Above the Clouds

PAST DEVOTIONS

If you are interested in the previous daily devotions we have done as a church before, check out the list below!

2020 DEVOTIONS

6/15-6/20/2020

Jonah: In the Same Boat

Devotions for the modern day.

6/21-6/27/2020

James Challenge

Thinking, speaking, and living more like Christ.

6/28-7/4/2020

Stand: Courage from Daniel

When we’re pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a stand?

7/5-7/9/2020

Hebrews 11

Over the course of five days, read through Hebrews 11 alongside theologically rich passages from the ESV Expository

7/10-7/16/2020

Psalms/Various

Journey through the psalms.

7/17-7/26/2020

Philippians

Defiant Joy: What Phillipians teaches us about thriving no matter our circumstances.

7/27-7/31/2020

Proverbs 1-4

Proverbs Explained Part 1 -- Get wisdom!

8/1-8/6/2020

Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit? Dive into this practical journey to understand who He is.

8/7-8/13/2020

Genesis & Jacob

Learning from the Old Testament Greats from Jacob and wrestling with purpose -- a 7 day journey.

8/14-8/21/2020

1 Peter

Trials will come, but take heart for there is victory to be shared. Study the book of 1st Peter to find the promise for everyone.

8/22-8/31/2020

Esther

A story of great courage and uncompromising faith. THis will challenge your understanding of humility, favor, and obedience.

9/1-9/5/2020

Romans 8

How to change from the inside out and how to change deeply.

9/6-9/10/2020

Moses

Learning from Moses' intimate interaction with God.

9/11-9/17/2020

Spiritual Warfare

Live a life of unstoppable strength, unmovable faith, and unbelievable power.

9/18-9/27/2020

Psalms

Dealing with difficult emotions.

9/28-10/7/2020

Sermon on the Mount

Taking a look at Matthew 5-7.

10/8-10/21/2020

Hosea

The prophet Hosea's wisdom he spoke to his people during one of the most difficult times in Israel's history.

10/22-10/26/2020

John the Baptist

"God is about to move, so be ready!" 

10/27-10/31/2020

Judges/Samson

5 lessons on finishing well from Samson.

11/1-11/7/2020

Colossians

What would it look like to really put Jesus first in life?

11/8-11/22/2020

Psalms/Song of Ascent

The 15 Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134) were traditionally sung by pilgrims as they made a mountainous journey to Jerusalem for the annual feast.

11/23-11/27/2020

Thanksgiving

5 Prayers of Gratitude.

11/28-12/5/2020

John/7 I Am Sayings

Of all the claims of Jesus found in the Gospels, none are more dense and divisive as the I AM statements found in the Gospel of John.

12/6-12/10/2020

Ruth

A story of redemption.

12/11-12/13/2020

Hanukkuah

And the light shineth in darkness.

12/14-12/27/2020

Christmas & Hope

We all want to believe something better is in store. And God knows we need more than gifts under the tree to find joy. What we need is hope. 

12/27-12/31/2020

Jude

Get to know Jude and glean insights applicable to your everyday life. 

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Topic

Description

2021 DEVOTIONS

1/1-1/3/2021

Set the Lord Before You

Let our first steps into 2021 begin with the Lord and for the rest of the year

1/4-1/8/2021

Awakening Calling

What is God’s plan and calling for us individually in 2021  part 1

1/9-1/15/2021

The Will of God

What is God’s plan and calling for us individually in 2021  part 2

1/16-1/24/2021

From Called to Chosen 

Let our first steps into 2021 begin with the Lord and for the rest of the year

1/25-2/8/2021

1 John

An unhurried, in depth study of 1 John. Lessons on the victorious Christian life for 2021 

2/9-2/15/2021

Worry to Confident Hope

 Lessons from the Lord’s prayer to help us cope with uncertainties and anxieties throughout 2021

2/16-2/20/2021

Temptation of Christ

 Begin Lent with the One who started it all! Learn from the Master on how to be victorious over temptation in our lives

2/21-2/27/2021

The Bible Explained

Jesus’ secret weapon is the Bible, it’s ours as well. Let’s get back to its basics and rekindle our love for God’s Word.

