A Note from the Sidekick
With special thanks from Keith and Jessica
How to use this book
January 1: Draw Near to God
Theme: Adjusting to God
January 2: Following God Means Walking in Faith
Theme: Relationship with God
January 3: How Shall We Pray?
Theme: Spiritual Growth
January 4: Under Whose Banner Are We Marching?
Theme: Life In The Church
January 5: God Never Promised a Life of Ease!
Theme: Christian Living
January 6: Church Shopping—The Sunday Buffet “Brunch”
January 7: Oneness Made Simple
Theme: Christian Fellowship
January 8: Angels are Ministering Spirits
Theme: Christian Lifestyle
January 9: Dear Father, Why Am I Suffering?
January 10: Life in the Pits
January 11: Loving the World is Enmity with God
January 12: Got Jesus?
Theme: Relationship With God
January 13: Godly Boasting
January 14: BE God’s plan!
January 15: I’m Not a Better Person Just a Forgiven One
January 16: Throw That Dog a Bone!
Theme: Bible Study
January 17: Trinitarian Joy is a Square Dance with Us
January 18: Loving and Obeying Jesus Equals Loving Others
January 19: Reboot to Prevent a Blue Screen Crash
January 20: Don’t be Fooled by the World
January 21: Jesus is Mine—Forever!
Theme: Getting to Know the Holy Spirit
January 22: Sometimes It’s Better to Just Run Away!
January 23: Jesus Always Starts by Cleaning out Our Temple
January 24: The 3 R’s Of Eternal Life
Theme: Relationship With Christ
January 25: When Others Fail Our Expectation
January 26: Sheep Have no Masterplan. They Just Follow the
January 27: When We Encounter the Risen Lord Jesus
Theme: End Times
January 28: The Ant That Roared
January 29: Jesus: Hero or Hoax
January 30: A Storm You Can’t Weather
January 31: Doing Good Won’t Get You to Heaven
February 1: When We Control Anything God Controls Nothing
February 2: You Don’t Have to Agree With Me but Do You
Agree With God?
February 3: The Responsibility of Knowledge
February 4: It’s Not About Sinning, But Being a Sinner
February 5: Having Heard the Truth . .
February 6: God’s Word Is a Flashlight Not a Floodlight
February 7: Born Twice Die Once
February 8: Grace Is in Forgiveness
February 9: Only Jesus Can “Wash us up for Supper” with God
February 10: God Is More Interested in My Character Than
February 11: Childlike Faith
February 12: Love Deals with It
February 13: Saved by Faith, NOT Works!
February 14: God Is Agape
February 15: Your Friendly Neighborhood Bible Man!
February 16: Saving People is God’s Work, not Mine
February 2:17: Can Others “Smell” My Faith in Christ?
February 18: A Matter of Grace
February 19: Is Your Pastor for Real?
February 20: Give Me Lord My Daily Task
February 21: It’s Only Love If You’re Willing to Lose It
February 22: So, Am I cruciﬁed with Christ?
February 23: God Has to Break the Soil for His Seed to Be
February 24: Plug Yourself In to Real Power
Theme: Relationship with Christ
February 25: Bad Things Do Happen
February 26: It’s so Simple . . . Even a Child Can Get It!
February 27: Glowing in the Dark for Christ
February 28: His Life a Ransom for Many
March 1: Where the Holy Spirit Lives
March 2: With Unveiled Face
March 3: How Can I Continue in Sin?
March 4: Yoke of Sin or Yoke of Christ?
March 5: Want Peace?
March 6: The Holy Spirit Illuminates Scripture
March 7: Following Jesus Means Getting Real about Sin
March 8: Only Jesus Can Free Us
March 9: How Can We Become “Unborn” Again?
March 10: Father, Please Bless When I Am Doing
March 11: Making Melody in Your Heart
March 12: We Are a W. I. P
March 13: Today’s “High Places”
March 14: So Simple Even a Child Can Do It
March 15: There Is No Such Thing As “the Scales of Justice”
March 16: Sin No More
March 17: God Is Not Fair and We Should Thank Him
That He Isn’t
March 18: Not What Would Jesus Do but What Is Jesus Doing
March 19: “Naturally” No One Gets It, It Makes no Natural Sense
March 20: Buried in Baptism
March 21: The Three Chord Bond of Fellowship
March 22: We Each Have a Thorn in the Flesh
March 23: When Jesus Is the Vine My Fruit Brings Him Glory
March 24: The Problem with Salvation by Grace
March 25: God’s Bucket List
March 26: More on God’s Wisdom
March 27: Wandering Away from God
March 28: I Pray, But Nothing Happens!
