All Devotionals
  • The Real St. Nicholas

  • The Real St. Nicholas -  

    This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt

     

    Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. —1 Corinthians 11:1

     

    Many families choose not to include Santa Claus as a part of their Christmas celebrations. The legend of Santa, the North Pole, flying reindeer, keeping naughty and nice lists, and coming down the chimney can seem as just too much distraction fro...

    This devotional originally appeared in “HomeWord with Jim Burns” on Crosswalk’s Family Devotional section. For more information about HomeWord with Jim Burns devotionals, please visit us online.

    More of HomeWord with Jim Burns: http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/homeword/


  • A 5-YEAR-OLD’S LESSON ON PEACEMAKING

  • Jesus declared: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Clearly, Jesus is extending his blessing on all who would take on the hard work of peacemaking.

    But what does making peace look like in our world today? Maybe the following story involving our 5-year-old granddaughter Reese will serve as a starting point. 

    I ask you—what is not to love abou...

    John Merritt is a modern-day adventurer trapped in a pastor’s body. When not behind a pulpit you will find John lobster diving, heli-skiing, hauling in yellow fin tuna, calling mallards from a duck blind, or running Grand Canyon whitewater. John is married to Debbie for 40 years and has three children and five grandchildren. 

    More of John Merritt: www.pastorjohnmerritt.com


  • Resisting the Lion

  • Resisting the Lion -  

    This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt   

     

    Be self-controlled and alert. Our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. —1 Peter 5:8-9

     

    In our time, not many people have had the expe...

    This devotional originally appeared in “HomeWord with Jim Burns” on Crosswalk’s Family Devotional section. For more information about HomeWord with Jim Burns devotionals, please visit us online.

    More of HomeWord with Jim Burns: http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/homeword/


  • Putting God on Display

  • Putting God on Display -  

    This devotional was written by Mike DeVries

     

    Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I ...

    This devotional originally appeared in “HomeWord with Jim Burns” on Crosswalk’s Family Devotional section. For more information about HomeWord with Jim Burns devotionals, please visit us online.

    More of HomeWord with Jim Burns: http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/homeword/


  • Recover or Repeat?

  • Recover or Repeat?   

     

    The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation. —Numbers 14:18

     

    Through a torrent of tears, Kari shared with me that her dad was an alcoholic and her mom had emotional problems. Kari’s greatest fear was ...

    Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. 

    Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and his wife, Cathy and their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi live in Southern California. 

    More of Jim Burns: www.homeword.com


  • Giving Thanks

  • Giving Thanks -  

    This devotional was written by Jim Burns

     

    Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. —1 Thessalonians 5:18

     

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love this holiday as it is especially well suited for Christians, for God has blessed us in so many ways through Christ. Yet, life at times is painful and it would not be a stretch to understand on this Th...

    Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. 

    Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and his wife, Cathy and their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi live in Southern California. 

    More of Jim Burns: www.homeword.com


  • Reasons for Giving Thanks

  • Reasons for Giving Thanks -  

    This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt

     

    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. —James 1:17

     

    I wonder at times why it seems so easy for me to focus on the negative aspects of my life. I routinely take for granted some of the very basic blessings that God has ...

    This devotional originally appeared in “HomeWord with Jim Burns” on Crosswalk’s Family Devotional section. For more information about HomeWord with Jim Burns devotionals, please visit us online.

    More of HomeWord with Jim Burns: http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/homeword/


  • Redeeming Rejection

  • Redeeming Rejection -  

     

    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. —2 Corinthians 1:3-5

     

    Growing up, I was lousy at telling jokes. But, I love to laugh. I love teaching with humor—my thought ...

    DOUG FIELDS is the senior director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University and the co-founder of Downloadyouthministry.com. Doug has been a youth and teaching pastor at Mariners Church and Saddleback Church for 30 years and has authored more than fifty books. He is a passionate speaker reaching thousands of leaders, teenagers, and parents every year. Doug resides with his wife and three children in Southern California. 

    More of Doug Fields: www.homeword.com


  • Prayer as Breathing

  • Prayer as Breathing -  

    This devotional was written by Mike DeVries  

     Pray continually. —1 Thessalonians 5:17  

    What we think about prayer has a lot to say about what we think about God. For some, prayer is mainly an exercise in bringing our “list” before God, cluing Him into our needs (as if He somehow was not in tune with them in the first place). For others, prayer is our divin...

    This devotional originally appeared in “HomeWord with Jim Burns” on Crosswalk’s Family Devotional section. For more information about HomeWord with Jim Burns devotionals, please visit us online.

    More of HomeWord with Jim Burns: http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/homeword/


  • Put God First

  • Put God First -  

     

    Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by...

    Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com. 

    Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and his wife, Cathy and their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi live in Southern California. 

    More of Jim Burns: www.homeword.com