Do you remember any inspirational devotions you recently heard or read? What made them memorable? If you are like me, you recall a powerful illustration or true life story.
Jesus used stories to illustrate his teachings. As He taught God's truths He talked about farming, politics, religion and families. Likewise, the apostle Paul used examples from athletics and nature. Not much has changed. Today we still like to talk about our jobs, family, and politics! Inspirational devotions with real life stories and powerful application motivate people to Christ-likeness.
Regardless of the type of devotion, lesson, or sermon I'm preparing, it takes hours to develop these four elements. These inspirational devotions will save you time. For a small group or Sunday School lesson, I've included discussion questions. You can add more illustrations from your own life. Remember the goal: To be like Jesus and help others do the same.
Here is a list of our inspirational devotions. (If you don't find what you need, check out our site map. It gives a complete list of all our Bible study lesson plans.) Following the title I've listed the Scripture passage and topic. A preview of the real life story follows.
The Gospel News - Various scriptures - Grace
Dwight L. Moody once said, "True, we have heard of the Holy Spirit, and we have read of Him, but we have little personal knowledge. . ."
Encouraging Bible Verses - Various scriptures - Jesus eats breakfast with His apostles
How Great is Our God- Various scriptures - Accept the Love of God
Your Christian Identity- Various scriptures - Your Identity as a Disciple, Family Member, and Representative
Easter Facts- Various scriptures
Thanksgiving Verses- Various scriptures - My Favorite Thanksgiving Verses
Christmas Verses- Various scriptures - Some of My Favorite Christmas Verses
Inspirational Devotions from the Old Testament
How to Forgive Someone - Genesis 37-50 - Joseph forgives his brothers
In his classic book Dare to Discipline, Dr. James Dobson tells the story of a 13th century experiment that involved fifty infants. . .
I heard a business consultant tell about the training he was doing for a company’s employees. . .
I once read an article entitled, “The 41 Worst Predictions of all Time”
A few years ago Peggy and I made our first trip to China. . .
Every few years a motivational seminar comes to Omaha. . .
In sports, the infraction of one player penalizes the entire team. . .
Bible Study - Make Time for It - Psalms - David and God's Word
The mouth is to the heart what a printer is to a computer. . .
On August 5, 1936, at the Berlin Olympic Stadium it was a little past nine in the evening. The pole vault event . . .
Christmas Themes - Isaiah 9:6 - Peace
A.W.Tozer said,"With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, and the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it...
Your Self Identity - Jeremiah 31:3 - You are God's Beloved
Brennan Manning tells about a young woman's personal breakthrough during a five-day retreat...
Inspirational Devotions from the New Testament
Eric Liddell - Matthew 6:4 - Loving Unnoticed
In 1981 Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. . .
Being Like Jesus is Enough - Matthew 10:24 - Jesus' Priority in Training
If someone asked us how we ended up living in our city...
Bible Curriculum Must be Accompanied by Relationships - Mark 3:13-14 - Jesus trains the 12
Most men love to read the sports page but not the Bible. . .
William Booth said, "The tendency of fire is to go out, so guard the fire on the altar of your heart."
Anything you are not praying about, you are doing on your own.
Christmas Characters - Luke 1-2 - Embracing the Unexpected
Peer to Peer Network Evangelism - Luke 5:27-29 - Call of Matthew
How to Pray to God - Luke 11:1-4 - The Model Prayer
How to Change Your Life - Luke 14:26-27 - Cost of Discipleship
Start with your relationship with Jesus. When you picture this relationship, what image comes to mind?
In the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, a marathon runner from Tanzania entered the stadium more than one hour after the winner had crossed the finish line...
David Platt tells the story of an old preaching professor who took his students to a cemetery every semester...
Jack Hayford tells the story about a serviceman named Adam who was deployed to Iraq...
What if I purchased a gym membership and asked you to come and watch me work out?. . .
The true story of Suen Douh Camp, Hong Kong.
A revival preacher from Oklahoma preached a famous sermon titled, "Something Worse than going to Hell"...
Charles Spurgeon once said, If I had twenty-five years left to live...
Ray Stedman told the story about a man who had been an alcoholic for many years before he became a follower of Jesus...
The true story of Hetty Green. She died in 1916, the richest and most detested female in America. . .
The Closet of Prayer - Philippians 4:6
The Parker Brothers trading game, Monopoly, was invented during the Great Depression in 1935. . .
Hockey Death No Surprise to Sports Observers. . .
Your Vocation is Your Sacred Calling - Colossians 3:17 - Sacred Callings
Success Requires Succession - II Timothy 2:2 - Paul's Charge to Timothy
What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. A.W. Tozer
Whenever I think of Valentine's Day, the images of cards, flowers and dinner out all come to mind.
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