Devotional

The Thirty Sayings of the Wise: Hard Work Helps (Proverbs 22:29)

Wisdom applies faith to our circumstances, literally sticking God’s character to our challenges, like a post-it-note adhered to our calendars. Solomon taught how to combine God’s heart with street smarts in our work ethic, as our Heavenly Father connects our vertical commitment to Him with our horizontal encounters. Solomon observed: “Do you see someone skilled […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise: Borrow Barrier (Proverbs 22:26-27)

Debt takes us farther than we wanted to go, keeps us longer than we wanted to stay, and costs us more than we wanted to pay. Yet, like a junkie longing for their next fix, we often add more and more leverage to our already overextended lives. Solomon addressed the risk of borrowing money in […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise: Anger Danger (Proverbs 22:24-25)

It has been said that the most influential people in our lives are our friends. Perhaps that’s why Solomon’s Thirty Sayings of the Wise includes a description of four friends we should avoid making: the hot-tempered, slothful, troublemaker, and rebellious. The second of the thirty sayings can be remembered as Anger Danger: “Do not make […]


The Thirty Sayings of the Wise: Poverty Police (Proverbs 22:22-23)

Money provides one of the most difficult challenges to manage on this side of Heaven. The ticks in the equity markets, the weight of risk to return, mortgage payments, car loans, bank accounts, debit cards, credit cards, healthcare, insurance, and the like seem to dominate our thoughts and concerns. We are called by God to […]


Navigating Life’s Waves of Conflict: The Thirty Sayings of the Wise (Proverbs 22:17-21)

Are you struggling with life’s conflict? When two objects attempt to occupy the same space at the same time, do you feel like a boat being tossed around at sea by an unforeseen storm? Nestled in the middle of the Bible is a treasure map to navigate life’s challenges, guiding you through the storms of […]


The Ultimate Act of Love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13)

In the ultimate act of love, God made Himself vulnerable in Christ. With this in mind, Paul described for the church in Corinth the seven dos and seven don’ts of this active, self-sacrificial, fulfilling grace each one of us desires: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it […]


Dating, Marriage, and Sex (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Dating, marriage, and sex challenge our deepest vulnerabilities. However, God desires that we experience intimacy, fulfillment, and wisdom in His design for our lives. Everyone wants to know and be fully known. That’s intimacy, the connection of our innermost being with another. Nestled in his teaching about how we are called to steward our spiritual […]


Making Sense of Why Bad Things Happen to Good People | The Cross (Hebrews 10:10)

Are you carrying around the burden and weight of your most heinous acts? Maybe you took something that wasn’t yours, leading to a life of deceit. Perhaps you made a string of foolish choices that destroyed your closest relationships. Possibly, addiction has captured your soul. How do we make sense of bad things happening to […]


Making Sense of Why Bad Things Happen to Good People | Temptation (James 1:13-15)

Is something shiny capturing your attention to draw you away from God? Each of us risks abandoning our desires to physical pleasure, power, or pride (see 1 John 2:16), and the results of doing so are devastating. In order to help us make sense of why bad things happen to good people, Perspective Number Six […]


Making Sense of Why Bad Things Happen to Good People | Grace (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Are you walking in life’s valley, desperately wondering if there is any hope in sight? How do you make sense of bad things happening to seemingly good people? Perspective Number Four is: Grace. Due to our sin against a Holy God, we deserve death, but instead He gives us life. In essence, He brings good […]


Making Sense of Why Bad Things Happen to Good People | God is Good (Psalm 145:9)

Do you see God as weighing your heart against others on His scales of justice, providing rewards and penalties depending on who is more righteous? How do we make sense of bad things happening to good people? Perspective Number Two is: God is good to all He has made. While that might seem contradictory to […]


The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard | The Motive is Revealed (Matthew 20:13-16)

If you were totally honest, how would you define your motive for following Christ? Jesus addressed this question in the conclusion of His Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, where he likened the kingdom of heaven to a landowner who went out early to hire men to work his vineyard, agreeing to pay the […]


The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard | The Reward is Generous (Matthew 20:8-12)

Do you seek God to bless others with the same fervor you ask Him to bless you? Peter inquired of the Messiah: “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” (Matthew 19:27). Jesus responded with His Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard to paint a portrait of the […]