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1. Dec 25 Advent Devos: “The Promise of a Savior”

December 25, 2018

Our final Advent devotional is called The Promise of a Savior. Today we talk about Christmas in five words, God’s answer to your pain, and what Billy Graham said to David Frost. Merry Christmas!!! Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

2. The Promise of a Savior

December 25, 2018

“Today . . . a Savior has been born” (Luke 2:11). You will never understand who Jesus is until you realize he came to save you from your sins. This is why he lived, this is why he died, and this is why he rose from the dead. He came to seek and to save the lost […]

3. Dec 24 Advent Devos: “The Promise of Immanuel”

December 24, 2018

Welcome to today’s Advent devo called The Promise of Immanuel. Happy Christmas Eve! Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

4. The Promise of Immanuel

December 24, 2018

Navajo Nativity Scene “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us)” (Matthew 1:23). Of all the names of Christ, perhaps none is more significant than Immanuel because it tells us his true identity. He is God come down from heaven in the form of a […]

5. Dec 23 Advent Devos: “The Promise of Joy”

December 23, 2018

Today’s Advent devo is called The Promise of Joy. We talk about a ceramic basset hound filled with cookies, plus a little bit from Calvin and why Jesus’ birth was announced to the shepherds. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

6. The Promise of Joy

December 23, 2018

Young Afghan shepherd, Kandahar province, Afghanistan “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). “Christmas is a delightful disruption of the way things normally go.” That’s how William Willimon describes Christmas. I like that phrase “delightful disruption” because it catches the spirit of Luke 2. One moment […]

7. Dec 22 Advent Devos: “The Promise of Peace”

December 22, 2018

Today’s Advent Devo is called The Promise of Peace. In today’s devo we talk about the top questions people wish they could ask God. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

8. The Promise of Peace

December 22, 2018

“His name will be called . . . Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Will there ever be peace on earth? Most days the answer seems to be no. But this name brings good news with it. The phrase means “the prince whose coming brings peace.”  The word “prince” means something like “General of the Army.” […]

9. Dec 21 Advent Devos: “The Promise of Glory”

December 21, 2018

Here’s today’s Advent devo called The Promise of Glory. We talk about the shortest day of the year, praying through your Christmas cards, and Christmas in five words. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

10. The Promise of Glory

December 21, 2018

“Glory to God in the highest” (Luke 2:14). G. K. Chesterton said, “Whatever else is or is not true, this one thing is certain—man is not what he was meant to be.” We were made for glory, but our glory faded a long time ago. First we disobeyed, then we died on the inside, then we […]

11. New Podcast: “Lessons from the Manger”

December 20, 2018

Here’s the audio of my interview with Chris Fabry on Lessons from the Manger. If you’ve heard the Christmas story year after year, the details can become common. There’s nothing new or surprising about the event in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. Let’s go to the manger for a fresh look at what God did when […]

12. Dec 20 Advent Devos: “The Promise of an Eternal Home”

December 20, 2018

Today’s topic is The Promise of an Eternal Home. Where is home to you? Check out the video and think about your answer to that question. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

13. The Promise of an Eternal Home

December 20, 2018

“We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Where is home for you? If you live long enough, and if you move around enough, the answer to that question will be a moving target. When I was growing up, home was […]

14. Dec 19 Advent Devos: “The Promise of Freedom From Fear”

December 19, 2018

Today’s Advent devo is all about The Promise of Freedom from Fear. Today we talk about the Top Ten Fears, what John Stott said, and victory on the last battlefield. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

15. The Promise of Freedom from Fear

December 19, 2018

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Hebrews 2:14-15). Down deep in the human heart […]

16. The Promise of Transformation

December 18, 2018

“Predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). In the year 1464 a sculptor named Agostino di Duccio began working on a massive piece of flawed marble. Intending to produce a magnificent sculpture of an Old Testament prophet for a cathedral in Florence, Italy, he labored for two years and then […]

17. Dec 17 Advent Devos: “The Promise of Victory in Hard Times”

December 17, 2018

Today’s Advent devo is about The Promise of Victory in Hard Times. We talk about the brave Christians in China whose faith shines bright in the midst of persecution. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

18. The Promise of Victory in Hard Times

December 17, 2018

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). Sometimes we don’t know which way to go. Life has a way of throwing us a curve ball now and then. Sometimes we face circumstances that are so confusing that we […]

19. Dec 15 Advent Devos: The Promise of Mercy and Grace

December 16, 2018

Today’s devo is called The Promise of Mercy and Grace. We talk about my friend Gary Olson and how God gives mercy when we need it, just in the nick of time. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

20. The Promise of Mercy and Grace

December 16, 2018

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Mercy is what gets us out of trouble. Grace gives us what we don’t deserve. A friend gave me a tape of a speech Gary Olson made […]

21. Dec 15 Advent Devos: “The Promise of Possibility”

December 15, 2018

Today’s Advent Devo is called The Promise of Possibility. We talk about the First Rule of the Spiritual Life, the movie Rudy, and what the Lord said to Corrie Ten Boom when she couldn’t sleep. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

22. The Promise of Possibility

December 15, 2018

“Nothing is impossible for God” (Luke 1:37). In one of his sermons Walt Gerber mentioned a plaque hanging on his wall: Walt, Do not feel totally, personally, irrevocably responsible for everything. That’s my job! Love, God! That caught my eye because it reminds me of the principle I’ve called the First Rule of the Spiritual […]

23. Dec 14 Advent Devos: “The Promise of Power”

December 14, 2018

Dec 14 Advent Devos: The Promise of Power. In today’s devo I give an update on Marlene, we talk about the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, and we discover how to get the mud out of a very dirty jar. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

24. The Promise of Power

December 14, 2018

“I am going to send you what My Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). Jesus spoke these words when he appeared to his disciples late on Easter Sunday. At first they were frightened because they thought he was a ghost. To […]

25. Dec 13 Advent Devo: “The Promise of Sufficient Strength

December 13, 2018

Today’s devo is called The Promise of Sufficient Strength. Do you sometimes feel like a pathetic loser? If so, watch this video and be encouraged. God has a message for you! Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.  

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