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First15: What is a devotional?

First15 on January 3: What is devotional?Scripture: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!" Psalm 103:1

Devotional: The devotional section of the First15 began with the idea that there needs to be a daily resource for Christians made to stir their desires and affections for God. This devotional exists to serve that purpose. There are tons of devotionals out there, so many of which are incredible. There is a seemingly limitless amount of incredible teaching available today. My hope is that the First15 would be a place where you know you can daily encounter the heart of God, be filled with a desire to know him more, and engage culture with the transforming power of the gospel. In order to live out what the Bible outlines as a Christian life, you must be consistently encountering God and "be being filled" with his Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

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First15: What is worship?

First15 on January 2: What is worship? Scripture: "But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning." Psalm 59:16

Devotional: For the rest of this week we will break down the individual components of the First15 by sharing with you God's heart for each of them. The majority of the efforts of First15 will be spent in simply guiding you to God's heart and aspects of his character, but occasionally we will cover some teaching and tools to make receiving a revelation of God simpler and more satisfying. This week is one of those weeks where we will get back to the basics of Christianity and find God's heart for some simple tools he has given us to encounter him. Today we will cover the powerful tool of worship!

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First15: What does it mean to have time alone with God?

First15 on January 1: What does it mean to have Time Alone with God? Scripture: "You have said, 'Seek my face.' My heart says to you, 'Your face, Lord, do I seek.'" Psalm 27:8

Devotional: We all have a hunger to know why we're here. We all have a hunger to be loved and to have passion and purpose in life. We’re designed by God with a seemingly insatiable desire to be loved, passionate and purposeful. Maybe you've had a relationship with God for years. Maybe you’re still trying to figure out if God even exists or if you can know him if he does. Wherever you are in relation to God, know that he longs to satisfy those hungers you have. He knows everything about you, and he loves you more than you will ever know. He loves you so much that he has a perfect plan every day to transform your life into one filled with passion, filled with satisfaction and filled with the wonderful peace of his presence.

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15 minutes that can change your life

People cheer as the Times Square New Year's Eve ball is lit and raised (Credit: Ian Wallace) Tonight, a 1,200-pound ball clad in Waterford crystal with 30,000 watts of light-emitting diodes will descend in New York's Times Square at midnight Eastern time.  Its ancestor was a five-foot iron globe studded with 216 electric lamps that was commissioned by The New York Times in 1907 and fell from a 70-foot flagpole.

New Year's celebrations and resolutions began 4,000 years ago with the Babylonians.  They marked the new year by paying off debts and returning borrowed farm equipment.  If I borrowed your tractor, I promise to return it some time in 2014.

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My person of the year is . . .

Billy Graham at his final Crusade in New York City, 2005 (Credit: Russ Busby/BGEA) To no one's surprise, Pope Francis was TIME's Person of the Year for 2013.  The award honored the man who is spiritual leader to more than a billion Catholics.

While I have great respect for Francis, my "person of the year" is Billy Graham.  In his 95 years, Dr. Graham has preached the gospel to nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries.  "My Hope With Billy Graham" came to America last month, combining primetime television broadcasts with in-home groups.  This strategy has now been used in 58 countries since 2002, leading more than 10 million people to Christ.

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