1802, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Thorns

“Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants… The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of […]

1602, 2018

Daily Devotional: Ready for a God Encounter?

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, […]

1302, 2018

Daily Devotional: To Think God’s Thoughts

“these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within […]

1202, 2018

Daily Devotional: A New Routine

“Does a young woman forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me, days without number” (Jeremiah 2:32).

For many, our routine consists of rising to a cup of coffee and […]

1102, 2018

Daily Devotional: Is Your Mind Stayed on God?

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” — Isaiah 26:3

Is your mind stayed on God or is it starved? Starvation of the mind, caused […]

1002, 2018

Daily Devotional: Spiritual Exhaustion

“The everlasting God…neither faints nor is weary.” — Isaiah 40:28

Exhaustion means that our vital energies are completely worn out and spent. Spiritual exhaustion is never the result of sin, but of service. Whether or not […]

902, 2018

Daily Devotional: Defiant Praise

“Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!” (Psalm 32:11).

Ben Patterson asserts that our giving thanks to God no matter what is “a spiritual discipline and […]

802, 2018

A Note from the Pastor: Persevering Prayer

I gave the church staff a mandate: Find your prayer spot. It is not hard to pray in faith when we pray in a place where God has already done a miracle. When Elijah prayed […]

802, 2018

Daily Devotional: Longing After God

“If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people” (Exodus 33:13).

Come near to the holy […]

702, 2018

Worship Moment of the Week: JOY

Are you experiencing joy? For those of us that are a Christian our answer should be, “yes.” It’s one of the fruits of the Spirit. Joy is experiencing great pleasure and happiness. What greater pleasure […]

702, 2018

Daily Devotional: Your Weapon

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4).

Always have “It is written” ready by your side. Some believers, […]

602, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Tempter

“After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread” (Matthew 4:2-3).

The devil is a […]

502, 2018

Daily Devotional: With You…Always!

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

The Old Testament said, “Cursed is anyone hung on a tree,” implying God has rejected you. The cross beyond being […]

402, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Greatest Commandment

“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read […]

302, 2018

Daily Devotional: Listening

“Whoever has ears, let them hear” (Matthew 13:9).

This saying was frequently on our Lord’s lips, and in this instance He is clearly applying it to the parable. Our Lord used this means to rivet the […]

202, 2018

Daily Devotional: Your Calling

“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him” (Matthew 9:9).

Matthew loved money. […]

102, 2018

Daily Devotional: Turning Point

“And he went outside and wept bitterly” (Luke 22:62).

These words indicate the turning point in the life of Peter, a crisis. This is the crisis and turning point where Peter begins to cross over from […]

3101, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Highest Dynamic in the Universe

“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

George MacDonald describes love as what is most precious in the Godhead. He writes that love is “a higher thing than the making of worlds and […]

3001, 2018

Daily Devotional: Commitment

“ Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians1:3).

These opening words of Paul’s letter to the […]

2901, 2018

Daily Devotional: My Will vs. Thy Will

Let’s zero in on Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane: The ultimate spiritual battle is my will versus Thy will. We face this same temptation of being seduced into not picking up our cross. […]

2801, 2018

Daily Devotional: When Heaven and Earth Kiss

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:2).

Prayer,” says an old Jewish mystic, “is the moment when heaven and earth kiss each other.” Prayer […]

2701, 2018

Daily Devotional: Temptation

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Matthew 4:1).

From our Lord’s temptation, let it always be remembered that there is no sin in being tempted. Even […]

2601, 2018

Daily Devotional: Are You on Fire?

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and […]

2501, 2018

Daily Devotional: Meditate Long and Often

“I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land” […]

2401, 2018

Worship Moment of the Week:

In today’s society, when you look at someone too long, it gets awkward. We’ve forgotten how to see each other. Our electronic devices have become our new eyes. Who we see isn’t always who they […]

2401, 2018

Daily Devotional: Competing Gods

“Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him” (1 Kings 18:24).

God tries to get our attention. He will go after you. […]

2301, 2018

Daily Devotional: Let God Alone

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:4).

God is saying, “I stand ready to pour a little liquid fire into your heart, into your spiritual […]

2201, 2018

Daily Devotional: Intense Prayer

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission” (Hebrews […]

2001, 2018

Daily Devotional: Our Place in God’s Plan

“The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind” (Psalm 115:16).

God created heaven as a dwelling for Himself: perfect, glorious, and most holy. The earth He gave to man […]

1901, 2018

Daily Devotional: Are You Listening?

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

One day, some time ago, a man was talking […]

1801, 2018

Daily Devotional: A Friend of God

“And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, and he was called God’s friend” (James 2:23).

What higher privilege and experience is granted to mankind on […]

1701, 2018

A Note from the Pastor: Don’t Wait

On Saturday, January 13 a false alert was sent to cellphones across Hawaii warning of an incoming ballistic missile from North Korea. People thought they had ten minutes to live. We always wonder what would […]

1701, 2018

Daily Devotional: Face Down, Listening

“Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations” (Genesis 17:3-4).

The Scriptures declare, “Abram fell on his face” […]

1601, 2018

Daily Devotional: Compassion

“Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their […]

1501, 2018

Dail Devotional: The Ultimate Sacrifice

“By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It […]

1401, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Risks of Prayer

“He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer” (Mark 9:29).

Philip Yancey writes that “praying can be a risky enterprise.” He found that as he prayed for others he would be convicted to do […]

1301, 2018

Daily Devotional: Coming Home

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my […]

1201, 2018

Daily Devotional: Self-forgetting Love

“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

These words declare Christ’s preexistence. His voluntary entrance into […]

1101, 2018

Daily Devotional: Something Great

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6).

When God gets ready to do something great, He prepares the way. One thing leads to another and when […]

1001, 2018

Daily Devotional: Priceless

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the […]

901, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Uncharted and Unknown Sea

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I […]

801, 2018

Daily Devotional: It Happened in Jerusalem

“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” ‘Here I am,’ he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the region of […]

701, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Disarming Child

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light…For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful […]

601, 2018

Daily Devotional: When the Time was Fulfilled

“He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born” (Luke […]

501, 2018

Notes from Matt Didway and Ben Passmore

I literally grew up in church. I’m a preacher’s kid, and my mom started a school in the church. It didn’t matter if the doors were locked, I was there. I LOVED my church, and […]

501, 2018

Daily Devotional: Only a Rumor

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? […]

401, 2018

Daily Devotional: Renewed Strength

“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife” (Matthew 1:24).

Joseph was put to sleep by God and talked to through the […]

301, 2018

Daily Devotional: Street Trash

“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through […]

201, 2018

Daily Devotional: God With Us

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”) (Matthew 1:23).

Let it remain as a matter of faith that Jesus Christ, […]

101, 2018

Daily Devotional: The New You

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Over one billion people watched the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. […]

3112, 2017

Daily Devotional: Hope When We Can’t Hold On

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can […]