Devotions (Page 14)

Love is Not Easily Angered

Have you ever said something you regretted in the heat of the moment? We’ve probably all done it. Maybe it was an argument with a loved one. Or perhaps it was in a meeting when you get frustrated and angry. There are times in our life when anger bubbles up to the surface when you least want it to. It’s OK to be angry, but there’s a right and wrong way to handle it. Perhaps the best way to manage…

Love Lets It Go

We were recently at the Boulevard Mall for a trick or treat event with our children. My oldest daughter really wanted to dress up as Fawn, one of Tinker Bell’s fairy friends. Fawn is not a popular costume option, so my wife made a costume for her. She was excited about her costume until she got to the mall and noticed the hundreds of other girls around her age that were all dressed as Elsa from Frozen. It seemed like…

A New Thing

Sermon Audio Note: Instead of a devotion for 40 Days of Love, we chose to focus this article on the upcoming vision process. Find out more about the vision process here. #74180799 / gettyimages.com Our community and nation are changing. We no longer live in a society that understands and values the Christian faith. People tend to attend church less and less each year in our community. While many are ambivalent toward the Christian faith, some are increasingly hostile towards…

Loving Like Jesus Loves Me

Whenever we discipline our children, it’s important to us that they understand why they were disciplined. It’s not enough to just know they “made a bad choice”, but that they can tell us what specifically the bad choice was. It’s a way of learning what the right behavior is that we expect from them. Hopefully, this leads to better choices in the future. Doing what’s right and understanding why it’s right are different things. Jesus gave lots of instructions to…

Love Matters Most

Confession time: I’m not really a big basketball fan. However, I’m significantly more interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers since LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland. I remember when he first arrived there and immediately there were comparisons between him and the legends of the game, especially Michael Jordan. Now, as he has developed into an even better player, there are even more comparisons. For whatever reason, we like to talk about who or what is the greatest. A quick…

Celebrating 175 Years in Ministry

Why did Jesus go back to heaven after His resurrection? I mean, think about it. He spent three years walking among us and teaching people about the Father and what it means to walk with Him. It culminated in His final act of love, as He died on the cross to pay for our sins. The story concludes with a nice epilogue as Jesus appears to the disciples and some others a few times before ascending into Heaven to be…

Christ is First

Checklists are a wonderful thing. Whether it’s a list of things to pack for a trip, tasks that need to be completed, or places you’d like to visit, there’s just something deeply satisfying about checking stuff off the list and eventually marking the last thing off and knowing you’ve done it. I wish there was a checklist for getting into heaven. I’m not alone in this desire either. There was a rich young man in the Bible who wanted one…

Identity in Christ

I once heard a Pastor say: “You can only think as highly of yourself as the most important person in your life thinks of you.” So if that person is an abusive, controlling, mean-spirited individual who constantly puts you down, you won’t think much of yourself. But if the person is kind, loving, and encouraging, always seeing the best in you, you will probably rise to that level. It’s a challenging statement because it means that others—good or bad—determine your…

Baptism

Some of the most meaningful moments in my walk with the Lord actually revolve around others. I’ve had plenty of “mountaintop” experiences with Jesus in my own life. Many of my most significant spiritual experiences revolve around worship with God’s people. My favorite concerts are the ones that actually become worship opportunities. David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher and Christy Nockels are all recent examples for me. We gathered to hear music from some of my favorite musicians, but ended…

A Personal God

Everyone is seeking God—some just don’t know it. God created you (and everyone else!) with an innate desire to know Him. You were created in His image, and therefore are seeking a relationship with Him on some level. Many people understand this and earnestly seek Him. Others are searching for something and can’t quite explain who or what that is. But on some level, everyone is seeking a relationship with God because that’s just how He made them. Unfortunately, Satan…