• The Hope of Jews and Gentiles Devotional

    Romans 15:8-12

    Christ came to meet the needs of His people, to humble Himself and do whatever was necessary to redeem us from our bondage to sin. He did this without respect to ethnicity, which means that we are to welcome all who trust in Christ alone no matter their background. Jesus has confirmed the promises to the patriarchs, and therefore we are to seek unity among all Christians of every nationality, unity that is grounded in the truth of our Lord’s person and work. View Resource

  • Our Longing for Bodily Redemption Devotional

    Romans 8:23-25

    Christians have a deep, persistent longing to be completely free from our fallen condition. Sometimes we do not feel very patient in waiting for freedom from the presence of sin, but the surety of its coming should cause us to experience more and more patience as we await the full and final outworking of God’s purposes. Since we know that we will be glorified, we can endure all of our shortcomings in the present, repenting over them as we look forward to what is to come. View Resource

  • Our Christian Hope Devotional

    Romans 5:3–5

    That God pours His love for us into our hearts helps us to be confident that those who receive such an outpouring will endure to the end in faith. If the Lord Himself convinces us of His own love for us, and He must do so since His love is an omnipotent and everlasting love, how can we not persevere until the end? As we grow in our knowledge of God’s love for us His people, we are encouraged to love Him more in return, and by this we know that we will see Him in glory. View Resource

  • The Return of Christ Devotional

    Titus 2:11–14

    Although the Spirit of God must work apart from our efforts to give us spiritual life, we are not to be passive recipients of God’s grace after we have trusted in Christ by faith alone. The new birth begins a lifelong process of sanctification in which we cooperate with the Holy Spirit to mortify sin, do good, and serve God. We properly wait for Jesus’ return by doing His will, not by sitting on our hands and wishing for an escape from this fallen world. View Resource

  • Our Living Hope Devotional

    1 Peter 1:3-5

    Jesus’ death is not significant because He was a good man who died but because He was a perfect man who died and rose again. The resurrection is certain proof that death has no rightful claim on those who obey God perfectly and, therefore, that it has no rightful claim on those who are declared just by faith alone. Christ’s resurrection proves His obedience, thereby confirming our safety from God’s wrath when this merit is imputed to us. View Resource

  • The Surety of Our Resurrection Devotional

    1 Corinthians 15:3–34

    Knowing that Jesus has been raised from the dead gives us the sure hope of eternal life and the confidence that all wrongs will eventually be righted. We are sure that Jesus has been raised from the dead because of the sure testimony of the Word of God, testimony that is confirmed by the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, the historical witness to the resurrection, and much more. We can trust the sure promises of our trustworthy Creator. View Resource

  • The Hope to Which We are Called Devotional

    Ephesians 1:18-20

    Our subjective confidence that we belong to Christ is a great blessing indeed, and it is available to all of those who are in Jesus. The Spirit will give us assurance even when we are alone (assuring us that in fact we are never really alone). Sin often makes us deaf to this hope, however, and thus we need the Word and the sacraments regularly, for in them the Spirit reassures us that Jesus lived, died, and rose for all those who cast themselves upon Him for salvation. View Resource

  • Truth and Hope Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:6-7

    All of us have experienced betrayals in our lives wherein somebody did not keep a promise or otherwise violated our trust. When God calls us to be trusting people, He knows that many will betray us, but that does not give us license to refuse to trust anyone in the future. May we ask God to give us good discernment when it comes to trusting others and to equip us to be trustworthy people ourselves. View Resource

  • The Grounding of Hope Devotional

    Colossians 1:3-5a

    The apostles often refer to Christian hope in the New Testament, and it is easy for us to read our modern understanding of the term into Scripture, believing that Christian hope lacks certainty. But our hope as Christians does not refer to something that may or may not be; rather, it is grounded in real events that will surely come to pass. Hoping in God means simply that we have a sure expectation of Him to be true to His Word. View Resource

  • Truth and Hope Devotional

    1 Corinthians 13:6–7

    Scripture speaks of hope as an anchor (Heb. 6:19) because it looks forward to the sure promises of our God. Hope is not merely a desire for something that may not come to pass. All the blessings and glory the true and wise God has promised to His people will most certainly come to pass. Therefore, we have no reason to be ashamed. Do you trust the promises of God to finish His good work in you (Phil. 1:6)? Ask Him to help you hope on Him today. View Resource

  • Future Grace Devotional

    1 Peter 1:13

    Until we are glorified, we must daily seek to keep our minds focused on the hope of Christ’s salvation. The presence of sin makes it all too easy for us to think that we can hope partly in Christ and partly in something else. We must turn from anything that prevents us from soberly pursuing Christ, including physical addictions and other less tangible forms of idolatry. Find some accountability to help you avoid those things that prevent you from following Jesus fully. View Resource

  • Rejoice in Hope Devotional

    1 Peter 1:6–7

    Christian joy neither stoically denies the hardships of life nor pretends that we are happy when we are deeply sad. While we live in this fallen world, grief and joy exist together. We grieve because life is hard and because pain is real. But in faith we can rejoice, looking forward to the day when all will be renewed, knowing that Christ’s resurrection guarantees this hope. Find someone with whom you can share your grief and who will help you rejoice in your eternal hope. View Resource

  • Things Hoped For Devotional

    Hebrews 11:1–2

    The arrival of the new heavens and the new earth is one example of a promise that has yet to be fulfilled. But the resurrection and ascension of Christ guarantees that the whole created order will be transformed. Ask the Lord to increase your faith, and remember that the work of Christ guarantees that God will be faithful to us. View Resource

  • Our Cherished Hope Devotional

    Romans 5:2

    You may have been a Christian for many years, but in a very real sense you are still standing in the “foyer” of God’s grace. He is going to take you farther on, even unto glorification, when you will see His face. Do you actively think about this great and certain hope? Do so, that your faith might be strengthened and your heart encouraged. View Resource

  • Trusting in Death Devotional

    1 Corinthians 15:12-22

    It is normal to fear death, for death is not normal. Do you struggle with this fear? Remind yourself that Christ’s resurrection is the heart of your faith. He said He would not stay dead, and He did not. Then reflect on His promises for believers in the next life (see below). Take this struggle to Him and ask for the ability to trust Him for all eternity. View Resource