Heart of the Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives
“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.”See All
Family Pastor, Covenant Fellowship
“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.”See All
Stephen T. Um
Senior Minister, Citylife Presbyterian Church, Boston, MA; author, Why Cities Matter
“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.”See All
Pastor for Covenant Member Care, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN
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.