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August 12, 2020

Was Judas Saved?

“Then one of the Twelve, the one called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests” Matthew 26:14 It’s shocking to me how we like to decide […]
July 30, 2020

Why Did Jesus Get Angry and Flip Tables?

“In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of […]
June 13, 2020

The Truth About Predestination (Part 1)

“I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.” See Romans 10:20 […]
June 13, 2020

The Truth About Predestination (Part 2)

“This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel” Ephesians 3:6 (Continued from Part […]
May 11, 2020

Should Women Be Silent, Submissive, and Cover Their Heads?

“There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 “You are a […]
May 6, 2020

The Truth About Demon-Casting and Fasting

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 Early one morning, in the Fall of […]
May 3, 2020

Jesus Is the Ultimate Scapegoat

“But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement by sending it into […]
May 1, 2020
Matt McMillen Ministries

The Truth About Those Who Have Fallen Away

“For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy […]
April 14, 2020

Heart to Head, Not Head to Heart

“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” ~Jesus See John 14:27 We’ve got it backwards. We’ve been told to never follow […]
April 9, 2020

The Importance of Repentance

“Repent!” That word used to be a fighting word for me. It was a fighting word because I was yet to fully understand its meaning. With […]
April 8, 2020

God Tests Us to Bring out the Best in Us!

Tests are good! They expose the finest things from within! What God placed in us at the moment of our salvation, He wants to work out […]
April 6, 2020

Did God Send the Coronavirus to Humble the World?

There’s a cluster of lies circulating in a Facebook post about COVID-19. Someone is blaming God for the Coronavirus. Here’s the post: In three short months, […]
April 5, 2020

What Has the Coronavirus Taught Us About Church?

More than anything, COVID-19 has brought to light the fact that we are the church, you and I, Christian. We literally house God! In the Old […]
April 4, 2020

The Purpose of Pain

Since we all live on planet earth, we all will be affected by pain. No man, woman, or child is immune. As Christians, we have an […]
April 3, 2020

Can Christians Lose Fellowship With God?

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, […]
March 21, 2020

The Top Ten Lies About God’s Will

“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:17 Satan, rubbing his hands together, speaks, “If I can just keep them […]
March 5, 2020

Can Christians Have Boundaries?

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 Boundaries are so important. As a Christian, legalism […]
March 1, 2020

The #1 Problem of Today’s Church

“But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love.” Revelation 2:4 We’ve lost sight of our first love in our churches: Jesus. As […]
February 28, 2020
Matt McMillen

Addiction Recovery Is Not My Identity

“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 […]
February 24, 2020

When an Atheist Blames God

“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like […]
February 5, 2020
Matt McMillen Ministries

Gentleness and Respect

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with […]
January 29, 2020
Matt McMillen Ministries

He Must Increase, I Must Decrease?

“But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy, unblemished, and blameless in His presence” Colossians 1:22 I normally […]
January 28, 2020

When Kobe Died

“You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” […]
January 20, 2020
Matt McMIllen Ministries

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, […]
January 18, 2020
Matt McMillen Ministries

Is Christian Universalism True?

“Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” See Hebrews 3:15 The answer to the title of this devotional is, “No, Christian Universalism […]
December 29, 2019
Matt McMillen Ministries

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 […]
December 25, 2019
Matt McMillen Ministries

Christmas: The Beginning of a Great Union

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called […]
December 23, 2019
Matt McMillen Ministries

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 […]
September 29, 2019

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 […]
September 8, 2019
Matt McMillen Ministries

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 […]
September 1, 2019

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.” […]
August 29, 2019
Matt McMillen Ministries

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 […]
August 25, 2019
Matt McMillen Ministries

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 […]
August 17, 2019
Matt McMillen Ministries

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 […]
July 22, 2019

Is the King James Bible the Best Version?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” John 1:1-2 […]
July 16, 2019

Is God’s Grace a License to Sin?

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John […]
July 14, 2019
Matt McMillen Ministries

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 […]
July 13, 2019
Matt McMillen Ministries

What Is the True Meaning of Repent?

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone […]
July 9, 2019
Matt McMillen Ministries

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 […]
June 30, 2019

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 […]
June 27, 2019

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 […]
June 6, 2019

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 […]
June 2, 2019

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 […]
May 24, 2019
Matt McMillen

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 […]
May 20, 2019

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 […]
May 8, 2019

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 […]
April 2, 2019

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 […]
March 31, 2019

Christians Don’t Have a Sinful Nature

“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature” See 2 Peter […]
March 21, 2019
Matt McMillen

Saturday Morning Hangovers, Gone

“Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?” Proverbs 23:29 There’s something […]
March 3, 2019
Matt McMillen Ministries

Does God Spit Christians out of His Mouth?

