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In about a minute, start your day with a shot of soul espresso—biblical and down-to-earth. It's written and read by disciple-in-progress, pastor and author, Matthew Ruttan. www.TheUpDevo.com

The Up Devotional Matthew Ruttan

    • Religion & Spirituality

In about a minute, start your day with a shot of soul espresso—biblical and down-to-earth. It's written and read by disciple-in-progress, pastor and author, Matthew Ruttan. www.TheUpDevo.com

    A recipe for national happiness?

    A recipe for national happiness?

    Generally speaking, people want to be happy. But what is happiness, anyway? Is it related to status, money, or an all-expenses paid vacation? What about a lollipop while watching the sunset? I want to briefly share four “ingredients of true happiness” according to John Calvin, a theologian from the 1500’s.  I value his insight not … Continue reading A recipe for national happiness?

    • 1 min
    Playing the part, neglecting the heart

    Playing the part, neglecting the heart

    This week I’ve been talking about when we try to satisfy our deepest spiritual appetites with things or people who aren’t God. Today let me share one last idea. This is something people do to satisfy their spiritual cravings, but in so doing miss the point. It’s religion. Wait, isn’t religion good? Yes it is. … Continue reading Playing the part, neglecting the heart

    • 1 min
    Dark power

    Dark power

    This week I’ve been talking about when we try to satisfy our deepest spiritual appetites with things or people who aren’t God. Jesus is the “bread of life” (John 6:35). He is our ultimate source of nourishment and satisfaction. So if we try to totally organize our lives around feel-good pleasures, experiences and escapes, or … Continue reading Dark power

    • 2 min
    When a relationship becomes TOO central to your soul

    When a relationship becomes TOO central to your soul

    “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another…” (Isaiah 42:8). I’ve been writing about your soul’s appetite. Fill it with the wrong thing and be eternally corroded; fill it with the right thing and be eternally contented. We’re spending a few days on “wrong things,” contrasted with … Continue reading When a relationship becomes TOO central to your soul

    • 1 min
    When nice things become ultimate things

    When nice things become ultimate things

    Jesus said: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). Last week we spent time talking about your soul and about how your soul has an appetite. Fill it with the wrong thing … Continue reading When nice things become ultimate things

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    Gorging on the right things, or the wrong things?

    Gorging on the right things, or the wrong things?

    This week we’ve been talking about your soul and about spiritual appetites. A man goes to a fast food restaurant. He has twenty five dollars in his pocket and nowhere to be. He orders his favourite combo and supersizes it. He stuffs himself to the brim, refills his coke, and goes back for a vanilla … Continue reading Gorging on the right things, or the wrong things?

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