2/28-3/4/2021

Success is Obedience

 Powerful lessons on God’s definition of success through obedience

3/5-3/14/2021

Unoffendable

We live in a society that is easily offendable and staying offended. Learn from the Word of God how to set ourselves apart and live above this toxic mindset

3/15-3/19/2021

Scandalous Forgiveness

 Forgiveness is a very powerful weapon the devil fears a lot! Isn't it any wonder why it’s so hard to forgive? We could all use more forgiveness and we need to forgive more

3/20-4/4/2021

Gospel of Mark

Let’s get a fresh vision of our Lord Jesus and walk with Him by going through the Gospel of Mark right up to Easter

4/4-4/16/2021

Abraham

Learning from the Old Testament Greats, Abraham, the father of faith.

4/17-4/22/2021

Time Management Principles from God's Word

Are you frustrated that there are not more than 24 hours in a day? Overwhelmed by the number of projects on your to-do list? Tired of being tired and not having enough time to spend in God’s Word and with your friends and family? 

4/23-4/26/2021

Pray by the Psalms

Many of us have gone through challenges. This is why we learn to pray by the book through the Psalms - to face our fears and anxieties by placing our faith in God who is in control as expressed in most of the psalms.

4/27-5/3/2021

1 Thessalonians

Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica to clear up confusion circulating about Jesus’ return. In a previous letter, Paul had said Jesus’ return was imminent

5/4/2021-5/8/2021

2 Thessalonians

Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica to clear up confusion circulating about Jesus’ return. In a previous letter, Paul had said Jesus’ return was imminent.

5/9/2021-5/13/2021

Hannah's Annointing

Hannah’s resilience was not born out of experiencing victory but out of waiting on God. In this 5-day devotional, Michelle McClain-Walters teaches you how to operate in an anointing like Hannah’s and see God’s promises manifest in your life.

5/14/2021-5/16.2021

Feast of Weeks - Pentecost

Shavuot ( shah-voo-ote ) is one of the seven biblically mandated feasts of Israel. There is to be a holy gathering and no regular work on this day. It is one of the three pilgrimage feasts commanded by God in Deuteronomy 16:16 in which all Jewish men were required to travel to Jerusalem to present their sacrifices to the priests for taking before the Lord.

5/17/2021-5/22/2021

Fruit of the Spirit

God’s Holy Spirit develops and displays His Fruit in us when we give our lives to God. When we follow Him, He begins to do in and through us what only He can do: make us like Jesus. In this Plan, we’ll dive into each aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit as well as learn how to live our lives led by Him.

5/23/2021-5/30/2021

Armor of God

Life is a battle. Our circumstances and our choices often seem to conspire against us. In time, it can even feel like war. The Bible calls it Spiritual Warfare. The enemy is Satan. So, how do you fight such a foe? Tony Evans invites you to this spiritual boot camp, where he’ll teach you how to “put on” the whole armor of God.

5/31/2021-6/13/2021

Ecclesiastes - Meaningless, meaningless

The book of Ecclesiastes is not an easy part of the Bible – largely because it plumbs depths to our souls and experience that are not easy either. Strap in for an unflinching, possibly uncomfortable, but ultimately hopeful encounter with a very ancient and also very contemporary anguish about what it’s like to be human in God’s marvellous, broken world.

6/14/2021-6/19/2021

Turning Wounds into Scars

There is a big difference between a wound and a scar. A scar is formed when a wound is healed. A scar says, ‘I’ve been healed, and this is my story’. Read in this 6-day devotional how you can turn your emotional wounds into scars that have healed.

6/20/2021-6/26/2021

(Fathers Day) Reckless Love, Prodigal Father

There is a purpose at work In your life right now beyond anything you can imagine. You know it. You can feel it. This devotional will truly be a life-changer for all those that read it. The message of the Prodigal Son has touched millions across the world. But in the next seven days, you will see it from a different perspective

6/27/2021-7/1/2021

Your Money Counts

What does God say about earning, spending, saving, investing and giving? It may surprise you to learn just how much the Bible has to say about finances. This 5-day plan explores the secret to handling money God’s way.

7/2/2021-7/5/2021

Jesus said some head-scratching things about money. Usually, it was in the form of a parable with a twist so unexpected that, in many cases, we’re still missing the point today—two thousand years later. Join author, pastor, and communicator Andy Stanley to take a closer look at what Jesus said. What you find may change the way you spend, save, and see your money for good.

