• Appearances Can Be Deceiving Devotional

    Colossians 2:23

    God’s law is good, but in itself cannot put the flesh to death because the problem is not simply that we do not obey the Lord but that we do not want to obey Him apart from the grace He shows us in Christ Jesus. But even once we have been redeemed, merely keeping the commands does not advance us in holiness if we do not have an inward desire to please the Lord. May we continually ask God to grant us this desire. View Resource

  • Coveting and Self-Destruction Devotional

    Proverbs 12:12

    In our market-driven culture, the temptation to covet that which belongs to others is constantly before us. Thus, we need all the help we can get to find contentment in those things we cannot change. We need Christian friends to remind us to be thankful for all that we have. Most of all, we need to seek the face of God and implore the help of the Holy Spirit to help us be content. View Resource

  • The Tenth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:17

    The answer to covetousness is not the absence of all desire, as in Buddhism, but rather the cultivation of contentment (1 Tim. 6:6–10). It can be a long journey on the way to discovering how to be content in every circumstance, but if we are endeavoring to be grateful to God for every blessing He has given to us, then we will be less inclined to covet that which is not ours. This day, let us be thankful to the Lord for the blessings we now possess. View Resource

  • Holy Truth Devotional

    1 Peter 2:22

    Of all the lies we might tell, the most dangerous are probably those lies we tell ourselves to make us believe we are not really sinning. Given our susceptibility to falling into sin, we must be extra careful to examine thoroughly the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. Let us think carefully about what we do and why we do it, so that we may not be liars to ourselves or others. View Resource

  • Lies and Their Consequences Devotional

    Deuteronomy 19:16-21

    The Lord, being the font of wisdom and truth, has given us fair principles for guiding His community. It is essential, therefore, for a healthy church to follow His law, showing grace to the repentant and applying discipline when professing believers harden their hearts. A healthy church is going to take all of God’s Word seriously, refusing to tolerate false witness and taking tangible steps when it attempts to flourish in the body. View Resource

  • The Ninth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:16

    Slander and gossip pervade our culture, and thus it is very easy to break the ninth commandment without being aware that we are actually doing anything wrong. As those who have been called out of the darkness of sin into God’s holy light, we Christians must be those who are most careful about what we say, not gossiping or repeating slander, always zealous to speak the truth to others. View Resource

  • Stealing from God Devotional

    Malachi 3:6-12

    It is tempting to give God only the leftovers after we have spent our income on ourselves. Yet this should not be the attitude of the Lord’s people, for what we own is His, and He has said that a portion of it belongs to the work of His kingdom. As we sit down to write checks and issue payments each month, let us give to our Father first by supporting gospel ministers and helping the needy — especially those in Christ’s church the world over. View Resource

  • The Eighth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:15

    We have no right to another person’s time, income, or property, and so we must be very careful never to steal any of these from our neighbor, whether directly or indirectly. For example, we should keep the appointments we have made in order to keep from stealing time from others. We must also be faithful employees by not lazily wasting (stealing) time, expecting to get paid for doing very little. View Resource

  • The Seventh Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:14

    Western culture presently suffers from a lustful decadence that makes it hard to stand for purity in a way that offers the grace of the gospel to sinners without compromising God’s high standards. As we deal with sexual sinners both within and without the church, may we remember that even they have a place at the Lord’s Table if they trust in Christ Jesus alone, endeavoring to turn from sin and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. View Resource

  • A Murderer from the Start Devotional

    John 8:44

    Scripture’s emphasis on both the inward attitudes of evil and the outward deeds of wickedness results in a doctrine of sin that is both robust and realistic. The problem of sin is rooted within, and it takes an inward cleansing by the Holy Spirit to release us from the predicament of being in Adam. Let us rejoice that we have “become partakers of the divine nature” by faith and are therefore able to please God in what we do and think. View Resource

  • The Sixth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:13

    Ephesians 4:26 tells us that there are times when we may be righteously angry, but distinguishing this from the kind of malice forbidden in the sixth commandment can be quite difficult. We must be cautious when we find ourselves angry with other people, asking ourselves whether we are right to be so mad. May we in our anger not wish harm upon other people, but that they would see the error of their ways and come to repentance. View Resource

  • A Dual Responsibility Devotional

    Ephesians 6:1–4

    Boundaries and other elements of discipline will necessarily vary a bit from family to family depending on cultural location and other factors. What should be the same across the board, however, is an attempt not to put rules on children that are not grounded in Scripture. Part of not exasperating children involves letting them be children, under the wise guidance of humble parents, of course. View Resource

  • Causing Parents to Rejoice Devotional

    Proverbs 23:24–25

    Parents who still have children at home should take every opportunity they can to make sure they learn the teachings of our holy faith. Catechism memory, home devotionals, Sunday school, and Lord’s Day worship are all opportunities for children to learn what pleases God. Adult children can seek to learn from their godly parents through initiating conversations about spiritual things, studying the Bible together. View Resource

  • The Fifth Commandment Devotional

    Exodus 20:12

    Honoring parents requires us to see that their special needs are met in retirement, especially when we cannot meet such needs by ourselves in our own homes. Honoring them means that we do not forget them; rather, we must make sure they are well cared for. Honoring our parents also means that we care for aged people in our congregations, visiting them and seeking to learn from them. View Resource

  • The Rest to Come Devotional

    Psalm 95

    When we rest on the Lord’s Day, we are reminded that the world has not yet been transformed and that there is a better day coming when we will no longer have to deal with thorns and thistles or any of the other pain that is present in a world still suffering the effects of the curse. This Lord’s Day, as you are in worship and at home, take some time to meditate on the eternal rest to come to all who are in Christ Jesus. View Resource