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  • Today we’re wrapping up our week-long series of stirring up our affections for God by looking at what it means to have friendship with the Holy Spirit. The nearness of God’s Spirit, the reality of his voice and leadership, is our deepest connection to God on this earth. And like any other relationship, any other connection, it takes time to develop a true friendship with the Spirit. So today we’re embarking on a journey with one simple goal in mind: growing a little bit closer to the Spirit in friendship. May God guide us and empower us today, and reveal himself in a fresh way.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 8:26-27, and today's worship is Not In A Hurry by United Pursuit.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • As we near the end of our week, creating space every day to simply have our affections stirred up for God, we’re going to take time today to look at God’s heart to forgive us. God’s forgiveness is as constant as our need for his forgiveness. And today, I hope and pray that he reveals his heart to forgive us completely and immediately when we confess our sin to him, and his heart to constantly restore us to intimacy with him.

    Our Scripture for today comes from 1 John 1:9, and today's worship is Kyrie Eleison by Vineyard Worship.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • In today’s devotional, we’re going to look at the reality that God loves to heal hearts. As we continue this series allowing who God is and what he does to stir up our affections for him, may his desire to heal us emotionally, to bind up our wounds, draw us closer to him in meaningful ways.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 147:3, and today's worship is Could You Be This Good by Kristene DiMarco.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • With words that echo through crisis and calm, Augustine prayed:

    “Grant Lord, that I may know myself, that I may know thee…”

    In the throws of COVID-19, there is at least one opportunity in front of us to seize, and that is the opportunity for a greater knowing of ourselves, that we might find a greater knowing of God.

    And the deepest ways of knowing him is, for better or worse, is aligned with the paths of knowing ourselves. For it is in ourselves that God meets us. It is in ourselves that God reveals his character, his affection, his reality, and his power. It is through our being, our intellect, our emotions, our intuition, our experiences with our communities and with teaching, that we come to know God.

    So in the midst of COVID-19, would we seek a deeper knowledge of ourselves? As we cease our ability to travel, to gather, to busy ourselves, would we take that space and pursue greater awareness of ourselves and of God?

    May this prayer serve as a guide for you today, to foster a moment of meaningful connection with yourself, and with God.

    Father, right now

    With ample opportunity to busy myself

    I choose to follow in the footsteps

    Of the Psalmist.

    I will be still

    And know that you are God

    That you will be exalted among the nations

    You will be exalted in the earth.

    What we need most

    Is your exaltation

    What we need most is

    Clear vision of you.

    But I acknowledge that clearer vision of you

    Comes often with clearer vision of myself.

    I see my doubts

    I see my fears

    I see my rush

    I see my hurry

    I see my joy

    I see my love

    And in it all I see you.

    I still my soul today

    That I might be quick to remember

    And slow to forget

    All your benefits (Ps. 103:2)

    Be near O God

    As I am near to myself

    Meet me O God

    In those places of greatest need.

    And make me like you

    As I give you my heart to hold.

    All I have to give is myself

    Thank you that I am all you ask for.

    Amen.

  • As we reach the middle of our week-long focus on stirring up our affections for God, today we’re going to create space to simply delight in God’s love. Oftentimes focusing on the simple, foundational aspects of our relationship with God will produce more fruit than trying to journey beyond them. And I pray that God reveals his love in a tangible and fresh way today for you and me as we open our hearts to meet with him.

    Our Scripture for today comes from John 17:26, and today's worship is Get Your Hopes Up by Josh Baldwin.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • In the third day of this week-long series where we’ve been taking time every day to stir up our affections for God, today we’re going to look at all it means for him to be our Father. Out of all of the metaphors used for our relationship with this eternal, transcendent God, the concept of him being a Father today has been most meaningful. May he draw us closer as he reveals what a good Father he is to us.

