Devotionals

This page lists all the devotionals in the order they are sent out.  Click on the title to see the full post.

Be Prepared

“…as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:15

Prepare for what’s ahead by considering how God shows you his grace through your work. Then, think about how He gives grace to others through your employer. When does your work increase thanksgiving for you and others?  How is that for the glory of God?  

The Rainbow Sign

I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. – Genesis 9:13 NIV

The first rainbow appeared against a backdrop of evil and destruction. But it is still a sign of hope. What feelings does the Pride rainbow cause in you?  How might that remind you of God’s promise of salvation?  

Speechless

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent. – Proverbs 11:12

Every person will be speechless before God. But our silence can make the grace of the gospel louder. When have you said something that you regret?  How would you handle that differently, given the chance?  

Speak Up

“by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people” – 1 Peter 2:15

Pride Month is about giving voice to LGBTQ+ concerns. So when do we break our silence and speak up?  God’s Spirit in us empowers us to do good even in the face of evil. What good can you do that would be noticed by those who support Pride?  

True Justice

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. – Genesis 3:7

As a result of the first man and woman’s sin, we all live with that painful awareness of shame. True justice comes from being created in the image of God. What aspects of Pride Month might fit with biblical justice? How could you show support for those affected by them?  

I Have Questions

But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” – Gen. 3:9

Being confused by the language or objectives of Pride Month can lead to an open, constructive conversation down the road. What aspects of the Pride movement do you find the most confusing? How could you ask someone from the movement about them at a later time?  

Define Love

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. – 1 John 3:16

Love is not unconditional acceptance. God showed us his love when we were most unattractive to him. And he sacrificed to change us. How can you sacrifice for someone who opposes you during Pride month? What does it feel like to pray for that person? How should it feel?  

Identify with Pride

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? – Galatians 1:10

Freedom from shame is a powerful incentive to identify with the Pride movement. But shame cannot be removed by winning the approval of others. Where do you experience conflict during Pride month? Where is that person looking for approval? Where are you?  

Pride Labels

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst. – 1 Tim. 1:15

Labels matter to Christians and to Pride supporters. But we must discern between labels and the condition of our hearts before God. What do you wish a Pride supporter would ask you about being a Christian? Can you turn that into a question you could ask them about Pride?  

Godly Grief

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. – 2 Corinthians 7:10-11

The painful experience of shame is real and drives us to do things that harm others and ourselves. But God sent his Son so we could be free from our shame. When have you had the strongest emotions during Pride month? What are those emotions? How can they lead you to godly grief?