7/6/2021-7/12/2021

Calming Anger

Anger. Frustration. Irritation. We’ve all felt the power of these emotions and lived to regret the speed with which we responded to them. This devotional will help you understand the three sources of these strong emotions and give practical Biblical advice for how to deal with them.

7/13/2021-7/14/2021

Love Like Jesus - 1 Corinthians 13

Love is the foundation of Christian ethics. Jesus Himself says that loving God and our neighbor are the two greatest commandments laid upon our lives. But what is love, and how do we know what it looks like? This 7-day study through 1 Corinthians 13 will teach you the Bible’s definition of love in order to help you love well.

7/15/2021-7/19/2021

Love Like Jesus - 1 Corinthians 13

Love is the foundation of Christian ethics. Jesus Himself says that loving God and our neighbor are the two greatest commandments laid upon our lives. But what is love, and how do we know what it looks like? This 7-day study through 1 Corinthians 13 will teach you the Bible’s definition of love in order to help you love well

7/20/2021-7/31/2021

Do you wish you could press restart on a few things? You can, and The Time Is Now. Learn with Life.Church, through the book of Haggai, God’s long-term plans for rebuilding your life today.

8/1/2021-8/14/2021

Ephesians

In rural Australia - we are very keen on "identity" - who we are, what drives us, where we are going, where we fit in life. God is pretty keen on identity too - and Paul writes Ephesians with that in mind. As we move through Ephesians, God lovingly draws us back to know the confidence of who we are as his people, in this world, moved by his purposes.

8/15/2021-8/24/2021

My Spirit, My Responsibility

My Spirit, My Responsibility is a 10-day devotional from Brian Houston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church. This devotional explores what it means to take responsibility for what thoughts and meditations govern our spirit, as we walk through lifes' failures, successes, partnerships and relationships, and endeavour to live a life that is obedient to Jesus Christ.

8/25/21-8/31/21

Broke Signposts -- How Christianity Makes Sense of the World

Justice, love, spirituality, beauty, freedom, truth, and power all point to what matters most in life. Unfortunately, these trampled upon signposts have become broken in our world. Explores how John’s Gospel reveals these as true signs that point to the reality of God in our midst. Journey with the One who comes to take our brokenness upon himself in Jesus Christ.

9/1/21-9/7/21

The seven feasts outlined in the Old Testament were not just significant for the Israelites, they are significant to us today because they are symbolic of God’s perfect plan. For believers today, these feasts represent freedom because Jesus came to set us free. As you go through this plan, allow Jesus to reveal Himself to you. When you feast on Jesus, you’ll be set free!

9/8/21-9/14/21

Live by the Spirit

7 Devotional Readings from John Piper on the Holy Spirit

9/15/21-10/5/21

Hallowed by thy Name -- The Names of God

One of the ways to know God, is by studying the names of God, that He Himself has revealed in the Bible. His names are a roadmap to know Him. The names of God reveal His personality and nature. God has revealed Himself through His names. Ps 8:9 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!

10/6/21-10/11/21

Counter Culture

David Platt believes that the truths of the gospel should compel us to a contrite, compassionate, and courageous personal response to social issues in the culture. This study is a pointed yet winsome call for readers to faithfully follow Christ in countercultural ways. There will be a cost. There will be a reward. Do Christians in the contemporary church have the courage to counter the culture?

10/12/21-10/17/21

In this six-day devotional for teens, we explore the Book of 2 Peter and the warning given to us by the apostle Peter.

10/18/21-10/24/21

The Judgement Seat of Christ

Rediscover the amazing TRUTHS that surround the Judgment Seat of Christ, one of the great forgotten treasures of Scripture. Among the most misunderstood themes in the Bible, “the Judgment Seat of Christ” awaits all mankind. This plan brings clarity and hopes to Christians amid the confusion surrounding the separate judgments of believers and unbelievers.

10/25/21-10/31/21

7 Pieces of Advice from an Apostle

In this devotional you will find the wisdom of a man of God who received, directly from Jesus Christ, the knowledge of what it means to be a follower of Christ in different areas of daily life. Christianity is not to be lived within temples but in families, workplaces, and communities. Let us receive these tips and put them into practice to reflect Christ.

11/1/21-11/10/21

Psalms of Praise and the Word

The Psalms find the words that express our deepest and strongest emotions, no matter what the circumstances. These devotions, inspired by The Passion Translation Psalms: Poetry on Fire, combined with the daily readings, will turn sighing into singing and trouble into triumph. This 10–day reading plan includes the Psalms of praise and the Word spanning Psalms 107-150.

