Devotional Blog

Helping you grow deeper in your faith and God’s love, one day at a time.

When questions aren’t sincere

"One of them, an expert in the Law, asked [Jesus] a question to test him." (Matthew 22:35) Some people ask questions, not to gain greater enlightenment, but to try and prove how enlightened they already are. They are not humble learners, but proud showoffs seeking...

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Prayer and Belief

"And if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22) Prayer is at the same time both a simple and complicated affair. Simple, because Jesus urges us to go to God as our Father and assures us we will have what we ask and whatever we...

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Supremacy and Service

"It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave." (Matthew 20:26–27) The world works according to principles of power. Supremacy over others,...

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It only gets better from here

"Then Peter responded to [Jesus], 'See, we have left everything and followed you. So what will there be for us?'" (Matthew 19:27) It's not wrong to wonder if following Jesus is worth it. It's perfectly normal to question whether the payoff is worth the price. Jesus...

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Love and Reciprocity

In Matthew 18, Jesus tells two parables. One parable is of a loving shepherd who seeks a lost sheep at great cost and rejoices when the wayward lamb comes home. Jesus says, "This is what your Heavenly Father is like." The other parable tells of a generous master who...

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Freedom and Love

"But so we won't offend them..." (Matthew 17:27a) The point of Christian freedom is not to flaunt it before others, but simply to be free of excessive obligation. Yet, in Christ there is still an obligation to love and care for others. Paul knew this (see 1...

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Two Lenses

"You are a hinderance to me because you're not thinking about God's concerns but human concerns." (Matthew 16:23b) After Peter has a revelation from God, he quickly slips back into his old, human-centered ways of thinking. This is natural. We naturally are concerned...

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At the Feet of Jesus

"They put them at His feet, and He healed them." (Matthew 15:30b) Everyone needs healing. Some have sickness of the body, others of the mind and spirit, but in a world broken and scarred by sin, nobody gets through unscathed. We try our best to be healed, to find...

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More Than Enough

"Everyone ate and was satisfied. They picked up 12 baskets full of leftover pieces." (Matthew 14:20) Jesus is not a stingy Savior. He is not a miserly Messiah. When Jesus promises life, He means full, vibrant, overflowing life. When He promises joy, He means...

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