March 29: Living to Work or Working to Live?
March 30: Giving an Account of Ourselves to Christ
March 31: Landﬁll Fodder
April 1: Teach Me Oh Lord
April 2: What’s Your Gift?
April 3: So That None May Boast
April 4: Seminary Doesn’t Make a Pastor—God Does
April 5: Living in the Light!
April 6: Living Eternally Without God
April 7: Loving God with 1 Foot in the World
April 8: There Are Two Standards of Truth:
God’s And Everyone Else’s
April 9: Want to Please God?
April 10: The World Did Not End . . . AGAIN!
April 11: What to Do When the Plate is Passed to You?
April 12: Being Adopted Means I Am God’s Kid by His Choice
April 13: Once Saved Always Saved
April 14: A Solid Building must have a Solid Foundation
April 15: Is Your Home A Christian Embassy?
April 16: Practice Makes Perfect
April 17: Fortunately, Salvation Is the Simple Question!
April 18: Loving Jesus Is Not a Formula or List
April 19: How Do You Spell Love?
April 20: The Fruit of Faith Is in His Works
April 21: God Knows, We Do Not, So Tell Everyone
April 22: God’s Plan Began Long Before His Call Came
April 23: A Heart That Trusts in Itself Will End up in Divorce Court!
April 24: How Ugly Is My Pride?
April 25: Brand-New Bouncing Baby Christians
April 26: Being Holy Means Being Separate
April 27: I Am a King’s Kid
April 28: Learn from Others who have Gone Before
April 29: How Can God Condemn Himself?
April 30: Even Jesus Submitted to God
May 1: The Spirit Bears Witness
May 2: Forgiveness and Trust Are Not the Same Thing
May 3: Jesus: Christ or Con Man?
May 4: What Kind of Church Building Do You Have?
May 5: “Abba” Father
May 6: Politically Correct Is Rarely Biblically Correct!
May 7: Like It or Not You Are a Missionary
May 8: Today’s Self-Inﬂicted Suffering
May 9: Head ’Em Up! Move ’Em Out!
May 17: Once We Are Made Alive in Christ,
the Flesh Is Just Rotten Meat
May 18: Once Kept I Am Kept
May 19: You Are Being Watched
May 20: Being a “Rock of Offense”
May 21: What Is Repentance?
May 22: Ungodly Government
May 23: Be “Pushy” About Prayer
May 24: “Excuse Me Sir but I Believe Your Jesus Is Inside Out.”
May 25: If You Give Me a Bucket, I’ll Carry the Tune
May 26: For the Father Our Belief in Jesus Christ is a
May 27: Christian Life Is Being Free In Trouble Not Trouble-Free
May 28: Jesus Made the Ultimate Sacriﬁce
May 29: All the Good People
May 30: Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’
May 31: It’s All or Nothing with God
June 1: The Difference Between Legalism and Liberalism
June 2: Doing Right Does Not Make Me Righteous
June 3: God’s Law Had to Come First
June 4: For with the Mouth One Professes
June 5: What’s My GPA?
June 6: Buckle up and Let’s Go!
June 7: Our First Declaration of Jesus Christ
June 8: This is Where I Draw the Line!
June 9: Unity Yes, But Not Compromise
June 10: The Wrong of Doing Right
June 11: True, It Was Not the Appian Way . .
June 12: The Only Book with a Promise Of Blessing
June 13: Speak the Truth in Love
June 14: Jesus Christ Frees Us from Fear
June 15: I Cannot Buy My Way To Heaven
June 16: Leavin’ in the Leaven
June 17: Don’t Lose Heart!
June 18: Boldly We Cross the River
June 19: Little Words . . . Big Difference
June 20: How to Make a Christian Apology
June 21: Heard Any Good Prophecy Lately?
June 22: What is Leaven Anyway?