11/11/21-11/16/21

Worshiping God is so much more than singing songs in church. Worship should be how we live. In this Bible Plan, we’ll discover what it looks like to worship God in our everyday lives.

11/17/21-11/21/21

The Comparison Trap

The temptation to compare is as near as your next chat with a friend, trip to the store, or check-in on social media. It's never-ending and exhausting. And whether you come out on top or come up lacking, there is simply no win in comparison. It's a trap. This 5-day plan from Sandra Stanley will help you choose contentment with the blessings God has specifically picked for you.

11/22/21-11/26/21

Thanksgiving - Filled with Gratitude

This 5-day plan will help you center your thoughts on God’s blessings and strengthen your attitude of gratitude.

11/27/21-12/4/21

Hanukkah

This plan is about the Messianic Jewish celebration of the 8 days of Chanukah. This plan gives the reader a deeper understanding of the significance and history of Chanukah and allows them to spend each day reflecting on the significance of God’s blessings and God keeping His promises.

12/5/21-12/8/21

There has been a lot of attention on the term justice right now, and rightfully so. Justice is critical for a society to thrive. But many people dismiss justice because they don’t know what it means. However, there is a correct view of justice that seeks to protect individual liberty and promote individual responsibility. In this 4-day reading plan, Dr. Tony Evans will examine authentic biblical justice.

12/9/21-12/15/21 

Mary Mother of Jesus

A unique, contemplative journey through the life of Mary, Jesus’ mother, to reveal a passionate God who works in ways we don’t expect. Adapted from Wrestling with Wonder: A Transformational Journey through the Life of Mary by Marlo Schalesky.

12/16/21-12/25/21

10 Days of Christmas Truth

When was the last time you did a really deep dive into the Christmas story? From King Herod to the shepherds, Mary and Joseph, to the wiseman and Zechariah, there is much to learn from the events surrounding the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Over the next 10 days, we’ll look at truths from the Christmas story we should live all year long.

12/26/21-12/31/21

Songs of Praise

Songs of Praise is a six-day devotional on songs in the Bible that will help you grow in your spiritual walk as you praise God for who He is and what He has done for us. Let us continually praise His majesty.

2022 DEVOTIONS

1/1/22-1/3/22

Be Strong and of Good Courage

Share this College Devotional with others as Vance K. Jackson leads readers in this transforming and timely message. Strength comes when you are connected. Endurance comes when you are connected. Strength isn’t developed overnight. Strength training is a compilation of daily decisions to follow and pursue God with all of your heart. Choose to follow God with all of your might. Surrender to Him as you read this timely devotional.

1/4/22-1/8/22

These five daily devotions for the New Year are based on Dr. David Jeremiah’s book "Forward: Discovering God’s Presence and Purpose in Your Tomorrow." These readings and reflections will explore how to get unstuck from the past, gain momentum, and move on toward a hopeful future, armed with the focus, encouragement, and power that comes from pursuing God and His purposes for your life.

1/9/22-1/15/22

The Call

As Christians, we can often wonder what our calling is and how to find it. But our calling in Christ isn’t as complicated as we make it. In this 7-day Bible Plan from Amy Groeschel, we’ll learn what our calling is, and how we can live lives worthy of the incredible calling we have received.

1/16/22-1/30/22

Joshua

The book of Joshua records the Israelites entry and conquest of the land of Canaan. Filled with stories of victory and triumph, this book reminds us to "be strong and courageous" because God is with us wherever we may go.

1/31/22-2/12/22

James: Faith & Works

The repeated cry of James is that faith apart from works can never be sustained. We should proclaim this truth because faith makes us doers of the Word, not just hearers. Faith keeps us humble, not proud; directs our tongues to bless, not to curse. Faith causes us to preach the good news to every tribe, tongue, and nation. This is the message of James: Faith/Works. Join Matt Chandler for 13 days going verse-by-verse through the book of James.  

2/13/22-2/17/22

Often we feel as if we’re not doing enough. Then we feel guilty because we’re supposed to be having quiet times with God too—but when we try to slow down, our hearts and minds are still busy. The story of Mary and Martha offers us guidance as well as grace in this tension. It’s a story of two sisters. It’s a story for each of us.