“So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16 “Man, it is hot out here. Son, […]
February 23, 2019

God Is Not Breaking You Down

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” See John 10:10 Our Creator has received a pretty bad rap by […]
February 3, 2019

Can Christians Have Tattoos?

And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:16 Pardon me while I barf […]
January 26, 2019

Water Baptism, Tongues, and Prophecy

“I thank God that I did not baptize any of you…”  See 1 Corinthians 1:14 “Who were you baptized by? Because I was baptized by Peter!” […]
December 6, 2018

But What About… (Part 2)

“For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17 I don’t usually ask this, but would you please glance […]
December 1, 2018

Does Obedience Keep You Close to God?

“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3 How many times have you heard that your obedience is the determining […]
November 25, 2018

What Is the Church?

“Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members […]
November 17, 2018

The Truth About Romans 7

“So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.” Romans 7:17 “Ouch! *Smack!* stupid mosquito,” a young man whispers […]
November 9, 2018

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 […]
October 15, 2018

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 […]
October 14, 2018

The Greatest Spiritual Gift Is Love

“But the greatest of these is love.” See 1 Corinthians 13:13 Grandma. This one word brings a feeling of peace to my soul. Just thinking about […]
October 13, 2018
Matt McMillen

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 […]
October 9, 2018

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, […]
October 4, 2018

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! […]
September 18, 2018

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 […]
September 17, 2018

Why It’s Important to Protect Your Eyes and Ears

“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.” Matthew 13:16 “Let’s find a new series to watch on Netflix together,” […]
September 2, 2018

The Truth About 1 John 1:9 and James 5:16

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 “Here, […]
September 1, 2018

How Can I Know Good from Evil?

“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” ~Satan Genesis […]
August 31, 2018

How Can I Stop Worrying?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 Worry is a […]
August 26, 2018

You Don’t Have Two Selves

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should […]
August 25, 2018
Matt McMillen

How Grace Destroyed My Addiction

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to […]
August 21, 2018

Christians Can’t Backslide

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” See Hebrews 13:5 It’s impossible for a Christian to backslide. That very word […]
August 19, 2018

What Happens When You Die?

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 Death. I had no plans on writing about this subject. As I […]
August 17, 2018

When Did the New Covenant Begin?

But God found fault with the people and said: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people […]
August 13, 2018

Go and Sin No More?

Then Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Then neither do I condemn […]
August 11, 2018

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits?

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits.”  See Matthew 7:15-16 […]
August 9, 2018

Works, Obedience, and Commitment

“Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.” Hebrews 5:8 Jesus learned obedience, yet He never sinned, and we are His […]
July 26, 2018

Christians Are Not Sinners

“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” Colossians […]
July 19, 2018

Is “Once Saved Always Saved” True?

“What must I do to be saved?” See Acts 16:30 Once Saved Always Saved is a touchy subject for those who don’t understand what Christ has […]
July 16, 2018

Why We Shouldn’t Be Grace Jerks

“They will know you by your love.” ~Jesus See John 13:35 Getting friend requests from random people is the norm on social media now. So when […]
July 14, 2018

Stop Trying so Hard to Be a Christian

“Let us therefore strive to enter that rest” See Hebrews 4:11 “Are you going to go to sleep any time soon?” my wife asks me as […]
July 12, 2018

Who Told You That You Were Naked?

“she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of […]
July 11, 2018

Demonic Possession, Private Prayer Language, and Die to Self

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this […]
July 6, 2018

God Isn’t Trying to Kill Off Your Body

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not […]
July 4, 2018

What Does It Mean to Be Free?

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” ~Jesus John 8:36 Today is July 4th, 2018! The day our country celebrates its […]
May 19, 2018

Why We’ve Never Needed the Ten Commandments

“Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at […]
December 22, 2017

By His Stripes We Are Healed?

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” […]
December 21, 2017

Don’t Hide Any Longer

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” -Adam, speaking to God, Genesis 3:10 “Hey, is […]
December 20, 2017

How Many Times Have You Been Saved?

