Daily Devotionals

  • Forward Day By Day - March 20, 2023
    This twelve-year-old Jesus has parents—and they are upset. Rightly so. Jesus abandons them and the family caravan without permission, remaining at the temple to converse with rabbis. .... (View this reading and more resources for prayer at Daily Pr [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - March 19, 2023
    I like to think of heaven as a dimension next door. Physicists often speak of multiple dimensions existing side by side and that it is possible to move from one universe or dimension to the next, like air passing through a screen door. The reason.... [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - March 18, 2023
    I still have a hard time saying, “You were right, I was wrong.” I sometimes think this limitation is my personal version of original sin. The Holy Spirit has tried to plane and sand this edged ego of mine into humility, and to be sure.... (View t [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - March 17, 2023
    My family did not come over on the Mayflower, though some of them came soon afterward. My middle name is Kent, a family name that dates back to the 1600s in America. Most of my other genealogical lines in America are far shorter by comparison. Do.... [...]

  • Catching Contentment - March 20, 2023
    In a psychiatrist’s advice column, he responded to a reader named Brenda, who lamented that her ambitious pursuits had left her discontent. His words were blunt. Humans aren’t designed to be happy, he said, “only to survive and reproduce.” We [...]
  • Brother Saul - March 19, 2023
    “Lord, please send me anywhere but there.” That was my prayer as a teenager before embarking on a year as a foreign exchange student. I didn’t know where I would be going, but I knew where I didn’t want to go. I didn’t speak that country’ [...]
  • Weeding Out Sins - March 18, 2023
    When I noticed a sprig budding next to the garden hose by our porch, I ignored the seemingly harmless eyesore. How could a little weed possibly hurt our lawn? But as the weeks passed, that nuisance grew to be the size of a small bush and began taking [...]
  • We’re Not Alone - March 17, 2023
    In Fredric Brown's short thriller “Knock”, he wrote, “The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.” Yikes! Who could that be, and what do they want? What mysterious being has come for him? The man is not alon [...]

  • Friendship with God
    Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing…? —Genesis 18:17 The Delights of His Friendship. Genesis 18 brings out the delight of true friendship with God, as compared with simply feeling His presence occasionally in prayer. This friendship means b [...]
  • Abraham’s Life of Faith
    He went out, not knowing where he was going. —Hebrews 11:8 In the Old Testament, a person’s relationship with God was seen by the degree of separation in that person’s life. This separation is exhibited in the life of Abraham by his separation [...]
  • Will I Bring Myself Up to This Level?
    …perfecting holiness in the fear of God. —2 Corinthians 7:1 “Therefore, having these promises….” I claim God’s promises for my life and look to their fulfillment, and rightly so, but that shows only the human perspective on them. God’s [...]
  • The Servant’s Primary Goal
    We make it our aim…to be well pleasing to Him. —2 Corinthians 5:9 “We make it our aim….” It requires a conscious decision and effort to keep our primary goal constantly in front of us. It means holding ourselves to the highest priority year [...]