Devotionals & Quiet Times

Today's Promise

Daily devotionals written by Dr. Bill Bright that highlight the promises in God's Word. It provides a verse to ponder, a suggested passage of scripture to read, and a daily action point.

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How Your Personality Connects You With God

God has hardwired each of us to experience Him in our own unique ways.

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Why Are Christians Afraid of Doubt?

Why doubt is not necessarily a road-block to deep faith.

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Why I’ll be Shouting at the Sunset

On June 27 Join the Applause takes place across the world. Simply go outside and watch the sunset, praising your Creator however you want.

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Ten Ideas: Do You Have A Healthy Heart?

The older I get, the more I realize that my heart needs daily examination.

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Thirsty Devotional

Thirsty is a two-week devotional that expands and develops on all the concepts of the Spirit Filled Life, devoting a day’s lesson and reflection to each principle.

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Thirsty - iPad Edition

Our most comprehensive - and visually appealing - teaching on the ministry of the Holy Spirit is now formatted for optimal viewing on tablets. For free!

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Hidden Among the Highlands

"Looking up, I realized I had been transported somewhere otherworldly."

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Captured by the Night Sky

"Aware of the privilege of watching God’s creation unfold its glorious mysteries, I didn’t want to miss a millisecond."

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In the Garden of Good and Evil

A 5-part devotional divining into good, evil, free will and God’s design for mankind. 

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Triaging Your Broken World

In Mike Breen’s Leading Kingdom Movements,  he compares four steps emergency workers follow when determining priorities in a disaster or emergency with our role as the church in helping triage the broken world.

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Making Sense of the World

How do people interpret life? When our world doesn’t make sense, what gives us clarity? What do we use to understand our circumstances, especially when things get rough?

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Windshield Time

How do we press pause for a chunk of time? How do we find time to reflect on what’s important, to think clearly and communicate with God? How do we find a way to just experience God? 

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Fear, Faith and Failure of an Artist

All creation reflects something about the creator, and I believe the best art comes from deeply personal places. Visual artists mold, paint, sculpt, draw, or design their hopes, dreams and desires.

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Changing Lives in the Outdoors

Have you ever stopped to look at a sunset and the thought of God's biggness and great love never seemed more clear? What if we used his great creation to share the gospel?

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Advice for the Weary at Heart

Making decisions, both big and small, can be difficult. These 4 practical tips might help you make your next choice.

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Devotional: Morning Fix

What I learned from an unexpected switch to decaf.

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Devotional: Into The Dance

Are you too concerned with your own comfort?

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Devotional: Sour Apples

Do we experience God more powerfully through suffering?

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How to Study a Passage of Scripture

When one is studying a passage of Scripture, a basic but helpful pattern to follow is the threefold process of observation, interpretation, and application.

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Life Skills Workshop

The InTransition Workbook equips and prepares graduating seniors to transition to post-graduation life and make an impact for Christ in the world.

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Ready for Life

Ready for life after college? This is a 21-Day Devotional on seeking God’s will in life decisions.

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Be Still

Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God." Mark Charles tells three stories that help us be still in the midst of a hectic culture.

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Everybody's Fool

A young St. Francis had been calling on God as usual – then he heard a life-changing answer.

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Spending a Day With the Lord

The need to withdraw, the right perspective, and suggestions on what to do.

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Wonderstruck: Chapter Excerpt

In Wonderstruck, Margaret invites you to unearth the extraordinary moments in every day life, recognize the presence of God in the midst of your routine, and discover peace in knowing you’re wildly loved.

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The Day I Went Missing

After becoming the object of a city-wide search, I realize the spiritual connection in finding something of value that was lost.

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The Return of Christ

At different stages in the history of the Christian church there has been great focus on the teaching of the Second Coming of Jesus. Jesus clearly states that no one will know the exact time and date of His return. 

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Vulgar: The Teachings of Jesus

Jesus Without Religion paints a compelling portrait of Jesus and after finishing the book, the reader will clearly understand the words, works and claims of Jesus.