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that […]
December 18, 2017

Debunking Christian Myths Part 2

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians […]
December 17, 2017

Jesus Will Not Blot Out Your Name

“The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of […]
December 16, 2017

The Father Will Never Give up on You

“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 […]
December 15, 2017

When Praying for Your Enemies Is Hard

“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice” Proverbs 24:17 Let’s all be honest with ourselves, when those […]
December 14, 2017

The Truth About Baptism and Repentance

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift […]
December 13, 2017

Why Should I Listen to God?

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8 Life […]
December 12, 2017

Who is the Holy Spirit?

“Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows […]
December 11, 2017

Debunking Common Christian Myths

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~Jesus John 8:32 Here is something I heard from a well-known Christian teacher: […]
December 10, 2017

Do You Feel Like You’re All Alone?

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~God See Hebrews 13:5 Loneliness can really hurt, that is, if you don’t understand something: you are never […]
December 9, 2017

Christians Don’t Have Wicked Hearts

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and […]
December 8, 2017

SMILE!

“A glad heart makes a happy face!” See Proverbs 15:13 As believers in Christ, in our hearts, we have been given joy! Joy is a part […]
December 7, 2017

What Is the Unforgivable Sin?

“They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” 2 Thessalonians 1:9 […]
December 6, 2017

How to Fight Like a Christian

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4 It’s […]
December 5, 2017

It’s Impossible to Get More of God

“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3 It’s Sunday morning and the worship leader is deep into his […]
December 4, 2017

Do You Feel Sorry for Yourself?

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” John 5:8 I used to struggle with self-pity…a lot. If you only knew […]
December 3, 2017

The Truth About Speaking in Tongues

“We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” See Acts 2:11 Right from the get-go, I want to be very clear about […]
December 2, 2017

I am the Righteousness of God?

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 […]
December 1, 2017

Do You Worship the Bible or God?

“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse […]
November 30, 2017

You Are God’s Ambassador

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” See 2 Corinthians 5:20 The plane just touched down in a foreign […]
November 29, 2017

How to Endure Like Jesus

“For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” See […]
November 28, 2017
Matt McMillen

How’s Your Relationship With Yourself?

“I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.” 1 Corinthians 4:3 For […]
November 27, 2017

How Suffering Can Be a Good Thing

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come […]
November 26, 2017

God Wants to Help You with Your Attitude

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:5 Here are eight thoughts in which we need help from God with our […]
November 25, 2017

God Does Not Care About Your Outfit

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside […]
November 24, 2017

The Truth About God’s Anointing

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.” 1 John 2:20 Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m […]
November 23, 2017

Why I’m Thankful for Jesus Christ

“But thanks be to God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 There are many verses in […]
November 22, 2017

How to Change the World as a Christian

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” See Colossians 3:17 Have you ever felt […]
November 21, 2017

A Conversation with an Atheist

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on […]
November 20, 2017

How Do I Know If I’m Going to Heaven?

“This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like […]
November 19, 2017

How to Deal with Your Spiritual Perfection

“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” Colossians […]
November 18, 2017

How to Confront Others in a Healthy Way

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 Healthy confrontations do not come natural for those of us who have struggled […]
November 17, 2017

What’s the Difference Between Spirit, Soul, and Body?

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not […]
November 16, 2017
Matt McMillen

Dinner with a Former Drunk

“Always be prepared to give an answer for the hope that you have. But do so with gentleness and respect” See 1 Peter 3:15 A good […]
November 15, 2017

How Can I Get Over My Past?

“Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” See Philippians 3:13 It’s so easy to be ashamed of our past, especially when certain […]
November 14, 2017

God Wants to Help You with Your Choices

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever” ~Jesus John 14:16 Here are eight choices anyone […]
November 13, 2017

Don’t Listen to the Accuser

“For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” See Revelation 12:10 “Matt, what […]
November 12, 2017

I Was a Victim of Religious Abuse

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing…” See Luke 18:22 Religious abuse is real. How can you recognize it? Simple. […]
November 11, 2017

What Is Sin?

“But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” […]
November 10, 2017

Children: The Real Victims of Addiction

“Train up a child in the way they should go: and when they are old, they will not depart from it.” See Proverbs 22:6 “Matthew, your […]
November 9, 2017

Why Christians Should Not Be Afraid of Hell

“The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of […]
November 7, 2017

Why We No Longer Need Altars in Church

“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left”  Hebrews 10:26 The church is […]
November 6, 2017

Why Should I Forgive Others?

