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First15 is a daily devotional written and read by Craig Denison. Each day, the devotional features scripture, a devotional thought, guided prayer, and action steps. The music was written and produced by Craig Denison. For more information, please visit first15.org. Tags: First15 Devotional, Craig Denison, First 15

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God Heals Hearts
09:01

In today’s devotional, we’re going to look at the reality that God loves to heal hearts. As we continue this series allowing who God is and what he does to stir up our affections for him, may his desire to heal us emotionally, to bind up our wounds, draw us closer to him in meaningful ways.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 147:3, and today's worship is Could You Be This Good by Kristene DiMarco.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

Apr 06, 2020
Special Series - Connection in Crisis - Part 2
04:21

With words that echo through crisis and calm, Augustine prayed: 

“Grant Lord, that I may know myself, that I may know thee…”

In the throws of COVID-19, there is at least one opportunity in front of us to seize, and that is the opportunity for a greater knowing of ourselves, that we might find a greater knowing of God. 

And the deepest ways of knowing him is, for better or worse, is aligned with the paths of knowing ourselves. For it is in ourselves that God meets us. It is in ourselves that God reveals his character, his affection, his reality, and his power. It is through our being, our intellect, our emotions, our intuition, our experiences with our communities and with teaching, that we come to know God.  

So in the midst of COVID-19, would we seek a deeper knowledge of ourselves? As we cease our ability to travel, to gather, to busy ourselves, would we take that space and pursue greater awareness of ourselves and of God?

May this prayer serve as a guide for you today, to foster a moment of meaningful connection with yourself, and with God. 

Father, right now

With ample opportunity to busy myself

I choose to follow in the footsteps

Of the Psalmist. 

 

I will be still

And know that you are God

That you will be exalted among the nations

You will be exalted in the earth. 

 

What we need most

Is your exaltation

 

What we need most is 

Clear vision of you. 

 

But I acknowledge that clearer vision of you

Comes often with clearer vision of myself.

 

I see my doubts

I see my fears

 

I see my rush

I see my hurry

 

I see my joy

I see my love

 

And in it all I see you. 

 

I still my soul today

That I might be quick to remember

And slow to forget

All your benefits (Ps. 103:2)

 

Be near O God

As I am near to myself

Meet me O God

In those places of greatest need. 

And make me like you

As I give you my heart to hold. 

 

All I have to give is myself

Thank you that I am all you ask for. 

Amen. 

Apr 05, 2020
Delighting in God's Love
09:27

As we reach the middle of our week-long focus on stirring up our affections for God, today we’re going to create space to simply delight in God’s love. Oftentimes focusing on the simple, foundational aspects of our relationship with God will produce more fruit than trying to journey beyond them. And I pray that God reveals his love in a tangible and fresh way today for you and me as we open our hearts to meet with him.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 17:26, and today's worship is Get Your Hopes Up by Josh Baldwin.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

Apr 05, 2020
God our Father
09:28

In the third day of this week-long series where we’ve been taking time every day to stir up our affections for God, today we’re going to look at all it means for him to be our Father. Out of all of the metaphors used for our relationship with this eternal, transcendent God, the concept of him being a Father today has been most meaningful. May he draw us closer as he reveals what a good Father he is to us.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 John 3:1, and today's worship is Good Good Father by Housefires.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

Apr 04, 2020
The Lord Your God is in Your Midst
10:05

As we continue our focus on simply stirring up our affections for God this week, today we’re going to take time to focus on the fact that God is present in our lives. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, God is with you in and through it all. And his presence, his nearness is the foundation on which we are meant to live as his people. May we develop a greater sense of his nearness today and learn how we can live our life in light of the goodness of his presence.

Our Scripture for today comes from Zephaniah 3:17, and today's worship is This Close by Steffany Gretzinger.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

Apr 03, 2020
The Sweetness of God's Love
09:17

This week on the First15 podcast we’ll spend time stirring up our affections for God through the renewing of our minds. Your mind is the gateway to your affections. What you think is worthy of your affections is what will receive them. So, as we grow in our understanding of God’s overwhelming goodness we will naturally give him our hearts. May you be stirred by the unconditional love of your heavenly Father this week as his perfect nature is revealed to you in greater, more transformative ways.

Our Scripture for today comes from Ephesians 5:2, and today's worship is Reckless Love by Cory Asbury.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

Apr 02, 2020
BONUS: Have we forgotten how to rest?
26:32

Families all over the world are dealing with the Coronavirus and its implications on their lives. Craig and Rachel sat down to discuss the restlessness so many of us are facing as we are forced into social distancing and how we can use this time to return to our truest self as God’s beloved child during this time. 

They address questions like - Why do we resist being? Where does this deep need to perform, achieve, and strive come from? How can we return to and embrace rest? 

We hope that this encourages you to embrace the stillness and turn inward to examine your own well-being on a daily basis.

Apr 01, 2020
Receiving God's Word through Action
08:49

As we finish this week of looking at different ways God speaks, today we’re going to look at the role of taking action in hearing God. One of the most powerful ways to discover what God thinks and how God feels is joining him where he is at work in the world around us. So my prayer today is that God opens our eyes and ears to discover fresh parts of how he declares his heart to us, and that we’re empowered to take action today in even more meaningful ways.

Our Scripture for today comes from James 1:23-25, and today's worship is For the One by Brian and Jenn Johnson.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

 

Apr 01, 2020
God Speaks in Solitude
10:08

In today’s devotional, we’re going to look at the value of solitude in making space to hear from God. In all the noise of our world, solitude is more important now than ever. We need quiet to tune our ears to the still, small voice of God. We need the type of peace that only comes from quieting our hearts and minds. We need the type of relationship with God that can only be formed in solitude. May God empower us to quiet ourselves today in his presence.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 46:10, and today's worship is Be Still by Steffany Gretzinger.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

 

Mar 31, 2020
God Speaks through Meditation
08:09

In today’s devotional, we’re going to look at the role of meditation in hearing from God. Meditation for many reasons, seems to have found its way out of our Christian context. But the reality is that meditation has been central to our faith throughout its history. And the Bible is chocked full of encouragement to meditate on who God is, on his word, allowing space for God to fill in our daily lives.

