Category Devotional

Easter Countdown: 3 Days

“Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.’ Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, […]

Easter Countdown: 1 Year

“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31) Jesus was not surprised. By any of it. He knew who Isaiah was […]

Easter Countdown: 3 Years

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ ” (John 1:29) We’re leaping forward 30 years from the birth of Jesus to the beginning of his three-year ministry before the cross. His cousin John the Baptist declares to all […]

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby […]

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) According to Bible scholars, the prophet Isaiah wrote these words 700 years before Jesus was crushed, punished, wounded, and killed for our sins. And […]

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” (Romans 12:14) Did you just feel the degree of difficulty go up a notch on this list of things Jesus-followers do? Until this one, everything we’ve covered has been easy to agree with even if you don’t necessarily plan on doing it. Just imagining yourself […]

Walk This Way: Share

“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13) This list from Romans 12 describes how Christians live, how we follow after Jesus in all kind of practical ways. What’s amazing about this list is that it doesn’t explain anything. It’s just one short, punchy command after another. What does it mean […]

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12) It’s easy – and pointless – to define being a Christian by what we don’t do. Lots of religions say we should save sex for marriage and skip the drugs, porn, alcohol, and being mean. That doesn’t make you a Christian. To walk […]

Walk This Way: Feel It

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11) Have you noticed, lately, that a lot of people are bad-mouthing cynicism? It’s not as popular as it once was – or will likely be again. (See what I did there.) I know long-time Christians sometimes get cynical about the […]

Walk This Way: After You

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10) Have you ever gone on a long hike with a group of people? It’s not always easy to do. If each of you were walking the trail on your own, you’d all walk at very different paces. Some would stroll. […]

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