Author Archives: Judah Smith

Prayer: Love the One Who is With You

Prayer: Love the One Who is With You

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Sit & Listen Saturday featuring Devotionals Daily audio devotions. Enjoy reading as well as listening to your devotional today from Jesus Is ___ by Judah Smith. The One You Love In John 11, we find a moving story about three siblings: Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. Most scholars believe Martha was the oldest sibling, Mary

Jesus Is…Your Friend

Jesus went to Zacchaeus’s house and became the guest of a notorious sinner. He went to Matthew’s house and ate dinner with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. In full view of everyone, He hung out with today’s equivalent to pimps, prostitutes, and crackheads. In that culture, to eat with someone was to identify

Pray for Joy

The Bible says in Nehemiah 8:10, Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength! It doesn’t say exercise is your strength, or hard work is your strength, or winning the lottery is your strength. It doesn’t even say joy is your strength. It’s the joy that comes from the

Jesus Is ______: Scandalous Grace

Jesus is _____. How would you fill in that blank? That question is at the heart of a campaign The City Church launched a couple of years ago with the goal of getting Seattle to think about Jesus. Our purpose wasn’t to tell anyone what to believe. We just wanted people to get Jesus on

Living Like Jesus — Free

Welcome to Sit & Listen Saturdays on Devotionals Daily! Relax in your favorite chair, brew a cup of tea, and enjoy your Saturday devotions on audio – with two ways to take part: 1) simply click through to the blog to hear the MP3 (it plays automatically!); or 2) if you have an Amazon Echo or

Caring for Your Soul in 2017

I’m a bit of a hotel snob at times. I don’t mean to be. I just happen to appreciate cleanliness, tranquility, and a good night’s sleep—and some hotels are less conducive to that than others. I’ve been known to change hotels at midnight because the bed was too uncomfortable and the bathtub was stained. My

Your Soul’s Anchor

For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for

Jesus Is For You: Who God Really Is

Editor’s Note: Jesus Is for You, based on the bestselling book Jesus Is ____ by Judah Smith, is filled with heartfelt and honest stories that reveal what it means to experience Jesus and discover the real life He promises. What would it be like if someone were completely, 100 percent for you? The loser. The rising star. The

God Really Loves Idiosyncratic You

Bible Reading: Psalm 103:12-14 A friend of mine, a pastor on my staff, told me that his father-in-law had wanted to express how much he appreciated him. At the time, my friend’s wife had just come out of a long period of sickness. My friend’s father-in-law wanted to tell him how much he appreciated his

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