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Hope for your weekend

Paul says, Hope that is seen is no hope at all. (Romans 8:24) Sometimes we catch a glimpse of hope. It’s like God pulls back the veil to enlarge our hope capacity. May you be hope-filled as you recharge this weekend. And for your weekend listening.

Another Side of Sunday: Hope

Our series on Christian Characteristics points us toward hope this week. Hope is “to cherish a desire with anticipation; to want something to happen or be true; to expect with confidence” (Merriam-Webster). Let me ask you: Are you a hope-full person? What do you anticipate or expect with confidence? Is your glass half-full or half-empty? […]

Another Side of Sunday: A Weekend Reminder

We can find joy in the slowing of a weekend. Celebrating worship, rest, and fellowship give us an opportunity to let the work week go and experience renewed joy.  Remember the children sharing a joyful song Sunday? “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” “Where?” Where have you experienced the most […]

Another Side of Sunday: Recipe for Joy

A new teaching series began this week: Christian Characteristics. Merriam-Webster’s defines characteristic as “a distinguishing trait, quality or property.” Believers have traits, qualities, and properties that set them apart, and these characteristics draw others to Jesus. Sunday’s focus was joy. Before we go any further take a moment to consider yourself when it comes to […]

Another Side of Sunday: Hebrews 6:13-20

Begin by reading Hebrews 6:13-20, the first Sunday of the year’s Scripture. For another version, read The Message. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever […]

Happy New Year

Each day of the week for the last several years a devotional has quietly slipped into your inbox. We’ve journeyed through the Gospels and Beyond, we went Back to the Beginning through Genesis and Exodus, and completed our time with Songs of Praise (Psalms) and The Way of Wisdom (Proverbs). Our post count reaches beyond […]

December 22

[Today’s post follows the reading of December 22 in The Dawning of Indestructible Joy.] “This is the covenant that I will make… I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Hebrews 8:10 And he would powerfully move […]

December 21

[This devotional is intended to be read following December 21 in John Piper’s The Dawning of Indestructible Joy.] He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-jonah! For flesh and […]

December 16

[The countdown to Christmas is heating up. Remember to slow, ponder, take time to focus on the reason we celebrate. The following devotional comes after the December 16 reading in John Piper’s The Dawning of Indestructible Joy.] The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as […]