Getting to Shockingly Gracious

When she’s been hurt. When she’s disappointed. When she’s angry. When she’s frustrated. When she’s tired. A woman who does not give grace lacks the deepest kind of beauty: The willingness to yield to the Holy Spirit that always prompts us to forgive. Always prompts us to display love the way Christ did. Selflessly. If you’re anything…

Devo: Lessons on Forgiveness

By Kaleigh Ward Sometimes, my morning quiet time consists of doing a Bible Study workbook (woo Beth Moore!), reading the Psalms, listening to a sermon, or journaling about God’s faithfulness. This morning, my quiet time was a time of wrestling with God.  Sometimes, when I’m hurting and confused, God and I have to spend extra…

Save our sisters.

They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left. Their light had been taken from them. These children…raped each night… seven, ten, fifteen times every night. They were so young. Thirteen, eleven… it was hard to tell….

I Know Why She Does It

By allowing ourselves to be judges with evil thoughts, we put ourselves under the bondage of judgment.

Burn to Memory Matthew 7:1

I’ve known some people I would categorize as ‘free’ in one way or another. Free in quotes–because it made other people uncomfortable, and we judged them. Tomorrow we’re going to look at how this verse relates to our freedom in Christ. For now, mull it over and ask God to show you who you’ve been…

Video: The Problem Jesus Came to Solve

The Problem Jesus Came to Solve from Bob Hamp on Vimeo. Perhaps we’ve had this thing all wrong: Maybe we’ve been living from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil all along, instead of from the tree of life. Maybe we still feel bound up, foolish and sinful because we embraced a set…

Devo: Innocent, I am not

By Lydia Sellers We all want to feel innocent. It’s a plain fact. I don’t think it’s bad. No, it’s very good that we have this desire because God desires to purify us. In fact, he sent his one and only Son to pay the penalty for our sins just so we may be covered,…

Devo: Creature habits.

By Tiffany Deluccia In Christ, we are completely new. The old self is gone; it isn’t the true you anymore. I’ve found it’s hard to feel new sometimes: when you’re struggling with temptation, when you’ve exploded in anger, when you feel depressed… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things…

Burn to Memory 2 Corinthians 5:17

Why is it so hard to let go of the past? We must get a revelation of who we are in Christ. We are not bound to our former selves. We are linked  in our own memories, not God’s. We are free to live as a new creation. Ask God to print this verse on…

Catching Up w/ Kaleigh: Sex, Men and Laughter — My Normal

By Kaleigh Ward Tonight, I watched a documentary about prostitutes in the sex trafficking industry around the world. Racers often do outreach in the red light district in Thailand, and I wanted to better understand these women’s lives, what they face on a daily basis, and how they respond. My heart is heavy as I write…

Devo: Abundantly free!

By Anna Vanhoose How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to…

Devo: A freed slave’s fight

Photo by marc falardeau. By Tiffany Deluccia Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever. Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ John 8:34-36 Jesus was speaking here to a group of…

Burn to Memory John 8:36

  “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Let the truth of that promise wash over you today. Jesus died not just to forgive sins — He came to make you free. Do you feel free? Do you act free? Spend some time asking God to show you any areas of…

God the Boss.

After a specified period of time, we expect our paycheck — and a bonus every now and then for all our extra effort. After all, God’s the boss, right? He owes me what He promised me.