• Abide in Him Devotional

    1 John 2:28–29

    Verse 28 tells us that we will not be ashamed at the second coming if we abide in Christ. While our own efforts are not what get us into the kingdom, they do reflect that we have been born of God, and they enable us to look forward to final judgment with confidence, knowing that we are His people. If you do not look confidently toward final judgment, ask yourself if it is because you neglect righteousness. If so, repent and endeavor today to be holy, just as God is holy. View Resource

  • The Atonement Devotional

    Mark 15:21–39

    One of the reasons Islam is able to gain a hearing is because of humanity’s natural tendency toward self-sufficiency. We think that we are able to pay our debt and to do what needs to be done to save ourselves. However, God Himself promised to resolve the infinite debt incurred by the one sin, and He sent one person with infinite righteousness to rescue us from judgment. Meditate today on Romans 3:21–26 so to keep you mindful of your need for an atonement. View Resource

  • Avoiding False Teachers Devotional

    Romans 16:17

    No matter how biblically faithful its confession and creeds, no church or denomination is immune from false teachers. If church leaders will not keep watch over the orthodoxy of their ministers and if congregations refuse to be on watch for error, it is only a matter of time before falsehood takes root and grows unchecked like a cancer. Leaders and laypeople alike have the responsibility of making sure their churches remain united in the truth of the gospel. View Resource

  • The Birth of Islam Devotional

    Galatians 1:6–9

    Mohammed did have contact with some Christian groups whose orthodoxy was questionable on matters like the person of Christ. Is it just possible, looking at things from a human perspective, that Islam would never have been established if someone was available to explain accurately the way of God to Mohammed? Nevertheless we know that Islam was established in God’s providence. Ask the Lord to help you understand biblical doctrine so that you can defend it. View Resource

  • Blasphemous Judgments Devotional

    Jude 8–10

    Christians today often substitute other authorities for the authority of the Bible. Many in the Pentecostal movement base their doctrines more on visionary experiences than on the Word of God. Even among Reformed believers, there can be a tendency to spend more time studying systematic theology than Scripture. Make a plan to allow for the devotion of your time and effort to the study of God’s Word. View Resource

  • Christian Irrationalism Devotional

    1 John 1:1–4

    Christian irrationalism often manifests itself in group Bible studies where each individual describes what the text means to them. Though a text may have different individual applications, it can only have one universal meaning. When you are in a group Bible study, be careful about saying things like “what this text means to me is ….” View Resource

  • Christ’s Word and the Believer Devotional

    Colossians 3:16-17

    Paul closes out Colossians 3:17 by reminding us to do everything in the name of Jesus. This entails not merely an action accompanied by an audible expression of “in Jesus name”; rather, to do something in His name is to act in the ways the apostle has described in verses 12–17. As we live ever-thankful lives for the love God has shown us, we will be humble, kind, patient, meek, and forgiving, and thereby act in Christ’s holy name. View Resource

  • Dead to the World or Alive? Devotional

    Colossians 2:20

    Out of His great love for us, God warns His people against legalism and false religious practices because hoping in rules, astrology, and other false spiritualities only gives Satan and the flesh more influence over us. But when we pursue the pure, undefiled religion revealed in Scripture — the gospel of Christ alone — and treat others in love, refusing to judge them by standards we have created, we render the evil forces in the world powerless. View Resource

  • Do Not Receive Him Devotional

    2 John 7–13

    Are you unwittingly supporting the work of false teachers? Perhaps some of the money you are giving to local charities is being funneled to groups who do community service while being hostile to Christianity. Take some time today to look at your charitable giving and discern exactly what groups and people your dollars are going to. If funds are being diverted to groups who oppose the Gospel, adjust your giving accordingly. View Resource

  • False Signs and Wonders Devotional

    Mark 13:21–23

    The truth of a teacher’s words is determined not by the feats he can perform but by the orthodoxy of what he teaches. We are never to follow anyone who perverts the truth of God’s Word, no matter how gifted that person is, how large of an organization that person commands, or how amazing that person’s work seems to be. View Resource

  • Fleshly Persecution Devotional

    Galatians 4:28–31

    Professing Christians throughout our land are compromising the truth of the gospel to get along with false teachers and others who clearly reject the biblical gospel and the lifestyle it promotes. Martin Luther responds with this sober warning: “Whoso will not suffer the persecution of Ishmael, let him not profess himself to be a Christian.” Let us be willing to lose church buildings, reputations, and livelihood if that is what it takes to remain true to Jesus. View Resource

  • God in Christ Devotional

    Colossians 2:9-10

    To say that all we need is Christ for growth in grace is not somehow to make the Word of God, the sacraments, or the church superfluous. Jesus, by His Spirit, dwells in us, but remaining sin means that we are often deaf to His leading. Through His proclaimed Word, our Savior speaks, teaching us how to discern His direction in our lives. By faith, to have His Word is to have Christ, for it is an expression of Himself. View Resource

  • Godly and Dignified Lives Devotional

    1 Timothy 2:1-2

    John Calvin says that if “we are at all moved by solicitude about the peace of society, or godliness, or decency, let us remember that we ought also to be solicitous about those through whose agency we obtain such distinguished benefits.” Do we pray for the Lord to convert our enemies, whether or not they are in positions of authority? Are we respecting leaders insofar as it does not require us to violate Scripture? God commands us to do both of these things. View Resource

  • God Our Father Devotional

    John 1:12–13

    The misunderstanding of the love and fatherhood of God that is so prevalent in our culture makes it hard for us to speak of these concepts and be heard rightly. As we seek to emphasize other biblical concerns like God’s justice and holiness, however, we must make sure that we never lose sight of the personal love, compassion, and tenderness that our Father has for His people. Spend some time today thinking on God’s great love and ask Him to keep you ever mindful of it. View Resource

  • A Heavenly Gospel Devotional

    Galatians 1:11–12

    Paul in Galatians often says things like “the gospel that I proclaim” (2:2) in order to set the true message of salvation apart from the different gospel of the Judaizers. Make no mistake, however, Paul knew that it was God’s gospel (Rom. 1:1), ordained by Him and not subject to change. We did not receive the gospel through a vision of Christ as Paul did but through the preaching of God’s Word, which Word cannot be compromised. View Resource