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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But What About… (Part 1)

“Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.” See Luke 24:31 We all have questions. God is not against us having questions, in fact, His Spirit welcomes them. Unlike those who struggle with ungraciousness and refuse to have a civil biblical conversation without A.) attacking you B.) belittling you, or, C.) ignoring you and shutting you out […]

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Jesus Has Retroactive Blood

“…the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” See Revelation 13:8 Jesus’ blood is timeless. From the moment it was shed it had the ability to forgive present, future, and even past sins–the sins of those who believed God before Jesus was born. But before I dive deeper into this opening statement, I […]

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What Is a Christian?

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” See 1 John 3:1 If you walked a city street, a county fair, or even on the beach while asking people, “What is a Christian?” you’d get many different answers. Some would […]

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Confessions of a Hungover Saint

“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 Saturday morning hangovers used to ruin my entire weekend. What started out as a way to relax and have […]

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The Danger of Mixing the Old and New Covenants

“No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” ~Jesus Mark 2:22 “Matt, you’re just confusing people! Stick to the Bible and teach God’s Word!” a furious comment shows up under […]

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Why We Can Call God, Dad

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15 Just imagine it, for a moment: “Jennifer,” I say abruptly to my wife as I walk into the kitchen. “I’m tired of doing housework, and I […]

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The Truth About The Lord’s Prayer

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:7,8 The Lord’s Prayer is something to behold. It’s very interesting: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed […]

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How Legalism Destroys Families

“Christ is the end of the Law, in order to bring righteousness to everyone who believes.” Romans 10:4 Part of the recovery process for my past battle with alcoholism is to watch the A&E TV series, Intervention. It reminds me of just how bad my addiction was, and the despair I was in as a […]

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