down to write checks and issue payments each month, let us give to our Father first by supporting gospel ministers and helping the needy — especially those in Christ’s church the world over. View Resource

  • The Eighth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:15

    We have no right to another person’s time, income, or property, and so we must be very careful never to steal any of these from our neighbor, whether directly or indirectly. For example, we should keep the appointments we have made in order to keep from stealing time from others. We must also be faithful employees by not lazily wasting (stealing) time, expecting to get paid for doing very little. View Resource

  • The Sixth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:13

    Ephesians 4:26 tells us that there are times when we may be righteously angry, but distinguishing this from the kind of malice forbidden in the sixth commandment can be quite difficult. We must be cautious when we find ourselves angry with other people, asking ourselves whether we are right to be so mad. May we in our anger not wish harm upon other people, but that they would see the error of their ways and come to repentance. View Resource

  • The Razor’s Edge Devotional

    Romans 12:2

    John Murray, a great Reformed ethicist and theologian (d. 1975), said that the difference between right and wrong can sometimes be a razor’s edge. Since this distinction can be so fine, it is very important that we study Scripture in concert with other Christians, for the collective wisdom of the church takes priority over individual opinions. That way, those areas that seem to be the most gray can become clearer to us. View Resource

  • Ethics for Situations Devotional

    1 Timothy 1:3–11

    How do you define what love is? Do you look to whatever “feels like love,” bowing to pressure from your friends and family? Maybe television, movies, or magazines determine what love is for you? Take some time today and meditate on 1 John 2:28–3:10 so that you can better understand how love and righteousness are inseparably related. Spend time in fellowship this week with a godly couple so that your resolve to follow God’s law might be strengthened. View Resource

  • Dying in Faith Devotional

    1 Corinthians 15:1–58

    The resurrection of Christ guarantees that He has made an effectual sacrifice for sin and that we too will one day be resurrected. It guarantees the justice of God and gives us hope in the midst of this evil world. Thank God for raising Christ from the dead, and strive to live your life in anticipation of this glorious hope. View Resource