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Devotion about Suffering on the Commemoration of Polycarp

Polycarp was a first-century Christian bishop in Smyrna who was martyred for his faith. Today’s devotion talks of the persecution in Smyrna that was foretold in the Book of Revelation and of God’s care for us in our suffering.

Why I Wrote God’s Gift of Family

My name is Brenda, and I am the author of God’s Gift of Family. But I’m also a mother of five, a wife, and the founder of Run Hard. Rest Well., a nonprofit that seeks to restore the biblical rhythm of balance between work and rest.

Walking in the Light (Even in the Dark)

Here in Northern Illinois, we are deep in the heart of winter. The days are short and the sunlight can be nearly impossible to find some days. It seems as if it is dark when I wake up and go to school, and somehow it’s nearly dark when I leave school as well.

Books of the Bible Study Questions: Exodus

For a book about wandering in a desert for forty years, the Book of Exodus sure has a lot of excitement.

Devotion Remembering Martin Luther and His Marriage to Katie

While we remember Martin Luther as a bold theologian, we also remember him as a tender husband and father in his family.

Devotion about Resurrection for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Today we hear from Luther about the Epistle, specifically verse 20.

Devotion about Christian Freedom from Philipp Melanchthon

Our devotional reading on the commemoration of Philipp Melanchthon comes from an essay Melanchthon himself wrote about Christian liberty.

Devotion on Philemon and Onesimus

Today we consider Paul’s Letter to Philemon about Philemon’s conflict with his slave Onesimus, who had run away. Paul encourages Philemon to reconcile with Onesimus because God has forgiven our sin and reconciled us to Himself.

Valentine, Martyr

Ever wondered how Valentine’s Day came about? It actually started off as the remembrance of a Christian martyr named Valentine. Gradually, it developed into the secular holiday we know today. In the theme of love, our devotion today discusses the truest, deepest love possible: God’s love.

Aquila, Priscilla, Apollos

Aquila and Priscilla were a husband and wife in the Early Church. When they heard Apollos speak about the baptism of John, they taught him the rest of the story: about Jesus’ incarnation, death, and resurrection.