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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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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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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The Cross Was the Final Altar

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 Blood. God has always required blood to forgive sins. The words ask for forgiveness are not in the Bible for a reason: ask all you want, blood must be shed to […]

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