May God reveal his heart for us to meditate as a central discipline of our faith. And may he empower us to make room for his presence in a meaningful way today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 119:15, and today's worship is God I Look To You by Francesca Battistelli. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

 

Mar 30, 2020
God Speaks through his Creation
10:06

As we arrive in the middle of this week-long focus on hearing from God, today we’re going to look at the role of Creation in God speaking to us as his children. Throughout human history mankind has gone to nature to get a deeper sense of the divine. And I believe that when we open our ears to hear what God is declaring to us through that which he’s made, we’ll find a wonderful avenue to stay in communication with our heavenly Father.

May God reveal his heart today to speak through his Creation. And may our hearts be stirred to listen.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 1:20, and today's worship is So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong United.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

 

Mar 29, 2020
Special Series: Connection in Crisis - Part 1
03:24

As human beings, we were created for connection first and foremost. Without meaningful connection to God, ourselves, and others, our quality of being and quality of life will diminish. 

So in these times of social distancing, we must look to new ways (which might just be ancient ways) of fostering connection. And in the power of God’s constant redemption, new rhythms of connection will bring about deeper relationship that extends far beyond the pandemic of COVID-19. 

So every now and then, I want to offer a simple moment of connection, a time where you might grow in self-awareness, grow in God-awareness, and even hold in loving prayer those around you both known and unknown. 

Take the next few moments to set aside work, entertainment, cooking, cleaning, whatever it might be, to foster a time of meaningful connection in stillness and in prayer… 

Father, Spirit, Son

Lead me down the path of stillness

That I might know that you are God,

And that you are good. 

I still my soul before you,

I slow my breath, in and out,

I rest in your presence. 

With courage I hold my fear before you

With love I hold my friends, my family before you

With a mustard seed of faith I hold this world before you. 

Come with healing O God

Come with wisdom O God

Come with connection O God

In this time of crisis

This time of pandemic

Work in and through us your people

Through stillness

Through prayer

Through empathy

Through action

For your glory

And our good

We pray

Amen. 

Mar 28, 2020
Hearing God's Voice
08:58

As we continue this series looking at different ways God speaks to us as his children, today we’re going to look at what it means to hear God’s voice. The idea of hearing the voice of God is something I get asked about all the time. And I think it’s because, honestly, it sounds kind of crazy! But Scripture and Christian History tell us clearly that God loves to communicate with his people.

So may he guide each of us into a fuller understanding of what it means to hear his voice, and may we grow in grace and confidence today to make space to simply listen to whatever it is God wants to say.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 16:13, and today's worship is Spirit of the Living God by Meredith Andrews.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

 

Mar 28, 2020
God Speaks through His Word
08:19

As we continue our series looking at different ways God speaks to us as his children, today we’re going to look at the role of Scripture in hearing God. The pages of Scripture contain so many amazing stories of how God spoke to his people. Within these stories we see the power of a people focused on following God’s leadership, and the destruction that takes place when people go their own way. 

May God stir up our hearts to hear his voice through the pages of Scripture today. And may we align our hearts with the principles found in its pages.

Our Scripture for today comes from Deuteronomy 8:3, and today's worship is New Every Morning by Audrey Assad.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

 

Mar 27, 2020
God Speaks
10:01

You and I have been given the invaluable gift of communication with God. Last week we learned about the process of making the soil of our hearts soft and receptive to God. This week we’ll learn some different ways to receive the seed of his word. May your communion with God flourish as you engage in continual conversation with your loving, present heavenly Father.

Our Scripture for today comes from Jeremiah 33:3, and today's worship is Abba by Jonathan & Melissa Helser.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

 

Mar 26, 2020
The Experience of His Presence
08:49

One of the greatest gifts of my life has been experience the presence of God. His presence is essential to experiencing and knowing him. And God has made himself so available to us through all that Jesus accomplished. May we simplify what it means to experience God’s presence today and gain a greater sense of confidence to experience the presence of God for ourselves at all times.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 27:4, and today's worship is Out of Hiding by Steffany Gretzinger.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

 

Mar 25, 2020
The Experience of His Freedom
08:33

Today we’ll explore the experience of God’s freedom as it relates to our identity and what we believe about ourselves. Many of us have yet to truly taste the freedom available to us through the finished work of Christ. There is nothing else like it in the world. It is my prayer you are liberated today, and that your thinking toward yourself changes and in result changes your actions. Christ said his work was finished on the cross, and it’s about time we start living in the new reality he instated for us.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 6:1-4, and today's worship is Seas of Crimson by Bethel Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

CLICK HERE

 

Mar 24, 2020
Partnering in His Purposes
08:13

Today we’ll explore the concept of partnering with God in his purposes in the earth. God is already at work all around us. He is asking us today to have eyes to see it, and step in with him to see his will fulfilled in the earth. As we assess our hearts today, may you go forward with a deep sense of purpose and calling. Everything with God starts and ends with relationship, and he simply wants to co-labor with you.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Peter 2:9, and today's worship is First Love by Jonathan & Melissa Helser.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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Mar 23, 2020
The Experience of His Peace
09:23

Life this side of heaven is plagued with all kinds of stress and anxiety. This time of year can be especially stressful too. None of us is immune to this reality, but thankfully we have Jesus who the Bible tells us is himself our peace. What a beautiful comfort we have found in him. May you lose yourself in Jesus today and allow him to wrap you in his peace afresh. Bring whatever fears, stresses or worries you have to the risen Christ today, and experience the very real breath of heaven.

