Treasuring God’s Word

Here is a short devotional guide on what it looks like to truly treasure God's Word. What is the process involved in learning to treasure God’s Word? This is the Word hand from a ministry called the Navigators. Hear it (Romans 10:17), read it (Deuteronomy 17:19), study it (Ezra 7:10), memorize it (Psalm 119:9-11), and … Continue reading Treasuring God’s Word

Encouraging Self-Examination that Leads to Repentance

Have you ever wondered why we regularly confess our sins to God?The regular discipline of confession enables us to grasp more fully the beauty and wonder of grace as we are made continually aware of the depth of our need of God’s unmerited favor. Christopher Ash explains why we confess our sins:“To encourage self-examination that … Continue reading Encouraging Self-Examination that Leads to Repentance

A Prayer for those Facing Conflict and Dissension

O Father, Jesus Christ is among us as our peace, but we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world. We long for the end of hostilities in our families, with our friends and in our world. We confess that we are often anxious and angry over … Continue reading A Prayer for those Facing Conflict and Dissension

Finishing Well – Five Essentials

Here is a five-part series I have taught recently that is based upon an article I read a number of years ago by Jerry Bridges. His article is chapter one in this book: Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints Finishing Well - Essential #1 Finishing Well - Essential #2 Finishing Well - … Continue reading Finishing Well – Five Essentials

Prepare Your Heart for Palm Sunday

No matter where you are tomorrow, Jesus continues to ride on in majesty and mercy to the door of people's hearts, and he wants to come and reign unrivaled and supreme on the throne of your heart. Our celebration of Palm Sunday, which is the beginning of Holy Week, helps us to do just that. … Continue reading Prepare Your Heart for Palm Sunday

Because You Love Jesus…

Jack Miller served for years as a writer, pastor, seminary professor, and missionary. He constantly and uncomfortably asked probing questions of those who read his books. Here’s one that fits well with this Sunday's sermon text (John 21:1-23) from his book Outgrowing the Ingrown Church: Have you done a single good deed recently simply because … Continue reading Because You Love Jesus…

Advent Week #2: Relinquishing Riches To Make Us Rich

We all have difficulty relinquishing things that we cherish. I still remember my first ten-speed bicycle. It was a fully equipped, Schwinn beauty that I received as a Christmas present. Not long after I received it, I allowed a friend to borrow it for a quick ride. She proceeded to get hit by a car … Continue reading Advent Week #2: Relinquishing Riches To Make Us Rich

Prayer of Confession of Sin – Philippians 2:1-11

Holy and gracious Father, You have a most scandalous way of rescuing proud people: The One who possesses real authority to assert His rights lays them aside to humbly serve and die for us. We beseech Your forgiveness for our pride which has destroyed our ability to truly love and care for others. We confess … Continue reading Prayer of Confession of Sin – Philippians 2:1-11

Praying Scripture | Revelation 5

A. Preparation: Pray and Read Through Your Passage Record your prayer for God’s help. Father, you are the enthroned God of heaven who rules over all. Jesus, you are the slain Lamb whose sacrifice purchases our redemption. Speak to me as I unburden my heart in your presence and answer you from your Word in … Continue reading Praying Scripture | Revelation 5