    Our Scripture for today comes from 1 John 3:1, and today's worship is Good Good Father by Housefires.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • As we continue our focus on simply stirring up our affections for God this week, today we’re going to take time to focus on the fact that God is present in our lives. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, God is with you in and through it all. And his presence, his nearness is the foundation on which we are meant to live as his people. May we develop a greater sense of his nearness today and learn how we can live our life in light of the goodness of his presence.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Zephaniah 3:17, and today's worship is This Close by Steffany Gretzinger.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • This week on the First15 podcast we’ll spend time stirring up our affections for God through the renewing of our minds. Your mind is the gateway to your affections. What you think is worthy of your affections is what will receive them. So, as we grow in our understanding of God’s overwhelming goodness we will naturally give him our hearts. May you be stirred by the unconditional love of your heavenly Father this week as his perfect nature is revealed to you in greater, more transformative ways.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Ephesians 5:2, and today's worship is Reckless Love by Cory Asbury.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • Families all over the world are dealing with the Coronavirus and its implications on their lives. Craig and Rachel sat down to discuss the restlessness so many of us are facing as we are forced into social distancing and how we can use this time to return to our truest self as God’s beloved child during this time.

    They address questions like - Why do we resist being? Where does this deep need to perform, achieve, and strive come from? How can we return to and embrace rest?

    We hope that this encourages you to embrace the stillness and turn inward to examine your own well-being on a daily basis.

  • As we finish this week of looking at different ways God speaks, today we’re going to look at the role of taking action in hearing God. One of the most powerful ways to discover what God thinks and how God feels is joining him where he is at work in the world around us. So my prayer today is that God opens our eyes and ears to discover fresh parts of how he declares his heart to us, and that we’re empowered to take action today in even more meaningful ways.

    Our Scripture for today comes from James 1:23-25, and today's worship is For the One by Brian and Jenn Johnson.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • In today’s devotional, we’re going to look at the value of solitude in making space to hear from God. In all the noise of our world, solitude is more important now than ever. We need quiet to tune our ears to the still, small voice of God. We need the type of peace that only comes from quieting our hearts and minds. We need the type of relationship with God that can only be formed in solitude. May God empower us to quiet ourselves today in his presence.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 46:10, and today's worship is Be Still by Steffany Gretzinger.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • In today’s devotional, we’re going to look at the role of meditation in hearing from God. Meditation for many reasons, seems to have found its way out of our Christian context. But the reality is that meditation has been central to our faith throughout its history. And the Bible is chocked full of encouragement to meditate on who God is, on his word, allowing space for God to fill in our daily lives.

    May God reveal his heart for us to meditate as a central discipline of our faith. And may he empower us to make room for his presence in a meaningful way today.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 119:15, and today's worship is God I Look To You by Francesca Battistelli.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • As we arrive in the middle of this week-long focus on hearing from God, today we’re going to look at the role of Creation in God speaking to us as his children. Throughout human history mankind has gone to nature to get a deeper sense of the divine. And I believe that when we open our ears to hear what God is declaring to us through that which he’s made, we’ll find a wonderful avenue to stay in communication with our heavenly Father.

    May God reveal his heart today to speak through his Creation. And may our hearts be stirred to listen.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 1:20, and today's worship is So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong United.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • As human beings, we were created for connection first and foremost. Without meaningful connection to God, ourselves, and others, our quality of being and quality of life will diminish.

    So in these times of social distancing, we must look to new ways (which might just be ancient ways) of fostering connection. And in the power of God’s constant redemption, new rhythms of connection will bring about deeper relationship that extends far beyond the pandemic of COVID-19.

    So every now and then, I want to offer a simple moment of connection, a time where you might grow in self-awareness, grow in God-awareness, and even hold in loving prayer those around you both known and unknown.

    Take the next few moments to set aside work, entertainment, cooking, cleaning, whatever it might be, to foster a time of meaningful connection in stillness and in prayer…

    Father, Spirit, Son

    Lead me down the path of stillness

    That I might know that you are God,

    And that you are good.

