Home Altar

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A devotional guide written by Covenanters, the Covenant Home Altar invites us to take time in our day for God’s word, quiet meditation, and prayer. Especially significant in these uncertain days of isolation and anxiety, the Home Altar invites us to be in community with our brothers and sisters in the larger family of faith, as they share their stories and insights in these daily reflections.

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Not in Vain

“If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (vv. 20-21, NIV).
One of the guarantees of life is that we will suffer in some way, shape, form, or fashion. …

Resting on the Cornerstone

A cornerstone—a foundational stone that joins two walls—is the first real support of a building, determining its structure and position. In many older public buildings, the cornerstone is inscribed, telling passersby when the structure was built and what its purpose was. …

Missional Living

The road to Emmaus is one of my favorite passages for understanding missional living. Another favorite passage, parallel to this one, is the story of Ruth and Naomi. Ruth was transformed by Naomi’s witness, and later Naomi was transformed by Ruth’s faithfulness. …

God Is Enough

C.S. Lewis wrote, “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us.” We are a confused people. We recognize that apart from God there is no good thing, yet we run after innumerable other “gods” …

Holy Suffering

A few years ago it struck me how often Jesus uses the imagery of childbirth. As the father of four, I appreciate the image. I have been with my wife as she has given birth to each of our children. I have seen her endure pain and suffering for hours (our last three children were all in the ten- and eleven-pound range). But I have also seen …

Believing Thomas

Thomas lived with his doubts for a week. Surely in that time there were discussions with the disciples about what really happened. Thomas still needed proof, but those days allowed him the opportunity to consider the implications of a resurrected Jesus. …