Four Steps to Being Ruined by Temptation

Four Steps to Being Ruined by Temptation

John Mark Hall, with the performing group Casting Crowns, wrote these words in his song, Slow Fade… It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray And thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be...
Are You Being Tested? Or Tempted?

Are You Being Tested? Or Tempted?

I love taking tests. I always have. I love filling in bubbles and trying to figure out the correct answer. The problem is, while I like taking tests, I don’t like studying for them. Therefore, I don’t always perform well on them. Just as growing up in this world means...
Stop the Race

Stop the Race

When I played professional baseball… okay, actually, I never played past peewee league, but I remember what happened when a player got hurt (which was pretty often in peewee). We would all “take a knee.” When one player was down, all of us paused...
Every Good Gift You’ve Ever Known

Every Good Gift You’ve Ever Known

Life is a gift. And life is filled with gifts. Every sweet breath on a pretty day, every drop of rain on parched ground, and every moment we spend enjoying the company of a loved one. But from whom? Every gift has a giver and the Apostle James tells us who that Giver...
Praying for a Heart of Flesh

Praying for a Heart of Flesh

Human emotion is a tricky thing. On the one hand, our emotions can deceive us into making terrible decisions that contradict the direction that sound wisdom would lead us in. On the other hand, our emotions are central to who we are and how we experience life and must...
The Proof That God Will Take Care of You

The Proof That God Will Take Care of You

We wonder if God can take care of us financially, or physically, or relationally. But God has already proven and established his faithfulness in the most extreme way. He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with...
Good News: Jesus Has Been Enthroned as King

Good News: Jesus Has Been Enthroned as King

The gospel is more than a few steps toward salvation and it’s more than a particular doctrine of justification. The gospel is the good news that Jesus, God’s Son, became the Messiah and Savior of Israel and of the rest of the world, that he died on a Roman...
Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

I’ve often said the most destructive force on earth is a man who doesn’t know who he is. When you don’t know where you came from, it’s easy to lose your grip on your purpose. And when you don’t know where you’re going, you can more...
The Most Valuable Asset You Possess

The Most Valuable Asset You Possess

As I confessed in another recent devotional, I sometimes tend to be a know-it-all. In other words, I’m afraid of not having the answers, so I’m tempted to fake it and make something up if I can’t answer the question. What’s even worse that...
What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

I hate not knowing things. So usually, when I’m asked a question to which I don’t know the answer, my brain goes through a very quick decision-making process about whether I 1.) honestly admit my cluelessness, or 2.) make something up. Sadly, option #2...

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