70 Happy Words

Paul uses 70 expressions of joy in his short letter to the Philippians! Seventy! Reading them infects us with his “good virus” of devotion to Jesus. To joy in Jesus is the best way to start our day and our New Year. It’s a surprising joy that Paul exudes. Outwardly, he has no reason to…

Digging Deeper in God’s Word

Probably you read the Bible often, but you may not know how to draw life from it. Most people who read the Bible, just read it like any other book. “The Bible is the book of your life,” Ray Ortlund, Sr. said to me. “You need to find yourself and your calling in God’s Word.”…

The Love Prayer of Jesus — This Will Ignite Your Heart!

Our greatest need is to be connected in loving relationships, but often we experience disconnects with people we were counting on. Rejection. Anger. Judgment. Being overlooked. These are examples of relational ruptures that hurt our heart and misshape our soul — especially in childhood. Increasingly as we grow up we contribute to the damage. (Relationships…

A. W. Tozer’s Introduction to “The Christian Book of Mystical Verse”

I’m often asked by pastors and others what I think about “mysticism.” Usually someone in their church has encountered this and has expressed concern that it is not Biblical. I know pastors in conservative Bible churches who have been harshly criticized, even run out of their pulpit, for encouraging “contemplative prayer” or the reading of “spiritual…

The Day I “Stole” Kristi’s Heart

When I “stole” Kristi’s heart in college during a Valentine’s Day game I had no idea how God would bless me! My story is not as much about romance as genuine love. True love is the will-good-for-others kind of love; it’s the love of deep-spirited friendship; it’s 1 Corinthians 13 love that’s patient and kind;…

The Disciple’s Ambition to Please Christ

Featuring excerpts from The Joy of Following Jesus by J. Oswald Sanders Paul says, “It is my constant ambition to please Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:9) Or “I make it a point of honor to please Christ.” My heart leaps in response! Yes, me too! I want to please the Lord in all I do! Recently,…

Finding the Lost Book to Treasure Jesus

Listen to Bill read this devotional: A Kogi tribe in Columbia had no Bible. It was a lost book. They didn’t know the name of Jesus. Sadly, we who know the Gospel of Jesus may lack it’s enthusiasm. We who have a number of Bibles in our homes may treat it like a lost book. A few years ago…