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 Many Christians have forgiveness all wrong. Because of bad […]
November 5, 2017

How to Keep the Commandments of Christ

“And his commands are not burdensome…” See 1 John 5:3 There are 613 commandments, not just ten. The modern church has turned what was meant to […]
November 4, 2017

How to Have Fun without Drinking Alcohol

“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive. 1 Corinthians […]
November 3, 2017

Why Should I Have Good Behavior?

“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 […]
November 1, 2017

How to Deal with Depression as a Christian

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~God See Hebrews 13:5 Bear with me while I quote some terrible teaching: “You’re depressed?! You just gotta […]
October 30, 2017

Am I Really Saved?

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail […]
October 28, 2017

Why Should I Give Up My Addiction?

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not […]
October 27, 2017

What to do When the Pain is Unbearable

“Cast your cares on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 Pain. We all feel it at some point in our lives. Sometimes our […]
October 26, 2017

You Don’t Owe God Anything

“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” Colossians […]
October 24, 2017

Stop Killing Yourself

“For we are God’s Masterpiece.” See Ephesians 2:10 We’ve been taught wrong in our churches. We’ve been taught that the word “self” is a bad word, […]
October 23, 2017

The Truth About “Faith Without Works Is Dead”

“So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:17 Martin Luther was a very controversial figure, to say the least. […]
October 9, 2017

The Truth About Tithing

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 […]
August 29, 2017

How Can I Believe in Jesus?

“He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” […]
August 26, 2017

When God Winks At You

“The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, ‘Why does […]
August 26, 2017

What Makes Jesus Mad?

“And he said to them: ‘You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own tradition!’” ~Jesus Mark 7:9 […]
August 17, 2017
Matt McMillen Ministries

How to Think, Feel, and Act Like God

“Have the same mindset of Christ Jesus.” See Philippians 2:5 The short answer to the title of this devotional is: be yourself. That is, if you are a […]
August 1, 2017

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 […]
July 19, 2017

How to Destroy Pride

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his chest and said, ‘God, have mercy on […]
April 29, 2017

How to Love God by Being Yourself

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 God wants us to produce good spiritual […]
April 27, 2017

Why You Shouldn’t be Afraid of God

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning (not the middle, or the end) of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One (Jesus) is understanding.” Proverbs […]
April 26, 2017

Christians are Dead to Laws, and Alive in Christ

“Christ is the end of the Law so that there may be righteousness to everyone who believes.” Romans 10:4 I’ve been asking God to take me deeper […]
April 14, 2017

What’s So Good About Good Friday?

“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 […]
February 20, 2017

Forgiving Others, Repentance, and Spit

“Come and let us reason together…” See Isaiah 1:18 What does the Bible really have to say about “forgiving others,” “repentance,” and being “spit out of […]
February 14, 2017

How to Break Free from Sin Slavery

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” ~Jesus John 8:36 What does it really mean to be a slave? Does it […]
February 13, 2017

How to Defeat the Devil

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~Jesus John 10:10 […]
February 11, 2017

How Many Times Should I Forgive Others?

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 In Matthew 18:21 Peter asked Jesus, “How […]
January 4, 2017

How Addictions Destroy Your Children

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~Jesus Matthew 11:28 About an hour north of where I live, […]
December 25, 2016

Why Was Jesus Born?

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called […]
December 18, 2016

What Should we be Taught in Church?

“Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see […]
December 16, 2016

How to Overcome the Attacks of Christians

“For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.” […]
December 12, 2016

Am I Good Enough for God’s Love?

“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature” See 2 Peter […]
December 11, 2016

How to Break Free from Church Laws

“A man is not justified by observing the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.” See Galatians 2:16 “Backslider! There is no hotter place in hell […]
December 8, 2016

Can I Lose My Salvation?

“if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 Fear. This one word controlled my life for many years. So […]
November 19, 2016

How Can I Know God Better?

“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” Romans 10:17 *Picture of Grandma and me from 2003 Growing […]
October 23, 2016

I am the Church

“At that moment (when Jesus died) the curtain of the temple (which separated non-priests from God’s most holy place) was torn in two from top to […]
October 4, 2016

When Jesus Asks You to do Dumb Stuff

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the […]
October 1, 2016

When You Want to Quit Drinking, But Can’t

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~Jesus John 8:32 It always starts out innocently, doesn’t it? We usually don’t plan […]
September 29, 2016

What Makes You Good Enough for God?

“I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but […]
September 24, 2016

How to do Your Best for God

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1 Do you ever have those days […]
September 17, 2016

How I Beat Alcoholism

“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” ~Jesus John 8:32 I’m in recovery for alcoholism, that is, the flesh’s cravings […]
September 13, 2016

Can I Command Someone to Love Me?

