The Christmas season is the time of year when we are continually reminded of the good news that Jesus came to this world as a baby to save us from our sin. But the reality is that we all need this reminder every day all year long. How do you keep yourself refreshed in the truths of the Gospel? How do you continue to grow in your understanding of God’s Word and His story for your life?
I would like to recommend a daily devotional that has been significantly helpful to me this past year. “Heart of the Matter” offers 366 daily reading selections that will point you to the truths of Scripture and focuses on how the gospel intersects with life. Wouldn’t it be great to start out the New Year considering what God has to say to us about our life and our need for Him?
A descriptive summary about “Heart of the Matter” says, “Change that goes deeper than the surface of our lives happens over the long haul as we daily remember and connect the truths of the gospel to our lives. Every day we need to be reminded in different ways that Jesus, God’s own Son, came to this world to save us from sin, sorrow and death. The promises of God, which are all yes in Jesus, change the way we view ourselves, our circumstances and other people. This devotional gives a daily reminder of these life-changing truths.”
Written by several authors from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), the topics of love, hope, grace, redemption, faith, contentment, conflict, relationships, prayer, fear, patience, humility and anger are covered in ways that will help you learn how God’s Word addresses real life issues. It will encourage you to look beyond circumstances to God’s purposes and how to grow in wisdom when confronted by life’s changes.
I have many “dog-eared” pages in my copy of this devotional book. One of my favorite selections comes from the encouragement we find in Psalm 145. Regarding the truths of this passage Paul Tripp writes that “We are created to find our meaning, identity, and purpose in the existence, character and plan of God . . . We start to understand that grace cuts a hole in sin’s shrink-wrap. Grace reaches in, pulls us out, and locates us in a place that is more exciting and meaningful than anything we could have ever conceived of ourselves – the Kingdom of God.”
Please consider giving yourself a gift this Christmas. Pick up a copy of “Heart of the Matter” and begin a year of thoughtful change in 2017 as you soak in the good news of Christ our Savior.