June 26th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 26th, 2024
Meanwhile...Greg LaurieMeanwhile, Peter continued knocking. When they finally opened the door and saw him, they were amazed. (Acts 12:16 NLT)The first-century believers were people just like us. They were flawed. They weren’t super Christians. Yes, they prayed fervently. Yes, they prayed together. But sometimes they also prayed with an element of doubt.Clearly there is a place for faith in our pra...  Read More
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June 25th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 25th, 2024
The Lifestyle of WorshipTony EvansIn His Presence: “You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3).Worship is not simply an event or a place. It is an orientation. It is a way of life. It is the result of a decision that we make—one that exalts God above everything else. It is also a way of thinking. We come to a point where we realize and acknowledge that God is tr...  Read More
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June 24th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 24th, 2024
Time with GodAre you distracted?“O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Please read vv. 5-11)  Isaiah 2:5 Don’t let anything distract you from focusing your life on the presence and person of God! The people of Israel had been distracted. They were “full of things from the east” (v. 6); and “their land is filled with silver and gold” and “filled with horses and…chariots” (...  Read More
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June 21st Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 21st, 2024
Acceptable to GodTony EvansIn His Presence: “Abel . . . brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard” (Genesis 4:4-5).As consumers, we have little interest in leftovers. We don’t like to spend our money on flawed products. When we pay for an item or a service, we feel that...  Read More
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June 20th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 20th, 2024
Together Is Where We Belong Alistair BeggAs in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5Every so often, someone may ask you, “Do you belong here?” It’s usually asked in relation to a country club, a gym, or something similar. They’re wondering, “Is this a place t...  Read More
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June 19th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 19th, 2024
Worship the Lord with Your LifeTony EvansIn His Presence: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy” - (Jude 24).Faith is at the heart of worship. In Streams in the Desert, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman records a story that focuses on giving God praise. The story is of a woman who had very little. She made a “precarious...  Read More
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June 18th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 18th, 2024
Viewing Ourselves RightlyAlistair Begg By the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:3No one is immune to the sin of self-exaltation. To find evidence of this, simply enter any kindergarten classroom. In this little group of ch...  Read More
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June 17th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 17th, 2024
Jailed but Not BoundTony EvansIn His Presence “Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison” (Acts 12:6).Has there ever been a time when you felt so bound by your circumstances that you thought you would never be released? Without a doubt, Peter’s situation, from a human standpoint, seemed impossible. However, from Go...  Read More
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June 14th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 14th, 2024
God’s Unchanging WordAlistair BeggBy faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” Hebrews 11:17-18Life can feel overwhelming. Every day brings new challenges even as old ones continue without resolution. It’s easy to allow our faith to trip on...  Read More
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June 13th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 13th, 2024
Becoming a Person of MercyBayless Conley"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." Luke 6:38It is not unusual to hear this verse used in connection with giving money to the Lord's work. And while there is a principle concerning money embedded...  Read More
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June 12th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 12th, 2024
Feelings Are Not Lord, God IsBy Kelly Balarie“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 NASBI had no idea that almost every single prayer I prayed was about to be answered in just one night…As it happened, I was only in this mega-church because a woman wouldn’t stop has...  Read More
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June 11th Devotion
by Dean Ceccarelli on June 11th, 2024
An Ear Open, a Will Ready Alistair BeggThe Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying.” Acts 9:11In the Bible, there is no mention of Ananias before his appearance in Acts 9, and there is only one brief mention of him after that (Acts 22:12). By all accounts, he was not a tremendous man who ...  Read More
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