Our Scripture for today comes from 2 Thessalonians 3:16, and today's worship is It Is Well by Bethel Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

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Mar 22, 2020
The Experience of His Voice
09:56

As we continue our week on knowing God through experiencing him, today we’ll explore what it means and looks like to experience his voice. This can often be an intimidating topic. Many of us feel inadequate or even unable to hear the voice of God—but nothing could be further than the truth. I hope today you will feel the pressure or weight lift off your shoulders as you learn just how simple relationship with and knowing God truly is.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 8:47, and today's worship is Whisper by Jason Upton. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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Mar 21, 2020
BONUS: How to spiritually survive a quarantine
35:52

The rise of COVID-19 has transformed the way we live our lives in this next season. Join Craig Denison and Josh Miller us as they talk about how to protect what’s most important in this time of anxiety and unrest. God desires to draw closer to you in this season. Don’t let your relationship with Him fall to the side as you adapt to life’s changing circumstances. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

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Mar 20, 2020
The Experience of His Love
08:47

As we spend this week wholeheartedly seeking to know God with all we are, we’ll take time today to experience God’s love for us. We all may live with the head knowledge that God loves us, but go long spurts of time without actually experiencing God’s love. God’s love is most radical and life-changing upon encounter, and it’s my hope today you’ll press into him and really feel first hand yourself how much God truly loves you.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 5:5, and today's worship is Closer by Amanda Cook. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

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Mar 20, 2020
God Wants to be Known
08:56

To know God is to experience God. Just as we experience aspects of one another as we grow in friendship, we experience the wonders of God as we seek to simply know him. God is calling us to a life of seeking him with all we are. He is calling us to value relationship with him above all else that we would love no other but him. May you encounter wonderful aspects of relationship with your heavenly Father this week as we wholeheartedly seek to know him with all we are.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 46:10, and today's worship is Simple Gospel by United Pursuit.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

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Mar 19, 2020
The Baptism of Jesus
10:07

As we wrap up our week exploring the tangible, life-changing presence of God, we’ll look to the baptism of Jesus and how the Spirit of God descended and rested upon him. What does this mean for us as Christ’s followers? Is the Spirit’s presence available to us just the same? Find rest today as we encounter the Spirit of the living God and allow him to minister to us.

Our Scripture for today comes from Matthew 3:16-17, and today's worship is Water by The Royal Royal. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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Mar 18, 2020
Pentecost
14:17

Pentecost means so much to us as believers. The day of Pentecost changed everything for us. Today we’ll explore walking with the Holy Spirit and how he affects our daily life so much. May your heart grow in gratitude and friendship with the Spirit today as a result of your time with him.

Our Scripture for today comes from Acts 2:1-2, and today's worship is Fullness by Elevation Worship.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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Mar 17, 2020
The Holy of Holies
12:29

Today as we look at the Holy of Holies, we’ll see how Jesus fulfilled the requirements of God’s law and is the perfect High Priest on our behalf. As we learn of all Jesus’ sacrifice accomplished, may our hearts swell in worship and thanks to our King.

Our Scripture for today comes from Hebrews 10:19-22, and today's worship is When You Walk Into The Room by Bryan and Katie Torwalt.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator. 

We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

  • How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety
  • How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character
  • How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day
  • How to find hope and joy when life gets hard 

Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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Mar 16, 2020
Moses and the Tent of Meeting
13:47

In today’s devotional, we’re going to build on the foundation we built yesterday by looking at different stories in which God made his presence known in a perspective-changing way. Today, we’ll look at Moses and the Tent of Meeting. May God make all our faces shine in his presence today, that the world would see the goodness that comes from spending meaningful time alone with God.

Our Scripture for today comes from Exodus 33:7, and today's worship is Breathe by Influence Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Mar 13, 2020
The Reality of God's Presence
11:18

God’s presence is real, full of love, and completely transformational. It takes what was broken and brings healing. It takes what was lost and guides us to our rightful place in the Father. It satisfies the weary, brings light to the darkness, and pours out the refreshing rain of God’s love on the dryest, deepest parts of the soul. Today we’re beginning a new series, focusing on deepening our understanding and practice of God’s presence by focusing on the reality of his presence. May God open our eyes and hearts to see and sense his nearness in a meaningful way today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 139:7-8, and today's worship is Touch of Heaven by Hillsong Worship.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

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Mar 12, 2020
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
08:55

In the final devotional of this series on the Holy Spirit, we’re going to look at what God’s word has to say about the gifts of the Spirit. God has called and equipped each of us uniquely, and importantly to co-labor with him. I pray that God would reveal to you how he’s wired and gifted you in the Spirit today, that you would find joy and deeper relationship with him in walking out your unique calling on the earth.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 12:1, and today's worship is Fullness by Elevation Worship.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

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Mar 11, 2020
Sanctification in the Holy Spirit
10:06

In today’s devotional, we’re going to explore the concept of sanctification in the Holy Spirit. Every day, every moment, God is working to mold us into his likeness. We were made in his image. And the Holy Spirit is so insightful, so good at molding us and correcting us. There is so much peace in store for us if we’ll allow God to take away anything in our life that is holding us back from what we were originally created for: to live free from sin, free from shame, free from the weight of the world, and holy and righteous in him. May you be encouraged as we open our hearts and seek sanctification in the Holy Spirit today.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Peter 1:2, and today's worship is New by Craig and Rachel Denison.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

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Mar 10, 2020
The Fruit of the Holy Spirit
09:15

In today’s devotional, we’re going to explore how we can bear the life-giving, world-changing fruit of the Holy Spirit. Your life is meant to be marked by love, joy, and peace. And plants don’t bear fruit by trying harder, but by simply receiving abundantly whatever they need to bear fruit. May you experience the richness of God’s presence, the water of his peace, and the warmth of his love today as we seek to allow God to bear his fruit in our lives.

Our Scripture for today comes from Galatians 5:22-23, and today's worship is Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

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Mar 09, 2020
Being Taught by the Holy Spirit
09:17

In this life there are constant lessons for us to learn. And in the Holy Spirit, we have been given an amazing teacher. In today’s devotional we’re going to explore what it means to be taught by the Holy Spirit. May we be good students of God’s word today, and allow him to guide us into a lifestyle of learning with him. For his glory, and our good.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 John 2:20, and today's worship is Speak by Bethany Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

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Mar 08, 2020
Praying with the Holy Spirit
08:03

Today we’re going to look at one of the most life giving topics we can discuss, praying with the Holy Spirit. We’ve been given an incredible gift in God that most of us fail to use enough, and that’s real communication with God himself in the Holy Spirit. I pray that your ears would be opened to hear the loving voice of your Creator today, as we discover together what it means to pray with the Holy Spirit.

