Daily Devotional

Daily Devotional

Building Community

Building Community From Our Daily Bread –  July 24, 2017     Read: Ephesians 2:19–3:11 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 3:6 “Community” is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives, says Henri Nouwen. Often we surround ourselves with the people we most want to live with, which forms a club or a clique, not a community.…

Didn’t Get Credit?

Didn’t Get Credit?   From Our Daily Bread – July 23, 2017     Read: Colossians 4:7–18 Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 Hollywood musicals were wildly popular during the 1950s and 1960s, and three actresses in particular—Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood, and Deborah Kerr—thrilled viewers with their compelling performances. But a huge part of the appeal of these actresses was the breathtaking singing that enhanced their acting. In fact, the…

“I’m Really Scared . . .”

“I’m Really Scared . . .” From Our Daily Bread –  July 22, 2017     Read: Philippians 4:4–9  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 “I’m really scared.” This was the poignant note a teenager posted to friends on Facebook as she told them of some upcoming medical tests. She was facing hospitalization and a series of procedures in a city three hours from home and anxiously waited…

Dressed Up

Dressed Up   July 21, 2017     Read: Romans 13:11–14 Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 13:14 In her book Wearing God, author Lauren Winner says our clothes can silently communicate to others who we are. What we wear may indicate career, community or identity, moods, or social status. Think of a T-shirt with a slogan, a business suit, a uniform, or greasy jeans and what they might reveal. She writes, “The idea that, as with a garment, Christians might wordlessly speak something…

A Time for Everything

A Time for Everything   From Our Daily Bread – July 20, 2017     Read: Ecclesiastes 3:1–14  There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1 While flying recently, I watched a mother and her children a few rows ahead of me. While the toddler played contentedly, the mother gazed into the eyes of her newborn, smiling at him and stroking his cheek. He stared back with a wide-eyed wonderment. I enjoyed the moment with a…

Mightier than All

Mightier than All From Our Daily Bread –  July 19, 2017     Read: Psalm 93  The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength. Psalm 93:1 Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina, is a spectacular waterfall system of 275 falls along 2.7 km (1.67 miles) of the Iguazu River. Etched on a wall on the Brazilian side of the Falls are the words of Psalm 93:4, “Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the…

Beyond Labels

Beyond Labels  From Our Daily Bread –  July 18, 2017     Read: Romans 5:1–11 |   But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 A church in my city has a unique welcome card that captures the love and grace of God for everyone. It says, “If You Are A . . . saint, sinner, loser, winner”—followed by many other terms used to describe struggling people—“alcoholic, hypocrite, cheater, fearful, misfit . .…

Just Like Dad

Just Like Dad  From Our Daily Bread –  July 17, 2017   Read: John 5:17–20    The Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5:19 Isn’t it endearing to see a child mimicking his parents? How often we’ve seen the young boy in a car seat, gripping his imaginary steering wheel intently while keeping a close eye on the driver to see what Daddy does next.…

Deep Roots

Deep Roots From Our Daily Bread – July 16, 2017 Read: Luke 24:44–49 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.—Luke 24:45 The sequoia tree, one of three species of redwoods, is among the world’s largest and most enduring organisms. It can grow to 300 feet in height, weigh over 2.5 million pounds (1.1 million kg), and live for 3,000 years. But the majestic sequoia owes much of its size and longevity to what lies below the surface.…

Are You Being Prepared?

Are You Being Prepared? From Our Daily Bread –  July 15, 2017     Read: 1 Samuel 17:8, 32–37, 48–50 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 13–15; Acts 19:21–41  The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and . . . the bear will rescue me. 1 Samuel 17:37 I worked at a fast-food restaurant for over two years in high school. Some aspects of the job were difficult. Customers verbalized their anger while I apologized for the unwanted slice of cheese on the sandwich…

Face to Face

Face to Face July 14, 2017 Read: Exodus 33:7–14 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.—Exodus 33:11 Although the world is connected electronically like never before, nothing beats time together in person. As we share and laugh together, we can often sense—almost unconsciously—the other person’s emotions by watching their facial movements. Those who love each other, whether family or friends, like to share with each other face to face. We see this face-to-face relationship between…

Intimate Details

Intimate Details From Our Daily Bread – July 13, 2017 Read: Psalm 139:1–18 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.—Psalm 139:2 The universe is astonishingly grand. Right now the moon is spinning around us at nearly 2,300 miles an hour. Our Earth is spinning around the sun at 66,000 miles an hour. Our sun is one of 200 billion other stars and trillions more planets in our galaxy, and that galaxy is just…