“This is my command: Love each other.” ~Jesus John 15:17 Most of us have seen the original Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, which was released in […]
September 12, 2016

Are You Living for Today?

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” See Philippians 4:12 For so many years I lived a life of discontentment. I […]
September 9, 2016

Whose Opinion Matters the Most?

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not […]
September 7, 2016

God Has a Ministry for You to Start!

“For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29 There is a ministry inside of you, something that only you can do. Ministries are not bound […]
September 6, 2016

How Can I Make My Life Better?

“Be made new in the attitude of your minds” Ephesians 4:23 I used to have a very poor attitude, our attitudes come from our thoughts, and […]
September 3, 2016

Why I Decided to Quit Drinking

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 The title of this devotional […]
September 2, 2016

Can I be Unborn from God?

Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, “You must be born again.” ~Jesus, John […]
August 30, 2016

Are You Stuck in the Past?

“Then David got up from the ground.” See 2 Samuel 12:20 God seemed really harsh in the Old Testament. That is, to the unbeliever, and even […]
August 26, 2016

Don’t Listen to the Devil

“The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.” John 13:2 I’m not gonna lie, […]
August 18, 2016

Jesus Feels Your Pain

“Jesus wept.” John 11:35 Someone once told me, “You’re not allowed to use definitions from Webster’s Dictionary when trying to get your point across about God.” […]
August 16, 2016

Beware of the Mean Christians

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…” See 2 Corinthians 5:20 Nobody likes to be told they can’t do […]
August 14, 2016

Do You Keep Secrets?

“And they have defeated him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony” See Revelation 12:11 I used to be a very private […]
August 12, 2016

Religion Blinds You. Relationship Heals You.

“They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents.” John 9:18 There is […]
August 11, 2016

Joel Osteen Helped Save My Life

“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.” 1 John 4:15 My ministry used to be very […]
August 9, 2016

What to do When you Feel Far from God

“But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, […]
August 4, 2016

Hell Is Real

“I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will […]
July 27, 2016

How to Handle a Flood from Hell

“The enemy comes in like a flood.” See Isaiah 59:19 I know the title of this devotional may seem like a downer, but let me explain. […]
July 25, 2016

Jesus Will Never Reject You!

“Whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” ~Jesus See John 6:37 Can you repeat that opening verse with me? Only this time, I want […]
July 19, 2016

Do You Even Want to Change Your Life?

When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to […]
July 17, 2016

What’s Your Story?

“I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that […]
July 11, 2016

Why Should I Humble Myself?

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” See James 4:6 Growing up, we are taught to be the best. In grade school, at […]
July 6, 2016

Following An Unlikely Hero

“Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” ~Jesus Matthew 4:19 There is something very strange about Jesus, strangely good – He draws […]
July 4, 2016

Who Is Jesus?

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…” John 1:14 Why is Jesus so important? His life was lived 2,000 years ago, why are we still […]
July 1, 2016

When God Asks You to Do the Unthinkable

“Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, […]
June 27, 2016

What are You Doing with What God Gave You?

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share […]
June 7, 2016

You Can’t Keep a God-Loving Man Down

“So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.'” Genesis 41:41 I wake up early each day, usually […]
June 6, 2016

How to Defend Yourself as a Christian

“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy […]
June 5, 2016

Pastors Have the Ability to be Incorrect

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body […]
June 3, 2016

Jesus Destroys Bad Relationships

I tell you the truth, Jesus said to them, “No one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake […]
May 30, 2016

When Is Jesus Coming Back?

“For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. […]
May 29, 2016

Does God Really Love Me?

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” ~Jesus Matthew 10:29 I […]
May 26, 2016

How to Handle Being Lied About

“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges […]
May 25, 2016

Weakness Is Your Greatest Strength

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” ~God See 2 Corinthians 12:9 What is perhaps the greatest characteristic you […]
May 20, 2016

Why Did Jesus Walk On Water?

“but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately […]
May 17, 2016

Jesus, a Hometown Hero? Yeah right.

“Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. ‘Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous […]
May 8, 2016

What I’ve Learned After Two Years of Sobriety

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and […]
May 6, 2016

Why Did God Create Me?

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” […]
May 5, 2016

Does Jesus’ Light Shine Through You?

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are […]
May 3, 2016

Love My Enemies? NO WAY!