Our Scripture for today comes from Jude 20:21, and today's worship is Jesus is Willing by Kristene DiMarco.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

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Mar 07, 2020
Friendship with the Holy Spirit
08:52

Today we continue our week long focus on the Holy Spirit by exploring what it means for us to grow in friendship with him. We’ll never have a kinder, more present friend than the God who dwells within us. May we discover the pathway he’s laid before us to grow in friendship with him today, as we take time to experience him in a fresh way.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 25:14, and today's worship is Like A Fire by Sean Feucht feat. Steffany Gretzinger.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

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Mar 06, 2020
The Leading of the Holy Spirit
09:20

As believers, we’ve been given the Holy Spirit as a Helper, Teacher, Friend, and seal for the promised inheritance of eternal life with God. His presence, guidance, and wisdom in our lives are our greatest gifts while here on earth. Through him we have access to direct connection with our heavenly Father. Through him we receive spiritual gifts to empower us. And through him we are able to bear the incredible fruit of abundant life. Today we begin a week long focus, looking at how we can grow in our understanding and in our relationship with the Holy Spirit. May he reveal himself to each of us in real and fresh ways this week.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Mar 05, 2020
Living Courageously
09:37

As we wrap up our week on being used by God, today we’ll ask God to fill us with courage to live uncomfortably. May we bare our hearts before God, and ask him to change us, to rid us of all that hinders us. There is nothing to fear, and God is ready and excited to use us for his kingdom purposes. Will you accept his invitation?

Our Scripture for today comes from Joshua 1:9, and today's worship is Stand In Your Love by Bethel Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Mar 04, 2020
Living Compassionately
08:59

As we begin to wrap up our week on being used by God, today we’ll explore what it means to live compassionately. This radical way of living will transform the people around you and expose them to the beautiful nature of Jesus. After we experience his great compassion for us, may we have no choice but to mimic that with others.

Our Scripture for today comes from Ephesians 4:32, and today's worship is Could You Be This Good by Kristene DiMarco.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Mar 03, 2020
Evangelism
09:20

Today we’ll explore the concept of evangelism. There are so many fears and misconceptions wrapped up in this topic, and my hope today is that we’ll simplify it, and get straight to the heart of the issue. As we assess our hearts, may we remain soft and open to the commands and will of God for us.

Our Scripture for today comes from Mark 16:15, and today's worship is O Come To The Altar by Elevation Worship feat. Israel Houghton.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Mar 02, 2020
Light in the Darkness
09:09

One of the best ways we can be used by God is by simply being ourselves. The identity Christ has given us as daughters and sons is meant to shine forth and be a witness to those around us. May you be encouraged today in your identity in Christ and freed from any unnecessary weight you’ve been carrying.

Our Scripture for today comes from Matthew 5:16, and today's worship is Let There Be Light by Katie Torwalt.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Mar 01, 2020
God Promises His Plans
10:15

There is only one constant in this ever-changing world, and that’s the character of our heavenly Father. The very earth itself is undergoing changes constantly. What seems the most immovable now will one day be done away with. But God is unchanging. God is unwavering. He’s completely faithful and committed to seeing through the promises he’s made you. May you be encouraged today as we learn of God’s great promise for his plans for our lives.

Our Scripture for today comes from Jeremiah 29:11, and today's worship is Promises Never Fail by Bethel Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

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Feb 29, 2020
Declaring God's Glory
08:59

Being used by God requires inward humility and exaltation of Jesus as King. It’s the only way being used by the Lord can work. Today we’ll take a deeper dive in our own hearts and examine who is actually enthroned there.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 10:31, and today's worship is We Love Your Name (All Cry Glory) by Jaye Thomas feat. Chris Tofilon.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

Click here to order Spirit now, and be equipped to walk with the Spirit of God.

Feb 28, 2020
God is Already at Work
08:56

If we are going to be used by God, we must first acknowledge that he is already at work all around us, and that his work isn’t contingent upon us. This is not something we’re starting up. The weight is not on our shoulders—the pressure is off. I hope today you’re freed up to be used by God out of joy and delight rather than obligation or stress.

Our Scripture for today comes from Philippians 2:13, and today's worship is Altar by SEU Worship.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

Click here to order Spirit now, and be equipped to walk with the Spirit of God.

Feb 27, 2020
God Wants to Use You
09:33

In response to God’s work in our hearts, we are called to share the wonders of his invisible nature with a world in desperate need of him. God has chosen to use us to reveal himself. He’s filled us with the Spirit and empowered us to proclaim the good news of salvation and restored relationship with our Creator. May you discover this week that you were made to share God’s heart. And may you find joy and passion in God’s longing to use you in powerful and unique ways.

Our Scripture for today comes from Ephesians 2:10, and today's worship is Build My Life by Pat Barrett.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

Click here to order Spirit now, and be equipped to walk with the Spirit of God.

Feb 26, 2020
Gaining Spiritual Eyes
09:00

Today as we wrap up our week of diving deeper into the fullness of life available to us, we’ll explore what it means to gain spiritual eyes. Our human perspective is so utterly limited this side of heaven. We see ourselves, God, and others incorrectly on a regular basis. To experience the fullness of life, it’s imperative that we take up God’s perspective on all things and allow him to enlighten the eyes of our hearts. May you walk away from today with a new, eternal perspective.

Our Scripture for today comes from Ephesians 1:18, and today's worship is Generous Giver by Vintage Worship. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

Click here to order Spirit now, and be equipped to walk with the Spirit of God.

Feb 25, 2020
Surrender
08:54

Fullness of life and surrender are inextricably linked. As we begin to wrap up our week on diving into the fullness of life, today we’ll explore the concept of surrendering to Jesus. May you be encouraged instead of burdened and take whatever next steps necessary to give Jesus your all.

Our Scripture for today comes from Matthew 10:39, and today's worship is Find Me by Jonathan and Melissa Helser.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

Click here to order Spirit now, and be equipped to walk with the Spirit of God.