2/18/22-2/22/22

Cain & Abel

The story of Cain and Abel is a classic narrative rich with insights and invitation. This five-part devotional series from Yellow Balloons explores Cain’s journey as he struggles to hear and perceive God’s ways. All along the way, the Lord stays near Cain. That act of love offers us hope for redemption, no matter how great our sin.

2/23/22-2/27/22

Don't Look Back

The past holds a river of memories for each of us, some good and bad. The sad thing is many of us continue to look back to the past, which is preventing us from walking into the future that God designed and prepared for us before time began. As you read through this plan, my prayer is that you will release the hold on your past and embrace the future God has for you.

2/28/2-3/6/22

Lent: Make Space for what Really Matters

Lent: a 40-day season of reflection and repentance. It’s a nice thought, but what does practicing Lent actually look like? Over the next 7 days, discover five spiritual habits you can start doing during Lent to help you prepare your heart for Resurrection Sunday—and beyond

3/7/22-3/13/22

Mesu Andrews, best-selling author of Isaiah’s Legacy, joins Bible teacher Shawna Duvall to explore the life of Manasseh. When Manasseh was taken captive by the Assyrians, he turned to Yahweh and ran into His open arms of redemption. Through Manasseh’s journey, we’ll discover Who Yahweh is and the crimson thread connecting Manasseh to Jesus. By exploring the chains binding Judah’s most notorious king, we’ll learn to live in unchained freedom.

3/14/22-3/20/22

Divine Direction

Every day, we make choices that shape our life story. What would your life look like if you became an expert at making those choices? In the Divine Direction Bible Plan, New York Times bestselling author and Senior Pastor of Life.Church, Craig Groeschel, encourages you with seven principles from his Divine Direction book to help you find God’s wisdom for your daily decisions. Discover the spiritual direction you need to live a God-honoring story you’ll love to tell.

3/21/22-3/28/22

The Beatitudes - A Global Perspectives on the way of Jesus

Jesus introduced an upside-down kingdom of servanthood and radical love. In this 8-day study, dive deep into the Beatitudes to experience Jesus’ countercultural challenge to resist selfishness and fear and live in love

3/29/22-4/18/22

Gospel of John

The Gospel of John, a favorite book of the Bible, gives us the story behind the stories of the Gospels. Though it is one of easiest books to read, John is also one of the most profound books to understand. Let veteran Bible teacher and pastor, Dr. J. Vernon McGee lead you through the entire book in these 21 summaries from Thru the Bible’s tried and trusted five year study.

4/19/22-4/24/22

Do you find yourself easily distracted from the important things in your life? Join the crowd. You are not alone. This Bible plan helps identify common distractions and challenges each of us to live more intentionally.

4/25/22-5/1/22

You are not the Boss of Me

We all have emotions that compete for control of our lives. And those emotions can get us in trouble when we let them be the boss of us. In this 7-day reading plan, Andy Stanley shares a scriptural “how-to” about saying no to destructive emotions. We need to monitor our hearts—not just our behavior—to prevent emotions like guilt, envy, fear, and anger from bossing us around.

5/2/22-5/4/22

Titus

This devotion (taken from Book of Titus) will equip you with biblical truths, and guide you to practice it daily as you continue your walk of faith in Christ

5/5/22-5/7/22

Philemon

This devotion taken from Book of Philemon will equip you with biblical truths and guide you to practice it daily as you continue your walk of faith in Christ.

5/8/22-5/13/22

The story of Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, is one of love, hope and redemption. Through a series of challenging circumstances, these women found the need to relocate to a faraway land. This story is one repeating itself throughout the world today. Whether we are the ones on the move or those welcoming new neighbors, how will we allow God’s providence to work in our lives and those around us?

5/14/22-5/25/22

Joseph: From Pit to Palace

When we think about Joseph, one of the first things that comes to mind is DREAMER. We look at the life of Joseph and the process that he went through both spiritually and physically to get from the pit to the palace. In Joseph’s life we see the importance of God’s Timing as well as His Hand over one’s life – despite what things look like on the outside.

5/26/22-5/29/22

The Life of David - A Man After God’s Heart

In this devotional we’ll study the life of David, one of the greatest men of the Old Testament. The red headed boy who shepherd sheep, the giant-slayer warrior, the worshipper poet and the one who God himself chose to be King over Israel.