Daily Devotionals

  • Forward Day By Day - April 9, 2021
    This story always fascinates me. We assume that casting the net on the right side is a change, because Jesus specifically tells them to do it that way. Have they been fishing wrong all along? Does Jesus make the fish appear, or have the fish simply b [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - April 8, 2021
    Easter is, of course, the fulfillment of the first part of Jesus’ teaching here. On this Thursday in Easter Week, we know that Jesus has suffered and has risen from the dead on the third day. That’s what we’re celebrating! But what about the re [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - April 7, 2021
    The disciples are not expecting to meet Jesus on the road to Emmaus. It is Easter Day, and Jesus has been raised from the dead only a few hours earlier, and those weary disciples are trying to make sense of reports that seem, literally, unbelievable. [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - April 6, 2021
    The Bible is filled with great sermons, and Peter’s in the second chapter of Acts is one of the best. At the end of a very persuasive talk, the crowd is convicted. “What should we do?” I have been there. Maybe it was a great sermon, an ar.... ( [...]

  • Finding Joy in Praise - April 10, 2021
    When the famous British writer C. S. Lewis first gave his life to Christ, he initially resisted praising God. In fact, he called it “a stumbling block.” His struggle was “in the suggestion that God Himself demanded it.” Yet Lewis finally rea [...]
  • Refuge for the Rejected - April 9, 2021
    George Whitefield (1714–1770) was one of the most gifted and effective preachers in history, leading thousands to faith in Jesus. But his life wasn’t without controversy. His practice of preaching outdoors (to accommodate large crowds) was someti [...]
  • Love Reins Us In - April 8, 2021
    Most young Samoan boys receive a tattoo signaling their responsibility to their people and their chief. Naturally, then, the marks cover the arms of the Samoan men’s rugby team members. Traveling to Japan where tattoos can carry negative connotatio [...]
  • Through Thick and Thin - April 7, 2021
    On January 28, 1986, the US Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart seventy-three seconds after takeoff. In a speech of comfort to the nation, President Reagan quoted from the poem “High Flight” in which John Gillespie Magee, a World War II pilot, h [...]

  • Have You Seen Jesus?
    After that, He appeared in another form to two of them… —Mark 16:12 Being saved and seeing Jesus are not the same thing. Many people who have never seen Jesus have received and share in God’s grace. But once you have seen Him, you can never be [...]
  • His Resurrection Destiny
    Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory? —Luke 24:26 Our Lord’s Cross is the gateway into His life. His resurrection means that He has the power to convey His life to me. When I was born again, I received th [...]
  • Why We Lack Understanding
    He commanded them that they should tell no one the things they had seen, till the Son of Man had risen from the dead. —Mark 9:9 As the disciples were commanded, you should also say nothing until the Son of Man has risen in you— until the life of [...]
  • The Collision of God and Sin
    …who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree… —1 Peter 2:24 The Cross of Christ is the revealed truth of God’s judgment on sin. Never associate the idea of martyrdom with the Cross of Christ. It was the supreme triumph, and it shook [...]