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  • As we end our week today on abiding in the True Vine, today we’ll explore how to abide in God’s promised joy. What does it mean for us to walk in joy and be people marked by joy in this world? How do we even go about doing that? May we be filled afresh with joy today as we seek these answers out.

    Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:11, and today's worship is What Joy is Found by Jeremy Riddle.

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    Do you ever feel like life just happens to you?

    Instead of choosing the things that fill your day, does life always somehow sweep you up into its endless flow of expectations and obligations?

    If so, there’s a better way! It’s called a Rule of Life, and Craig Denison has written a new book about creating your own Rule of Life called Living Intentionally. We’d love to put a copy in your hands to say thanks for your donation to help more people experience God the first 15 minutes of their day.

    PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • Pre-Order Your Copy of Living Intentionally Here!

    I’m more convinced than ever that we desperately need a new understanding of God’s love for us, and I hope that this new season of First15 Conversations can help transform your relationship with him.

    But first, let me ask you a question...

    Do you ever feel the disconnect between who you are now and who you want to become?

    I feel that too. But I’m confident that we can begin to close that gap as we take a look at some intentional rhythms and practices that can shape our lives in a powerful way. We explore that in today’s brand new episode as well as topics like...

    Why don’t our New Year’s Resolutions last? How to turn good intentions into sustainable action How to live our life on purpose Why your Rule of Life SHOULD look different than mine

    Come join us each week as we explore what it looks like to truly live intentionally with our lives!

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  • As we start to wrap up our week on different ways we are to abide in the true vine of God, today we’ll look at how God prunes us in his love. Discipline can often be a tricky subject, but it’s my hope our hearts would remain soft and open today as we remember how good and loving the God is that we serve.

    Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:2, and today's worship is New Wine by Hillsong Worship.

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    Do you ever feel like life just happens to you?

    Instead of choosing the things that fill your day, does life always somehow sweep you up into its endless flow of expectations and obligations?

    If so, there’s a better way! It’s called a Rule of Life, and Craig Denison has written a new book about creating your own Rule of Life called Living Intentionally. We’d love to put a copy in your hands to say thanks for your donation to help more people experience God the first 15 minutes of their day.

    PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • Did you know God has plans for your life specifically? He has dreams for you and vision for you. Things in store that would make your heart swell and soar. What does it look like to live a life that brings God glory? How does abiding in Christ bear fruit in our lives? As we explore these concepts and more, may our hearts be open to God’s word and all he has to say.

    Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:16, and today's worship is Abide by Luke + Anna Hellebronth.

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    Do you ever feel like life just happens to you?

    Instead of choosing the things that fill your day, does life always somehow sweep you up into its endless flow of expectations and obligations?

    If so, there’s a better way! It’s called a Rule of Life, and Craig Denison has written a new book about creating your own Rule of Life called Living Intentionally. We’d love to put a copy in your hands to say thanks for your donation to help more people experience God the first 15 minutes of their day.

    PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • Today we will look at what it means to be a friend of God. Friendship with God is a beautiful, sought after thing. And he has made his friendship fully available to us. What a gift! May you fall deeper in love with God today as you learn what it means to abide in God’s friendship.

    Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:14-15, and today's worship is What A Friend I've Found by Kristene DiMarco.

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    Do you ever feel like life just happens to you?

    Instead of choosing the things that fill your day, does life always somehow sweep you up into its endless flow of expectations and obligations?

    If so, there’s a better way! It’s called a Rule of Life, and Craig Denison has written a new book about creating your own Rule of Life called Living Intentionally. We’d love to put a copy in your hands to say thanks for your donation to help more people experience God the first 15 minutes of their day.

    PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • As we continue our week on abiding in the true vine of God, today we’ll explore obedience and how it relates to abiding in God. Take a moment even now to open your heart to trust God afresh. He will always be for us, and know what is best for us in every part of life. He is so good. He is so kind. And he simply wants to walk with us.

    Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:9-10, and today's worship is Your Will, Your Way by Bryan & Katie Torwalt.

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    Do you ever feel like life just happens to you?

    Instead of choosing the things that fill your day, does life always somehow sweep you up into its endless flow of expectations and obligations?

    If so, there’s a better way! It’s called a Rule of Life, and Craig Denison has written a new book about creating your own Rule of Life called Living Intentionally. We’d love to put a copy in your hands to say thanks for your donation to help more people experience God the first 15 minutes of their day.

    PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • As we look at the different ways we are to abide in the true vine of God, today we’ll explore the concept of prayer. It is my hope today we walk away with simplified prayer lives. As you learn to seek out the heartbeat of God, may you grow in confidence in his love for you and those around you.

    Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:7-8, and today's worship is Closer by Amanda Cook.

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    Do you ever feel like life just happens to you?

    Instead of choosing the things that fill your day, does life always somehow sweep you up into its endless flow of expectations and obligations?

    If so, there’s a better way! It’s called a Rule of Life, and Craig Denison has written a new book about creating your own Rule of Life called Living Intentionally. We’d love to put a copy in your hands to say thanks for your donation to help more people experience God the first 15 minutes of their day.

    PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • The absolute, most important single act of the children of God is making space to encounter our heavenly Father in the secret place. Abiding in God is the foundation on which every other aspect of the Christian life finds success. It establishes roots which enable us to receive all that we need to bear the fruit of the Spirit. It guides us to constant refreshment and revival in God’s presence, thereby supplying and sustaining the abundant life God intends for us. My prayer is that you would be marked by wonderful, satisfying, and fulfilling encounters with the presence of God as we look at John 15:1-17 this week.

    Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:4, and today's worship is More to Me by Steffany Gretzinger.

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    Do you ever feel like life just happens to you?

    Instead of choosing the things that fill your day, does life always somehow sweep you up into its endless flow of expectations and obligations?

    If so, there’s a better way! It’s called a Rule of Life, and Craig Denison has written a new book about creating your own Rule of Life called Living Intentionally. We’d love to put a copy in your hands to say thanks for your donation to help more people experience God the first 15 minutes of their day.

    PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • As we end our week on God’s longing to be encountered, today we’ll examine our hearts and ask the most important question, “Do we know him?” As we take time today to fix our hearts on the single pursuit of Jesus, may your heart swell with fresh love and devotion for him. He alone is worthy of all our hearts. And today may you place your heart solely in his hands.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Jeremiah 9:23-24, and today's worship is Know (Be Still) by Jeremy Riddle.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • So much of our faith is shrouded by mystery. It is impossible to fully comprehend the grandeur and elaborateness of God with our limited human understanding. But as we’ve seen this week, we have a God who longs to be sought out. May your questions and wonderings about God and his creation only push you farther into seeking him. Because he has made it clear that if you’ll seek him, you will find him.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Proverbs 25:2, and today's worship is Lord You Have My Heart by Elle Limebear.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • The will of God is often a scary and difficult process to discern. But just as we learned earlier this week—God longs for us to know his voice. And God promises to speak his will to us in a way we’ll understand. My hope is that today you can rest at ease in total peace that your future is in God’s hands, and he’s got you. May you gain some insight about next steps for you today, and fresh peace in the midst of whatever season you’re in.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 58:11, and today's worship is Lead Me by KJ Scriven.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • As we continue our week on God’s longing to be encountered, today we’ll dig deeper into how he desires for us to know his truth. God has given us everything we need to walk in his truth and ways this side of heaven. As we look to Jesus as our model, may we be filled with courage and light to love not just in word but in deed and truth.

