Daily Devotionals

  • Forward Day By Day - September 18, 2021
    “Don’t imagine us leaders to be something we aren’t.” This is how today’s epistle passage begins in The Message version of the Bible. I grew up in a ministry family. In fact, so many people in my family were in ministry that we half-jokin.. [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - September 17, 2021
    Once upon a time, I wrote two books, both spiritual memoirs. In the second book, I told the story of what I called The Year Everything Fell Apart and how God met me in the mess of it all. I told of the beauty found in the unraveling and in the cracks [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - September 16, 2021
    Last fall, I had the honor of working on a prayer service for America that took place on All Saints’ Day, which fell two days before the presidential election. The gospel passage for that Sunday just happened to be this one, commonly referred to as [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - September 15, 2021
    Today is an Ember Day, one of three on the calendar in autumn set apart for fasting, prayer, and in particular, to give thanks for creation as we move through the seasons. In today’s gospel, we see Jesus calling the first disciples, men who were pr [...]

  • The Sweet Aroma of Christ - September 18, 2021
    I knew a rancher who lived near Lometa, Texas. His two grandsons were my best friends. We would go into town with him and follow him around while he shopped and chatted with the folks he knew. He knew them all by name and he knew their stories. He’ [...]
  • Move Your Fence - September 17, 2021
    The village vicar couldn’t sleep. As World War II raged, he’d told a small group of American soldiers they couldn’t bury their fallen comrade inside the fenced cemetery next to his church. Only burials for church members were allowed. So the me [...]
  • From Mess to Message - September 16, 2021
    Darryl was a baseball legend who nearly destroyed his life with drugs. But Jesus set him free, and he’s been clean for years. Today he helps others struggling with addiction and points them to faith. Looking back, he affirms that God turned his mes [...]
  • God’s Molded Instruments - September 15, 2021
    Considered one of the greatest video games ever made, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time published by Nintendo has sold more than seven million copies worldwide. It’s also popularized the ocarina, a tiny, ancient, potato-shaped music [...]

  • His Temptation and Ours
    We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. —Hebrews 4:15 Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is the kind mentioned in James 1:14, [...]
  • Is There Good in Temptation?
    No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man… —1 Corinthians 10:13 The word temptation has come to mean something bad to us today, but we tend to use the word in the wrong way. Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we a [...]
  • Praying to God in Secret
    When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place… —Matthew 6:6 The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be [...]
  • What To Renounce
    We have renounced the hidden things of shame…  —2 Corinthians 4:2 Have you “renounced the hidden things of shame” in your life— the things that your sense of honor or pride will not allow to come into the light? You can easily hide them. I [...]