Daily Devotions

Agony in the Garden

By Ben Stokes SCRIPTURE Matthew 26:36-46 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; [...]

A New Covenant

By Michael Reeder SCRIPTURE Matthew 26:26-30 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it, broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all [...]

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

By Stacy Perkins SCRIPTURE John 13:1-15 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already [...]

Who Is Seeking Who?

By Todd Core SCRIPTURE Luke 19:1-10 “Today salvation has come to this house,” Jesus told him, “because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.” (vv. 9-10) OBSERVATION If you went to church as a kid or even made the VBS circuit [...]

With a Glint in His Eye

By Todd Core SCRIPTURE Luke 16:19-31 “I know, Father Abraham,” he said, “but they’re not listening. If someone came back from the dead, they would change their ways.” Abraham replied, “If they won’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, they’re not going to be convinced by someone who rises from the dead.” (vv. 30-31) OBSERVATION [...]

Surely You Know

By John Richardson SCRIPTURE Proverbs 30:1–4 [1] The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle. The man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out. [2] Surely, I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man. [3] I have not learned [...]

Not a Hallmark Card

By Charles Roberds  SCRIPTURE Hebrews 3:13 Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. OBSERVATION If you were to ask someone what my spiritual gifts are, encouragement would not be at the top of the list. To be honest, writing a [...]

Joyful Prayer

By John Richardson SCRIPTURE Philippians 1:3–11 [3] I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, [4] always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, [5] because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. [6] And I am sure of this, that he [...]

To Be or Not To Be

By Jeffie Burns SCRIPTURE Matthew 5:3-10 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are [...]

Wilderness Worship

By John Richardson SCRIPTURE Psalm 63:1–4 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast [...]

First Things First

By Claire Robinson SCRIPTURE Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store [...]

Whatcha Gonna Do?

By Stacy Perkins SCRIPTURE James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Psalm 41:1-3 “Blessed is the one who has regard for the weak; the Lord delivers him in times [...]

Working Things Together

By John Richardson SCRIPTURE Ephesians 1:11–14 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you [...]

Peace Be With You

By John Richardson SCRIPTURE John 20:19–21 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands [...]

The Mission Continues

By John Richardson SCRIPTURE Psalm 96:1–6 1 Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! 2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! 4 For great [...]

Like a Good Neighbor

By Todd Core SCRIPTURE Luke 10: 25-37 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers? He said, “The one who showed mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” (Luke 10:36-37) OBSERVATION Interacting with other cultures can be a fascinating, [...]

Forever Family

By John Richardson SCRIPTURE Romans 15:1–6 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches [...]

Last Shall Be First

By Todd Core  SCRIPTURE Mark 10:17-31  And he said to him (Jesus), “Teacher, all these I have kept from youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, [...]

Local and Global Church

By Austin Holcomb and Ben Stokes  SCRIPTURE Revelation 7:9-10 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud [...]

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