Heart of the Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives

Heart of the Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives
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Change that goes deeper than the surface of our lives happens over the long haul as we daily remember and connect the truths of the gospel to our lives. Every day we need to be reminded—in different ways—that Jesus, God’s own Son, came to this world to save us from sin, sorrow, and death. The promises of God, which are all “yes” in Jesus, change the way we view ourselves, our circumstances, and other people.

This devotional gives a daily reminder of these life-changing truths. Anchored in Scripture and saturated with the gospel, the 366 selections include the following topics: love, hope, grace, redemption, faith, contentment, conflict, relationships, prayer, fear, patience, humility, and anger.

These reflections will help the reader to:

  • Learn how God in his Word addresses a host of life situations;
  • Focus on how the gospel intersects with life;
  • Look beyond circumstances to God’s purposes;
  • See how God values relationship and to learn to value it too by persisting, by speaking truth in love, and by not shying away from conflict.
  • Grow in wisdom when confronted by life’s changes.
  • Learn that God works change that is effective and visible.

The selections are excerpted from books and other materials written by the experienced counselors at CCEF. Contributors include: Jayne V. Clark, Michael R. Emlet, Robert D. Jones, Timothy S. Lane, James C. Petty, David Powlison, William P. Smith, Winston T. Smith, Paul David Tripp, and Edward T. Welch.

About the Author

The Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) has been at the forefront of the biblical counseling movement for more than forty years with the mission to restore Christ to counseling and counseling to the local church. CCEF teaches people how to explore the wisdom and depth of the Bible and apply God's grace-centered message to the problems of daily living. CCEF does this through counseling, training, writing, and partnering with churches. For more information and a comprehensive list of publications, go to www.ccef.org.

Book Details

412 Pages
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication Date: November 2012
ISBN 13: 9781936768653

“This devotional is a treasureā€¦Free from theological or psychological jargon, its simplicity is deceptive, taking us from the challenges of daily life into the very heart of our covenant relationship with the Lord God.”
- Dr. William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Reading Heart of the Matter is doing Psalm 121. You read the pages and your eyes are lifted away from self toward God, seated on his throne in all of his glory. Your day is reoriented. Independence melts away as you look to the one who made the heavens and the earth; to him who stands firm and faithful, dependable, and trustworthy. It will point you to the loving Father who keeps you, both now and forevermore.”
- Jack Delk, Pastor for Covenant Member Care, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN

“The daily reflections gathered in Heart of the Matter offer the reader the opportunity to anchor his or her life in the profound truths of the gospel. The result is a deepening experience of the far-reaching effects of God's redemptive work for all of life. These brief, practical insights will bring the gospel to bear on your emotions, thoughts, actions, and relationships in new and refreshing ways. In this devotional, CCEF provides readers with a clear path to rich, consistent gospel application.”
- Stephen T. Um, Senior Minister, Citylife Presbyterian Church, Boston, MA; author, Why Cities Matter

“If you’ve ever enjoyed a book by Paul Tripp, Ed Welch, or one of the other CCEF authors then you already know the words they share are water for a thirsty soul ... The short, daily reflections draw you into God’s Word, help you understand how to apply its truth, and leave you marveling day after day over the grace of God. You won’t find a better resource to help you apply God’s Word and water your soul.”
- Marty Machowski, Family Pastor, Covenant Fellowship