Feb 24, 2020
Understanding
09:44

This week as we dive deeper into the fullness of life available to us, we’ll look today at the biblical concept of understanding and how it relates to experiencing God. May God shift your perspective today and bring you into greater fullness of life in your relationship with him. What’s beautiful about God is that no matter where you’re at in your walk with him, there is always more.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalms 145:18, and today's worship is Remember by Bryan and Katie Torwalt. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

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Feb 23, 2020
Faith and Trust
09:06

Are you standing on sinking sand? Or do you feel the ground firm beneath your feet? Assess your heart in this moment. Are you living in fear? Are you shaken as things appear to be falling apart? Allow your answers to be indicators of whether or not you’re placing your faith and trust in God alone. The Lord is a firm foundation, and the only solid place to place your trust. In diving deeper today, we’re going to secure our foundation in the only steady hope—Jesus.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 9:10, and today's worship is Be Still by Hillsong Worship. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

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Feb 22, 2020
Acknowledging our Need
08:46

As we dive deeper into the fullness of life available to us this week, looking at the concept of acknowledging our need for God is essential. We will never taste the fullness of God’s sufficient grace until we learn to live low, acknowledging our need and weakness before the Lord. So many of us are fearful of appearing weak and work our fingers to the bone to feel sufficient within ourselves. The only path to true power and freedom comes through embracing our need and lack. May you experience that freedom and strength from God today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 73:26, and today's worship is Refresh Me by Leeland. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

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Feb 21, 2020
Honesty before Man
09:53

As we continue to dive deeper into the fullness of life available to us, today we’ll explore what it means to live honestly before man. In a world of facades and striving, God wants to offer us freedom and confidence to be fully who he has made us to be. May you learn to value to honesty above all else in dealing with those around you and find joy and peace abundant.

Our Scripture for today comes from 2 Corinthians 8:21, and today's worship is Kyrie Eleison by Vineyard Worship. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

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Feb 20, 2020
Be Yourself - Guided Meditation
10:28

Every morning you’re faced with a choice, two postures you can take. 

One choice you have is a posture of protection, creating different versions of yourself for different people, accommodating the perceived desires and perspectives of others around you. 

The other choice you have is a posture of honesty, choosing to be your authentic self with every person, regardless of how they’ll treat you, confident and comfortable in the fact that God loves you just as you are no matter what anyone around you tells you. 

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First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Feb 19, 2020
Honesty Before God
09:39

Do you have questions about the Holy Spirit? Have you ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is?  

In Volume 3 of our First15 Devotionals, we’re going to dive deeply, every day, into a time of learning and growth with the Holy Spirit. 

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God’s goodness over our lives far exceeds anything we’ve experienced. We’ve only yet splashed around in the shallows of God’s deep love and mercy. In order to dive deeper into the fullness of life available to us, we must learn how to posture our hearts. May your relationship with God be enriched this week as you position yourself to receive all your loving heavenly Father has to give.

Our Scripture for today comes from Hebrews 4:13, and today's worship is If I'm Honest by Megan Brown.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Feb 19, 2020
Living Honestly
08:14

In the last devotional in our series on honesty, today we’re going to focus simply on what it means to live honestly every day. My hope for today is that God will empower us all to continue this journey of honesty and humility on a daily basis. Let’s open up our hearts in real, intentional ways today, as we experience the power and love of our heavenly Father.

Our Scripture for today comes from James 1:26, and today's worship is Out of Hiding by Steffany Gretzinger.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 18, 2020
Freedom in the Light
08:42

As we near the end of our week on honesty, today we’re going to discover together how there is freedom in the light. Any part of our lives in which we’re walking in darkness, living isolated and unknown, makes space for our hearts to be chained to thoughts and temptations God wants to set us free from. So may the Spirit lead us into the light today, and may we find the courage to follow him.

Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 42:16, and today's worship is Let There Be Light by Hillsong Worship.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 17, 2020
Fully Loved
08:54

As we continue our week focusing on honesty, today we’re going to look at how true honesty affords us the ability to be more fully loved. At the foundation of it all, we’re all searching for love. And the fullness of love can only be experienced when we allow true love to find its way into every part of us by bringing who we fully are into our relationships. May God love us powerfully today as we make space to be more honest with him and ourselves.

Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 54:10, and today's worship is Lean Back by Capital City Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 16, 2020
Fully Known
07:58

As we hit the middle of our week on honesty, today we’re going to explore how being truly honest, or living fully known, is critical to experiencing fullness of life. There may be nothing more terrifying to me than being fully known, but I also know there is nothing more liberating than being my full self with those closest to me. May God replace fear with faith today as we experience his grace and love right now.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 8:3, and today's worship is You Know Me by Steffany Gretzinger.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 15, 2020
Tearing Down Walls
07:44

In today’s devotional, we’re continuing our focus on honesty by looking at how we can tear down walls we’ve built up in God’s presence every day. There is true life in vulnerability. And if we can trust God to be our shield, living with openness and love towards him, ourselves, and others, we’ll experience a greater abundance of life than we thought was possible. Let’s come before God today with courage, trust, and humility.

Our Scripture for today comes from Acts 24:16, and today's worship is Waste My Life by Craig and Rachel Denison.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 14, 2020
Facade
09:03

In day 2 of our series on honesty, today we’re going to look at the temptation to build a façade and invite God to tear it down as we seek to live more honestly. May God show you how loved you are, just as you are. And may his love bring you freedom and life as we rest in his presence right now.

Our Scripture for today comes from Matthew 23:27, and today's worship is Sails by Pat Barrett.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 13, 2020
Honesty is the Foundation
07:59

Today we’re launching a brand-new series looking at the role of honesty in getting the most out of our time alone with God, and the most out of life. And we’re starting that series off by looking today at how honesty is the foundation. May God give us the courage to be who we truly are with him, with ourselves, and with others today. And may newfound freedom be the fruit in our hearts and lives.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Peter 3:10, and today's worship is Always Have by Vertical Worship.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 12, 2020
Living From The Heart
08:29

In the last devotional of this series on God’s pursuit of our hearts, we’re wrapping it all up by looking at what it means to live from the heart. There are so many places to live from, so many different ways to go about a day. But God, in his power and love, wants to free us to live from the heart, to share with the world who we truly are, and how he is fully meeting with us. May God use our time today to empower us to advance his kingdom in meaningful, authentic ways.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 62:8, and today's worship is Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 11, 2020
The Spirit and the Heart
08:57

As we near the end of our week looking at how God is after our hearts, today we’re going to look at how the Holy Spirit connects with the heart, and take time to today to invite the Holy Spirit to do a meaningful work in and through us. There’s no greater gift God gives every day than the gift of relationship with him through the Spirit. May he come and meet us right now, and reveal God’s love in a fresh way.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 6:19, and today's worship is Spirit Lead Me by Influence Music. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 10, 2020
Be Who You Are
08:34

In today’s devotional, we’re going to look at the opportunity God gives us every day to simply be who we are. His pursuit of our hearts frees us as we experience his unconditional, all-encompassing love. So as we open our hearts to his loving pursuit today, I pray that God would do a mighty work of freedom in our hearts.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 139:13, and today's worship is Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 09, 2020
An Open Heart
08:34

In the middle of our week looking at how God is after our hearts, in today’s devotional we’re going to focus on what it means to live with an open heart. Every day, every moment is an opportunity to live with an open heart, or to live with walls up around our hearts. And God’s pursuit of us, his steadfast love, affords us a pathway to open ourselves with confidence and security. May he fills us with courage and grace today as we experience his nearness together.

