Daily Devotionals

  • Forward Day By Day - October 26, 2020
    I love the humor in this line! Sirach admonishes us not to gossip—but he does much more. He offers us many practical suggestions in today’s reading.We all share stories—that’s how we form bonds, strengthen communities, and claim what we stand [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - October 25, 2020
    There’s no question that Christianity is facing some serious challenges in the public sphere in the United States. As at other times in history, people in power have co-opted Christ for their own ends.Paul gives us a recipe for a radically differen [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - October 24, 2020
    We once lived on seven acres of high desert outside Silver City, New Mexico. One gift of living there was observing the abundant wildlife. A bobcat spent one afternoon resting under our tree. Another time I encountered a snake by our birdseed bin. In [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - October 23, 2020
    Today we remember James of Jerusalem, one of Jesus’ brothers. Some believe that James was Jesus’ biological brother, while others disagree. Nevertheless, James clearly knew Jesus as a very human brother, with faults and failings like his own. As [...]

  • Choosing Hope - October 27, 2020
    I am one of millions of people worldwide who suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder), a type of depression common in places with limited sunlight due to short winter days. When I begin to fear winter’s frozen curse will never end, I’m eager [...]
  • Prayers on La Playa - October 26, 2020
    During a trip to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary, my husband and I read our Bibles on the beach. As vendors passed and called out the prices of their wares, we thanked each one but didn’t buy anything. One vendor, Fernando, smiled wide at my [...]
  • Strong and Courageous - October 25, 2020
    Each night, as young Caleb closed his eyes, he felt the darkness envelop him. The silence of his room was regularly suspended by the creaking of the wooden house in Costa Rica. Then the bats in the attic became more active. His mother had put a night [...]
  • Surviving Drought - October 24, 2020
    In April 2019, a suburban neighborhood in Victorville, California, became buried in tumbleweeds. High winds pushed the rolling thistles into the development from the adjacent Mojave Desert where the plant grows. At maturity, the pesky weed can grow t [...]

  • What is a Missionary?
    Jesus said to them again, "…As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." —John 20:21 A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Je [...]
  • Submitting to God’s Purpose
    I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. —1 Corinthians 9:22 A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s man or woman of great worth and excellence in the midst of a multitude of meager and worthless things. N [...]
  • The Proper Perspective
    Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ… —2 Corinthians 2:14 The proper perspective of a servant of God must not simply be as near to the highest as he can get, but it must be the highest. Be careful that you vigorously maintain [...]
  • Nothing of the Old Life!
    If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. —2 Corinthians 5:17 Our Lord never tolerates our prejudices— He is directly opposed to them and puts them to death. We tend to think th [...]