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Matthew J. Cochran

You have enough

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about God in my years following Him, it’s that one of His primary desires is for us to trust Him in all things.

You can’t take it with you

Ecclesiastes 2:12-26 Why do you work so hard to gain things in your life? Don’t you know that you can’t take it …

Everything is Nothing

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 No time in history has ever afforded so much access to pleasurable pursuits as this time we live in. Anything …

Wisdom or wind?

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by …

Vanity of vanities

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is …

The Hound Of Heaven

Poem by Francis Thompson I fled Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the …

Men don’t ask for directions

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to …

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

-Seneca

→ May 7, 2018

Influences

There have been times that I’ve mentioned a certain person as being influential in my life only to get a surprised reaction …

Getting serious

The new year is upon us. Gym memberships will be up, diet plans will be plentiful, and by March many of them …

Tough and Tender

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. …

Make the choice

Joshua 24:15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods …

Walk your talk

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and …

Developing Spiritual Grit part 3

Developing the right Mindset In order to have spiritual grit in life’s storms, we have to decide beforehand how we will handle …

Step it up

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Parenting is hard work. It’s …

If you’re like me, you’re trying to keep up with all the reading your kids do by having fresh and interesting books for them to dig into. I get most of my kids’ books on Amazon … → February 8, 2017

How not to lead your kids

Colossians 3:21 (ESV) Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. What’s your purpose in parenting? Is it all about you …

Leading in integrity

Proverbs 20:7 (ESV)  The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him! Sometimes I get wrapped up in thinking …

Arrows in the hands of a Warrior

Psalm 127:3-4 (ESV) Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a …

Do I even write?

I’m challenging myself to write everyday. You’re welcome to join me in the challenge if you have the same struggle as me to get to writing and out of distractions.

Let your light shine

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give …

Live pain free

Yesterday I passed by a billboard for a pain clinic that read “Live pain free.” Of course I know what they meant …

Starting back up

I’m back at it, my friends. I’ve just posted the first devotional message of 2016 on Devotions for Disciples. This past year …

Starting over

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has …

Do not cease to give thanks

Ephesians 1:15-16 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, …

When to give thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:18  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. There’s never …

How to give thanks

Ephesians 5:20  giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ   How …

Why to give thanks…II

Thanksgiving 1 Chronicles 29:12-13  Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and …

Why give thanks

Psalm 107:1  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!   Why give thanks?  The …

Choose your battles wisely

“In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign. Secondly, a just cause. …

Don’t be a troll

I don’t normally take on current events and social issues in my devotional posts, and I’m not here to turn this post …