Our Scripture for today comes from Proverbs 4:23, and today's worship is Open Space by Housefires.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 08, 2020
Identity of the Heart
08:33

In our third devotional discovering the reality that God is after our hearts, today we’re going to look at how our hearts reveal our identity. May God call out from within us who he’s truly made us to be as we draw near to him in his presence.

Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 43:1, and today's worship is Mistakes by Influence Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 07, 2020
Made for Relationship
09:03

In our second devotional seeking to discover God’s pursuit of our hearts, today we’re going to spend time looking at our true purpose, why you and I were created. Every day, every moment, is an opportunity to choose the purpose for which we’re living. But only living in line with our true purpose has the power the produce an abundant life. May God reveal his purpose behind our creation today, and may he make central to our lives his pursuit and love in a fresh way.

Our Scripture for today comes from Jeremiah 24:7, and today's worship is You Waited by Travis Greene.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 06, 2020
God's Relentless Pursuit
08:16

In today’s devotional we’re beginning a brand new series, focusing on the fact that God is first and foremost after our hearts. In a world that defines us by what we do, God looks at who we are. May we openly accept his gaze today, with faith in our hearts that he always looks at us with grace. And may his pursuit of our hearts stir up a pursuit within us of his heart, setting out every morning to experience the fullness of his love and compassion.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 23:6, and today's worship is Cory Asbury by United Pursuit.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

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Feb 05, 2020
Abiding in God's Joy
09:33

As we end our week today on abiding in the True Vine, today we’ll explore how to abide in God’s promised joy. What does it mean for us to walk in joy and be people marked by joy in this world? How do we even go about doing that? May we be filled afresh with joy today as we seek these answers out.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:11, and today's worship is You Are My Joy by United Pursuit.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

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Feb 04, 2020
God Prunes Us In His Love
09:48

As we start to wrap up our week on different ways we are to abide in the true vine of God, today we’ll look at how God prunes us in his love. Discipline can often be a tricky subject, but it’s my hope our hearts would remain soft and open today as we remember how good and loving the God is that we serve.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:2, and today's worship is New Wine by Hillsong Worship.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

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Feb 03, 2020
Abiding Fruit
10:21

Did you know God has plans for your life specifically? He has dreams for you and vision for you. Things in store that would make your heart swell and soar. What does it look like to live a life that brings God glory? How does abiding in Christ bear fruit in our lives? As we explore these concepts and more, may our hearts be open to God’s word and all he has to say.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:16, and today's worship is Abide by Luke & Anna Hellebronth.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

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Feb 02, 2020
Abiding in God's Friendship
09:43

Today we will look at what it means to be a friend of God. Friendship with God is a beautiful, sought after thing. And he has made his friendship fully available to us. What a gift! May you fall deeper in love with God today as you learn what it means to abide in God’s friendship.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:14-15, and today's worship is What A Friend I've Found by Kristene DiMarco.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Feb 01, 2020
Abiding through Obedience
09:52

As we continue our week on abiding in the true vine of God, today we’ll explore obedience and how it relates to abiding in God. Take a moment even now to open your heart to trust God afresh. He will always be for us, and know what is best for us in every part of life. He is so good. He is so kind. And he simply wants to walk with us.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:9-10, and today's worship is Your Will, Your Way by Bryan & Katie Torwalt. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Jan 31, 2020
Abiding in the Heartbeat of God
10:07

As we look at the different ways we are to abide in the true vine of God, today we’ll explore the concept of prayer. It is my hope today we walk away with simplified prayer lives. As you learn to seek out the heartbeat of God, may you grow in confidence in his love for you and those around you.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:7-8, and today's worship is Closer by Amanda Cook.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Jan 30, 2020
Abide in the Vine
10:31

The absolute, most important single act of the children of God is making space to encounter our heavenly Father in the secret place. Abiding in God is the foundation on which every other aspect of the Christian life finds success. It establishes roots which enable us to receive all that we need to bear the fruit of the Spirit. It guides us to constant refreshment and revival in God’s presence, thereby supplying and sustaining the abundant life God intends for us. My prayer is that you would be marked by wonderful, satisfying, and fulfilling encounters with the presence of God as we look at John 15:1-17 this week.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:4, and today's worship is Abide by Travis Greene.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Jan 29, 2020
Do We Know Him?
10:14

As we end our week on God’s longing to be encountered, today we’ll examine our hearts and ask the most important question, “Do we know him?” As we take time today to fix our hearts on the single pursuit of Jesus, may your heart swell with fresh love and devotion for him. He alone is worthy of all our hearts. And today may you place your heart solely in his hands.

Our Scripture for today comes from Jeremiah 9:23-24, and today's worship is Be Still by Travis Greene.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Jan 28, 2020
Mystery is to be Sought Out
09:39

So much of our faith is shrouded by mystery. It is impossible to fully comprehend the grandeur and elaborateness of God with our limited human understanding. But as we’ve seen this week, we have a God who longs to be sought out. May your questions and wonderings about God and his creation only push you farther into seeking him. Because he has made it clear that if you’ll seek him, you will find him.

Our Scripture for today comes from Proverbs 25:2, and today's worship is Starlight by Bethel Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Jan 27, 2020
God Longs to Share His Will
09:51

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The will of God is often a scary and difficult process to discern. But just as we learned earlier this week—God longs for us to know his voice. And God promises to speak his will to us in a way we’ll understand. My hope is that today you can rest at ease in total peace that your future is in God’s hands, and he’s got you. May you gain some insight about next steps for you today, and fresh peace in the midst of whatever season you’re in.

Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 58:11, and today's worship is Lead Me by KJ Scriven.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

Click here to help even more people encounter God through the ministry of First15.

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Jan 26, 2020
God Longs for Us to Know His Truth
09:34

As we continue our week on God’s longing to be encountered, today we’ll dig deeper into how he desires for us to know his truth. God has given us everything we need to walk in his truth and ways this side of heaven. As we look to Jesus as our model, may we be filled with courage and light to love not just in word but in deed and truth.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 8:32, and today's worship is Your Word by Hillsong Worship.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 25, 2020
God Longs for Us to Know His Voice
09:42

Hearing the voice of God can always be a tricky subject. Many feel inadequate or wounded when it comes to the topic of hearing God speak. Today we’ll discover the beauty and simplicity of God’s longing for us to know his voice, just as you know the voice of a parent, spouse or friend. Hearing from God is essential to encountering the Lord. May you walk away today feeling more confident and equipped for intimate relationship with Jesus.

Our Scripture for today comes from Jeremiah 33:3, and today's worship is Whisper by Jason Upton.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 24, 2020
God Longs for Us to Know His Love
09:29

As we focus this week on God’s radical desire to meet with his people, today we’ll explore his longing for us to know his love. There is nothing more transformative than encountering the love of God. It changes everything about us and our lives. Every one of us needs to be reminded of the depth of his love on a regular basis, and it’s my hope that today we can take some time to do so. May you never be the same again.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 8:37-39, and today's worship is There Is No Striving by Rita Springer.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 23, 2020
God Longs to be Encountered
09:00

One of the most scandalous truths of the gospel is that our Creator longs to be encountered by his creation. God longs to meet with us. His greatest desire is for relationship with us. God is pursuing each of us with his relentless love, seeking out those who might respond to his open invitation by opening the door of their hearts to him. My prayer is that in response to God’s desire to meet with his people we would be those who say yes to centering our lives around his nearness. May your week focus on God’s desire to be encountered be marked by the reality of his presence and love.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 14:2, and today's worship is Insatiable by Kim Walker-Smith.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 22, 2020
Living from Union
09:28

As we finish up our week on centering our lives around meeting with God, today we’ll discover the beauty of living from union with him. Today may you discover and wonder at how incredibly connected and one with God you already are through Christ. May you live each day aware of and benefitting from that union, and be forever changed. It is my prayer that the reality of Christ’s finished work on the cross sinks into our hearts and minds today, and that our lives are turned upside down as a result.

Our Scripture for today comes from Galatians 2:20, and today's worship is Communion by Maverick City. 

Align your Heart with God’s True Intention

Your heart, that place that holds your identity, affections, emotions, uniqueness, could not be more valuable.

And in a world that is constantly vying for your heart, asking for your time, energy, and affection, learning to guard and nourish your heart could not be more important.

Heart is the second issue of our printed devotionals for this year, and is the perfect way to experience the content of First15 in February.

Click HERE to get your copy of Heart today and start aligning your heart with God’s true intent!

Jan 21, 2020
Making the Most of Our Time
08:27

As we begin wrapping up our week focused on centering our lives around Jesus, today we’ll look at how to make the most of our time. Where we spend our time is where we place our value. As you begin to examine your life today, may God give you eyes to see what’s hindering you and what truly brings you life. How we spend our time is foundational to how we center our lives around Christ.

Our Scripture for today comes from Ephesians 5:15-16, and today's worship is Build My Life by Pat Barrett.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 20, 2020
Jesus is the Center
09:05

Like we said at the beginning of the week, this life is marked by a single choice: who or what will we center our lives around? Today we will look to the person of Jesus Christ. He is the first and the last; everything was created for him, by him and through him. To center your life around anyone else is futile and empty. As we look to Jesus today, may our eyes be fixed on his eternal goodness and glory. Allow your heart to be stirred in adoration, worship and devotion to the only true King this world has even known.

Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 9:6, and today's worship is Way Maker by The Christ Church Choir feat. Jenn Crider.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 19, 2020
The Fruit of Abiding
08:26

Every Christian I know wants to live an effective life for Jesus. The key to succeeding in this is abiding in him. Abiding in Christ is foundational to centering your whole life around God. Tapping into Christ’s presence and power is what will allow you to bear good fruit in this life. It is my hope that after today you are more equipped and empowered to live out a life centered about God.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:5, and today's worship is Abide With Me by Audrey Assad. 

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 18, 2020
Seeing God as Our Father
08:48

Seeing God correctly is essential to centering your life around him and his presence. Many of us have a tainted view of earthly fathers, but today God wants to renew your view of him as your perfect heavenly Father. As we grow in understanding of God’s perfect love and relation to us, may centering your life around his presence come naturally.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 8:6, and today's worship is Run to the Father by Cody Carnes.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 17, 2020
The Longing of God to Meet with You - Jan 16

As we continue our week on centering our lives around meeting with God, today we’ll explore how this is always preceded by the longing of God to meet with you. God’s affections for us are always meant to be our starting place in seeking him. As you are reminded today of God’s great love and desire for you, may your heart be stirred with fervor to seek him and center your life around his presence.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 139:17-18, and today's worship is Extravagant by Paul McClure.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 16, 2020
The Longing of God to Meet with You - Jan 16
08:21

As we continue our week on centering our lives around meeting with God, today we’ll explore how this is always preceded by the longing of God to meet with you. God’s affections for us are always meant to be our starting place in seeking him. As you are reminded today of God’s great love and desire for you, may your heart be stirred with fervor to seek him and center your life around his presence.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 139:17-18, and today's worship is Extravagant by Paul McClure.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 16, 2020
The Longing of God to Meet with You
08:21

As we continue our week on centering our lives around meeting with God, today we’ll explore how this is always preceded by the longing of God to meet with you. God’s affections for us are always meant to be our starting place in seeking him. As you are reminded today of God’s great love and desire for you, may your heart be stirred with fervor to seek him and center your life around his presence.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 139:17-18, and today's worship is Extravagant by Paul McClure.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 16, 2020
Choosing A Center
09:51

This life is marked by a single choice: who or what will we center our lives around? This choice takes each of us down a path of decisions that shape who we are, what we feel, who or what we value, and what we will have accomplished at the end of our days. To center our lives around ourselves or the things of this world leads only to destruction. But, to center our lives around meeting with God fills each moment with the glorious abundance of God’s love, provision, and transcendent peace. May your life be marked by union with your Creator as we explore what it means to center our lives around meeting with God this week.