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Gospel Diagnostics

The life of the Christian is one of continual repentance and belief, without which we slip into a boss/employee, earn/wage, work/rights relationship with our God. It then becomes the loving responsibility for each of us to run gospel diagnostics to determine whether or not what motivates our actions is “in step” with the gospel.

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Proclaiming God's Glory

Pastor (and best-selling author) David Platt shares four simple, glorious truths from Isaiah 6 during his closing challenge to Cru staff at our 2011 US National Conference at CSU. Incredible stuff.

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Mandate on the Mountain

They waited on the mountain, one of the highest hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee. There wasn’t any question of being in the right place. They had met with Jesus there before. Jesus had sometimes prayed there. In James, John and Peter took them to the very spot where said Jesus had appeared in blazing white glory.

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Scripture Field Guide

Published by and for Lifelines (the outdoor ministry of Cru), this beautifully designed document is an essential companion for spending time in nature, reminding people how Creation reflects the glory of the Creator.

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How to Have a Quiet Time

He said, “If you want to say you know God, then you need to know God’s story. And if you want to know God’s story, you have to read the entire thing. Knowing God means knowing his story.”

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When Death is Beautiful

Morbid as it may seem, autumn really is about death. And God repeats this pattern in you and me.

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Is Jesus Worth It?

If you have ever honestly wrestled with your faith in God, then the following thoughts are for you.

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What It Means to Live Free

Experience Christian freedom instead of living your Christian life based on what used to be true about you.

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Let Story Be Your Guide

Popular author Donald Miller on the power and importance of story.

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Of Great Value

I left the grocery store sticker-shocked. Eating healthy is not cheap.

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The Gospel for the Ashamed

In Genesis 3, Moses records the fall and its immediate effects. In particular he shows three completely novel and deeply negative experiences that would forever accompany mankind: guilt, shame, and fear. 

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How to Keep Consistent Time with God

Seeking God when your life affords neither quiet nor time.

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Driving Forward

Progressing in your faith, even when you don't feel like it.

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In Search of Natural Light

Getting back to the authentic light in our relationship with Christ.

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2 Essentials for Keeping Resolutions

Cru President Steve Douglass gives advice for the new year.

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Escaping the Rut

Has your daily quiet time grown stale? Ask God to show you how to make the most of your time with Him.

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35 Day Challenge

35 days of His promises.

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Double Dog Dare

What makes people do dangerous things? What does it look like for us to step out in faith boldly?

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Frog Soup for the Soul

Contentment isn't about what happens to you, but about how you respond.

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A Daily Time With the Lord

The story of Mary and Martha gives a perfect example of the dilemma many of us face. It seems like we are stuck with a choice between knowing God and serving God. Life is simply busy. With work, school, relationships, and ministry involvement, finding time to simply spend with God can be quite difficult.

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Reading the Gospels Wisely

Did you know it’s misinformed to think of the Gospels as just biographies or a collection of Jesus vignettes? Or that we bypass the true intent of the Gospel authors? Like a trusty compass, Reading the Gospels Wisely helps to orient us.

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Why Courage Matters

Courage in the big choices, begins and is the extension of courageous choices we make every day, or don’t. Courage to hear the truth about ourselves, courage to stand up for the truth and courage to proclaim the gospel.

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When I Hate Reading Scripture

Do you just read your Bible to make you feel better? What happens when it doesn’t?

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5 Habits to Declutter Your Quiet Time

Maybe you’re not the resolution type, but consider joining me in 2015 to establish daily, Christ-centered patterns. All it takes is a little decluttering to start strengthening your quiet time.

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Why is it So Easy to Edge Out Your Time with God?

Every follower of Christ that I know desires unhurried time with God. But why does it seem like that is the one thing that is most often and most easily neglected?

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Why Every Christian Should Keep a Journal

Here are 3 specific ways journaling can help you connect with God.

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Keeping a Quiet Time Journal

What began as a game for me, developed into a habit which amazingly transformed into quality time with my Friend.

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