Sinner/Saint Devotional

The Shape of Gospel Astonishment

BY JARED C WILSON

Sigh. I would love to enjoy fellowship with God, to receive his blessing and his righteousness. But I don’t have clean hands and a pure heart, and I have often lifted up my soul to falsehood and have sworn deceitfully. If that’s the standard for acceptance unto God’s favor, I can only hang my head in shame and sorrow.

The Shape of Gospel Astonishment

You Can’t Work For Peace

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

Sometimes the hardest part of the day is the time just before sleep. At that time, if struggles or stresses abound, we can be kept up by racing thoughts. This fretting and over-analyzation, the frantic search for options, can leave us exhausted and depleted, feeding the cycle of stress that is already at work in us.

You Can’t Work For Peace

God, I’m Mad At You

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

How many times have you been mad at God? Probably more than you’d like to admit. I remember a time when a family member said some very hurtful things to me, and I was very upset. I felt the comments were extremely unfair and disingenuous.

God, I’m Mad At You

What Sin?

BY STEVEN PAULSON

Psalm 51 teaches two things: mercy and sin. But aren’t we already experts in sin?  Why do we need God to teach it to us? Well, we are good at pointing the finger to say, “There is a sinner!”  But it takes hard schooling to say, “I am a sinner—indeed nothing but sin” and “I only sin before you.”

What Sin?

The God of Rejects

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

We should take great care in observing how the psalmist relates to God. Our eyes and hearts should be open to seeing what the psalmist appeals to and how he addresses God. How does the sinner have communion with a holy and upright God?

The God of Rejects

Ill-Conceived: Pinpointing When Our Lives Went Wrong

BY CHAD BIRD

The little psychologist within us is often hard at work to pinpoint the origin of life’s problems. During marital strife, we sift through everything from sexual proclivities to spending habits to discover the source of our discontent. When raising a rebellious child, we replay every episode in his upbringing to determine where things may have gone awry.

Ill-Conceived: Pinpointing When Our Lives Went Wrong