    I still my soul before you,

    I slow my breath, in and out,

    I rest in your presence.

    With courage I hold my fear before you

    With love I hold my friends, my family before you

    With a mustard seed of faith I hold this world before you.

    Come with healing O God

    Come with wisdom O God

    Come with connection O God

    In this time of crisis

    This time of pandemic

    Work in and through us your people

    Through stillness

    Through prayer

    Through empathy

    Through action

    For your glory

    And our good

    We pray

    Amen.

  • As we continue this series looking at different ways God speaks to us as his children, today we’re going to look at what it means to hear God’s voice. The idea of hearing the voice of God is something I get asked about all the time. And I think it’s because, honestly, it sounds kind of crazy! But Scripture and Christian History tell us clearly that God loves to communicate with his people.

    So may he guide each of us into a fuller understanding of what it means to hear his voice, and may we grow in grace and confidence today to make space to simply listen to whatever it is God wants to say.

    Our Scripture for today comes from John 16:13, and today's worship is Spirit of the Living God by Meredith Andrews.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • As we continue our series looking at different ways God speaks to us as his children, today we’re going to look at the role of Scripture in hearing God. The pages of Scripture contain so many amazing stories of how God spoke to his people. Within these stories we see the power of a people focused on following God’s leadership, and the destruction that takes place when people go their own way.

    May God stir up our hearts to hear his voice through the pages of Scripture today. And may we align our hearts with the principles found in its pages.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Deuteronomy 8:3, and today's worship is New Every Morning by Audrey Assad.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • You and I have been given the invaluable gift of communication with God. Last week we learned about the process of making the soil of our hearts soft and receptive to God. This week we’ll learn some different ways to receive the seed of his word. May your communion with God flourish as you engage in continual conversation with your loving, present heavenly Father.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Jeremiah 33:3, and today's worship is Abba by Jonathan & Melissa Helser.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • One of the greatest gifts of my life has been experience the presence of God. His presence is essential to experiencing and knowing him. And God has made himself so available to us through all that Jesus accomplished. May we simplify what it means to experience God’s presence today and gain a greater sense of confidence to experience the presence of God for ourselves at all times.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Psalm 27:4, and today's worship is Out of Hiding by Steffany Gretzinger.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • Today we’ll explore the experience of God’s freedom as it relates to our identity and what we believe about ourselves. Many of us have yet to truly taste the freedom available to us through the finished work of Christ. There is nothing else like it in the world. It is my prayer you are liberated today, and that your thinking toward yourself changes and in result changes your actions. Christ said his work was finished on the cross, and it’s about time we start living in the new reality he instated for us.

    Our Scripture for today comes from Romans 6:1-4, and today's worship is Seas of Crimson by Bethel Music.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

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  • Today we’ll explore the concept of partnering with God in his purposes in the earth. God is already at work all around us. He is asking us today to have eyes to see it, and step in with him to see his will fulfilled in the earth. As we assess our hearts today, may you go forward with a deep sense of purpose and calling. Everything with God starts and ends with relationship, and he simply wants to co-labor with you.

    Our Scripture for today comes from 1 Peter 2:9, and today's worship is First Love by Jonathan & Melissa Helser.

    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.

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    As the world seems to be spinning out of control, we often wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God isn’t far away, but he is inviting us into a closer and deeper relationship with him. Let’s not allow social distancing to turn into spiritual distancing. Instead, let us find peace and hope in the arms of our Creator.

    We’re launching Vol. 4 of our First15 Devotional Series, Closer, to empower you every day to simply grow closer to God during these challenging times.

    In the brand-new four-week devotional book Closer, you’ll discover:

    How to draw closer to God in the midst of stress and anxiety How to build an unshakable understanding of God’s character How to receive the good gifts God is offering you every day How to find hope and joy when life gets hard

    Take four weeks to have an immersive, distraction-free experience with First15. Get your copy of Closer today.

    CLICK HERE