Heart of the Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives

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Cling to life-changing truths anchored in Scripture with Heart of the Matter, a CCEF daily devotional containing 366 selections.

This devotional will reorient your day, lifting your eyes toward God through brief messages of gospel hope.

Change that goes deeper than the surface of our lives happens as we daily remember the truths of the gospel. Every day we need to be reminded that Jesus, God’s own Son, came to this world to save us from sin, sorrow, and death.

We need to remember every day how Jesus’s life, death, resurrection, ascension, and promised return change the way we view ourselves and others.

In these daily reflections, readers are invited to consider the profound wisdom found in the Bible, deepening their experiences with the living God and his redemptive work in their lives.

In these shared practical insights, men and women will find the gospel in the midst of our emotions, thoughts, actions, and relationships, grasping consistent gospel application.

Heart of the Matter will be your next treasure. Use it to begin each day with inspiration based on Scripture, free from psychological jargon, and encourage the people around you.


The Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) has been teaching people how to understand the wisdom and depth of the Bible and apply its grace-centered message to the problems of daily living since 1968. A biblical counseling and educational ministry located in suburban Philadelphia, CCEF operates a robust biblical counseling ministry in their home office as well as on-site training for others with a heart for discipleship. CCEF also teaches several accredited counseling programs both on-site and through distance learning in conjunction with Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. As an extension of the local church, CCEF accomplishes its mission through a unique synergy of counseling, training, publications, and conferences. 

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"Reading Heart of the Matter is doing Psalm 121. You read the pages and your eyes are lifted away from self toward God, seated on his throne in all of his glory. Your day is reoriented. Independence melts away as you look to the one who made the heavens and the earth; to him who stands firm and faithful, dependable, and trustworthy. It will point you to the loving Father who keeps you, both now and forevermore.”
Jack Delk, Pastor for Covenant Member Care, Bethlehem Baptist Church

"The daily reflections gathered in Heart of the Matter offer the reader the opportunity to anchor his or her life in the profound truths of the gospel. The result is a deepening experience of the far-reaching effects of God's redemptive work for all of life. These brief, practical insights will bring the gospel to bear on your emotions, thoughts, actions, and relationships in new and refreshing ways. In this devotional, CCEF provides readers with a clear path to rich, consistent gospel application."
Stephen T. Um, Senior Minister, Citylife Presbyterian Church, Boston, Massachusetts; author of Why Cities Matter

"This devotional is a treasure. Using it, we can begin each day with a crucial word of inspiration based on a portion of the Scripture, articulated by a proven team of sure-footed guides. Free from theological or psychological jargon, its simplicity is deceptive, taking us from the challenges of daily life into the very heart of our covenant relationship with the Lord God."
William Edgar, DrTheol, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary; author of Truth in All Its Glory

"If you've ever enjoyed a book by Paul Tripp, Ed Welch, or one of the other CCEF authors then you already know the words they share are water for a thirsty soul. Heart of the Matter, a devotional drawn from the practical biblical wisdom of these authors, is an ocean of encouragement packed into a palm-sized devotional. The short, daily reflections draw you into God's Word, help you understand how to apply its truth, and leave you marveling day after day over the grace of God. You won't find a better resource to help you apply God's Word and water your soul."
Marty Machowski, Family Pastor, Covenant Fellowship; author of Long Story Short, Old Story New, The Gospel Story Bible, and the Gospel Story for Kids curriculum

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32 Reviews

  • 5
    Best Devotional I Have Used!

    Posted by Brio on 10 15 2018

    I've used many, many devotionals through the years and they always have a certain angle or agend (which isn't always bad but isn't always helpful). This is the first devotional that I've found to consistently point the reader to Jesus--to the gospel. Truly, it's the best devotional I've ever used. I've recommended it to everyone I know. The devotions are short, along with a passage of Scripture to read (the Scripture reference is just listed, not the entire passage). For busy people (aren't we all?) that want to be changed by the Spirit and grow in grace, this is an excellent daily devotional.

  • 5
    Best Morning Devotional!

    Posted by Q Cards on 10 15 2018

    This is by far the best devotional book to begin our day. It aligns our thoughts with God's thoughts and is practical and scripturally-based. Just the right length and packed with wisdom.

  • 5
    Love this devotional!!!!

    Posted by Anonymous on 10 15 2018

    This is an amazing Christian devotional book. It touches the heart and ignites the soul. I can't wait to read it and meditate on the thoughts/prayers in it. It is biblical and so encouraging!

  • 5
    Heart of the Matter!

    Posted by Jeannette Albright on 10 15 2018

    I truly have enjoyed this daily devotional it helped we keep my eyes on Jesus. To realize how close I need to be to him. How much closer I need to Be to my Lord.

  • 5
    Hits the mark…

    Posted by M Theil on 10 15 2018

    These little devotionals are prefect for a short read and something in depth to think on concerning heart issues. Not just a little feel good thing, or a little reminder of things, but a look at what might really be going on inside of a person that can be changed by God's grace. Plan to get more for my kids!

  • 5
    Short and directly to the point each day.

    Posted by Pharmer on 10 15 2018

    Short and directly to the point each day. Challenges you with The Word in ways that focuses on heart issues and helps you apply God's principles to your daily living.

  • 5
    Five Stars

    Posted by Aneta Young on 10 15 2018

    I had received this devotional as a gift and have appreciated each and every days inspiration, encouragement, insight, and spiritual Biblical wisdom!

  • 5
    Five Stars

    Posted by Autumn on 10 15 2018

    I use this every day and love it.

  • 5
    Highly recommended

    Posted by Margaret Ezzet on 10 15 2018

    I love this devotional. It speaks to me every time I open it. Sometimes I get the date wrong yet it is always relevant. It is practical and always glorifies God.

  • 5
    Great Devotional

    Posted by Nick E Protos on 10 15 2018

    I liked it so much I purchased seven more of them. Five for the guys in my discipleship group, one for a soldier in Afghanistan with whom I correspond and one for a dear friend who is dying of cancer. It has spoken grace to all of them in their own context.

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