All Devotionals
  • Environments of Grace


  • Well that's not quite as comfortable, is it?
    We often want environments of grace to make us feel safe to be real and to help us open up to others, but if we are truly participating in an environment of grace then we must allow truth to be spoken. Do you listen when others tell you the truth about yourself? Are you inviting them in and letting them know it's safe to tell you the truth - even when it's ...

    These posts first appeared on the TrueFace website or Facebook Page and are shared here with permission. TrueFace works to see hundreds of thousands of high-trust cultures of grace multiplied around the world. TrueFace pursues this vision by building and restoring trust in leaders and those who follow them. We do this by teaching leaders how to "trust God and others with themselves."

    More of John Lynch, Bruce McNicol and Bill Thrall - TrueFace: www.trueface.org


  • God is Good! Give Thanks!

  • God is Good! Give Thanks!   

      

    Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His faithful love endures forever. —Psalm 106:1 (NLT)

     

    It’s Thanksgiving-eve today and whether it’s a travel day or you are getting ready for tomorrow’s celebration, you will probably be busy. In the hustle and bustle of this day, there will likely be more reasons that you can count for why be...

    DOUG FIELDS is the senior director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University and the co-founder of Downloadyouthministry.com. Doug has been a youth and teaching pastor at Mariners Church and Saddleback Church for 30 years and has authored more than fifty books. He is a passionate speaker reaching thousands of leaders, teenagers, and parents every year. Doug resides with his wife and three children in Southern California. 

    More of Doug Fields: www.homeword.com


  • Company of the Unfit

  • COMPANY OF THE UNFIT -  

    In Lessons on Living

    David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him. - 1...

    Dr. Woodrow Kroll served as President and Senior Bible Teacher at Back to the Bible from 1990-2013. Author of more than 50 books, Dr. Kroll's passion is to increase Bible literacy in America by engaging people in the Bible and connecting them with the Author. His clear, incisive teaching of the Word keeps him in demand as a speaker all over the world. - See more at: http://www.backtothebible.org/authors/woodrow-kroll#sthash.7Yrcap6W.dpuf

    More of Dr. Woodrow Kroll: http://www.backtothebible.org/devotions


  • Sacrificial Love

  • Sacrificial Love -  

     

    God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. —Romans 5:8

     

    God’s love is sacrificial love. The famous statement of Jesus found in John 3:16 expresses this love best: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

     

    God allowed His on...

    Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. 

    Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and his wife, Cathy and their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi live in Southern California. 

    More of Jim Burns: www.homeword.com


  • It's Raining Again

  • It's Raining Again -   

    This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt

     

    The rains came down, the streams rose, the winds blew and beat against the house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. —Matthew 7:25

     

    Where I live in western Washington, there’s no doubt that winter is my least favorite season. This part of the country has earned its reputation for the winter b...

    This devotional originally appeared in “HomeWord with Jim Burns” on Crosswalk’s Family Devotional section. For more information about HomeWord with Jim Burns devotionals, please visit us online.

    More of HomeWord with Jim Burns: http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/homeword/


  • Awakenings

  • Awakenings:  

    . Christ's love holds even more fiercely in the storm.

    . A tested grace is superior to an idealized grace.

    . Fragile but authentic trust is more enjoyable to God than strong inborn capacity.

    . I let go of some expectations of God while forming new and more significant ones.

    . Love is experienced most when it is needed most.

    . The enjoyment of friends is more sacred when I rediscover them ...

    These posts first appeared on the TrueFace website or Facebook Page and are shared here with permission. TrueFace works to see hundreds of thousands of high-trust cultures of grace multiplied around the world. TrueFace pursues this vision by building and restoring trust in leaders and those who follow them. We do this by teaching leaders how to "trust God and others with themselves."

    More of John Lynch, Bruce McNicol and Bill Thrall - TrueFace: www.trueface.org


  • Great Joy

  • Great Joy -  

    by Ron Moore

    "A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy." - John 16:21-22

    During the birth of our four children, I had two jobs: Keep ...

    Devotions.org, a division of Back to Bible has a daily source of devotions to keep you in touch with God and His word, written by some of today's top authors and Bible teachers. Browse the variety of resources completely on their website. 

    More of Devotions.Org: http://www.backtothebible.org/devotions


  • Reach Out and Touch Someone

  • Reach Out and Touch Someone - 

    Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. —1 John 4:7-8

     

    I love this story and want to share it with you.

    Ever feel like a frog? Frogs feel slow, low, ugly, puffed, drooped, and pooped. I know. One told me. The frog feeling ...

    Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. 

    Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and his wife, Cathy and their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi live in Southern California. 

    More of Jim Burns: www.homeword.com


  • A Filling, Not a Flash

  • A FILLING, NOT A FLASH -  

    In Lessons on Living

    Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. - 1 Samuel 16:13

    In the days of electric trolley cars, it was common for the small wheel to jump off the power-charged wire overhead. When that happened, the connection was...

    Dr. Woodrow Kroll served as President and Senior Bible Teacher at Back to the Bible from 1990-2013. Author of more than 50 books, Dr. Kroll's passion is to increase Bible literacy in America by engaging people in the Bible and connecting them with the Author. His clear, incisive teaching of the Word keeps him in demand as a speaker all over the world. - See more at: http://www.backtothebible.org/authors/woodrow-kroll#sthash.7Yrcap6W.dpuf

    More of Dr. Woodrow Kroll: http://www.backtothebible.org/devotions


  • It's Raining Again

  • It's Raining Again -  

    This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt

     

    The rains came down, the streams rose, the winds blew and beat against the house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. —Matthew 7:25

     

    Where I live in western Washington, there’s no doubt that winter is my least favorite season. This part of the country has earned its reputation for the winter be...

    This devotional originally appeared in “HomeWord with Jim Burns” on Crosswalk’s Family Devotional section. For more information about HomeWord with Jim Burns devotionals, please visit us online.

    More of HomeWord with Jim Burns: http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/homeword/