    Our Scripture for today comes from John 8:32, and today's worship is The Way (New Horizon) by Pat Barrett.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • Hearing the voice of God can always be a tricky subject. Many feel inadequate or wounded when it comes to the topic of hearing God speak. Today we’ll discover the beauty and simplicity of God’s longing for us to know his voice, just as you know the voice of a parent, spouse or friend. Hearing from God is essential to encountering the Lord. May you walk away today feeling more confident and equipped for intimate relationship with Jesus.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Jeremiah 33:3, and today's worship is Whisper by Jason Upton.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • As we focus this week on God’s radical desire to meet with his people, today we’ll explore his longing for us to know his love. There is nothing more transformative than encountering the love of God. It changes everything about us and our lives. Every one of us needs to be reminded of the depth of his love on a regular basis, and it’s my hope that today we can take some time to do so. May you never be the same again.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 8:37-39, and today's worship is There Is No Striving by Rita Springer.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • One of the most scandalous truths of the gospel is that our Creator longs to be encountered by his creation. God longs to meet with us. His greatest desire is for relationship with us. God is pursuing each of us with his relentless love, seeking out those who might respond to his open invitation by opening the door of their hearts to him. My prayer is that in response to God’s desire to meet with his people we would be those who say yes to centering our lives around his nearness. May your week focus on God’s desire to be encountered be marked by the reality of his presence and love.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 14:2, and today's worship is What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worship.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • As we finish up our week on centering our lives around meeting with God, today we’ll discover the beauty of living from union with him. Today may you discover and wonder at how incredibly connected and one with God you already are through Christ. May you live each day aware of and benefitting from that union, and be forever changed. It is my prayer that the reality of Christ’s finished work on the cross sinks into our hearts and minds today, and that our lives are turned upside down as a result.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Galatians 2:20, and today's worship is Communion by Bryan McCleery.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • As we begin wrapping up our week focused on centering our lives around Jesus, today we’ll look at how to make the most of our time. Where we spend our time is where we place our value. As you begin to examine your life today, may God give you eyes to see what’s hindering you and what truly brings you life. How we spend our time is foundational to how we center our lives around Christ.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Ephesians 5:15-16, and today's worship is Christ Be Magnified by Cody Carnes.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • Like we said at the beginning of the week, this life is marked by a single choice: who or what will we center our lives around? Today we will look to the person of Jesus Christ. He is the first and the last; everything was created for him, by him and through him. To center your life around anyone else is futile and empty. As we look to Jesus today, may our eyes be fixed on his eternal goodness and glory. Allow your heart to be stirred in adoration, worship and devotion to the only true King this world has even known.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Isaiah 9:6, and today's worship is Holy and Anointed One by Vineyard Worship.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • Every Christian I know wants to live an effective life for Jesus. The key to succeeding in this is abiding in him. Abiding in Christ is foundational to centering your whole life around God. Tapping into Christ’s presence and power is what will allow you to bear good fruit in this life. It is my hope that after today you are more equipped and empowered to live out a life centered about God.

    Our Scripture for today comes from John 15:5, and today's worship is None But Jesus by Hillsong United.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.

  • Seeing God correctly is essential to centering your life around him and his presence. Many of us have a tainted view of earthly fathers, but today God wants to renew your view of him as your perfect heavenly Father. As we grow in understanding of God’s perfect love and relation to us, may centering your life around his presence come naturally.

    Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Corinthians 8:6, and today's worship is Your Love Is Strong by Jon Foreman.

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    Last year felt like a wilderness and a desert in many ways. Yet in the midst of the fear, unrest, and anxiety, God moved. In fact, during 2020, over half a million men and women joined the First15 community!

    With all this growth, we need financial help to propel forward the mission to guide believers all around the world to experience God the first 15 minutes of their day. We’ve set a goal of seeing 221 new monthly donors come on board this first month of 2021. And we want to invite you to give your first gift as a First15 monthly partner today.

    Become A Monthly Partner!

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    First15 is a daily devotional written and recorded by Craig Denison. If you would like to learn more about the First15 app, books, blogs, videos and our other resources, please visit first15.org. You can always reach out to us on our contact page on the website.