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Christian Devotionals

Above All, Love Each Other Deeply

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 In my mid-teenage years a friend of mine got ahold of a bottle of Jack Daniels. He downed the entire fifth–all of it. I had come home through the back door that evening and turned to my right, […]

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What’s the Real Greatest Commandment?

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 “Matt, what’s the real greatest commandment?” Before I came to understand the New Covenant, if I was asked this question, my answer would’ve been wrong. I’d reply, “Love God with all my heart, […]

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What If You’ve Already Been Changed?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17 How would you live if you knew you didn’t have to change? Five years ago that question would have baffled me. After all, I could never reach the dangling carrot of “changing myself […]

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I Want What God Wants?

“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 “Jesus didn’t die so you can just do whatever you want!” Have you ever been told that before? I sure have. It’s as if those who can’t stand grace—or only dabble in grace—think that we don’t want what […]

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Can Christians Get Divorced?

“Marriage should be honored by all” See Hebrews 13:4 Does this situation justify a divorce? “Mom, last night, Dad came into my room and touched me there again. He said he wouldn’t do that anymore. Why won’t he stop? It hurts. Please do something.” This isn’t the first time he’s molested his daughter, and this […]

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What’s Wrong with Today’s Church?

“And He has qualified us as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6 I want to be clear from the get-go: the church is the body of Christ, not a building. After all, Jesus destroyed the need […]

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What Should a Christian Do When We Lose Our Cool?

“In your anger do not sin” See Ephesians 4:26 My daughter Grace really wants to get better at basketball. So after her 8th grade season was over I told her, “I know a great way for you to improve your game, but it will be very difficult. You can start playing full court pick-up games […]

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Is Homosexuality Sin?

“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11 Yes. The answer to the title of this devotional is yes. Based on the words in the Bible, even […]

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What I’ve Learned After Five Years of Sobriety

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4 There are moments in our lives when we decide to stop or start a certain behavior, or willingly change an attitude we’ve held onto for a long time. For me, today marks an anniversary of such a […]

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