Devotional

Day of Remembrance

Day of Remembrance

John 1:1,14

There are only a few more days to go! Only a few more days until…until what? Why is December 25th so special? What really is this day we call Christmas? The early church did not give much thought to the birth of Jesus. Of the four Gospels, only Matthew and Luke even mention His birth, […]

The First Move

The First Move

1 John 4:9

In our celebration of the birth of Christ, we know the focus of Christmas should be the eternal gift given through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This season ought to irresistibly draw us nearer to God as we reflect on His wonderful gift of love. But perhaps there are times we need […]

The Gift of True Forgiveness

The Gift of True Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:32

It’s hard to believe there are only a few more days until Christmas. Yes, as the song says: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” It really is wonderful! We are flooded with Christmas music, Christmas lights, and lots of Christmas “activities.” And although the season contains many distractions which attempt to pull us […]

Who Taught Us To Walk

Who Taught Us To Walk

Hosea 11:3-4

In the message “Finish The Race” we were encouraged to run toward the finish line, but we were also reminded that God’s race takes place within our heart as we learn to trust and love Him more and more. His race is not in what we do but in who we are, and who we […]

Finish The Race

Finish The Race

Acts 20:24

Paul was returning to Jerusalem at the end of his third and final missionary journey. By this time in his ministry, Paul had been a Christian for nearly twenty years. Twenty years since Jesus called Paul, “My chosen instrument to carry My name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel” […]

A Darkened Heart

A Darkened Heart

Jeremiah 16:10-12

When God called Jeremiah to be a prophet, the people of Jerusalem had been living in sin for a very long time. It had been 300 years since the kingdom of Israel divided, and despite God’s patient warnings, the people continued to rebel and worship other gods. God finally told Jeremiah He would no longer […]

According To Your Will

According To Your Will

Mark 14:36

On the night before He was crucified, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. The thought of what would take place in the next 24 hours caused Jesus to be deeply troubled; “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Mark 14:34). Being fully God, Jesus knew exactly what was […]

Precious In His Sight

Precious In His Sight

Galatians 5:14

In the message “Never Forget” we saw that God’s gift of salvation through faith in Jesus is our greatest blessing – a blessing we must never forget as we tend to become discouraged. God’s gift of salvation forms the main story of the entire Bible. In the beginning, “God created man in His own image” […]

Never Forget

Never Forget

Deuteronomy 6:10-12

It had been forty years since Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. During their years of wandering in the desert, God demonstrated His faithfulness as well as His holiness. Now, as the people were finally ready to cross the Jordan river into the promised land of Canaan, Moses gave one last encouragement. Deuteronomy 6:10-12 […]

Intended For Good

Intended For Good

Genesis 50:19-20

Joseph’s life was filled with one difficult situation after another. By the time he was a teenager, his brothers had developed an intense hatred toward him which led to an attempt to take his life. But rather than kill him, they sold young Joseph into slavery (Genesis 37). And then, as a slave, Joseph was […]

Serve With Humility

Serve With Humility

John 1:26-27

John the Baptist was born with a single purpose; “to make ready a people prepared to receive the Lord” (Luke 1:17). He was chosen for service before he was conceived and was “filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth” (Luke 1:15). John was so obedient to his calling that Jesus said, “Among those born […]

These Are God’s Battles

These Are God’s Battles

2 Chronicles 20:14-15

During the time of King Jehoshaphat (approximately 860 B.C.), several armies began to invade the land of Judah. Being greatly outnumbered, Jehoshaphat called for a nation-wide time of fasting and prayer to seek guidance from God: “O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that […]