How to Lead More People into Giving Thanks to God

How to Lead More People into Giving Thanks to God

It’s been said that missions exists because worship doesn’t. That is to say, because so many people don’t yet have a personal relationship with Jesus, out of which praise and worship naturally flow, we keep going with the good news to as many people...
How Much Belongs to God?

How Much Belongs to God?

When it comes to our generosity, we often make the mistake of believing that what we offer to God is a token of goodwill out of what we’ve earned and produced. We begin to think that thoughts like, I was smart enough to get this job… I’ve run a great...
Give, Because God Can Totally Take Care of You

Give, Because God Can Totally Take Care of You

One of the biggest roadblocks to experiencing God’s blessings in our lives is our lack of generosity, which is so often the fruit of our fear. We’re afraid of letting go of what we have and trusting that God will supernaturally provide something we...
God Has Always Been a Giver

God Has Always Been a Giver

My long distance pastor, Rick Warren, often says, “You’re most like God when you’re giving.” And I agree with him, primarily because God has always been a giver. Just as God is love, just as God is all-knowing and ever-present, God is also...
Rest Assured, God’s Love Will Never, Ever Run Out

Rest Assured, God’s Love Will Never, Ever Run Out

It’s possible for us, as humans, to cultivate attitudes of love toward other people. We do that in marriage. We do that in parenting. And we do that with friends and neighbors. The problem is, our love always has limits. While we certainly hope for better,...
One New Commandment to Rule Them All

One New Commandment to Rule Them All

The Jewish people had lots of commandments in their scriptures. There were the “big ten,” but hundreds of others as well, plus all the extra, outside-the-scriptures commandments that helped them keep the in-the-scriptures commandments. Imagine the sense of...
Overflowing with Love for God

Overflowing with Love for God

Have you ever stopped to wonder why it is that we’re capable of love? If we’re merely animals, surviving by instinct and wit, love seems unnecessary. And the idea of sacrificial love seems pretty much an impossibility. Yet we love. And the Bible tells us...
God Loves You with a Love-in-Action

God Loves You with a Love-in-Action

In yesterday’s devotional, I mentioned that God loves you with his emotions. If you’ve not related to God as a God with emotions, that may be a struggle to embrace, partly because we assume emotional means shallow. But here’s the truth: God loves you...
God Loves You with His Emotions

God Loves You with His Emotions

Does God feel as we feel? Of course! While his emotions are not fickle like ours, he created us in his image and expresses himself as having feelings and emotions. Is God’s love for you merely a feeling? Of course not. It’s far more than that, as...
Before You Were Born, You Were Loved

Before You Were Born, You Were Loved

My long distance pastor, Rick Warren, said something that changed my whole perspective of life once… Most people think we sin because we don’t love God enough. But I believe we sin because we don’t realize just how much God loves us. I believe...