Daily Devotionals

  • Forward Day By Day - July 3, 2022
    No one likes being called “childish.” It’s seldom meant positively; it usually means silly, immature, or thoughtless. That’s always seemed insulting to children. We’re not only God’s children; in Isaiah’s metaphors, we’re babies, todd [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - July 2, 2022
    Living through the COVID-19 pandemic is the closest I have come to what feels like the audacious hope of the early church. When we celebrated Easter together last year—even masked, even distanced—it revealed to me just how much we dared to trust [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - July 1, 2022
    Ouch.The psalms can be full of anger, from the brutally violent to the elegantly cruel (let my enemies melt away like a snail in the heat, implores one). I’ve never been able to get used to reading these sorts of things aloud together in Morning Pr [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - June 30, 2022
    Every now and then, I wake up in the middle of the night, struck with a shapeless anxiety that makes it hard to return to sleep. Sometimes counting sheep or saying the Song of Simeon to myself is enough to pacify my mind, but not always.When the worr [...]

  • No Greater Love - July 4, 2022
    Commemorations of the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day in 2019 honored the more than 156,000 troops who took part in the largest seaborne invasion in history to liberate Western Europe. In his prayer broadcast over the radio that day, President Roo [...]
  • He Knows My Heart - July 3, 2022
    After a customer at a grocery store self-checkout station had completed her transaction, I made my way to the station and proceeded to scan my goods. Unexpectedly, a visibly angry person confronted me. I’d failed to notice that she was actually nex [...]
  • Surviving and Thriving - July 2, 2022
    The Croods, an animated caveman family, believe that “the only way to survive is if the pack [their small family] stays together.” They are afraid of the world and others, so when looking for a safe place to live they’re filled with fear after [...]
  • Celestial Communion - July 1, 2022
    When Apollo 11’s Eagle lunar module landed on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969, the space travelers took time to recover from their flight before stepping onto the moon’s surface. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin had received permission to b [...]

  • One of God’s Great “Don’ts”
    Do not fret— it only causes harm. —Psalm 37:8 Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, “Do not fret,” but something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself unable [...]
  • The Concentration of Personal Sin
    Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips… —Isaiah 6:5 When I come into the very presence of God, I do not realize that I am a sinner in an indefinite sense, but I suddenly realize and the focus of my attention is directed to [...]
  • The Conditions of Discipleship
    If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also….And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me….So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he ha [...]
  • The Inevitable Penalty
    You will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny. —Matthew 5:26 There is no heaven that has a little corner of hell in it. God is determined to make you pure, holy, and right, and He will not allow you to escape from the scru [...]