• The Unquenchable Fire of Hell Devotional

    Mark 9:43–50

    Hell is a reality that’s perhaps painful for us to think about, so from one perspective it is understandable that we do not often like to talk about it. However, we must not view things from our perspective but from God’s perspective. He calls us to preach the reality of hell—the bad news—so that people might understand how much they need the good news of the gospel. Let us not neglect hell as we tell other people about Jesus. View Resource

  • Saying Goodbye to the Former Things Devotional

    Revelation 21:1–22:5

    The Bible depicts the vision of God’s face as the supreme blessing of salvation (Num. 6:22–27; 1 Cor. 13:12; 1 John 3:2). We can hardly envision what seeing our Lord’s countenance will be like, but it will be far more wonderful than the most glorious reality we can imagine. When we see God face-to-face, we will be enraptured with His beauty that will consume us for eternity and never bore us. May we long for that day and let that hope shape us in all the years to come. View Resource

  • Saying Goodbye to the Former Things Devotional

    Revelation 21:1–22:5

    The Bible depicts the vision of God’s face as the supreme blessing of salvation (Num. 6:22–27; 1 Cor. 13:12; 1 John 3:2). We can hardly envision what seeing our Lord’s countenance will be like, but it will be far more wonderful than the most glorious reality we can imagine. When we see God face-to-face, we will be enraptured with His beauty that will consume us for eternity and never bore us. May we long for that day and let that hope shape us in all the years to come. View Resource

  • Bearing the Man of Heaven’s Image Devotional

    1 Corinthians 15:35–49

    We do not need to know many details about the intermediate state, or even our final state for that matter. It is enough to know that the Lord says it will be better than what we enjoy now, for He is trustworthy and we know that He only speaks the truth. Yet God is gracious in giving us some details to satisfy our curiosity. In any case, the best thing about heaven is that Christ will be there, and He will satisfy our deepest longings for goodness, truth, beauty, and love. View Resource

  • Thoughts of Home Devotional

    John 14:1–3

    God is faithful and His Word is sure, so we need not fear that anything awaits believers after our deaths except heaven. Jesus sees our final dwelling with Him as so important that He has gone on before us to prepare this home for us. Ultimately, heaven will come to earth at the final resurrection and we will dwell with Him in a new creation forever (Rev. 21). But all Christians who die before this judgment are ushered into Christ’s immediate presence in heaven (Phil. 1:21–23). View Resource

  • The Lord’s Purpose for the Wicked Devotional

    Proverbs 16:4

    In keeping with Romans 9, Matthew Henry writes that the wicked exist to reveal the glory of the Lord’s justice. “[God] made all according to his will and for his praise; he designed to serve his own purposes by all his creatures, and he will not fail of his designs; all are his servants. The wicked he is not glorified by, but he will be glorified upon.” God will be glorified in the reprobate. Though they do not praise Him now, He will be praised for His justice to them on the last day. View Resource

  • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 3:9–15

    It has been noted that you “never see a u-Haul following a hearse.” Moving trucks do not follow people to the grave, for there is nothing that we own in this life that we can take with us when we die. That is why we must hold onto our things loosely. There will come a time when we have to give them up. If we are not in a right relationship with the Lord and do not share His eternal perspective, we will be unprepared to let go when we need to let go. View Resource

  • The Potter and the Clay Devotional

    Romans 9:20b-24

    Election and reprobation are deep truths that defy our attempts to grasp them fully. God has told us some things about His purposes in election and reprobation, but He has not answered every question we have. In cases like these, John Calvin says that “a mystery which our minds cannot comprehend ought to be reverently adored.” Let us reverence the Lord for His love and justice shown in election and reprobation even though we cannot understand these doctrines completely. View Resource

  • Eternal Punishment Devotional

    Revelation 20

    Many people believe the doctrine of eternal conscious punishment is incompatible with God’s love. However, Jesus Christ—the fullest manifestation of God’s love—spoke more about hell than anyone else. In fact, hell is the inevitable result of God’s love for His own glory and for the love we see between the persons of the Godhead. Each person of the Trinity loves the glory of the other persons so much that He will not tolerate those who impenitently attempt to deface this glory by their sin. View Resource

  • Glorifying God in Heaven Devotional

    Hebrews 12:18–29

    At issue in the worship wars is not old versus new but God-honoring worship versus irreverence. There are contemporary forms of worship that strive to keep God at the center, and there are traditional forms of worship that fail to take the Lord seriously. The important thing about worship is making sure that it takes God and His weightiness seriously and that it is designed for His people, that they might glorify Him and hear His Word. View Resource

  • The Blessedness No One Has Imagined Devotional

    1 Corinthians 2:9–10

    The first question and answer of the Westminster Shorter Catechism tells us that our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. In glory, we will enjoy God face to face and experience His loveliness and holiness directly. This vision will be fully satisfying, and we will never tire of it. In eternity to come, we will continue to grow in our understanding of the Lord and our love for Him, and this process will never end. View Resource

  • Our Glorious Future Devotional

    1 John 3:2

    Christ’s work of salvation is comprehensive, involving not only rescue from the penalty and power of sin but also from sin’s corruption. We who are in Jesus can look forward to the day when even our bodies will be perfected, and the Spirit, who dwells within us now, will be the One to perfect our bodies. On that day, we will be like Jesus, and we are to pattern our lives after His example now in glorious anticipation of that final day. View Resource

  • Life After Death Devotional

    John 14:1–4

    In many ways, the world teaches us to dread the day of death. Yet while death in and of itself is an intruder in the created order and an enemy to the people of God, there is a sense in which we can legitimately look forward to the day on which we die because at that point we will enter into our eternal, heavenly dwelling. Unless the Lord returns beforehand, death represents the point at which we will first see God face to face. View Resource

  • No More Tears Devotional

    Revelation 21:1–22:5

    Try to imagine the most beautiful thing you have ever seen. Maybe it is a painting, a landscape, or a person. As wonderful as that image may be, it cannot be compared to the beauty we will see when we gaze on the Lord’s face. May we be like the psalmist and long to see Him above all else (Ps. 27:4). As far as you are able, work to incorporate beauty into your private devotion. Paint a picture to God’s glory or sing a beautiful song to Him. For further study: View Resource

  • Rising from the Dust Devotional

    1 Corinthians 15:35–49

    Unfortunately, many early Christians found it hard to get rid of the Greek philosophical notion that matter is bad while spirit is good. That is not a biblical concept. The earth and all on it, including human beings, was originally “very good” (Gen. 1:31). Our salvation is more than just spiritual, our bodies will also be restored. Acknowledging this fact will help us to be more attuned to satisfying the earthly needs of others in anticipation of the restoration of all things. View Resource