Posts tagged: Devotional

How to Care for Your Spiritual Life During Classes

By Bailey Linton on November 16, 2018

Picture this. It's the middle of the semester and you're waking up for one of your early classes. You're tired, oh so tired, and you can barely drag yourself out of bed to take a shower. Far past the point of the shower actually being refreshing, you get out, throw on some clothes and meander off to class. You barely get there on time. As soon as you sit down, the class gets ready to pray for the morning…

Advent Series Part 1: A Conquering King

By Joe Stowell on December 3, 2018

Sometimes I go out of my way to buy a special Christmas gift for Martie, and when I do, I find it hard to wait until Christmas to give it to her! So, the best thing that I can do is to drop hints along the way: "You're going to love it!" "It's what you've always wanted!" "It's something you can wear!"

I can't help but think that's the way it is with our God and His greatest gift of all: the Christmas…

Advent Series Part 2: A Suffering King

By Joe Stowell on December 10, 2018

I'm fascinated by how intrigued we are with royal births. When British royalty, like Kate, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a royal child it draws international attention. We can't wait to see pictures of the baby surrounded with regalia, pomp and circumstance.

This Christmas we will be reminded of how different it was with the royal birth of King Jesus. King Herod, driven…

Advent Series Part 4: Holiday Visitors

By Joe Stowell on December 20, 2018

One of our great Christmas traditions is opening our homes to visitors who come to help us celebrate—like gift-bearing grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors—which reminds me of the fact that Joseph and Mary welcomed visitors who came to celebrate the royal birth of King Jesus.

Advent Series Part 5: Our Conquering King

By Joe Stowell on December 21, 2018

The royal birth of King Jesus was filled with themes of joy and hope. Mary and Joseph had been told by angelic messengers that this baby would be the long-awaited Messiah, and the shepherds had heard that this royal baby promised salvation, peace and good will to all.

The Most Displaced Person in History

By Joe Stowell on December 6, 2019

Have you ever felt completely out of your comfort zone, totally removed from all that's familiar? It's the feeling of being displaced. We cherish familiar settings, places that we have grown accustomed to, places that are compatible to our relationships and lifestyle. In a fast-moving, mobile culture that pushes us from here to there like tumbleweeds, we long for a familiar environment to provide sanity…