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Daily Devotion: Man’s Thoughts or God’s?

“Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’ Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns’” (Matthew 16:22-23).

How vividly the scene […]

Daily Devotion: Flowers in the Ruts

“Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest” (Psalm 85:11-12).

John Henry Jowett claimed that he found “forget-me-nots in many a rutty road and wild roses behind a barricade of nettles.” Many of us see little, but […]

Worship Moment of the Week: Who’s Leading Who?

Emotions are God-given, right? We feel and we believe. Sounds silly when you say it that way. I mean, we all know it’s by faith we receive all that God has available for us, but our feelings have this uncandid way of affecting us. Before you know it, our faith is morphed with our feelings […]

Daily Devotion: Surviving Boldly

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. […]

Daily Devotion: Two Dimensions

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2).

The apostle Paul wrote that our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. We look not at things that are seen, but things that are unseen. The things that are seen are temporary; the things that are […]

Daily Devotion: Love in a Dying Culture

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34).

Francis Schaeffer writes in The Mark of the Christian, “Jesus gives the world the right to judge whether you and I are Christians on the basis of our observable love toward all Christians.” That’s […]

Daily Devotion: Watching What the Lord is Doing

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters”(Genesis 1:1).

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden […]

Daily Devotion: Cords of Love

“From that time, Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day” (Matthew 16:21).

The “time” referred to was probably a little more than six months before the crucifixion, when […]

A Note from the Pastor: Go-Set-Ready

Mark Batterson says, “You’ll never be ready.” You’ll never be ready to have kids. You’ll never be ready to start a business, or go back to school, or launch a ministry. You’ll never be ready financially, emotionally, or spiritually. You’ll never have enough faith or courage. If you are looking for an excuse, you’ll always […]

Daily Devotion: Our Highest Privilege

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours’” (Luke 15:31).

We may talk a great deal to the father’s love for the Prodigal Son, but when we think of the way he treated the elder brother, it brings to our hearts a truer sense of the wonderful love […]