• Measured Speech Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 5:1–3

    When we come into the Lord’s presence, it is particularly important for us to be purposeful about what we say and how we listen. We should come to corporate worship expecting a word from God, namely, the faithful exposition of the Scriptures. Moreover, we should pray to the Lord with words carefully considered. We are to be quick to listen and slow to speak, responding to God thoughtfully that we might love Him with all of our hearts and minds. View Resource

  • 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 Sorrow That Attends Knowledge Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 1:16-18

    Coming to understand the limitations of our knowledge and wisdom can be deeply sorrowing. At the same time, however, there are senses in which it can be liberating. First, knowing the limits of our own understanding forces us to flee for refuge to Christ and to recognize that we are ever-dependent on the grace of His wisdom. Furthermore, knowing that our wisdom is limited frees us from the burden of feeling like we must be an expert in all areas of life and knowledge. View Resource

  • Heeding Godly Authorities Devotional

    Proverbs 1:8-9

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage, “Those are truly valuable, and shall be valued, who value themselves more by their virtue and piety than by their worldly wealth and dignity.” A life of wisdom gained by heeding the godly instruction of parents and others is a far greater adornment than the best jewels money can buy. Such a life evidences the presence of saving faith and will receive the Lord’s commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” View Resource

  • Vanity of Vanities Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

    As Christians, we know that the life to which Ecclesiastes points, that which is beyond life “under the sun” in this present world, is life in the presence of God Himself. Ultimately, we can find meaning in life only in the Creator who has created all things and invests them with meaning. Many things in this world will escape our grasp, but we can rest in the fact that God understands them, that He is working out all things for the good of those who love Him (Rom. 8:28). View Resource

  • Greetings From Paul’s Associates Devotional

    Romans 16:21-24

    Today’s passage shows us yet again that even the Apostles had valued coworkers in ministry and depended on others for their efforts. Indeed, this is how the Lord has made us—to rely on each other for fellowship and for assistance in ministry and in pleasing Him. There is no such thing as a healthy “lone ranger” Christian. We need each other, and as we share in the family of the saints, we all benefit. View Resource

  • Our Debt to the Jews Devotional

    Romans 15:25-27

    As Gentile Christians, we owe a great debt to the old covenant community and the Jewish people. God chose them as the first recipients of His special revelation. He saves the world through a Messiah who is of Jewish ethnicity. Jewish Apostles wrote the vast majority of the New Testament (Luke-Acts being the exception) and preached the gospel to the Gentiles. Let us not forget that debt, and let us seek to “repay” it by supporting Christian ministry to the Jewish people. View Resource

  • Passing Judgment on Ourselves Devotional

    Romans 14:22b

    Though we sometimes feel guilty for things that are not actually sins, we should always pay attention to the voice of our consciences when we experience guilt. When we feel guilt, we must endeavor to understand, according to God’s Word, whether the guilt is true or false, whether it reflects an actual sin or something we wrongly believe to be a sin. If it is true guilt, repentance must be our response. If it is false guilt, we may set it aside and thank Christ for our freedom in Him. View Resource

  • Protecting the Work of God Devotional

    Romans 14:20-21

    Christian freedom carries with it the heavy responsibility of never using our freedom in a way that harms tender consciences, and the duty never to impose our personal scruples regarding indifferent matters on others. Besides studying God’s Word, one of the best ways to fulfill these duties is to seek to understand those who differ with us and why they take their view. In so doing, we build one another up and come to a better grasp of what the Lord has to say on these matters. View Resource

  • Peace and Mutual Upbuilding Devotional

    Romans 14:19

    Paul’s call for mutual peace and upbuilding is directed primarily to the strong Christians in Rome as an appeal for them to act in such a way that would benefit the immature. Still, its inclusion in a letter addressed to the entire church means he wanted weaker believers to hear it also. They, too, were to strive for mutual upbuilding, not imposing their views regarding indifferent matters on others. Today this mandate is still in force for believers at every stage of the Christian walk. View Resource

  • Preserving Christ’s Sheep Devotional

    Romans 14:15-16

    Christians who choose not to exercise their liberty before immature believers need not do the same when they are not with immature believers. The weaker brother may not bind the conscience of the stronger believer, and as we will see, the weaker brother is actually expected to grow out of his misunderstanding regarding morally indifferent matters. May the strong walk with wisdom in these issues but not let others bind them where Christ has left them free. View Resource

  • The Judgment of God in Christ Devotional

    Romans 14:10-12

    If we are in Christ Jesus by faith alone, the sin of judgmentalism will not keep us out of the kingdom. We will find ourselves repenting for this transgression, and the blood of our Savior will cover us where we fall short. Still, we must remember that God’s weighing of our hearts will determine the rewards we receive in heaven. We are granted heaven by grace alone through faith alone, but a judgmental spirit will reduce the blessings we will receive once we are actually there. View Resource

  • Paying Our Taxes Devotional

    Romans 13:6-7

    God calls us to pay taxes, not to approve of everything our tax money pays for. In Paul’s day, tax money was used to pay the salaries of soldiers and other officials who persecuted Christians and committed other evils. Nevertheless, Paul told the church at Rome to pay its taxes anyway. Paying our taxes is not a sign that we endorse everything the government does with our money; rather, it is one way we fulfill God’s command to submit to the state. View Resource

  • Submission for Conscience’s Sake Devotional

    Romans 13:5

    Doing good for any reason is better than doing evil, but the Lord does not find our doing good pleasing unless we are doing it for the right reasons. Only those who have been transformed by the grace of God can do what is right for the right reasons. As Christians, we are called to have consciences trained by the Word of God, so that we might more and more seek to serve the Lord because it is right for us to do so and not only because we fear His discipline. View Resource

  • The Government and the Sword Devotional

    Romans 13:4b

    There is a division of labor between the state and the church. The state punishes evildoers with the sword, and the church preaches the gospel. The state may not do the church’s job, and the church may not do the state’s job. However, that does not mean the church may not speak to the state. In fact, the church is to be the conscience of the state, calling it to do its job of protecting human life and punishing criminals. View Resource