Discovering a Deeper Relationship with God: Best of 2013 Daily Reflections

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Discovering a Deeper Relationship with God: Best of 2013 Daily Reflections

Christians like to talk about their relationship with God. At times, this has been a difficult image for me to accept. I struggle to have a healthy relationship with my friends and family sometimes, and they are physically present. How can I have a healthy relationship with God when he isn’t physically present?

I feel like the man who prayed to Jesus, “Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!”

At The High Calling, our Daily Reflections are a devotional tool to help people connect with God on a daily basis. Last year, people spent more than 175,000 hours in study and prayer as a directly result of this tool.

Are you looking to deepen your relationship with God? Try spending a few minutes each day in prayer. And consider the Daily Reflections from The High Calling as one tool to help you do that.

Enjoy this sampling of our most popular devotions from 2013!

The Glorious Sovereignty of Jesus Christ

by Mark D. Roberts

Sometimes we have become so enamored with relating to Jesus as our friend that we have forgotten who this friend really is. Ephesians 1:19-23 serves as a corrective to our tendency to reduce Jesus to merely a nice guy, someone with whom we want to hang around. [Read More]

Why Do We Worship?

by Mark D. Roberts

Sometimes, as I'm singing hymns or worship songs in church, I realize that I'm just going through the motions. I'm singing words, perhaps even thinking about their meaning, but forgetting the fundamental reason why I'm doing what I'm doing. [Read More]

What Are the Good Works God Has Prepared for Us?

by Mark D. Roberts

Many of us would be inclined to answer this question by pointing to specific things Christians tend to do as an expression of their faith. But, if we think of good works only in these terms, we miss the extent to which God's plan for our good works is much broader and deeper. [Read More]

Parable of the Shrewd Manager

by J. B. Wood

This parable is frustratingly mystifying, and I sometimes wonder if a key sentence or two was accidentally dropped on its journey from story to scroll. Here is Jesus telling a story that rewards dishonesty—except he calls it, “being shrewd,” which I suppose sounds more virtuous. But still. [Read More]
 

Jesus Is a Model of Work-Life Balance

by Marcus Goodyear

Jesus understood the danger of noisy crowds, so he regularly withdrew to the wilderness to pray. This is one reason why his yoke is easy and his burden is light (Matt. 11:28-30). It is not just that he offers an alternative to rules-based religion. He offers us grace, and the means to experience grace daily through prayer. [Read More]

 

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