June 23: Jesus Said He Would Return, so He Will
June 24: The Fundamental Question
June 25: My Cup Runneth over
June 26: Christian Baptism Is an Act of the Will
That Gives Glory to God
June 27: Jesus Saves Sinners!
June 28: The Same Old 80-20 Rule
June 29: Faith Is the Big “Why!”
June 30: There’s More to Life Than Being There
July 1: God Hates Divorce!
July 2: What About Israel?
July 3: Heading Home
July 4: One Nation Under God
July 5: Our Body is a Temple
July 7: In God’s Economy
July 7: Jesus Has Been, is, and Will Always be Plan A
July 8: The Only Thing That We Can Take With Us to Heaven
Are Other People
July 9: Welcome to Eternity
July 10: A Note About Worshiping in “Spirit and Truth.”
July 11: Christian Life Is in the “Haves”
July 12: Spiritual Selective Hearing
July 13: God Gives Everything
July 14: God, Who Can Know Him?
July 15: Remember, This Is the Word of God Were Talking about
July 16: How to Be “Shrewd As Serpents” and
“Innocent As Doves”
July 17: How to Be “Shrewd As Serpents” and
“Innocent As Doves”
July 18: Cheap Grace? Well, Cost Jesus a lot!
July 19: The World Changed When I wasn’t Looking!
July 20: Feeling Down? Let Jesus Be Your Joy!
July 21: The Oneness of Jesus’ Church
July 22: Oneness with the Father
July 23: Be Quiet and Listen!
July 24: Achieving Our Spiritual Potential
July 25: Godly Marriage is a love Triangle
July 26: Speed boating on the Lake of Dissipation
July 27: The Happiness Trap
July 28: Father God Wants to Talk with You
July 29: In Christ, Everyone Has a Value
July 30: Others Serve God Too!
July 31: The Choice to Simple: Life in Christ or Death and Self
August 1: Suffering for Christ
August 2: When Christ Is Elevated We All Are in Submission
August 3: Is Truth for You a “Who” or “What?”
August 4: Idolatry is Alive and Well in Today’s Word
August 5: Performing Kingdom Work That Lasts
August 6: For Wherever Two or More . .
August 7: Exhorting One Another
August 8: Living Life in the Fairway
August 9: Fight, Flank, or Flee?
Theme: Spiritual Warfare
August 10: Helping Others Does Not Mean Helping Them Sin
August 11: I am Entitled to Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness?
August 12: Give it All to Jesus!
August 13: Withstanding the Fiery Darts of a Loved One
August 14: Accepting the Theory of Evolution Is a Decision of
Faith Not Science
August 15: Judge Others from the Defendant Seat not the
August 16: Spiritual Maturity Takes Time
August 17: If Something is Wrong, It’s not the Bible
August 18: The Four “up’s” of Life in the Church
August 19: What’s Changed . . . ? Me!
August 20: Is Money “the Root of All Evil?”
August 21: Discipline Is Not Punishment!
August 22: Are You Christian or “Churchian?”
August 23: Jesus Is about Relationship
August 24: Love Fulﬁlls Every Righteous Commandment
August 25: Loving Others Begins with not Harming Them
August 26: There’s Only One Spirit Baptism!
August 27: Why Are We Here? Because God Is Good
August 28: That Which Every Pastor Needs
August 29: Churches Are Bases of Operations,
Not Fixed Fortiﬁcations
August 30: It’s Not About Sinning. It’s About Being a Sinner
August 31: It’s Race Day!
September 1: Be Still
September 2: Be All God Wants You to Be
September 3: Rusting Trophies of Past Accomplishments!
September 11: What’s In It For Me?
September 12: Christian Lifestyle Versus Christian “Lie-Style.”
September 13: It’s Tempting, but . . . Oh Good, Here’s the Exit
September 14: True Hero Worship!
September 15: Stop Judging and Start Loving
September 16: Am I Playing at a Game With God?
September 17: A Sacriﬁce of Praise
September 18: The Lord Is Magniﬁed When We See Him
September 19: No One Gets Left behind
September 20: We All Learn By Example So, Be An Example
September 21: Why Are We so Easily Deceived?