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” ~Jesus Luke 6:27-28 Love my […]
April 30, 2016

How to Combat Legalistic Christians

“You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” See Galatians 5:4 The short answer […]
April 29, 2016

Demons Are Real

“The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~Jesus  John […]
April 26, 2016

Combine Faith and Action to Change Your Life

“If I could just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Mark 5:28 Do you ever get around people, Christians even, who seem to only have […]
April 22, 2016

You Have the Same Power of Christ

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” ~Jesus John 16:24 Do you […]
April 21, 2016

Jesus Recruits From His Opposition

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting” See Acts 9:5 Do you hate Jesus? I’m sure you don’t, but some people actually do hate Jesus. This […]
April 20, 2016

God Disciplines His Kids

“I discipline those whom I love” ~God See Hebrews 12:6 Nobody wants to be corrected. It goes against the grain of our mind when others try […]
April 17, 2016

How to Handle Life’s Disappointments

“All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 How do you handle disappointments? For […]
April 14, 2016

Jesus Is Patient With His Enemies

“But I tell you, love your enemies…” ~Jesus Matthew 5:44 Jesus is patient with His enemies, so we should be too. That’s the hard part. When I […]
April 13, 2016

Walk by the Spirit to Overcome Sin

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  Romans 7:15 One […]
April 8, 2016

What Is God Looking For?

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6 I believe with all my heart that one of the top things God is […]
April 7, 2016

Kill the Little Foxes

“Little foxes spoil the vine” See SONG OF SOLOMON 2:15 If you are a member of PETA, the title of this devotional might have just made […]
April 6, 2016

God Has a Job For You to Do

“Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” ~God Exodus 4:12 As a Christian, part of your job is to […]
April 5, 2016

Is Fear Ruining Your Life?

“Don’t be afraid.” ~Jesus See Matthew 14:27 For so many years I lived in fear, and fear, when not confronted and pushed back, will ruin your […]
April 4, 2016

How to be a Bold Christian

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you […]
April 3, 2016

Church “Attendance” Is Not Important to God

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 After reading the title of this devotional, […]
April 1, 2016

Does God Love Me When I Make Mistakes?

“Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:39 The short answer to the title of this devotional is, […]
March 31, 2016

Angels Are Real

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2 I know […]
March 27, 2016

I Doubted Jesus’ Resurrection, as a Christian

Today is Easter, 2016! Jesus has risen! Hallelujah! How exciting!…Or is it? Or should I say, was it? Was this day, approximately 2,000 years ago, exciting? Nope! […]
March 26, 2016

Why Did Jesus Have To Die?

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” ~Jesus John 15:13 At the time of me writing this, yesterday was […]
March 24, 2016

How to Take Off Your Masks for God

“With unveiled faces we can see and reflect God’s glory.” See 2 Corinthians 3:18 Some years ago, when the Holy Spirit kept on pestering me about […]
March 23, 2016

How Do I Defeat Satan?

“Get out of here, Satan.” ~Jesus See Matthew 4:10 “YOU’RE A LOSER!” “YOU’LL NEVER AMOUNT TO ANYTHING!” “YOU’RE A DRUNK!” “YOU’RE A CHEAT!” “YOU’RE A DRUG […]
March 22, 2016

Does God Really Want to Use Me?

“The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29 From start to finish, the Bible is clear: God wants to use people for His plan. It […]
March 20, 2016

What to Do When Christians Bad-Mouth You

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” Ephesians 4:32 Let’s face it, certain Christians talk bad […]
March 20, 2016

Why I Decided to Get Back in Church

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not […]
March 18, 2016

How to Overcome Being a Weak Christian

“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and are saved.” See Hebrews 10:39 I have been […]
March 17, 2016

Are You Rooted in Love?

“Be rooted and established in love.” See Ephesians 3:17 For so many years I thought I knew what love was, but I had no clue. Like […]
March 16, 2016

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself […]
March 15, 2016

How Do I Grow Spiritual Fruit?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 […]
March 13, 2016

Is Going to Church Really Necessary?

“Don’t stop meeting together with other believers.” See Hebrews 10:25 “I don’t need church to love God!” This was something I said for a very long […]
March 11, 2016

Learn Your True Identity to Grow Delicious Fruit

“In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you […]
March 9, 2016

How to Hate Sin as a Christian

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8 God […]
March 8, 2016

Jesus Loves Using Messed Up People!

“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 Do you ever feel […]
March 7, 2016

What Should I Do With My Bad Thoughts?

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or […]
March 3, 2016

Do All Things Really Work out for Good?

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans […]