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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 Promises His Comfort
09:46

In today’s devotional, we’re continuing our series focusing on God’s promises by looking at his promise of comfort. We serve a God of all mercy and comfort, a God who knows our pain, weeps with us, and has a perfect plan to lead us to abundant life even in the midst of it all. Let’s come to God today open-hearted, ready and willing to receive his comfort, that we might be nearer to him as the result of our time together.

Our Scripture for today comes from 2 Corinthians 1:3, and today's worship is Nothing to Fear by The Porter's Gate feat. 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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 13, 2020
God Promises His Freedom
10:27

As we enter the middle of our series on God’s promises, today we’re going to look at his promise of freedom. Every day this world tries to chain us to its ways, holding us down where God is trying to lift us up. But in Jesus, we’ve been offered total and complete freedom. And in the Spirit we’re offered a continual pathway to exercise that freedom. Whether it’s fear, lust, pride, or something else, God has real freedom for you today in his presence. May chains break today in light of God’s glorious grace.

Our Scripture for today comes from Galatians 5:1, and today's worship is Raise a Hallelujah 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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 12, 2020
God Promises His Compassion
09:51

Today we’re going to look at God’s promise of compassion. Few things draw me nearer to God, faster, than a fresh revelation of his compassion. In a world that judges us so quickly, and so often fails to offer second chances, compassion is in short supply. May we not only get a revelation of God’s compassion in our own lives today, but may God mold and fashion us into his likeness, that we would be a people of compassion.

Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 54:10, 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. 

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

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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 11, 2020
God Promises His Strength
10:45

In today’s devotional, we’re continuing our series of taking hold of God’s promises by looking at his promise of strength. Every day I wake up, I’m reminded of my weakness. No human has ever lived a perfect day. But the goodness of this promise lies in that God promises his strength when we are weak. In his grace, you and I can live with the real, meaningful, and powerful strength of our God.

Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 41:10, and today's worship is Help is on the Way by Amanda Lindsey 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.

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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 10, 2020
God Promises His Will
09:37

In today’s devotional, we’re launching a brand new series looking at various promises our heavenly Father makes towards us, and creating space to take hold of them a little bit more every day. Today we’re looking at how God promises us his will, and how we can live our lives in connection to his desires and plans for us. May God stir our hearts to surrender anything that isn’t best for us, and may he empower us to take hold of his passion, and his desires, that we might align our lives with his will.

Our Scripture for today comes from Ephesians 1:9-10, and today's worship is Promises by Maverick City.

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 09, 2020
First15 Conversations: Brett Younker
46:11

This week on the First15 podcast we’re continuing our conversation on worship and its unique ability to draw us deeper into relationship with God while uniting us together as believers. And when you think about some of the most influential worship leaders of the last decade, you can’t help but think of Passion. The band, led by Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker, and Melodie Malone, has ushered in the writing, recording, and leading of some of the most recognizable and unforgettable worship anthems of this generation.

Today we’re thrilled to have Brett Younker with us on the podcast! We chat about the power of worship in drawing us closer to God, the differences between personal and corporate worship, and how we all have a unique opportunity to evaluate what’s most important in our lives. Brett is full of wisdom and insight that I know will leave you encouraged as we continue to walk through the challenges of 2020.

Jul 08, 2020
Sanctification
08:39

As we have learned this week, our God is fully trustworthy. Placing our trust in his hands is the wisest thing we could ever do. As we finish up our week on trust today, we’ll explore how trust plays a role in our sanctification and maturing as believers. As we commit to walk with and trust the Lord, may he bring forth a harvest of righteousness in our lives.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 37:5-6, 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. 

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

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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 08, 2020
Provision
08:17

As we begin to wrap up our week on trust, today we’ll look at the idea of trusting God for provision. May we find rest and peace today as we remind ourselves of our infinite Father’s ability to provide each and every need—big or small. There is rest available for God’s children today in the place of toil and striving. Your good Father wants to assure you of that today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 37:25-26, and today's worship is Do it Again 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. 

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

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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 07, 2020
Emotions
08:58

Today we’ll explore how emotional health and trust are slinked. We are all emotional beings and how we’re doing emotionally affects us all on a regular basis. God has something to say about your emotional health, and it is my hope you are encouraged and feel afresh how deeply you’re loved by the Lord as we focus in on this truth.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 33:21, and today's worship is God of Peace by Nikki Moltz.

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 06, 2020
Plans
09:26

Today we’ll be discussing the plans we make for our lives. So often, our plans symbolize control. Giving up control of our life’s direction can be scary and feel unsafe. But this is all part of growing in trust of our heavenly Father. As we continue in that direction today, may you feel encouraged and motivated to place your plans in the hands of a capable, trustworthy Father who has your best interest in mind, always.

Our Scripture for today comes from Proverbs 19:21, and today's worship is Whatever Your Plan Is by Bethe Music feat. Josie Buchanan.

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 05, 2020
Understanding
08:35

Today we’ll explore how leaning on the Lord for truth and understanding relates to trust. Where do you look for wisdom? God promises us that when we look to him, he will deliver all the wisdom and understanding we need for any circumstance. May you find the understanding you need for your situation today as you learn to trust the Father and lean into him.

Our Scripture for today comes from Proverbs 3:5, and today's worship is God I Look To You by Bethel Music feat. 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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 04, 2020
Obedience
08:34

As we focus this week on growing in trusting God, today we’ll explore the concept of obedience. Trust and obedience are directly related. Willing, joyful obedience comes from a place of deep-rooted trust in the character and intentions of your God. When we learn to trust the heart of the Father, obedience is a natural response to whatever he asks. May you grow today in your willingness and excitement to quickly obey the Lord as you learn of his love and goodness.

Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 1:19, and today's worship is I Have Decided by Forerunner Music feat. Jaye Thomas.

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 03, 2020
Trustworthy
09:24

Trust is something we are not created to give away lightly. We value trust like we value our own lives, constantly scrutinizing others to see if they’re worthy of our trust. But still we are made to do life with help. We are made to place our trust in that which will provide us with more life, joy, and peace. I pray that this week you and I will discover how trustworthy our heavenly Father is. I pray that we will willingly hand over control of our lives to a capable, loving, and near God. And I pray we will experience the abundant life that can only come through placing our trust in a God who gives up everything for relationship with us.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 22:4-5, and today's worship is Keep on Coming Through by Jonathan Traylor.

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 02, 2020
First15 Conversations: Corey Voss
47:16

Worship is essential to our daily walk with God, which is why it’s always been a major part of the First15 Devotional. There is something unique about the way worship speaks to our hearts, and draws us into a deeper connection with our heavenly father. So today on the First15 Podcast, we dive into the powerful, soul-connecting power of worship! 

That’s why we are thrilled to have our friend and worship leader, Corey Voss, join the conversation. Corey is a songwriter, worship pastor, and leader of Madison Street Worship, based in Shelbyville, TN. His passion is to see people connect with God through authentic worship, and his genuineness and humility shine through in our discussion. 

We talk about topics like:

  • What worship is really about
  • The relationship between worship and our emotions
  • What it takes to write a worship song
  • How music styles affect our worship experience

If you have a passion for worship, you don’t want to miss this!

Jul 01, 2020
God's Heart to Meet with Man: John on Patmos
08:44

As we wrap up our week on God’s heart to meet with man, today we’ll look at the encouraging story of John on the island of Patmos. Right when we think we’re unusable, a season is too dry or we’re past our prime, God comes and speaks fresh life and vision. If you find yourself like John on Patmos today, I pray God brings a new word of courage and life to you despite your season.

Our Scripture for today comes from Revelation 1:17-19, and today's worship is Communion by Bryan McCleery.

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jul 01, 2020
God's Heart to Meet with Man at Pentecost
08:56

As we near the end of our week on God’s heart to meet with man, we look today at Pentecost. The day of Pentecost was a major fulfillment of God’s desire to meet with us. On that day, his Holy Spirit flooded the earth and was poured out on ordinary people, just like you and me. We see God’s desire to dwell with a people satisfied as his Spirit fills them and remains with them forever. May you be encouraged today as you look more deeply at God’s overwhelming desire to be one with you in your day to day life.

Our Scripture for today comes from Acts 2:1-4, 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. 

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

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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 30, 2020
God's Heart to Meet with Man: The Woman Caught in Adultery
09:19

Have you ever believed the lie that your sin makes you unlovable to God? I think we all have at one time or another. We will look today at the story of the woman caught in adultery. For some reason, every time I read this story it surprises me again. God is oftentimes different than we expect, much kinder in fact. May today be no different. I pray you’re met by a generous, kind, merciful Savior as you open your heart to him.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 8:7, and today's worship is When I See You 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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 29, 2020
God's Heart to Meet with Man: Jesus to Us
09:00

As we continue our week on God’s heart to meet with man, today we’ll look at the best example I can think of. Many of us doubt the love of God due to all kinds of circumstances, but I pray today you become even a little bit more convinced and sure of his pursuit and unconditional love for you specifically. Open your heart today and allow God to give you a renewed sense of how much you mean to him.

Our Scripture for today comes from Matthew 1:23, and today's worship is Christ the Lord is With 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.

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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 28, 2020
God's Heart to Meet with Moses
10:20

Oftentimes we look at Old Testament stories of man’s encounters with God and grow jealous. We question why God doesn’t show up in the way he did with Moses for us now. There is a portion of relationship, encounter and intimacy available to us with God today that men of the Old Testament could have never dreamed of. It is my hope and prayer that you leave today having experienced the richness, unity and oneness with the Spirit of God you were made for.

Our Scripture for today comes from Exodus 33:11, and today's worship is Face to Face by Kendrian & Lauren Dueck. 

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 27, 2020
God's Heart to Meet with Gideon
09:09

Have you ever felt incompetent for the work God sets before you? The mission and call of God on our lives can seem daunting and impossible. Know that Gideon felt that way, and it’s okay if you do too. But God wants to speak courage and empowerment to our hearts today that he will be with us, moving through us every step of our journey. Open your heart today that God may fill it with fresh fire and excitement for the call on your life.

Our Scripture for today comes from Judges 6:16, and today's worship is Way Maker 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. 

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

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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

 
 
 
 

 

Jun 26, 2020
God's Heart to Meet with David
09:47

Throughout Scripture we see countless examples of God meeting with man and countless lives being transformed as the result. These examples are in Scripture to stir our faith and fill us with a desire to meet with our Creator. When we read about the life of David, we should be filled with a longing to live as he did, centered around meeting with our heavenly Father. When we read about Gideon or Moses, we should long to know our God as they did. When we read about Jesus coming down to us or his heart for the woman caught in adultery, we should respond by pursuing encounters with our Savior. And when we read of Pentecost and Jesus’ second coming, we should seek out the fullness of God’s presence available to us on this earth in preparation for the age that is to come. May your heart be filled with a wholehearted desire to pursue meeting with God this week.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 84:1-2, and today's worship is Know (Be Still) by Jeremy Riddle.

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 25, 2020
First15 Conversations: Jason Romano
47:43

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling the fatigue set in from months of stress, change, and uncertainty. Not only that, but we’ve lost so many  of the outlets that we would normally run to for relaxation, relationship, and entertainment. So today on the First15 podcast, we thought we’d have a fun conversation with Jason Romano, a long-time producer at ESPN, and the author of books like Live to Forgive and The Uniform of Leadership: Lessons on True Success from My ESPN Life.

Josh and I had a great time talking about Jason’s journey at ESPN, his personal story of forgiveness, and the opportunity we all have to be leaders in this time of crisis. 

You also don’t want to miss Jason’s prediction on where sports are headed in light of our new realities.

To find out more about Jason Romano or his books, CLICK HERE.

Sports Spectrum is a ministry that is passionate about connecting sports and faith. To find out more, you can check them out HERE.

Jun 24, 2020
Encountering God through Others
08:32

People are messy. We are difficult and challenging. And it’s because of that no church is perfect. But there must be some reason Jesus desires for us to be unified and be one. Today we’ll explore how and why it’s important to encounter God through other people. May your wounds be healed, and your heart be opened to how God wants to use others to lead you to him.

Our Scripture for today comes from Matthew 18:19-20, and today's worship is Heart and Hands by Sean Feucht.

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 24, 2020
Encountering God through the Receiving of His Presence
09:00

Many of us know God’s presence is always available to us, but rarely do we take a second to become aware of how near he truly is. Today we’ll explore what it means to encounter God through receiving his presence. This simple concept has radically changed my life, and it is my prayer it changes yours too. May we learn to practice God’s presence on a regular basis and see his goodness flood our lives.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 139:7, 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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 23, 2020
Encountering God through Scripture
09:01

In this world, it’s not difficult to become disheartened, visionless and confused about the direction of our lives or our circumstances. But God has given us a priceless gift to ground and root us in truth and vision for life—his word. If you’re feeling purposeless or lost today, look no further than the wisdom God has graciously provided through the Bible. Today we’ll dive into how we can encounter God through Scripture.

Our Scripture for today comes from Jeremiah 15:16, 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. 

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

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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 22, 2020
Encountering God through Worship
08:57

Worship is essential to a vibrant, thriving Christian life. In worship, much like thanksgiving, we are reminded of who our God is, and who we are. Worshipping Jesus grounds us in our identity because it reminds us whose we are and all that he has done on our behalf. Jesus is worthy of all our worship, and it’s my prayer today that you have a fresh encounter with him through this transformative avenue.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 29:2, and today's worship is You Remind Me by Madison Street Worship. 

Worship Playlist: CLICK HERE

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 21, 2020
Encountering God through Thanksgiving
09:03

Expressing gratitude and thanks to God has a miraculous way of opening and changing our hearts. Today we’ll explore the discipline of thanksgiving, and encounter God in response. May you take away from our time today, timeless principles that quickly get your heart in the right place despite your season or circumstances.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 100:4, and today's worship is Thank You 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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 20, 2020
Encountering God through Prayer
08:46

Prayer is so simple, but often times our minds convolute and complicate it. Today we’re exploring how to encounter God through prayer, and I pray you take away a simplified, childlike approach to spending time with your heavenly Father. May your heart and mind be at peace today as you encounter the living God.

Our Scripture for today comes from Hebrews 11:6, and today's worship is Confident by Steffany Gretzinger & Bobby Strand.

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 19, 2020
Encountering God through Faith
08:09

Having consistent and transformational encounters with God while on earth is meant to be foundational to the Christian life. Our God has not left us. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we’ve been filled with the very Spirit of God who longs to reveal to us daily the nearness and love of our heavenly Father. We are never alone. There is nowhere we can flee from the presence of our God. May this week be filled with transformational encounters with the living God as we learn what it is to seek the face of the one who has formed us, knows us, and loves us unconditionally.

Our Scripture for today comes from Hebrews 11:6, and today's worship is Confident by Steffany Gretzinger & Bobby Strand.

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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We just launched Vol. 7 of our First15 Devotional Series, Trust. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Trust is one of the devotional books I’ve been most anticipating, because of how critical trust is to our ability to thrive in and out of life’s difficult seasons.

This year has been arguably the hardest year we’ve faced globally in a generation. The pandemic has quickly taken its toll in every corner of our society, and every corner of the human heart. And the effects of systematic racism, and our lack of true racial reconciliation across the U.S. and beyond has brought us face to face with the mountain of division we’ve yet to overcome.

Personally, when life is good I find it easy to trust God, to be grateful for the ways he’s providing for me. But when my circumstances get hard, I find myself taking my life back in my control, and suffering as a result. 

In Scripture, so many of God’s promises of peace, of provision, of safety are slinked to our trust. Trust is like the “yes” that empowers God to move in deeper and more profound ways in and through us. 

So I want to sincerely encourage you to get Trust today, to immerse yourself in this 5-week guide that will help you genuinely and wholeheartedly trust God. Because when you give God your trust, you’ll find an abundant peace and life that can carry you with unshakable joy through even life’s hardest challenges. 

Click here to get your copy of Trust today. 

Jun 18, 2020
Overcome Evil with Good
09:50

In our final devotional of this week long series on the marks of a true Christian, today we’re looking at God’s command to overcome evil with good. May God show us the pathway to his power today, and illuminate specific ways we can overcome evil with good today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 12:21, 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.

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 17, 2020
First15 Conversations: Jon Tyson
45:29

2020 has been one of the most challenging years we’ve experienced as a nation, and it seems that no other city has had to bear as much as New York City. So today, we are grateful to spend some time with Jon Tyson, lead Pastor of Church of the City, New York, located right in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Over the last few months he has gained an up close and personal perspective on the challenges we face as a country and as the body of Christ.

In our conversation we cover topics like... 

  • Jon’s personal battle with COVID-19
  • How we can respond to the division in our country
  • How to hold onto the lessons we’ve learned in this season

Jon has a passion for seeing God renew the church in New York and beyond, and I know you’ll be challenged and encouraged by his heart and story. 

Jun 16, 2020
Live in Harmony
11:01

As we near the end of our series on the marks of a true Christian, today we’re going to explore together what it means to live in harmony with one another. There’s hardly a better feeling than being in harmony with those that are close to you. We were created for close, thriving relationship with God and others. And God in his power and love wants to equip us to build and keep harmony, even in the midst of our brokenness. May God give us wisdom, and empower us to walk the path of humility and love as we seek to live in harmony today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 12:16, and today's worship is Together at the Cross by The Church Will Sing.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 16, 2020
Rejoicing and Weeping with Others
10:50

In today’s devotional, we’re going to continue our series on the marks of a true Christian by looking at Paul’s encouragement to rejoice and weep with others. One of the most powerful acts of love we can make is to follow the way of empathy and compassion. Jesus allowed himself to be burdened by others burdens, pained by their pain. And may we follow the way of our Savior today as we spend time in his word, and in his presence.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 12:15, and today's worship is I Am Loved by Mack Brock.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 15, 2020
Bless Those Who Persecute You
10:18

In the middle of our week on the marks of a true Christian, today we’re looking at Paul’s command to bless those who persecute you. Truly blessing those around us that seem to be against us is an incredible act of love, producing fruit not only in the lives of others, but in our lives as well. May God give us insight into his heart for this command today, as well as the courage to live it out.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 12:14, and today's worship is Mercy 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.

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 14, 2020
Rejoice in Hope
11:43

In our third devotional in this week-long series on the marks of a true Christian, today we’re going to explore together what it means to rejoice in hope. In a world that can so often bring us down, so often appear to be without hope, today we have the opportunity to make room for God to give us his perspective, that we might rejoice in his hope. May God give us wisdom, joy, and eternal perspective today as we make space for him to fill.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 12:12, and today's worship is Living Hope by Phil Wickham. 

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 13, 2020
First15 Conversations: Latasha Morrison
53:39

I could not be more thrilled to share with you a conversation that Rachel and I had this week with Latasha Morrison. 

Our conversation covers topics like the history of racism in the United States, how we ended up here today, and crucial steps in moving forward. We had a ton of questions going into this podcast and as we walked away we felt a renewed sense of passion knowing that we can actually be a part of God’s plan for racial reconciliation.  

Tasha is a bridge-builder, reconciler, and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. In 2016, she founded Be the Bridge, a non-profit organization equipping more than 1,000 sub-groups across five countries to serve as ambassadors of racial reconciliation. Numerous organizations have recognized her as a leading social justice advocate, including Facebook’s Community Leadership Program, Forbes, and EBONY magazine. Her first book, Be the Bridge, was released in October 2019, and is now on the New York Times and USA Today best seller lists!


Be the Bridge and Tasha have been one of the most formative voices for Rachel and me as we try to find our place in God’s work of racial reconciliation. I know this conversation will be formative for you as well.

Jun 12, 2020
Be Fervent in Spirit
10:33

As we continue this week on the marks of a true Christian, today we’re going to look at what it means to be fervent in spirit. You were made to live with a fervent faith, zealous in response to God’s passionate love for you. May God fill all our hearts with his love in a meaningful, authentic way. And may we find the courage in him to live our faith passionately.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 12:11, 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. 

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

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 12, 2020
Let Love be Genuine
10:53

This week in First15 we’re going to take a look at seven principles found in Romans 12 that describe the marks of a true Christian. The intent of studying this passage is not to condemn or lead you to comparison. Instead, let Paul’s teaching fill you with a deep, transformative longing to wholeheartedly pursue the life God intends for you. Ask God to help you see yourself as he sees you, to see the grace he’s placed upon your life by the blood of Jesus so that you might walk more fully in the power and anointing of the Spirit. May you discover God’s grace and perspective this week as you examine your life in light of this powerful passage of Scripture.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 12:9-10, and today's worship is For The One by 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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 11, 2020
First15 Conversations: Jillian Edwards
55:13

If you’ve been a part of the First15 community for some time, you know that it is our passion to help you develop a deeper relationship with God through meaningful time with him every single day. So Josh and I were thrilled to have a conversation with Jillian Edwards, a songwriter and artist whose songs invite us to rest in the presence of God, and to see ourselves from his perspective. 

Click here to find out more about Jillian Edwards!

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 10, 2020
The Power of Faith
08:19

Today we’re wrapping up our week on faith by looking at the power of faith. Trusting in God changes things. Faith is powerful. As we’re going to discover today, when we choose a lifestyle of faith, our life shifts and comes in greater alignment with God’s desires, his kingdom. May God fill our hearts with faith, and may our lives be filled with the fruit of trusting in our good and able God.

Our Scripture for today comes from Hebrews 11:30, and today's worship is This Is A Move by Tasha Cobbs Leonard.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 10, 2020
The Power of Faith

Today we’re wrapping up our week on faith by looking at the power of faith. Trusting in God changes things. Faith is powerful. As we’re going to discover today, when we choose a lifestyle of faith, our life shifts and comes in greater alignment with God’s desires, his kingdom. May God fill our hearts with faith, and may our lives be filled with the fruit of trusting in our good and able God.

Our Scripture for today comes from Hebrews 11:30, and today's worship is This Is A Move by Tasha Cobbs Leonard.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 10, 2020
Faith in Trials
08:26

Today we’re looking at a topic I think all of us can relate to: how to have faith in the midst of trials. All throughout Scripture we see examples of God’s people struggling with faith in the midst of challenges. Doubt is something so natural, so human. And the world teaches us that when things get tough, we need to take this life into our own hands and sort it out. But God has a better way for us – the way of faith. May God empower us with revelation today that would bear the fruit of steadfast faith, even in the midst of trials.

Our Scripture for today comes from James 1:2-4, and today's worship is Defender 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. 

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

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 09, 2020
The Marriage of Faith and Works
08:21

In today’s devotional, we’re going to look together at the marriage of faith and works. One of my greatest struggles is working with God rather than for God. God cares deeply about our work, our impact in this life, but not because he needs us to serve him or work for him, but because he wants to work with us. He wants to give us a picture of his goodness and love at work in the lives of others, and he wants to deepen our relationship with him by identifying and empowering us in our unique calling.

May we gain revelation today that would stick, that would transform our understanding and deepen our experience of the connection, the relationship between faith and works.

Our Scripture for today comes from James 2:26, and today's worship is For Your Glory 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.

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 08, 2020
Praying in Faith
07:49

In today’s First15 devotional, we’re going to look at what it means to pray in faith. We have a good Father who listens to every word we pray, and knows every need of our hearts before we even ask for it. May God’s goodness become the foundation of our prayer, that we would learn to pray out of a place of belief instead of begging, and hope instead of doubt.

Our Scripture for today comes from Mark 11:22-24, 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. 

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

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 07, 2020
Living By Faith
09:17

We’re in our third day in our series on faith. Today we’re going to look in greater depth at how we can actually live by faith, experiencing the incredible fruit that comes from trusting in the faithfulness of God in every moment. God is with you, and his heart is filled with love for you. May you find the strength and courage to trust in him today with all that you are.

Our Scripture for today comes from 2 Corinthians 5:7, and today's worship is God Who Moves The Mountains by Corey Voss.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 06, 2020
Faith Comes by Hearing
07:28

In this week of devotionals, we’re focusing on faith. Living with our faith stirred up is absolutely foundational to living an abundant life. God is faithful no matter what. But faith allows us to have trust in that faithfulness, producing a peace and sense of calm in the midst of challenges that we desperately need. I pray that your faith would be stirred today as we look at the biblical principle that faith comes by hearing.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 10:17, and today's worship is Psalm 136 by Leslie Jordan.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 05, 2020
At The Heart of Faith
09:39

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is the undercurrent of everything we do as followers of Jesus. Without faith we lose all that Christ died to give us while here on earth. It is by faith we access the peace, joy, guidance, love, and purpose that comes from restored relationship with our heavenly Father. In this week of devotionals, we’re going to seek an increase in faith in response to God’s faithfulness. May you experience a greater depth of intimacy with your living, Almighty, and loving heavenly Father.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 2:5, and today's worship is Goodness of God by Bethel Music feat. 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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 04, 2020
Love Wins
11:39

In our final day of this week-long series seeking to put our faith to action, today we’re going to look at the victory we have in God’s love. As God’s people, he’s inviting us into his victory, a victory we so desperately need. May God establish us in his power today, and may chains fall off us and others as God guides us into a lifestyle of victory in him.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 8:37-39, and today's worship is See A Victory 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. 

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

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 03, 2020
Love Hopes
09:22

As we near the end of our series on love does, today we’re going to look at the role of hope in putting our faith into action. You and I need hope more than ever. We need God to give us fresh vision for the work he’s doing and will do in the world around us. And we need him to empower us to share that vision with others, that our perspective would be grounded in his goodness. May God fill us as his people with fresh hope in his presence today.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 13:7, 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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 02, 2020
Love Forgives
12:14

In today’s devotional, we’re going to look at the role of forgiveness in putting our love into action. In God we have forgiveness for every sin we can commit. And that forgiveness not only washes us clean, but empowers us to become like our great Forgiver.

Every day we’re wronged in some way. And every day is an opportunity to show others forgiveness, not because they deserve it, but because loving forgiveness is the way of our Good Shepherd, the author and founder of our faith. May God empower us to forgive as he does today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Ephesians 4:32, and today's worship is Landslide 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. 

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

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

Jun 01, 2020
Love Encourages
10:29

In today’s devotional we’re going to look at the role of encouragement in putting our love into action. In a world that constantly seems to beat us down, we’re in need of some real encouragement. God has an encouraging word to speak to everyone around you. And if we’ll make space to listen, he longs to share that word with us that we might see his kingdom advancing in the heart of another. 

May God encourage us today, and empower us to encourage another as we make space for his loving presence.

Our Scripture for today comes from Hebrews 10:23-25, and today's worship is Goodness of God by Bethel Music feat. 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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 31, 2020
Love Makes Time for Others
09:02

In our third day of this series exploring how to put our faith into action, we’re looking at how we can love others by simply making time for them. The busier our schedules get, the harder it can be to make time for the needs of others. But we see in Jesus someone who while holding the power to save and heal the world, made time for the one. May God grant us his perspective and fashion us into his likeness today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Luke 8:40-42, and today's worship is Christ You Came For All by Saddleback 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.

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 30, 2020
Love is Present
09:08

As we continue this week’s focus, seeking to put love into action, today we’re going to look at how simply being present can make all the difference in the life of another. As our world becomes more and more distracted, and takes less time to notice what’s happening in the life of another, may God empower us as his people to simply be present today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 139:7, 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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 29, 2020
Action Fueled By Love

James 2:26 tells us, “Faith apart from works is dead.” If we are going to experience the fullness of life offered to us through our faith we must be those who put our words into action. We must not profess to love God on Sunday and live as if he isn’t present, real, or good on Monday. May your faith come alive this week as you seek to be a doer of the word.

Our Scripture for today comes from James 2:26, and today's worship is Follow You Anywhere by Passion.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 28, 2020
Action Fueled By Love
10:27

James 2:26 tells us, “Faith apart from works is dead.” If we are going to experience the fullness of life offered to us through our faith we must be those who put our words into action. We must not profess to love God on Sunday and live as if he isn’t present, real, or good on Monday. May your faith come alive this week as you seek to be a doer of the word.

Our Scripture for today comes from James 2:26, and today's worship is Follow You Anywhere by Passion.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 28, 2020
First15 Conversations: Colton Dixon
35:26

Colton Dixon reached a level of success in music that many have only dreamed of, first as a top contestant on American Idol, followed by a major record deal and mega hit songs. Yet like many of us have experienced, life can be full of surprises, disappointments, and transformation. Colton recently shared his story with Josh and me on the First15 podcast, and talked about his journey, his questions, and ultimately how he saw God’s faithfulness in a new and fresh way at the end of a difficult season.

As we all wonder what the future holds for us after this time of quarantine, I know you’ll be encouraged by our conversation. I also pray that you’ll be reminded that God has not forgotten or abandoned you, but is working to redeem even the most difficult of circumstances.

May 27, 2020
Loving The Church
08:58

As we wrap up our week on loving people, we look today at how we can love the Church as God does. Jesus says we will be known by the way we love each other. Would people know you’re a Christian by the way you love your brothers and sisters? People are messy, it’s true. We all are. And yet Jesus saw our worth and loved us in the midst of our messiness. How can you mimic that same love today as you seek to love his Church? Today we’ll look at the perspective and affections of Jesus for his people. May our hearts and minds be transformed as a result.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 13:35, and today's worship is Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) by Hillsong Worship feat. Taya 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. 

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

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 27, 2020
Loving Strangers
08:50

As we near the end of our week on loving people, today we shift to loving those we don’t know. We are all so busy, and most often unaware of those around us, becoming too focused on ourselves to notice others. Perhaps today God would shift our focus upward to see the faces we pass on the streets or on the elevator. How much could a kind word or smile help someone out having a rough day? Let’s try to take our eyes off ourselves and see those we pass every day and don’t seem to notice. Could God want to use you to minster to someone you don’t even know? Let’s find out.

Our Scripture for today comes from Hebrews 13:2, and today's worship is Hearts and Hands by Sean Feucht.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 26, 2020
Loving Friends
08:42

In today’s devotional, we’ll be learning about what it means to be a friend who loves well. Think about your dearest friends. What role have they played in your life in the best and in the worst times? Does your heart fill with thankfulness as you acknowledge what a good gift God has given you in them? May we pinpoint exactly what it means to intentionally love our friends well today. May we be filled with the love of Jesus and grace of God to go out of way to love and minister to those special people in our lives today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Proverbs 17:17, and today's worship is God So Loved by Hillsong Worship feat. David Ware.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 25, 2020
Loving Family
09:45

As we continue in our week of loving people well, today we’re going to learn about loving family. For some this is an easy task, but for many this is a little more difficult. The beauty of it is, our God is with us every step along the way. He has purpose and power for you in loving the family in which he’s placed you. Our families have the potential to be our greatest place of influence. How might he use you today to minister for his goodness and glory? Let’s take a closer look.

Our Scripture for today comes from Exodus 20:12, and today's worship is The Blessing by Elevation Worship feat. Kari Jobe & Cody Caries.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 24, 2020
Jesus is the Model
09:21

As we continue our week on loving people well, we’re going to fix our eyes on Jesus. What better example or model is there for how to love than the One who laid his life down for the world? Today may you catch a glimpse of this beautiful King who loves perfectly. May you not only get a picture of how you could love others, but experience his incredible love for yourself afresh.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 John 3:16, and today's worship is The Way (New Horizon) 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.

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 23, 2020
Seeing Past the Brokenness
07:38

We are all broken people, living in a broken world. It’s that simple. Unfortunately, no one is exempt from the effects of sin. The good news for all of us is that Jesus steps into the midst of our brokenness, is near to us and makes us whole in his love. What’s even more amazing is God wants to use you to see past the broken exterior to the hearts of the people in your life. Brokenness can often make us hard, bitter and difficult to deal with. But we’ve been given the call to see past that hard exterior and love people in the midst of their pain. In today’s podcast, we’re looking together at how we can see past the brokenness in others to love them well.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 34:18, and today's worship is Highlands (Song of Ascent) 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.

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 22, 2020
Living Without Offense
08:37

Loving others is one of the most important and difficult commands Jesus gave us. We are a messy, needy, and broken people. We constantly have to deal with our own wounds and the wounds of others. But if we can learn to love others well, rich, life-giving relationship will be our reward. May you receive the love of your Father given you by his grace, and be empowered to love others this week as we look to grow in our obedience of Jesus’ command to love others.

Our Scripture for today comes from Proverbs 19:11, and today's worship is Open Space by Housefires feat. Kirby Kaple.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 21, 2020
First15 Conversations: Debra Fileta
47:06

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the need for conversations around mental health is more widespread than ever. I don’t know about you, but my mental and emotional health have been strained as a result of the past few months, so I was incredibly encouraged to have a conversation with Debra Fileta, who is a Licensed Professional Counselor. We discuss the challenges of this season, ways that we cope, and how to manage the transition into this next season of unknowns. Debra’s wisdom, compassion, and Biblical truth deeply impacted me, and I know that you’ll find a renewed sense of hope as we continue this journey together. 

May 20, 2020
The Simplicity of Grace
08:30

As we wrap up this week of simple Christianity, today we look at grace. Many of us are so hard on ourselves and struggle to allow ourselves to taste the grace the Father has for us. We look to earn love and acceptance in this world, but God’s way of grace couldn’t be more different from the world who tells us we are what we do. May today be a breath of fresh air as you encounter the grace of God that requires nothing in return.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 15:10, and today's worship is So Much Grace 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. 

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

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 20, 2020
The Simple Truth of Freedom
08:34

As we near the end of our week on simple Christianity, we look today at the simple truth of our freedom in Christ. Our sin and bondage often feels like a convoluted web that entangles us. Satan would like nothing more than to keep us foggy and confused about the freedom and righteousness bought for us through the precious blood of Jesus. Today I’m praying that chains are broken in God’s presence. May we gain clarity and deep understanding of the freedom afforded to us as children of God. May we adopt the simple truth of our freedom and truly be set free.

Our Scripture for today comes from 2 Corinthians 3:17, and today's worship is No Longer Slaves by Tasha Cobbs Leonard.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 19, 2020
The Discipline of Simplicity
09:34

Today we are going to explore the actual discipline of simplicity by answering questions like, What does it mean to simplify life? How would Jesus have us actually simplify our lives? How can embracing simplicity enrich our day to day experience? May your heart and mind be open to all the wisdom and goodness God has for you today. And may you find comfort in making Jesus your one necessary thing.

Our Scripture for today comes from 2 Corinthians 1:12, and today's worship is Simplicity by Rend Collective.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 18, 2020
Rest in God
16:05

As we continue our week on simple Christianity, we have the joy today of discovering what it means to truly rest in God. In all the stress and hurry of life, don’t we all need to find even just a few moments of rest today? May God reorient the way you see him today, and show you his purpose and pleasure over his children taking time for true rest in him.

Our Scripture for today comes from Matthew 11:28-30, and today's worship is God of Peace by Nikki Moltz.

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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 17, 2020
A Life of Sacrifice
08:42

On the third day of our series on pursuing simple Christianity, we’re looking at what it means to live a life of sacrifice to God. May we discover what it means for our hearts, minds and will to be fully surrendered to Jesus, and in return may we find the abundant joy he has promised. He is trustworthy and true. And we will find the life God has planned for us when we surrender all to him.

Our Scripture for today comes from Luke 9:23, 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. 

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

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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 16, 2020
Love People
09:26

As we continue our week exploring the simple principles of the Christian faith, today let’s look at what it means to love people. Many of us know that God asks us to love others, but often loving people is easier said than done. God knows our weaknesses, and any command he gives, he has a plan to empower us and give us grace to be obedient. As you explore how God may want you to love people today, may your heart be opened to his profound grace.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 John 4:7, 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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Live a life marked by faith.

The Bible has so much to say about our faith. And if I’m being honest, a lot of it is really confusing. 

In Matthew 21 Jesus tells us that we’ll receive anything we ask for, if we have faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that it’s impossible to please God if we don’t have faith. 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that it is by faith that we “see” the path forward, and not with our physical sight. 

But when I look into my own heart, I come face to face with ways I doubt on a daily basis.

I often trust in my own strength, lean on my own understanding, and seek to provide for myself with my own power rather than relying on the strength, empowering, and provision of God. 

But, I also know that simply trying to have more faith doesn’t work either.

This is why I wrote a four-week devotional, Faith, to unpack what the Bible says about living a life marked by an authentic faith.

Faith isn’t something we muster up on our own. It’s not something we produce or create. Faith is the natural response to seeing, experiencing, and believing in God’s faithfulness. 

And the pathway to greater faith is greater experience, greater understanding, and a true heart-knowledge of God’s faithfulness to us that guides our thoughts, emotions, and actions. 

We've launched Volume 6 of our First15 Devotional Series, Faith, created to guide you into transformative experiences with God’s faithfulness and empower you to start living a life marked by authentic faith.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

 

May 15, 2020
Love God - It's All About Relationship
09:27

This week we’re going to focus on the simplicity the Christian life is meant to be marked by. Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. But in our humanity we have made complex what God designed to be peaceful, purposeful, and simple. A. W. Tozer remarks in The Pursuit of God,

“Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all. If we would find God amid all the religious externals, we must first determine to find Him, and then proceed in the way of simplicity.”

May we discover the peace and joy that come from pursuing a simple Christianity this week.

Our Scripture for today comes from Matthew 22:37-38, and today's worship is How Great Is Your Love by Phil Wickham.

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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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

 
 
 
 

 

May 14, 2020
First15 Conversations: Shane Pruitt
49:42

Are you familiar with the phrase “out of sight, out of mind?” In this pandemic season, I’ve realized there are so many things I took for granted about my daily life. There are so many things I’ve counted on, benefited from and trusted in, without really thinking about all the people involved in making it possible.  Now, after months of seeing various shelves emptied at the grocery store, businesses struggling to reopen, and COVID-19 curves rising and falling, I realize more than ever how interdependent we are and that much of my own life is not in my control. 

Today on the First15 podcast, we’re sharing an encouraging conversation Josh and I had with Shane Pruitt, Director of Next Gen Evangelism for the North American Mission Board. Shane shares incredible wisdom for trusting God when life is out of your control and the power of relationships with those who are different than you. We know it will be encouraging to you today!

We know that life is so difficult for many of you right now, and we hope that this conversation will lead you towards God’s peace in the midst of your circumstances today.

May 13, 2020
Love-based Simplicity
09:05

As we wrap up our week on the simplicity of love, today we’ll look at the concept of simplicity itself and what it means to have a solitary pursuit. As you fix your eyes on Jesus today, may you find that the weight of the world falls away. And may you choose the path of simplicity and love going forward living out in joy and peace.

Our Scripture for today comes from Colossians 3:14, and today's worship is Nothing Else 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. 

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

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 13, 2020
Love-based Obedience
08:48

God is the perfect parent. He is unlike anyone we’ve ever known, and his love is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. Imagine knowing your parent loved you perfectly, and that their intentions and motives behind giving you direction was literally perfectly loving? That’s how God is with us. His wisdom and direction is something we can trust implicitly because he can trust his heart toward us, and that truth makes obedience a joy. As we explore love-based obedience today, may your heart be open to the goodness of your loving Father.

Our Scripture for today comes from John 14:21, and today's worship is Yes (Obedience) by MDSN.

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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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 12, 2020
The Joy of a Love-based Life
09:43

Most of the time our emotional happiness is based on our life’s circumstances. As we continue our week on the simplicity of love, today we’ll be taking a look at the joy that comes from living a love-based life. Once we know that God’s love is for us always, unconditionally—no matter what, our hope is secure and joy is ours for the taking. May you walk in joy today as you lean into this love-based reality a bit more.

Our Scripture for today comes from Philippians 4:4, 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. 

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

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 11, 2020
All He Asks of Us is Love
08:46

It has been and always will be easy for people, especially religious people, to become focused on the wrong things in life. I constantly find myself making things more difficult or convoluted than they really are. The reality of this life with God is that all he asks of us is love. As we continue this week on the simplicity of love, today we’ll explore God’s heart on the subject. What does God require of us? What does he ask of us? May we take a step back today, examine our own hearts’ pursuits, and rest in the reality of how simple God’s love really is.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 13:13, 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. 

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

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 10, 2020
His Love Has Set Us Free
15:49

There is nothing in the world more freeing than being loved as you are. Today we’ll be exploring how God’s love has set us free as we continue in our week of the simplicity of love. Having God’s love and affection from the start before giving him anything in return frees us from the burdens and weight of having to earn his love and strive for his affections. Today God wants us to step out in and fully live experiencing that freedom as beloved children. May your heart be even a little more free today after a fresh encounter with the Father’s love.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 8:1-3, and today's worship is Psalm Ninety-One by Kendrian & Lauren Dueck.

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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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 09, 2020
His Love Has Redeemed Us
09:01

As we explore the simplicity of love this week, today we’ll look at how God’s love has redeemed us. There is an amazing Brennan Manning quote that says, “In loving me, you made me lovable.” And that is basically the concept we’ll be unpacking today. God’s love has come in and given us meaning, beauty, redemption, and purpose. It is through God loving us that we become sons and daughters; we become saints. I hope today you’ll open your heart up to this life-changing love, and never be the same again.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 130:7, and today's worship is Since Your Love 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. 

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

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 08, 2020
His Love Pursues Us
09:14

1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” The greatest of all aspects of the Christian life is love. Love is to be at the foundation of all we do, all we are, and all we hold on to. If we focus on love and allow the Holy Spirit to strip everything else away, what will be left is a life of blessed simplicity rooted in face-to-face relationship with our heavenly Father. As we spend time this week looking at the simplicity of love, I pray that all the weighty, frivolous things of the world that rob you of an abundant life fall away in light of the glorious goodness of God’s unconditional and wholly available love for you.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 John 4:19, and today's worship is Extravagant by Bethel 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.

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 07, 2020
God is a Fun Father
09:54

God loves to exceed our expectations and break our boxes. Today’s topic does just that. As we end our week, today we’re exploring God’s attributes that make him a fun, joyful Father. Let’s allow God to reshape our notion of him and free our hearts up to enjoy just how good God really is. He is better than anyone we’ve ever known, and it’s my hope today we can see that with clear eyes.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 30:11-12, and today's worship is Garments 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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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 06, 2020
God Disciplines Us in Love
08:17

Discipline can be a tricky subject. Many of us have not seen discipline done well, and no one really loves being disciplined or having something they’ve done wrong pointed out. But something we must keep in mind with our heavenly Father is that he loves perfectly, so discipline must be a part of his perfect love. As we wrap up our week of looking at who God is, this is a crucial topic we have to look at to engage with all the ways God loves us. As we dig deeper today, may our hearts be open to God’s loving perspective on correction for our good.

Our Scripture for today comes from Hebrews 12:6, 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. 

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

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 05, 2020
God Encourages Us
08:27

As we continue our week on God being our Father, we look today at how God encourages us. There is nothing like an encouraging word from the Father when we’re feeling low and discouraged. Sometimes life can be daunting, and our good Father knows just what to say when we need to hear it most. If you’re feeling discouraged today, I pray the Lord speaks courage to your weary heart and strengthens your weary bones to keep running the race set before you.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 8:31, and today's worship is My Confidence by Iron Bell 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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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 04, 2020
God is Our Provider
09:00

In the kingdom of God, we find a culture different from that of our world. We are often taught to be self-made, pull ourselves up by our boot straps, and that it’s the survival of the fittest. God’s kingdom turns these principles on their head. We are encouraged to wait, trust, and receive from our God who supplies for our every need. Does your life mimic one of trust and waiting? One of open hands and thankfulness? Today as we move forward in our week of God being our Father we’ll look at his provisional nature. As we learn of God’s intentions to meet our every need, open your heart today to trust in this God who’s our Provider.

Our Scripture for today comes from Philippians 4:19, and today's worship is No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus 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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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 03, 2020
God is Present
08:28

Many of us deal with a fear of abandonment, rejection, or loneliness, and often for good reason. The beautiful thing about our heavenly Father is that he is present in our lives, and we are never alone. As we continue our week looking at the ways God is good to us, allow truth to permeate the broken places and make you confident and whole in God’s ever-present love.

Our Scripture for today comes from Deuteronomy 31:6, 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.

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 02, 2020
The Patient Passion of God
08:09

In our fallen state, patience isn’t something we find very often in ourselves or others. I don’t know if I know one person who has perfectly displayed patience for me, myself included. What’s incredible about our Father in heaven is that he is an endless well of patience. He has patience in abundance, and it never runs out for us. Today allow God to reorient the way you understand him and his heart towards you. He is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, unlike anyone we’ve ever known.

Our Scripture for today comes from 2 Peter 3:9, 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.

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

May 01, 2020
An Unconditional Love
08:19

There is no better father than Creator God. He formed us and knows us. He provides for us, loves us unconditionally, and longs for real, life-giving relationship with us. He runs out to meet us in our sin, clothes us with new identity, and restores to us the abundant life he has always planned for us. As we spend time looking at the father heart of God, may a fresh revelation of his love for you guide you into greater depths of relationship with your heavenly Father.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 John 4:18, and today's worship is How Great Your Love Is by Red Rocks 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.

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

Apr 30, 2020
First15 Conversation: Jennie Lusko
58:20

I don’t know if you can relate to this, but I’m beyond ready for this season to be over. After months of pandemic dominated news and overall unpredictability in life, I’m eager for things to go back to a sense of normalcy. There is no question that all of us have experienced struggle and suffering in some way over the past couple of months, and now the need for peace and healing seems greater than ever.

Today in the First15 podcast, Josh and I are joined by Jennie Lusko, the author of a brand new book called The Fight To Flourish. In our conversation, we explore the hope and comfort we can find in the presence of God, even when experiencing the pain of difficult circumstances. In 2012, Jennie and her husband Levi experienced the loss of their second-born daughter, Lenya, five days before Christmas. It’s a tragedy I can hardly imagine having to face. But I believe the story of their journey with God in the midst of such struggle will bring you hope and encouragement wherever you’re at today. 

Apr 29, 2020
God the Giver of Courage
08:50

In today’s devotional, we wrap up our week on God giving good gifts by looking at how God is the giver of courage. Fear is something that plagues us all in this life. But our Father’s way is better. The Lord wants to cast out all fear with his perfect love and empower you to live boldly, full of courage and confidence. Open your heart today in light of God’s love. Let go of anything holding you back from abundant life, and step forward with Jesus into fearless living.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 27:14, 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. 

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

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

Apr 29, 2020
God the Giver of Strength
08:00

In today’s devotional, we’re going to explore and experience the ways God gives us strength. There is not much better than becoming aware of our weakness and being met by God’s strength and grace in the midst of it. God fills in all the places we lack, and he wants to hold you up and strengthen you today in your weakness. We can release the need to appear strong because we have a very strong God on our behalf. May you experience the embrace of the Father today as you draw near.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 73:26, and today's worship is Confident 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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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

Apr 28, 2020
The Lord Gives Direction
08:37

As we near the end of our week on God giving us good, heavenly gifts, we’re going to take time today to discover and reflect on the ways God gives us direction. Sometimes life can be confusing, and it is difficult to know which decisions to make. Thankfully, we have a Father who has sent his Spirit to speak and lead us through life’s winding paths. He has a plan for each of our lives, and he desires to partner with us to watch it unfold. May you find rest today in the direction God brings.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 37:23, 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.

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

Apr 27, 2020
The Lord Gives Contentment
08:12

In today’s devotional, we’re going to explore the way God gives us contentment in the midst of every season and place he plants us. May you walk in immense satisfaction today as you open your heart and mind to the Lord’s presence and truth. As you fix your eyes on Jesus and trust him, I pray you experience rich contentment today in God’s love and provision.

Our Scripture for today comes from Proverbs 19:23, and today's worship is Every Need by GT 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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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

 

Apr 26, 2020
God Gives Peace
08:27

As we continue our series on God the Giver of Gifts, we’re going to take time today to look at the peace God is faithful to give. We all need peace in this chaotic world, and thankfully God has an abundance of it, which he wants to lavish on his children. Open your heart today, be still, and take in the peace of heaven.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 85:8, and today's worship is Peace 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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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

 

Apr 25, 2020
God Our Great Deliverer
08:19

Today as we continue to explore ways God is a wonderful, giving Father, we’re going to focus on the delivering power of God to set the captive free and rescue his people. Wherever you find yourself today, know that God is a safe rescue and the deliverer of our souls. He loves you mightily and is working on your behalf at all times. May that truth bring you immense peace and comfort as you experience his presence.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 32:7, and today's worship is Defender 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. 

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

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

 

Apr 24, 2020
God the Giver of Comfort
08:22

Our heavenly Father is the giver of every good gift. This week in the First15 devotional we’re going to explore the different gifts only God can give. His mercies are vast, powerful, and real. His love has the ability to completely overwhelm and satisfy every one of our needs. Everything he gives us satisfies, transforms, and leads us to abundant life. As we spend this week stirring up our affections toward God, allow your heart to become soft and open. Allow his loving character to draw you close and provide life to every dry and weary place in your soul.

Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 66:13, and today's worship is With You 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. 

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

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Reimagine what love looks like  

Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. Love is at the center of our Christian faith, but in this season of COVID-19, it can be more difficult than ever to experience it, much less live it out. 

This is why we are launching volume 5 of our First15 Devotional Series, Love.

Within this 4-week journey, you will:

  • Learn how to stand firm on God’s love in every circumstance.
  • Receive lasting comfort in the goodness of God’s immense love for you.
  • Find ways to love others out of the overflow of God’s love for you, even from a distance.
  • Watch your faith come alive as you love God in word and deed. 

If you are longing to experience God’s love in a deeper way, please request your copy of Love today.

CLICK HERE

 

Apr 23, 2020
First15 Conversations: Jeremy & Adrienne Camp
35:44

Craig and I recently sat down with Jeremy and Adie Camp to discuss topics from their new book on marriage, In-Unison. With Covid-19, things are crazier than ever with so many of us stuck at home. Issues that have been swept under the rug by busyness are rising to the surface, not only in ourselves, but in our marriages as well.

Adie and Jeremy discuss with us how to have a healthy, thriving friendship with your spouse in the midst of social-distancing. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss! The fresh wisdom the Camps bring to marriage is inspiring, convicting, and deeply motivating. 

Through honest stories and real experience, Jeremy and Adie’s story will encourage you to strengthen your own relationship with practical advice for dealing with conflict, cultivating friendship, truly knowing your spouse and building your own family culture. This is truly a conversation for such a time as this. What better time to invest in your marriage than now?

We were so encouraged by our talk with the Camps, and we know you will be, too. 

Apr 22, 2020
God Desires to be Encountered
08:43

In today’s devotional, we’re going to respond to God’s open invitation to seek his face. God desires to meet with you just as you are. So great was his desire for real, restored relationship with you, that he would send his only Son. May the weights and cares of the world fall off of your shoulders today as you set out to seek the heart of your good and loving Father.

Our Scripture for today comes from Jeremiah 29:13, and today's worship is Be With Me 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.

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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 22, 2020
God's Great Gift of Love
08:44

In today’s devotional we’re going to create space to talk about and receive God’s great gift of love. You and I were made to be loved by God. And until we make room to receive the unselfish, steadfast, tangible love of God, we’ll spend the rest of our lives striving, vying for affection from others. May striving cease today as we receive the lavish affection of our good and loving God.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 John 4:19, and today's worship is Lover 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.

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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 21, 2020
God is Good
08:08

In today’s devotional, we’re going to dive deeper into the reality of God’s goodness. At every turn, just when I wonder how good God really is, he always has a plan to show me how truly loving and good he is. So as we begin, where are you questioning God’s goodness today? When things go wrong, when we get hurt, it’s only natural to start questioning and building walls. But rather than going our own way, let’s come before God with confidence, asking our questions and inviting him to meet us in a meaningful way today.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 27:13, and today's worship is O Praise The Name/How Great is Our God 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.

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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 20, 2020
God is Worthy of Devotion
09:22

In today’s devotional, we’re going to spend time reflecting on how worthy God is of our devotion. Life is never better than when God is fully at the center of our lives, and fully at the center of our hearts. May we authentically give God our devotion today as we take time to discover how holy and worthy he is.

Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 6:3, and today's worship is Hallelujah Here Below 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. 

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 19, 2020
God is Trustworthy
10:24

In today’s devotional, we’re going to take time to simply focus on how trustworthy our heavenly Father is. Our trust is always meant to be a response to God’s trustworthiness, an act of love given as we receive the unconditional, life-changing love of God. May our hearts be filled with greater measures of trust as we make space for God to fill.

Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 9:10, and today's worship is This We Know by Vertical Church.

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 18, 2020
God Our Great Protector
09:18

Every day we experience fear in some way. Whether it’s fear over the opinion of others, fear of the future, or fear over the ways and plans of evil, we’re in need of comfort and faith.

Today we’re going to spend time focusing on protection God offers us every day in his goodness and love. May our hearts be comforted and our hands filled with strength as we make space for God to fill.

Our Scripture for today comes from 2 Thessalonians 3:3, and today's worship is Every Battle 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. 

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 17, 2020
Sanctification in the Waiting
10:20

It’s vital to the Christian life that we as sons and daughters of the most high God allow our affections to be stirred by the loving, powerful nature of our heavenly Father. Too often we feel that God is distant or separated from us. Too often we allow misconceptions or lies to place a rift between us and experiencing God. So as we spend time this week focusing on God’s character, allow who he is to stir up your desire to know him even more.

Our Scripture for today comes from Philippians 2:13, 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.

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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 16, 2020
First15 Conversations: Jerrad Lopes
42:26

Today I am so excited to share a conversation that Josh and I recently had with Jerrad Lopes, who is a father, author, and founder of the Dad Tired ministry. These times of social distancing are presenting unique challenges to all of us, and men and fathers are no different. From hardships with financial provision in the unsure economy, to unique family and marital dynamics, this pandemic is producing unprecedented challenges. 

Jerrad is someone I look to personally for wisdom and insight into how to be a better spiritual leader in my family and work.  

And in our conversation we talk vulnerably about the difficulties, temptations, and opportunities we have as men in this unprecedented time. My hope and prayer is that our discussion would encourage you personally or give you a sense of empathy and compassion for those around you today.

To find out more about Jerrad and the DadTired ministry, click here

To find out more about First15, click here

Apr 15, 2020
The Faithfulness of God
09:48

In the last devotional of this week where we’re seeking to stir up our affections for God, today we’re going to look at God’s faithfulness. You and I can have faith, because God is faithful. His faithfulness lays the foundation we need to love him, follow him, and walk with him. May God draw us closer to him, and give us a greater measure of faith today as we focus on his steadfast love and faithfulness.

Our Scripture for today comes from Numbers 23:19, and today's worship is Faithful to the End by Paul and Hannah 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. 

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 15, 2020
Being the Child of God
10:55

In today’s devotional, we’re going to stir up our affections for God by looking at what it means when Scripture calls us his children. As a child of God, you are adopted into the family of the Creator of all. And you have a good, and loving Father, filled with grace, mercy, and compassion. May God give us eyes to see who we are to him today, and the courage to abide in him in life-giving relationship.

Our Scripture for today comes from Galatians 4:6-7, and today's worship is No Longer Slaves by Jonathan David 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. 

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 14, 2020
No Better Friend
10:06

In today’s devotional, we’re going to stir up our affections by looking at God’s invitation to us in Revelation 3:20 to share a meal with him. This metaphor, this image of sitting across the table from God, especially in the context of the author of Revelation, John’s, culture, creates a pathway for you and me to journey down that leads to real, close relationship with our Creator and Savior. May we all draw nearer to God today in this time together.

Our Scripture for today comes from Revelation 3:20, and today's worship is Like a Fire by Sean Feucht.

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 13, 2020
Special Series - Connection in Crisis - Part 3
05:32

It probably goes without saying that today is a different kind of Easter. 

My whole life I’ve gone to Easter services, experienced the increased production, the increased attendance, and the family gatherings after. As a worship leader I’ve planned and led Easter sets, feeling the weight of guiding believers to the reality of God’s sacrifice and love on this special day. 

But when things change, when our rhythms are different, sometimes those differences help us see life differently. When we don’t have the opportunity to get swept up into the busyness of Easter, maybe God could show us something different about Easter today.

As I still my mind, my body, my soul for a moment today, one idea rises to the surface. 

On the cross Jesus proclaimed these words that echo forth even to this day. With his last breath he cried out:

“It is finished.” - John 19:30

The gospel we’ve been invited into is one of rest, one of grace. It’s a gospel where God time after time does what we cannot. It’s a gospel where work is put in its proper context, a fruit of abiding, an act of love. Salvation is a gift. Resurrection is a gift. Each breath, this breath, is a gift. 

And yet, we work as if our very life depended on it. We earn and strive to find value, meaning, and worth. We seek to prove ourselves when God tells us that we are worth the death of his very own son. 

On this Easter, might God want to invite us to finally say “yes” to a different kind of gospel, the true gospel, a gospel where the words of Jesus saying “it is finished” speak grace and rest over every facet of our lives. 

So for just a few moments, let us quiet our minds, quiet our bodies, quiet our souls. Let’s listen for the still, small voice of God declaring his goodness on this powerful day of remembrance. And let’s find the courage, even for a moment, to lay down our striving, allow God to be God, and find the deeper rest of full relationship. 

 

God, my God. 

On the day where Jesus was forsaken,

On the day when Jesus took on our sins, my sins,

On the day where Jesus rose again, 

You made a way to rest. 

 

But as I still myself,

I realize just how restless I am. 

Something is missing, some connection broken,

Between your gospel and mine. 

 

You said it is finished,

But I never feel done. 

You say I am worthy,

But I feel so unproven. 

 

You say I am loved without condition,

But I feel desperate to earn affection. 

 

So my Father,

Put together the broken pieces of my faith. 

Guide me to the still waters,

To the green pastures,

To rest. 

 

On this day, this Easter,

Help me to experience what was true before,

And will be true after,

That I have been, am, and will be yours,

That nothing, death, nor life, nor angels, nor demons,

Can pluck me from your hand of love. 

 

And may your reality, your gospel, your love,

Bring me to a relationship more pure, more free, more content

Than what I’ve known up till now. 

 

May the rhythms of your grace carry me deeper into you,

Both now and forever, 

Until every facet of my life declares the finished work of Christ. 

For your glory. 

For my good. 

 

Amen. 

 

Apr 12, 2020
The Wisdom of God
09:53

In today’s devotional, we’re going to stir up our affections for God by looking at his wisdom. Not only is our God wise, but he longs to share his wisdom with us as his people. Living with true wisdom, true perspective, knowing how to order our desires and our days is one of the real keys to living an abundant life. May we praise God for his wisdom, and ask him with boldness and confidence to share that wisdom with us today.

Our Scripture for today comes from James 1:5, and today's worship is Be Thou My Vision 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

Apr 12, 2020
The Boundless Grace of God
10:25

In today’s devotional, we’re going to continue our series seeking to simply stir our affections toward God, by looking at his boundless grace. On a daily basis, it’s God’s grace that always draws me close first. His forgiveness, his loving compassion, his gaze changes everything. May God open our eyes and hearts in a special way today to receive his grace in every corner of our hearts.

Our Scripture for today comes from Ephesians 1:7, and today's worship is Arms of Grace 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.

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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 11, 2020
The Yoke of Jesus
10:26

In today’s devotional, we’re going to continue our pursuit of stirring up our affections for God by looking at how God exchanges our burdens for his peace. As a society, we are more continually stressed now than ever. Stress has become our new normal. But in God, we have the opportunity to live with a peace that surpasses our understanding. May God guide us down his path to peace today as we make space for his presence.

Our Scripture for today comes from Matthew 11:28-30, and today's worship is Peace 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.

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Apr 10, 2020
Your Father Gives Good Gifts
10:22

This week we’ll start a new series, making space to simply stir up our affections for God every day. Today, we’re going to look at the reality that our God loves to give us good gifts. May God empower us to live with open hands and an open heart, ready and willing to receive all that he longs to give.

Our Scripture for today comes from James 1:17, and today's worship is Garments 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 09, 2020
First15 Conversations: Ryan Romeo
50:27

How to connect with your God-given dreams:

I’m thrilled to share with you our latest podcast conversation with Ryan Romeo. Ryan is the co-founder of the Outcry Tour, a worship tour that visited 86 cities and had nearly 1 million people in attendance! Ryan is a pastor, author and speaker who’s passionate about seeing people step into the dreams that God has given them.  

Josh and I recently sat down with Ryan to chat about his latest book Head in the Clouds. We had no idea when we sat down that the world would be completely turned upside down by COVID-19, but our conversation about trusting God in the midst of struggle, and dreaming with God to overcome challenges is more timely than ever in this season. 

We hope that you’ll be encouraged today by our conversation! 

To find out more about Ryan and his book Head in the Clouds, go to www.hitc.live

 

Apr 08, 2020
A Constant Companion
09:57

Today we’re wrapping up our week-long series of stirring up our affections for God by looking at what it means to have friendship with the Holy Spirit. The nearness of God’s Spirit, the reality of his voice and leadership, is our deepest connection to God on this earth. And like any other relationship, any other connection, it takes time to develop a true friendship with the Spirit. So today we’re embarking on a journey with one simple goal in mind: growing a little bit closer to the Spirit in friendship. May God guide us and empower us today, and reveal himself in a fresh way.

Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 8:26-27, and today's worship is Not In A Hurry 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. 

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 08, 2020
The Heart of God to Forgive
09:33

As we near the end of our week, creating space every day to simply have our affections stirred up for God, we’re going to take time today to look at God’s heart to forgive us. God’s forgiveness is as constant as our need for his forgiveness. And today, I hope and pray that he reveals his heart to forgive us completely and immediately when we confess our sin to him, and his heart to constantly restore us to intimacy with him.

Our Scripture for today comes from 1 John 1:9, 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. 

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 07, 2020
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.

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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. 

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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 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. 

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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 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. 

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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 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. 

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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 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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Feb 19, 2020
Honesty Before God
09:39

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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.

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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. 

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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 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. 

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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 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. 

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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 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. 

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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 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.

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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. 

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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 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.

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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. 

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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 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. 

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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 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. 

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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 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. 

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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 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.

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

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. 

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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 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. 

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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!

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. 

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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!

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. 

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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!

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. 

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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!

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. 

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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!

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. 

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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!

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. 

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 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
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 - 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
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.

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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.

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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