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Daily Devotion: To Know the Cross

“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!” (Romans 5:10).

Only the sufferings of Christ are valuable in the sight of God, who hates evil, and to Him they are valuable chiefly as […]

Daily Devotion: The Relinquished Life

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavor, but real, solid […]

A Note from the Pastor: What’s Your Ring Tone?

Jesus told His disciples, “Keep watching and praying.” In the Old Testament, watchmen sat at their posts on a wall, and were the first people to see attacking armies or traveling traders. They saw things no one else saw.

This is what can happen when we pray; we can be God’s watchmen. Prayer gives us a […]

Worship Moment of the Week: If

I recently started a book by Mark Batterson entitled If: Trading your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities. First, let me say I really enjoy Mark’s writing style. He gets right to the heart of whatever he is writing about and brings the Word in to let us know who the real author […]

Daily Devotion: Nurturing Your Heart

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34: 17-18).

Nancy Guthrie, Christian author and teacher, observed two opposite reactions when watching people go through tragic experiences. Their hearts will become hardened […]

Considering Soul Care: The Sacred “In-Between”

When have you felt “betwixt-and-between” – in a disorienting place where what was familiar (good or not so good) is no longer, and what is to come may be unknown?

Arnold van Gennep, a late 19th century anthropologist, first conceptualized the idea of liminality in his studies of cultural rites of passage. He contended that, regardless […]

Daily Devotion: Still the Shepherd

“Then Jesus told them, ‘This very night, you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.’” (Matthew 26:31-32).

“Struck,” but Shepherd still. Strokes do not […]

Daily Devotion: Offer of Redemption

“Jesus replied, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.’ Then Judas, […]

Daily Devotion: Marshmallow Test

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” […]

Daily Devotion: The Insistent Woman

“The woman came and knelt before him, ‘Lord, help me!’ she said. He replied, ‘It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.’ ‘Yes, Lord.’ she said, ‘but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table'” (Matthew 15:25-28).

The Canaanite woman is a wonderful example of […]