Romans 8:38-39 – A Hope For The Addicted

Recently, my childhood friend commemorated the 10 year anniversary of her husband’s death. He fought a long battle with substance abuse and, tragically, it consumed him. Whether it’s food, shopping, social media, pornography, substances, etc., many of us have loved (and sometimes lost) someone with addiction. In fact, so many of us struggle with addiction, that this struggle is a conversation Christians must have continually with ourselves, and with those around us.

I wonder if perhaps at the core of addiction we feel that we are unworthy of God’s love, and we either don’t understand or have lost faith in His power. Perhaps we…Continue reading devotion

Revelation 21:3 – Christian Thanksgiving: Future Living

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. (Revelation 21:3 ESV)

As you study religion, you will see that there is a similarity between many of them. Many believe that God is a far off distance from man and has no desire to be here on the Earth with humans. He/She is interested in observing us from a distance and meddling in our affairs every once in a while. Now, this is obviously a generality. But, as Christians we can also view God this same way. We might believe he would rather be in Heaven the whole time then here with us. Some Christians also believe God has set things in motion and now just sits back and watches it happen until the end.

These beliefs are far from the truth according to the Bible. All we need…Continue reading devotion

Joshua 4:5-7 – Christian Thanksgiving: God’s Faithfulness

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (Joshua 4:5-7 ESV)

The Israelites had seen God do amazing things: delivering them from Egyptian captivity, splitting the Red Sea, providing manna in the desert, and giving them the ten commandments. Now, after forty years of wandering in the wilderness, they were finally arriving in the land of Canaan. God did not want them to forget this moment, so He commanded them to make a “memorial” out of twelve stones taken from the midst of the Jordan River.

The word “memorial” is translated…Continue reading devotion