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Forward Day By Day – February 15, 2019

While running errands together last week, my daughter started talking about her college plans. She’s only four years old, so she doesn’t quite get the college experience yet, but she enjoys talking about it nonetheless. “I want to go to a college with lots of trees. I...

Forward Day By Day – February 14, 2019

There are many ways to interpret today’s gospel passage. One response is to become frustrated with the rich young man. This may not be the best way to approach the text, but it is certainly the easiest way for me.Is this man arrogant? Is he oblivious? Has he somehow...

Forward Day By Day – February 13, 2019

I love your law. The more you read from Psalm 119, the bolder this statement becomes. The law is called sweeter than honey and more valuable than gold. I must confess to you: I feel a little dishonest reading this psalm. I don’t often think of God’s ways as...

Forward Day By Day – February 12, 2019

Christian author C.S. Lewis tells of a man who is taken to heaven and granted a vision of a great woman. A glorious procession surrounds her, and music can be heard for miles around. She is unbearably beautiful, and a bright light shines forth from her. The man’s mind...

Forward Day By Day – February 11, 2019

“I deserve that promotion more than Lucy,” we say to a coworker in the break room, only to tell the boss later that morning what a great fit Lucy is for her new role. The disciples are no different. I should sit at his right hand. No! It should be me!Jesus knows the...

Forward Day By Day – February 10, 2019

Evangelists are making a comeback—not just within the walls of the church but in our culture as well. Even companies seek to hire product evangelists to attend conferences, interact in online forums and social networks, and to otherwise represent the company or...

Forward Day By Day – February 9, 2019

Bear one another’s burdens. All carry their own loads. Which one is it? Every person for himself or herself, or we’re all in this together? What does Paul have in mind? Maybe Paul is saying, “Your burdens are my burdens.” In a very real sense, if I truly want to...

Forward Day By Day – February 8, 2019

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”I think I get the point of the saying: try not to let words hurt your feelings. Be strong. That is helpful advice, but it isn’t very honest. In my experience, words hurt far worse than sticks and...

Forward Day By Day – February 7, 2019

When we think of freedom, we often picture a complete lack of restriction on our actions. We can do what we want, when we want to do it. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he talks about a different kind of freedom. In the first verse of this chapter of Galatians,...

Forward Day By Day – February 6, 2019

Mountains play a significant role in the story of God. Noah’s ark comes to rest on Mount Ararat, and Moses hears from God on Mount Sinai. Jesus delivers his most famous sermon on an unnamed mountain. There are good reasons for describing significant religious moments...

Forward Day By Day – February 5, 2019

“No, Dada! I do it!” Part of growing up is learning to be independent. In the case of my children, they sometimes want to do things on their own before they are actually ready. When we read or listen to scripture, we are frequently confron….(View this reading...

Forward Day By Day – February 4, 2019

Paul greets each of his audiences throughout his New Testament epistles with the salutation of “grace and peace,” combining typical greetings of two cultures that comprise the early church. Grace (charis) is Paul’s play on the formal Greek greeting of chairein, while...

Forward Day By Day – February 3, 2019

In one of my daughter’s favorite books, the lead character usually ends up in trouble shortly after confidently proclaiming to the world how much she knows. “I KNOW how to do laundry, mom!” says Olivia the pig, moments before mixing her father’s white shirts with her...

Forward Day By Day – February 2, 2019

Few ethnic divisions have been more palpable than between first-century Jews and Gentiles. In many ways, this division represents the ultimate “us vs. them” mentality. The early church faced this controversy head-on, as we see in letters like Ephesians and Galatians,...

Forward Day By Day – February 1, 2019

The words of Psalm 51 are the words of a person who realizes the wrong he or she has committed and desires to change but believes that change can only happen with God’s help. These are also the words spoken by God’s people every Ash Wednesday when we are confronted...

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