Matt’s Devotional Archive

The Truth About God’s Laws

“You have become obedient from the heart.” See Romans 6:17 If I told you to not think about a blue sports car, what would you think about? You’d be thinking about which shade of blue it is, as well as the model. You can’t not think about something someone tells you to not think about. It’s impossible. […]

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Making an Idol of Making Idols

“Every good and perfect gift is from above” See James 1:17 “Dad, you’re crazy! Why are you like this?!” my daughter blurts out. “I don’t know, Grace, you tell me. You’re just like me!” “No, I’m like Mom.” “Nope! You’re more of me than you are of your mom. The dad is 51% responsible for […]

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Is Christian Universalism True?

“Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” See Hebrews 3:15 No. The answer to the title of this devotional is, “No, Christian Universalism is not true.” If it were, we would have to ignore quite a bit of Scripture about three things: Choosing to believe Evangelism Warnings about hell What is […]

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The Truth About Hebrews 10:26

“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left”  Hebrews 10:26 Hebrews 10:26 is a scary passage if we don’t understand who it is written to and why. What makes this section of Scripture even more terrifying is when we read the next […]

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Christians Should Always Be Themselves

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Don’t be yourself! Be like Christ! There’s many reasons why you shouldn’t want to be yourself!” This person yelling at me is extremely serious. Frustrated, it seems, but very stern. They […]

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How Tithing Has Been Incorrectly Taught

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 “You can’t afford not to tithe!” This is a lie from someone who sees God as a graceless, merciless, two-faced, give-to-get deity. Even if they don’t see it […]

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God’s Dream for You

“I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.” Ephesians 3:19 “Come here you little biscuit. You’re so stinkin’ cute. Did you know Daddy loves you?” When Grace was younger I spoke to her this way. […]

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The Prosperity Gospel vs. The Social Gospel

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 “God never promised we would be healthy, financially secure, vindicated, or happy. He promised to never leave us and His grace would be enough to get us […]

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A Letter to Myself on My Wedding Day

“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2 Today is August 23, 2019, my 15-year wedding anniversary. Here’s what I’d say to 23-year-old me on his wedding day. Matt, I’m so happy for you! You’re making one of the best […]

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The Truth About Holy Communion

“Do this in remembrance of me.” ~Jesus See Luke 22:19 Emotional music is playing softly, the lights are dimmed and Pastor speaks, “If you have sin in your life let this cup pass from you and do not partake in the bread. If you are a child, and know not what salvation is, do not […]

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What Does Sanctification Really Mean?

“By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”   Hebrews 10:10 “Yeah, you’re saved by grace but you still have to sanctify yourself! You will keep changing through sanctification!” At first glance this statement would seem to be fine, minus the exclamation points. The […]

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