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Matthew J. Cochran

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 …

Looking for the way

If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way. Thomas …

Why me?

Why me? Why now? Why? The answers are not for you. Why not me? Why not?

Why should I fear?

“Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me…” -Psalm 49:5 (ESV) I’m …

Worshipping false idols

Habakkuk 2:18  What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his …

True love

1 Corinthians 13:4-8  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not …

He hears us

1 John 5:14-15  And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will …

Find Strength

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. No matter where you find yourself, you’re not too far away …

Don’t worry, pray

Philippians 4:6  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made …

His completed work

Philippians 1:6  And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion …

Protected from evil

Psalm 91:9-10  Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to …

True security

Psalm 91:2  I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Just as we seek …

Only He satisfies

Psalm 90:14  Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Where do …

Number our days

Psalm 90:12  So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. This life on earth is like …

To God be the glory

1 Corinthians 10:31  So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. What is …

In Christ alone

I Timothy 2:5  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Many …

The truth of Scripture

John 8:31-32 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly …

By the grace of God

Romans 3:23-24  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a …

Faith alone

Romans 3:28  For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. There was, even in the …

Give your best, first

Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says …

Peace with God

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. What do …