God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things. (Harry Emerson Fosdick)
The World Around You
A few years ago the men in our church’s men’s ministry studied the words of the Apostle Paul to his young son in the faith, Titus. In chapter three of the letter that bears his name, Titus was instructed to encourage the people entrusted to his care to not be like the world around them – foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, being hated and hating (Titus 3:3). He then reminded them of something very important with these words: At one time they too were… just like that.
Week 1: Jesus
I mentioned at the end of a sermon I preached in December, that in 2021 I would provide a weekly resource focused on a title or description of the person and work of Jesus. My hope is that this "year with Jesus" will encourage you to reflect on our glorious Lord Jesus, and thereby, help you desire to know him better, love him more, become more like him, and grow in your worship of him and service to him.
The new year is almost here. How will you make the most of every opportunity God will set before you? Here's a devotion I wrote to help you reflect on this matter.
The Devoted Life
God with Us
In light of the upcoming election, I thought this piece was an important reminder...
Know and Use Your Spiritual Gifts
This Week’s Scripture: John 13:1-17
Spending Time with Others
This Lesson's Scripture: Acts 9:19b-31 and Mark 2:1-12
This Week’s Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”