New Daily Devotional: Heart of the Matter

We all know how difficult it is to take time to spend in private worship. It is incredibly hard to set aside a consistent time to read our Bible. And yet at the same time, we all know how beneficial it is to spend time alone with Christ. Hearing Jesus speak to us through His Word is the delight of the Christian. It is the salve to our souls. It is rest for our weary hearts. And so most of us live on a roller coaster. Knowing how badly we need to spend time with Christ, but struggling to carve out that time.

Through out the history of the church, men and women have written guides to help us with this problem. Some of the oldest Christian literature we have are lectionaries, setting out a daily structure for scripture reading. In the early 1900′s, a twist on the lectionary was born, the devotional book. Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest has been one of the most beloved christian books of all time. In recent years, books just like it have become legion.

So what sets Heart of the Matter apart from other daily devotionals?

First of all, the writers of Heart of the Matter are fantastic. From Paul David Tripp to David Powlison, all of the folks from CCEF pitch in. If you are not familiar with these authors, this book is a great way to get familiar with them. Each devotional reading includes a text from scripture and is followed by a mediation signed by the author.

Secondly, having multiple authors helps with monotony. It is easy to get into a rut hearing just one voice. Heart of the Matter is great because each of the authors has their own style. Each day brings a fresh perspective and a fresh voice.

Third, Heart of the Matter is a book that deals with real life. With passages drawn from books like Recovering from Child Abuse, Grief, Depression, I’m Exhausted, Freedom from Resentment, and How People Change; each devotion connects to us where we are. Most devotions avoid any specifics so they can relate to a larger audience. The authors at CCEF know the sins that so easily beset us all and root them out, specifically.

Finally, Heart of the Matter is gospel focused. This is not a collection of guilt ridden passages encouraging you to “try harder”. It is a series of devotions that encourage you to run to Jesus and His cross. This devotional takes very seriously the hideous sin that lies hidden in your heart, and beckons you to run in repentance to your loving father.

I can not recommend this devotional highly enough. You can pick it up through New Growth Press for just under $20. This would make a great gift for Christmas and would be a great way to start the New Year. Or you can win one of two copies we are giving away. Just comment on this post, or share the link on twitter and Facebook. That means you can get up to 3 chances to win. The giveaway will end at midnight next Friday!

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About futonreformer

I am a pastor in the PCA serving in Myrtle Beach, SC. I am a sixth generation Tampa native and I love the Rays and Bucs!

16 responses to “New Daily Devotional: Heart of the Matter”

  1. Amy Petz says :

    Sounds like a great devotional! I cannot find the place to enter the drawing…I know, I know, I am probably totally missing it, but could you help your poor blond sister in law out? :)

  2. David Atkisson says :

    Looks to be a wonderful devotional daily reading that would not only give one solace, but, more importantly, point to Christ, the only true source of solace. May the Lord use it for His glory and the good of His people.

  3. Erik Nathan Huff says :

    Thanks for the review, irvine one of the more compelling ones I have read yet. Besides this comment I also shared on twitter & FB.

  4. Jonathan Holmes says :

    Would love to get a copy of this book!

  5. Debra Haschel says :

    Looks like a great devotional. Looking forward to checking it out!

  6. Jonathan Davis says :

    Everything ccef puts out gets right to the heart. This appears to be a wonderful devotional. I hope to get a copy.

  7. Mary Davis says :

    I cannot wait for this amazing resource!

  8. Martha Jo Melton says :

    Love CCEF! Would love to have a copy of this!

  9. Dan Ott says :

    Yes.

  10. tasha says :

    I am in great need of a good devotional as this week has tested me more than i care to think about. Nothing extremely bad or anything but enough little things that i found myself crying in the kitchen earlier….this was after crying upstairs while packing up toys that my loving children refuse to pick up after lots of threats and pleading that i will cancel the commercial side of Christmas….

  11. futonreformer says :

    Tabulating all the entries then using Random.org to select winners, congratulations to Dan Ott and Monica Moore! For those of you who didn’t win, don’t forget that New Growth Press has a great sale on these devotionals through Wednesday!

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