• Choosing Friends Wisely Devotional

    Proverbs 22:24-25

    Today’s passage is not a call for us to withdraw entirely from the world (1 Cor. 5:9–10); rather, it is a wise admonition for us to be discerning in our friendships. It is one thing to be friends with a person who has a bad temper, understands his problem, and is working to get it under control, but it is something far different to be friends with one who shows no understanding of his anger and who does not care in the least to control it. May we be wise in choosing our friends. View Resource

  • The Costs and Demands of Love Devotional

    Philemon 17-18

    Are you hesitating to do something that godly love compels you to do? If so, then may Philemon encourage you to stop putting it off and move forward today. Insofar as we are able, we must seek to be reconciled to those who have wronged us or whom we have wronged. Meditate on Paul’s epistle to Philemon and pray that you would be empowered to love others even when it is hardest to do so. 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

  • Onesimus’ Return Devotional

    Philemon 11-13

    Do you have relationships with other believers that would enable you to say with Paul that you would be sending away your “heart” if you were to move or otherwise lose the chance for face-to-face fellowship? God did not make us to function alone as believers, and we all need close Christian friendships to help us grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ Jesus. What are you doing to forge these relationships? View Resource

  • Epaphras and Luke Devotional

    Colossians 4:12-15

    We should never despise the work of our pastors and elders in prayer, for it is this task to which they are called (Acts 6:1–7), and it is necessary for the building up of our churches. Ordained elders in the church should be focused on prayer, praying both at home for their sheep and attending any special prayer meetings that are called. Those who are not ordained elders should take time to thank their leaders for praying on their behalf. View Resource