Because You Say So
Sometimes, we just have to trust that God has our best interests in mind. Have you ever learned to obey God "just because He says so?"

Putting limits on our freedom: the “weaker brother” scenario
Have you ever voluntarily gave up one of your “freedoms” in order to help a stumbling fellow believer? Have you ever asked a fellow Christian to abstain from something because it caused you spiritual difficulty?

What we see is what we are
When you think about the people in your life, what stands out? Do their flaws and mistakes irk you? In this devotional, Dick Innes draws on 1 Peter 4:8 and an interesting visual trick to make the point that what we see in others often says more about us than it does about them.

An Olympian Shares About Faith in the Midst of Injury
Has God ever used a physical injury to draw you closer to Him?

Looking to spend more time in Scripture during Lent? has a free Lent daily reading plan that walks you through all four Gospels in anticipation of Easter.

Speaking with grace and gentleness… about politics?
Does the way you talk about politics reflect the grace, patience, and humility of Jesus Christ?

Have you ever taken a sabbatical?
Have you ever taken time off or your usual job or career to take a "sabbatical"?

Reclaiming our role as Creation’s stewards
What is the most Biblical the Christian attitude toward science--and Creation in particular? Have Christians set themselves up as enemies of science, and is that in line with the Bible's teaching?

Today’s devotional: are we too busy to help others? - The Blog
Everybody’s busy these days—it’s just a fact of life. Between our careers, families, church activities, and other social responsibilities, there’s never a shortage of something that we could (or should) be doing. All of the above things are important. But is all that busyness hindering our ability to serve Christ? In this Daily Encounter devotional, Richard Innes describes an experiment conducted on a seminary campus. Three different groups of students were each given a different task: [The professor] gave the first group envelopes telling them to proceed immediately across campus to Stewart Hall. He told them that they had 15 minutes and if they didn’t arrive on time, it would affect their grade. A minute or two later, he handed out envelopes to five others. They were also to go over to Stewart Hall, but they had 45 minutes. The third group had three hours to get to Stewart Hall. The students weren’t aware of it, but the professor had arranged for three drama students to meet them along the way. Close to the beginning of their walk, one of the drama students had his hands on his head and was moaning aloud as if in great pain. About half way to Stewart Hall, on the steps of the chapel, the seminary students passed a man who was lying face down as if unconscious. Finally, on the steps of Stewart Hall, the third drama student was acting out a seizure. In the first group of students, those who had only 15 minutes to get across campus, no one stopped to help. In the second group, two students stopped to help. In the last group, the one that had three hours for their assignment, all of the students stopped to help at least one person. The professor had clearly shown these seminarians that hurry hinders ministry. Read the full devotionals at ACTS International. Would you have stopped to help any of those people if you were in a hurry? In the busyness of our everyday lives, let’s make sure we aren’t passing by opportunities to serve others and reflect Christ to the world.

Today’s Devotional: God Always Provides - The Blog
In the following devotional from Back to the Bible, Woodrow Kroll writes about how God provides for humanity. When the Israelites were wandering in the desert, God gave them manna to save them from physical death. Likewise, God sent us Jesus to save us from condemnation: This manna is a type of Christ, foreshadowing God’s provision for mankind centuries later. Our Lord said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” John 6:47-51). The similarities between the Old Testament type, the manna, and the New Testament fulfillment, Jesus Christ, are striking. The pure-white manna descended noiselessly in the night without fanfare. The Christ child was born on a silent night without fanfare. The heavenly manna was to be gathered early each morning. Nine verses of this chapter refer to the morning. We are to seek the Lord Jesus not only early in the day (Psalm 63:1), but early in life as well (Ecclesiastes 12:1). The manna was clearly a gift from God. Israel did not earn this bread; in fact, this murmuring lot didn’t even deserve it. God’s salvation is never earned or deserved. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Manna was God’s gift of life to the Israelites. Jesus Christ is God’s gift of life to all mankind. Without God’s gift of manna, the undeserving Israelites would have died. But without God’s gift of Jesus Christ, the bread of life, all the world would be condemned to death. Read the rest of the devotional at Back to the Bible. How has God provided for you recently?