Daily Devotionals

  • Forward Day By Day - January 17, 2021
    We prize freedom, so it might not exactly be good news to have Paul tell the Corinthians that their bodies are not their own. He says instead that their bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit. So much of our spirituality seems to be outside our bodie [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - January 16, 2021
    Christian author Tony Campolo has a great book entitled, Adventures in Missing the Point. Today’s lesson from Mark is such a moment in scripture. The poor Pharisees begin to pontificate upon the law and the rules and what is “right.” On the o.. [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - January 15, 2021
    One of the most significant concerns I have about Christianity is the way we have domesticated Jesus. In our story from Mark, the Pharisees are incredulous that Jesus eats with outcasts and sinners. Jesus is explicit: These people are who he came to [...]
  • Forward Day By Day - January 14, 2021
    Why do we always think that building a wall is a way to make peace? Walls to keep things out (or in) are a band-aid solution, at best. Walls do nothing to address real issues of how we live together, no matter where in the world we live.The image of [...]

  • A Legacy of Acceptance - January 18, 2021
    In his book Breaking Down Walls, Glen Kehrein writes about climbing to the roof of his college dorm in Chicago after the assassination of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. “The sound of gunfire bounced eerily back and forth [...]
  • The Wonderful One - January 17, 2021
    In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion return to Oz with the broomstick that empowered the Wicked Witch of the West. The Wizard had promised, in return for the broomstick, that he would give the four [...]
  • Mighty - January 16, 2021
    Baby Saybie, born as a “micro-preemie” at 23 weeks, weighed only 8.6 ounces. Doctors doubted Saybie would live and told her parents they’d likely have only an hour with their daughter. However, Saybie kept fighting. A pink card near her crib de [...]
  • All Roads? - January 15, 2021
    “Don’t get on the expressway!” That text came from my daughter one day as I was leaving work. The highway home had become a virtual parking lot. I began trying alternate routes, but after experiencing gridlock on other roads, I gave up. The tri [...]

  • “It Is the Lord!”
    Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" —John 20:28 “Jesus said to her, ‘Give Me a drink’ ” (John 4:7). How many of us are expecting Jesus Christ to quench our thirst when we should be satisfying Him! We should be p [...]
  • The Call of the Natural Life
    When it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me… —Galatians 1:15-16 The call of God is not a call to serve Him in any particular way. My contact with the nature of God will shape my understanding of His call and will help me realize what I truly de [...]
  • The Voice of the Nature of God
    I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" —Isaiah 6:8 When we talk about the call of God, we often forget the most important thing, namely, the nature of Him who calls. There are many things calli [...]
  • Do You Walk In White?
    We were buried with Him…that just as Christ was raised from the dead…even so we also should walk in newness of life. —Romans 6:4 No one experiences complete sanctification without going through a “white funeral” — the burial of the old li [...]