How to Spend Time with God When You Are Busy

Leadership and Ministry

I laugh when I look at predictions from previous generations that the advances in technology would give us shorter work weeks and more leisure time. If anything, technology has increased the expectations about how productive […]

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Devotions: 3 John

A devotion based on 3 John 1:3. John was not just a theologian, he was a pastor. As much as he liked to talk about God, he also was very interested in what was happening […]

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Devotions: 1 John

A devotion based on 1 John 1:8. John’s first letter is rich in practical theology. The letter is an attempt to demonstrate what the Christian life is supposed to look like. One of the areas […]

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Devotions: Jude

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Jude 3. Like James, Jude was a half-brother of Jesus. His letter may be short but is filled with both theological and pastoral truth. One of Jude’s main concerns is the […]

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Devotions: 2 Peter

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on 2 Peter 1:16. Peter came from humble beginnings as a fisherman from Galilee. He was called from his nets by Jesus and eventually became a part of Jesus’ inner circle. Despite […]

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Devotions: 1 Peter

A devotion based on 1 Peter 2:12. In his first letter, Peter writes to a church that is under pressure. They are experiencing persecution and it is making the Christian life difficult. It is always […]

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Devotions: James

A devotion based on James 3:9. The letter of James is one of the most practical letters in the New Testament. James, who was the half-brother of Jesus, was not interested in purely theoretical aspects […]

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Devotions: Hebrews

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Hebrews 4:15. The author of Hebrews is writing to Christians, probably of Jewish origin, who are struggling with their faith. Should they remain Christians or should they return to their former Judaism? […]

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Devotions: Philemon

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Philemon 1:21. Philemon is a wonderful letter that is unfortunately not read enough. The basic story is that Onesimus, a slave of Philemon, ran away and ended up meeting the Apostle […]

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Devotions: 2 Timothy

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on 2 Timothy 4:6. The Apostle Paul had a long and fruitful ministry. From the moment he met the risen Jesus to his patient waiting in a cell before his execution, God […]

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Devotions: 1 Timothy

A devotion based on 1 Timothy 2:1-2. Paul lived in the Roman Empire which included something called the Pax Romana or Roman peace. This was a double-edged sword (pun intended). On one hand, some nations […]

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Devotions: 2 Thessalonians

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on 2 Thessalonians 1:3. A thanksgiving was a normal part of an ancient letter. Paul took what was a routine section of a letter and infused it with meaning. When Paul says […]

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Devotions: 1 Thessalonians

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on 1 Thessalonians 4:14. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul is dealing with a problem that is hard for us to imagine in our modern context. Christians in the early church thought that Jesus […]

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Devotions: Philippians

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Philippians 1:12-13. Paul had a rough life. A number of times in his life he went through some very difficult circumstances. Beatings, imprisonment, you name it, Paul had it. Philippians is […]

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Devotions: Ephesians

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Ephesians 2:8-9. A key part of Paul’s theology is salvation of grace. This was very personal to Paul. As a Pharisee, Paul worked hard to fulfill the commandments of both the […]

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Devotions: Galatians

A devotion based on Galatians 1:6-7. These verses are key to the entire letter to the Galatians. Paul was upset the Galatians were considering abandoning the true Gospel of God. The Gospel that Paul preached […]

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Devotions: 1 Corinthians

A devotion based on 1 Corinthians 15:17. In this chapter, Paul is providing an extended treatment on the resurrection, both of Jesus and of believers at the return of Jesus. The reason for this is […]

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Devotions: Acts

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Acts 16:30. In this story, God releases Paul and Silas from jail in the city of Philippi. When the jailer discovered what had happened, he was prepared to commit suicide as […]

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Devotions: John

A devotion based on John 3:3. You must be born again. What does that mean? That phrase has been misunderstood ever since Jesus first uttered them two thousand years ago. Nicodemus, who was a trained theologian […]

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Devotions: Luke

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Luke 19:9. One of the most popular stories in the Gospels is the story of Zacchaeus. There is a reason why children are able to enjoy it. It is incredibly visual. […]

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Devotions: Mark

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Mark 8:33. The Apostle Peter is known for saying and doing the wrong thing but one of the worst experiences was that which resulted in Jesus calling him Satan. Not even […]

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Devotions: Matthew

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Matthew 6:10. When I was in public school, we recited the Lord’s Prayer every morning. The church I attended prayed the Lord’s Prayer every Sunday. At least for that generation, the […]

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Devotions: Malachi

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Malachi 1:8. The Old Testament provides very clear guidelines for the sacrifices offered to God. Because God is holy and righteous, only the best animals are to be sacrificed. In the […]

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Devotions: Haggai

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Haggai 2:5. The context of this passage was a very difficult time for Judah. Although the exile was technically over, things were not as prosperous as people had hoped. The Temple […]

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Devotions: Habakkuk

A devotion based on Habakkuk 1:2. Although written thousands of years ago, Habakkuk’s prophecy is very timely. Habakkuk looked at the world around him with all its violence and injustice and felt despair. Where was […]

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Devotions: Jonah

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Jonah 4:2. Jonah is known for being the prophet swallowed by a fish. However, the most significant part of the book occurs near the end. Jonah had been hoping for the […]

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Devotions: Obadiah

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Obadiah 1:15. Obadiah is a one chapter prophet but that does not mean that he is at lack for something to say. His focus is on the punishment that will come […]

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Devotions: Amos

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Amos 5:14. The book of Amos is fairly typical of the minor prophets. The people sin. The prophet proclaims judgment. The people are challenged to repent. I am sure there were […]

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Devotions: Joel

A devotion based on Joel 2:28. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was closely connected with prophecy. Prophecy was closely connected with authority. That authority was limited to a very small number. Far back […]

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Devotions: Ezekiel

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Ezekiel 37:5. At this point in history, Judah was in a terrible situation. People were in exile. Infrastructure was crippled. Political autonomy was crumbling. The Babylonians had taken everything away from Judah. […]

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Devotions: Lamentations

A devotion based on Lamentations 3:22-23. These verses are some of the most beautiful words of praise found in the Bible. They are so wonderful that these verses are the basis for the popular hymn […]

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Devotions: Song of Solomon

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Song of Solomon 1:15. The Song of Solomon is one of the hardest books of the Bible to write a devotion. It just does not seem very spiritual. Some have seen […]

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