Recommended Devotional Guides

page45_picture0_slide_1312245123Recently I wrote an article encouraging you that there is always time to have a personal devotional. All it takes is a little planning and knowing what options are available. One of my suggestions included the use of a personal devotional guide. As a result, today I want to suggest to you some great devotional books. These suggestions are based a variety of reasons, which I’ll explain with each recommendation.

  1. New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp. This suggestion is the newest one to be published. It makes the list because of Tripp’s emphasis on grace each day. Recently, it has been my conviction that Christians need to be reminded of grace on a continual basis. Also, we need to remember how grace influences our lives beyond salvation. Grace should create a peaceful, hopeful, and positive change within us. This devotional accomplishes this because it is Christ-centered than one based on our interests.
  1. My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Many may already be familiar with this devotional because it is a classic. It’s strength is due to Chamber’s own reflections about how God works despite our circumstances. Chambers himself went through years of spiritual dryness, which is reflected in this devotional. So if you feel distant from God or confused then My Utmost For His Highest will provide some clarity. The best part of this devotional is that it comes in a variety of formats. There are journal based editions, old English editions, contemporary English editions, and more.

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Always Time For A Devotional

page45_picture0_slide_1312245123Life can become really busy, really quick. In the midst of these busy days many disciplines can be skipped. It could be anything from financial maintenance, to physical activity, to even our devotional times. However, there are steps we can take to still include these disciplines into our daily routine. For example, consider these simple steps for personal devotionals when time is limited.

  1. Get Up Early

Yes, getting up early may not be the most ideal solution. Still, it is an option and one worth considering if you prefer your devotional earlier than later. Remember, the hope is your busyness is temporary and so can being an early bird if needed.

  1. Consider a Devotional Guide

There are a host of devotional guides and books one can use. One of the best devotional released this year is Paul Tripp’s New Morning Mercies. It and others available for purchase, while others can be obtained for free. No matter what kind you use a devotional guide can offer a concentrated spiritual reflection as different topics are covered. Some devotionals even include recommended scripture passages to accompany the author’s thought.

  1. Less Can Be More

So even if you don’t know what to read, a devotional guide can make for some great suggestions. This is because it’s important to be in prayer and in God’s word daily. Yet this does not mean we have to read large chunks of scripture. In fact, smaller portions may be more powerful. Continue reading “Always Time For A Devotional”

Book Review: New Morning Mercies, by Paul Tripp

UnknownDevotionals can be a dime a dozen. The way they are laid out is almost as predictable as a crime show procedural. Readers know there will be an entry for each day and that the entry will not be very long. Usually there is a scripture to accompany the devotional and after each one is read a reader moves onto the next day. As a result, it is tough to add something new to the genre, but Paul Tripp does this with his yearly devotional, “New Morning Mercies.” He does this by simply focusing on the foundational aspect of the Christian life, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel is a mystery that Tripp helps the reader unpack each day in this devotional. As one learns from the book, it is uniquely simple, yet completely profound. As a result, Christians can pursue two paths towards the Gospel. First, they can believe they understand all they need to know about the Gospel and never go any deeper. This can stem from teaching that mainly emphasizes the saving element of the Gospel and not much else. However, the grace of the Gospel does much more than that, it sanctifies and grows a person in Christ. This is the second path Christians should take in regard to the Gospel once they are eternally secure by the grace of God. By growing in one’s understanding and application of the Gospel each day transformation occurs that eventually leads one to fall more in love with Jesus. There becomes a deep affection for Christ that encourages one to continue to unpack the mysteries that the Gospel has to offer. In other words, the ability to understand the Gospel is without end and Tripp masterfully writes about it each day in this devotional. Continue reading “Book Review: New Morning Mercies, by Paul Tripp”