Our Scripture for today comes from Ecclesiastes 12:13, and today's worship is Waste My Life by Craig and Rachel Denison.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 15, 2020
Freedom Through Enjoying God
08:19

As we wrap up this week-long focus seeking to answer the important question, why should we spend time alone with God, today we’re going to look at how God provides freedom through simply enjoying him. I hope and pray that chains weighing you down to the cares and sins of the world fall off of you today as we follow the Spirit down a path to more fully enjoying God.

Our Scripture for today comes from 2 Corinthians 5:17', and today's worship is Could You Be This Good by Kristene DiMarco.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 14, 2020
Life in Surrender
10:19

As we near the end of our week long focus of why spending time alone with God is so important, today we’re going to look at the value of living in surrender. Every day there is an opportunity to hand over the burdens and cares of this world that we might pick up the peace and joy of relationship with God. And for me, that opportunity has presented itself most often in the rhythm of spending time alone with God. So I hope today that we both learn a little about the value of living in surrender, and experience the life that comes through actually dying to ourselves, that we might live in Christ more fully.

Our Scripture for today comes from Matthew 7:13-14, and today's worship is Have it All by Brian Johnson.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 13, 2020
Having Time Alone
09:25

As we continue our week-long series looking answering the important question, Why should we spend time alone with God, we’re going to look today simply at the value of having time alone. In a world where we’re inundated with media, people, stress, and work from the moment we wake up, God has a better beginning to every day in store for us if we’ll follow him.

Our Scripture for today comes from Luke 5:16, and today's worship is Breathe / What A Friend I've Found by Hillsong Worship.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 12, 2020
Renewing Your Mind
10:19

Today we’re going to look at how spending time alone with God every morning provides a daily opportunity to renew our minds to the goodness of God, the goodness of this life, and the moment by moment potential of living in real relationship with God. I pray that after today’s time, your mind is clear and focused on truth, and that your emotions and actions are marked by abundant life as a result.

Our Scripture for today comes from Philippians 4:8, and today's worship is Stand in Your Love by Josh Baldwin.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 11, 2020
Live for Love
08:12

Today we’re going to look at what it means to live for love, to build our lives on the foundation of giving and receiving love. You and I were made in God’s image, and his very nature is love. So may he guide us into a deep discovery of who we are in him, and how we can live our lives filled with the passionate pursuit of love.

Our Scripture for today comes from Mark 12:30-31, and today's worship is You Keep On Getting Better by Maverick City Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 10, 2020
Storing the Treasure of Your Heart in Heaven
08:22

As we continue our series looking at the heart behind spending time alone with God, today we’re going to look at the daily opportunity to store the treasure of our hearts in heaven. May God guide us into a passion for investing our lives in his kingdom, that we would have the most joy and peace possible here on earth as well as in heaven.

Our Scripture for today comes from Matthew 6:19-21, and today's worship is Goodness of God by Bethel Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 09, 2020
Start Your Day with the Best Thing
09:51

Why should we spend time alone with God? Why is meeting with God in the secret place so important? Until we gain an understanding of the immense value and availability of encountering God, we will never consistently engage in this foundational, vital practice. As we discover God’s heart to meet with us in order that we might experience the depths of his love, I pray that your life would be marked by a new grace to consistently and powerfully encounter the living God.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 31:19, and today's worship is Better by Pat Barrett.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 08, 2020
What is Christian Meditation?
09:02

In our last day focusing on getting back the basics of a quality time alone with God, we’re going to focus on what it means to meditate as a Christian. There is so much life to be had in the practice of meditation. And there is so much history within Christianity around this wonderful practice of meditating. May the encouragements of Scripture and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit lead each of us to an embracing of this incredible opportunity in Christian meditation.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 1:2-3, and today's worship is Hidden by United Pursuit.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 07, 2020
The Presence of God
08:47

As we near the end of our week getting back to the basics of a quality time alone with God, we’re going to take time today to look simply at the presence of God.  As mysterious as it may sound, God’s presence is meant to be a regular part of all our lives. Just as we experience the nearness of those we do life with every day, and the fruit of them simply being with us, God wants us to experience his nearness as well. My hope is that today the presence of God is demystified a bit, and becomes a regular part of every day we set aside to meet with him. He’s done so much to be close to us, and I can’t wait to see how he fills the space we set aside for him today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 139:7, and today's worship is Nearness by Bethel Music.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 06, 2020
Commuion with God
08:17

Today we’ll explore what I hope is the fruit of every day’s devotional, communion with God. We serve a God who is simply after being with us. Every moment of every day is a chance to let God in, to live in real restored relationship with him.

May God guide us ever closer to him as we create room for him to fill right now.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:4-5, and today's worship is Come to the River by Housefires.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 05, 2020
What is Prayer?
09:01

Today we’re going to look at what I believe is the most life-giving aspect of daily time alone with God, prayer. There are so many ideas out there about what prayer should be. Today my hope is to clarify what prayer can mean for you and me in this space we’re creating for God’s presence by looking at Scripture together. And then ultimately, making space today to really pray. My hope is that today clarifies a pathway for us that we can walk every day into deeper relationship with God.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 14:15, and today's worship is Find Me by Jonathan & Melissa Helser.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 04, 2020
What is a Devotional?
07:30

This week we’re spending time breaking down the individual components of First15 by sharing God’s desire for each of them. The majority of First15 is dedicated to encountering God and learning about his character, but every now and then we will cover some teaching and tools that will help in pursuing God to greater depths. This week we will get back to the basics and learn some spiritual disciplines that will help us encounter him in deeper, more transformative ways.

Today in our week-long focus on the foundations of a quality time alone with God, we’re going to look at the devotional piece of our times together. I’m so excited to share with you my heart behind writing what you hear every day, and I know that our time together will help you get even more out of this space for God’s presence.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 John 4:16, and today's worship is Head to the Heart by United Pursuit.

First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website. 

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Jan 03, 2020