Encouragement

October 8, 2020

How to fulfill the Great Commission

“I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that […]
September 29, 2020

Surrounded by a Great Cloud of Witnesses

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and […]
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 […]
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 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 7, 2020

Are You a Victim of Trauma?

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” -Jesus See Matthew 9:12 Trauma can impact our lives negatively, in so many ways, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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,” […]
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 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 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 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 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 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 […]
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 19, 2017

How to Accept God’s Timing

…God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change […]
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 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 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 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 […]
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 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 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 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 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 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 […]
October 31, 2017

Why You Should Get Rid of Your Back-Up Plan

“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.” ~God Genesis 17:3 I would like for you to […]
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 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. […]
September 1, 2017

Does God Hear My Prayers?

“Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and never give up.” Luke 18:1 Do you ever feel like God doesn’t […]
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.’” […]
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 […]
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 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 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 8, 2016

What to do When Life Sucks

“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 […]
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 […]
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 20, 2016

How Can I Become Wise?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James […]
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 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 […]
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 23, 2016

How to Kill Your Wife’s Husband

“And the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh” ~Jesus Mark 10:8 Today, August 23, 2016, is my twelve […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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 15, 2016

God Wants You To Use What You’ve Got

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, […]
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 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 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 11, 2016

Facing the Truth About Yourself

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” See Romans 12:2 One of the most difficult things […]
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 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 2, 2016

How to Finally Overcome Addictions

“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18 I’m in recovery for alcoholism. I finally […]
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 25, 2016

When You Want to Give up on God

“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 Are you weary? One of the devil’s primary goals is to make Christians weary. […]
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 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 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 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 […]
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