Devotional

Never Choose Barabbas

Never Choose Barabbas

Matthew 27:17

In the message “To Whom We Sacrifice” we saw how our daily actions reflect our priorities and values, and become, in a very real sense, the sacrifices we place on the altar. Every day we make many decisions which either draw us closer to God or lead us further away – few decisions are truly […]

To Whom We Sacrifice

To Whom We Sacrifice

Jeremiah 19:4-5

By the time Jeremiah became a prophet, the people of Israel had occupied the land of Canaan for about 800 years. Those years were generally characterized by a continuing rejection of God. Time and again the people turned from God and embraced the gods of the world. Through Jeremiah, God called His people to return […]

Pay More Careful Attention

Pay More Careful Attention

Hebrews 2:1

In the message “A Divided Kingdom” we saw how Solomon’s divided heart – his lack of full devotion to God – eventually led to the division of the kingdom of Israel. We were then encouraged to continually draw closer to our Heavenly Father and prevent the kingdom of God within us from becoming divided in […]

A Divided Kingdom

A Divided Kingdom

1 Kings 2:2-3

Solomon was the third king of Israel, the son of David and Bathsheba. And although not the eldest son, he was chosen by David to be his successor. As David was about to die, he gave Solomon some final counsel for ruling the kingdom. 1 Kings 2:2-3 “Observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk […]

Clean From Within

Clean From Within

Mark 7:20-23

In the message “Rend Our Heart” we saw how God commands us to recognize our sin and tear our heart in sorrowful repentance as we cry out for His gracious and abundant forgiveness. The instant we first place our complete trust in Jesus we are born of the Spirit and released from the bondage of […]

Rend Our Heart

Rend Our Heart

Joel 2:12-13

Every prophet in the Bible proclaimed a message which called the people to repentance. From Moses to John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Apostles, the message was consistent; “Repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19). Repentance is essential […]

Out of Our Poverty

Out of Our Poverty

1 Corinthians 4:7

In the message “From A Pure Heart” we saw that God has blessed each of us with gifts, talents, and abilities. We are now to be good stewards by faithfully giving our blessings back to God with a pure heart. But what determines a pure heart? When Jesus saw the widow offer her two small […]

From A Pure Heart

From A Pure Heart

Mark 12:43-44

As Jesus watched people place their offering into the temple treasury, He noticed a poor widow who put in two coins valued at less than a penny. Mark 12:43-44 “Calling His disciples to Him, Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They […]

Surrender And Live

Surrender And Live

Jeremiah 21:8-9

Jeremiah warned the people of Jerusalem for many years that they must repent or be destroyed. He often warned with direct words from God: “I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways” (Jeremiah 18:11). It’s hard to imagine a more direct warning. But the […]

As Jesus Loved

As Jesus Loved

John 13:4-5

In the message “Debt of Love” we saw that God loved us long before we ever knew Him, and loved us far more than we deserved; “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Our Heavenly Father sent His Son to die for the forgiveness of our sins “that whoever believes in […]

Debt of Love

Debt of Love

Romans 13:8

Much of Paul’s letter to the Romans is a love story between a righteous God and sinful man. Even though our sinful state sentenced us to an eternal death (Romans 6:23), God looked upon us with love: “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for […]

Open Our Eyes

Open Our Eyes

2 Kings 6:16-17

The king of Aram was at war with Israel; but every time he moved his army, the prophet Elisha would inform the Israelites. The king concluded the only way to win the war was to first eliminate Elisha: “‘Go, find out where he is,’ the king ordered, ‘so I can send men and capture him’” […]