• The Widow’s Sacrificial Contribution Devotional

    Mark 12:41–44

    In his commentary Mark, Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “God is not so much concerned with what we give as how we give.” Above all, the Lord is looking at our hearts, and He esteems those who have hearts that are willing to make sacrifices for His kingdom. Are you giving to the work of God in a way that pleases Him? View Resource

  • The One-Flesh Union Devotional

    Mark 10:1–9

    As we will see in our study of Mark 10:10–12, God does permit divorce in certain situations. That does not mean, however, that applying His commandments regarding marriage and divorce is a simple matter. This is where we need the help of good and godly pastors and elders who know God’s Word, seek to protect the innocent, and are concerned for justice. View Resource

  • Who Is the Greatest? Devotional

    Mark 9:33–35

    We live in a culture obsessed with fame, with achieving “greatness” so that it can be lorded over others. But Jesus explains that we will find true greatness only through serving others. In all of our interactions with other people, our first question should be, how can we best serve them? View Resource

  • When Darkness Is Our Companion Devotional

    Psalm 88

    Many Christian authors have written about “the dark night of the soul” or “spiritual depression,” referring to those times when God seems far away and we feel spiritually dry and down. At such times, we are not to believe that the Lord has really left us; rather, He remains with us to guide us through the valley of darkness for His name’s sake. Even if all we can confess is our spiritual sorrow, it is worth bringing to the Lord in prayer. View Resource

  • Fools and Their Folly Devotional

    Proverbs 26:11–12

    Humanly speaking, there seems to be no hope for the self-deluded fool. Given the omnipotent grace of Christ, however, the gospel can break through and reach the hearts of even those who are the most hardened in their folly. God often chooses to redeem those who are the most self-deluded, so we should not believe that He cannot save the fools we know. Instead, we should pray for them. Also, let us pray for ourselves that we would not repeat our folly. View Resource

  • What Really Matters in the End? Devotional

    Proverbs 16:8

    In light of the entire canon of Scripture, the only kind of righteousness that avails for eternal life is the righteousness of Christ that is imputed to us by faith alone (2 Cor. 5:21). But those who have received such an imputation will also begin to live according to the pattern of their Savior. They will increasingly become righteous in practice. And this growth in godliness can happen whether the believer is a millionaire or can barely eke out a living. View Resource

  • An Unsatisfied Appetite Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 6:7–9

    Those who live in societies that are characterized by great wealth and abundance must take special care not to make gods out of their appetites. There is nothing wrong with having nice things, but if we think those nice things will make us content, we will never find ourself in a place of happiness. The more that we own, the greater the temptation to make what we own the source of our contentment. But Christ alone can satisfy us permanently. View Resource

  • Impurity Condemned Devotional

    Ephesians 5:3-5

    The antidote to covetousness and the sexual immorality it inspires is thanksgiving (Eph. 5:4). When we recognize how greatly the Lord has blessed us and how we do not deserve God’s favor, we are more likely to be content with what our Creator has given us. In turn, contentment kills our natural inclination to think that we do not have enough and that we deserve what God has given to others. Thank the Lord for your blessings this day. View Resource

  • Ignorance and Hardness Devotional

    Ephesians 4:17-19

    Sin affects our entire being, including our ability to love, our capacity to reason, and our physical bodies. The longer we persist in sin, the harder it is to see and do the will of God, so we must endeavor never to give in to temptation. Growth in the grace of Christ makes us increasingly willing to stand firm against ungodliness, but we make ourselves more susceptible to the influence of sin the longer we indulge it. View Resource

  • Final Greetings for Philemon Devotional

    Philemon 23-25

    We who profess the name of Christ must follow Him even when He gives rules we do not like. People who are tempted to commit homosexual acts may not like the call to turn from these deeds, but if they are to follow Jesus, turn from them they must. We may prefer to gossip, commit adultery, lie, cheat, or steal, but turn from these acts we must if we want to be the Lord’s disciples. God’s Word is our standard, not our likes and dislikes. View Resource

  • Joy and Comfort in Christ Devotional

    Philemon 7

    As we think about the believers in days gone by, it is always important that we acknowledge the truth about the things that they did. We do these believers no favors if we pretend that participation in ungodly systems of kidnapping and racism was not so bad simply because they may have been exemplary in other matters. At the same time, we should beware of judging them too harshly, for none of us lives out the gospel’s implications perfectly. View Resource

  • A New Humanity in Christ Devotional

    Colossians 3:9-11

    The image of God has not been entirely destroyed in fallen humanity, but our sense of what it means to function as we were originally designed has been severely warped. Consequently, we must learn what it means to be human, and that can be done only in the context of a church that is faithful to the Word of the Savior who is the very image of God. We cannot grow spiritually, much less learn to be human, without the church of Christ. View Resource

  • Lively and Gracious Speech Devotional

    Colossians 4:6

    Jesus’ teaching in parables is an excellent illustration of the kind of speech that Paul talks about in today’s passage. His words were memorable, exciting, and attracted many to follow Him. At the same time, there was no hint that He pandered to the crowds, for many people were also turned off by His teaching. In preaching the gospel and living out its implications, we must do our best to follow His example in these things. View Resource

  • Living in Exile Devotional

    Nehemiah 1:1-3

    When it comes to the “culture war,” American evangelicals often embrace one of two extremes. On the one hand, they can give up trying to influence society altogether. On the other, they might believe the nation will be saved if we elect the right people and pass the right laws. A more biblical approach would be to affirm the legitimacy of Christians serving the common good in the public square while recognizing that the gospel saves, not moralism. View Resource

  • What Time Is It? Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

    Fundamentally, Scripture is concerned to answer this question: What time is it? The answer that it gives for the present era is that we are living in the last days, that period when the gospel goes forth in power to bring the nations into the kingdom of God (Heb. 1:1–4). We must be focused on accomplishing this great task, which involves times of prayer for the lost and periods in which we reach out to unsaved friends and family. View Resource