September 22: Preaching May Get ’em in but Teaching is
How They Grow
September 23: My Past May Have Shaped Me But It Does Not
September 24: Is My Life in Christ Just a “House of Cards?”
September 25: Breaking Bread
September 26: The Broken Road
September 27: What is the New Covenant?
September 28: Jesus Is Our Eternal Joy
September 29: If Christian Living Were Easy Anybody
Could Do It
September 30: Worthiness to Take of the Lord’s Table
Theme: Elements of the Lord’s Supper
October 1: Life Can Be Boring Too
October 2: A “New” Look at an “Old” Testament
October 3: Give Yourself a Little Quiz
October 4: Obeying the Law for the Right Reason
October 5: Christian Life Is Joyful Not Happy
October 6: Temptations Are Real, But Beatable
October 7: Making Room for God in My Life
October 8: Christian Baby Steps
October 9: Everybody Loves Babies
October 10: The Holy Spirit in Me Will Testify of Jesus
October 11: Why Worry?
October 12: Forgiveness Does Not Equal Trust
October 13: The Holy Spirit’s ‘Toolbox’
October 14: How to Make the Truth Stop Hurting
October 15: As the Creator of Time, God Transcends It
October 16: Gifts Are Not Ours To Choose But His To Use
October 17: Know Your Enemy!
October 18: The Little Acorn Tree
October 19: Is the Bible “Just Another Book?”
October 20: We Are One in the Spirit
October 21: Dying Is Easy. Living Is Hard!
October 22: Religious Formula or Relational Freedom?
October 23: A More Excellent Way (Part One)
October 24: A More Excellent Way (Part Two)
October 25: A Bad Case of Self-importitis
October 26: Does Jesus Know Me?
October 27: Jesus Prayed That We’d Be One
October 28: Love Is the Greatest Thing
October 29: When Will We Ever Have Enough?
November 6: Government by, of, and for the People
November 7: Gathered Together in His Name
November 8: Suffer the Little Children . .
November 9: Being on Jesus’ Right, You Won’t Be on His Left
November 10: Abiding In Christ Is Being Not Doing
November 11: “Jesus+” Salvation
November 12: Truth Is Truth
November 13: Committing Murder With Your Tongue
November 14: Failure Is Not Falling!
November 15: What Does a Dead Church Look like?
November 16: Life in the Spirit: “Battery” Required
Theme: Getting To Know The Holy Spirit
November 17: Christian Growth Is More Than Not Sinning
November 18: No One Else Ever Came Back from the Grave
November 19: Trampling Your Sin in the Mud
November 20: “Diplomatic Immunity”
November 21: Who Goes To War With No Weapon?
November 22: Promises, Promises!
November 23: The Door Will Be Opened
November 24: I Am Your Parent not Your Best Friend
November 25: How to Have a Joyful, Satisfying,
and Everlasting Life
November 26: Punishment and Discipline Are
Not the Same Thing
November 27: What Am I Thankful for?
December 5: Taking Care of the Poor Is Not the
December 6: God is Always Working
December 7: God’s Plan for Families
December 8: Glorify Christ in Your Workplace (Part One)
December 9: Glorify Christ Your Workplace Part Two
December 10: Welcome to Eternity . . . Smoking or
December 11: Christendom Idol?
December 12: Joining the “God Squad”
December 13: Excuses, Excuses! We Can Rationalize Anything
December 14: True Beauty Is Inside Out
December 15: Simply Stand
December 16: You Have Got to Stand for Something
December 17: That Perfect Christmas Gift
December 18: It’s All in the Fundamentals
December 19: World Hunger Is Not a Food Problem
It Is a Greed Problem!
December 20: God Wants Us to Join Him in His Work
December 21: God Has Entrusted Us With The Gospel
December 22: Sanctiﬁcation Is Always “Right on Time”
December 23: Being Refreshed!
December 24: Love Is About Self-Sacriﬁce
December 25: God Makes the Ordinary—Extraordinary
December 26: “Got Life?”
December 27: Jesus IS God!
December 28: God’s “My Way” Is the “Highway”
December 29: God’s Perfect Timing
December 30: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Is the Greatest Miracle
December 31: Have a Happy Joyful New Year!
Appendix 1 – Theme Index
Appendix 2 – Book Index