Our Daily Bread
  • How to Reflect Christ

    Thérèse of Lisieux was a joyful and carefree child—until her mother died when she was just four years old. She became timid and easily agitated. But many years later on Christmas Eve, all of that changed. After celebrating the birth of Jesus with her church community, she experienced God releasing her from her fear and giving her joy. She attributed the change to the power of God leaving heaven and becoming a man, Jesus, and through His dwelling in her. What does it mean for Christ to dwell within us? It’s a mystery, said Paul to the Colossian church. It’s one that God “kept hidden for ages and generations” (Colossians 1:26), but which He disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God revealed “the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (v. 27). Because Christ now dwelled in the Colossians, they experienced the joy of new life. No longer were they enslaved to the old self of sin. If we’ve asked Jesus to be our Savior, we too live out this mystery of His dwelling in us. Through His Spirit, He can release us from fear, as He did Thérèse, and grow within us the fruit of His Spirit, such as joy, peace, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23). As we celebrate His birth, let’s give thanks for the wonderful mystery of Christ within us.

Daily Devotion by Max Lucado
  • Not-Yet-Answered Prayers

    The Gospel of John tells a story about a man from Capernaum who approached Jesus in Cana. “Come heal my son?” the man asked. And Jesus said the boy would be healed, and the man set out for Capernaum. Do you find yourself somewhere between Cana and Capernaum? Like the official, you begged Jesus for help, and like the official, you didn’t receive the answer in the way you wanted. This is the issue of not-yet-answered prayer or the not-answered-in-the-way-I-asked prayer. How should we react? I’m sorry that the job did not materialize or the cancer chose to metastasize. Life has its … Listen Now

  • Isaiah 25:1 (NIV)

    Lord , you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.

  • Do you give out of guilt or joy?

    Luke 6:37 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.... The post Do you give out of guilt or joy? appeared first on Rhetorical Jesus.

Thoughts about God
  • Freedom Reigns

    Freedom reigns when we worship. Worship God when you find yourself burdened with the cares of this world. Worship him when you feel lost and alone. Worship him when you are afraid. Worship him when you are hurting, and the pain seems to linger longer than expected. The post Freedom Reigns can be found online at Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God.

Every Day With God
  • September 30 – Attributes of God – Love

    Read 1 John 4:1-21 “Oh, I just love that dress on her!” “I love pizza!” “I love that sports car!” “I love football!” We use the word “love” in tons of ways every day. But, no matter how much we … Continue reading →

RSS Daily Devotional – Sports Spectrum
  • Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Wednesday, September 30 September 30, 2020
    “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord.” — Malachi 1:14a Giving Your Best Successful athletes sacrifice much in striving to become the best they can be. When reaching the pinnacle of being able to perform at […]
  • Shaping Your Child Into a Spiritual Warrior

    Mom and dad, you and I will go to incredible lengths and allow our kids to endure incredible difficulties to guarantee high test scores for college, to pass driver’s education, but why aren’t we urgently guiding them into deeper spiritual lives?