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Daily Devotion: Be Strong and Of Good Courage

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14).

The Psalmist said, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the […]

Daily Devotion: Christ is Our Life

“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you” (Romans 8:11).

Many who have made an absolute surrender feel how little they really understand it. They […]

A Note from Pastor Bill: The Kingdom of God is a Family

When Jesus was here on earth, His message was a powerful call: “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” The word “repent” literally means to change the way you think. So what Jesus was declaring was essentially this: “I’ve brought My world with Me, but you’re going to have to think differently to […]

Daily Devotion: Prayer as Necessity

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify […]

Daily Devotion: Holiness and Vitality

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

Oswald Chambers makes a jarring assertion: “Life without war is impossible.” Impossible? Didn’t the angels on that first Christmas promise peace to those […]

Daily Devotion: The Mystery of Silence

“Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, ‘Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead’” (Matthew 17:9).

It is obvious that this experience was meant for the disciples alone. We cannot tell all we know: We have secrets that make the heart throb […]

Considering Soul Care: Summer Spirituality

Emotionally healthy spirituality requires the regular practice of “time away.” What better season to engage in this practice than summer? In a recent blog, Pete Scazzero reminds us that God has designed us to need mini-sabbaticals – for the sake of healthy relationships at work, in ministry, and in our everyday lives. Pastor William’s summer […]

Daily Devotion: Jesus Only

“And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, ‘Arise, and do not be afraid.’ When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only” (Matthew 17:6-8).

When Peter saw our Lord with Moses and Elijah, he […]

Daily Devotion: Jesus’ Invitation

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

This physical world […]

Daily Devotion: Hear Him!

“While He was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!’” (Matthew 17:5).

These were the very same words spoken at the baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:17), and it was the best news […]