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Forward Day By Day – January 26, 2020

Depending on which list you read, Christianity includes more than 33,000 denominations. However you slice it, Christianity is a pretty divided body.If we focus on our differences, we easily lose sight of our shared life of faith. Even within the same denomination, we...

Forward Day By Day – January 25, 2020

A goad is a pointed stick used to prod cattle in a specific direction. The more the animal resists the goad, the harder the cowpuncher prods it. To kick against the goad can cause serious pain or injury for the prodded beast.Saul’s life before his conversion on the...

Forward Day By Day – January 24, 2020

If we’re lucky, we find a church that is a good fit for our most natural style of worshiping God. I love my church. But however much I love my church, I must remember that the relatively short portion of my life spent within church walls is not the beginning or end of...

Forward Day By Day – January 23, 2020

From The Archives: December 26, 1954Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is a superb example of the far-reaching effects of a faithful witness to one’s belief and conviction. Stephen kept the faith at the cost of his life, and becaus….(View this reading...

Forward Day By Day – January 22, 2020

Growing up the son of a policeman, I learned to love the law. That’s appropriate. But unfortunately, I came to look down on those who had fallen outside the law. Once outside, I reasoned, there’s no way back in. It wasn’t until later, through some ….(View this...

Forward Day By Day – January 21, 2020

One day, I broke some rule or another. To avoid the act of discovery, I hid underneath our house. My parents weren’t strict disciplinarians, but I decided I wouldn’t be in trouble if they couldn’t find me. The longer I stayed down in the dark, the harder it became to...

Forward Day By Day – January 20, 2020

I’ve suffered with depression since I was thirteen. This illness was later compounded by experiences in the military, divorce, and the loss of my career. If you are someone who also suffers from depression, you are not alone. You are fully and entirely loved—it’s okay...

Forward Day By Day – January 19, 2020

Everything about Christ defies this world’s measures of success and list of correct priorities. I can understand why following Jesus’ path may seem bonkers to those living outside of our faith. Our King is crowned with thorns and proclaimed King of the Jews on a Roman...

Forward Day By Day – January 18, 2020

The cornerstone is the most important stone in a structure because a builder aligns every other stone—from the deepest foundation to the highest tower—by this one stone. Jesus is rejected by the religious leaders of his day because they have aligned themselves to the...

Forward Day By Day – January 17, 2020

I’ve had to learn to set healthy boundaries to prevent myself from being manipulated or used. Boundary setting is important self-care for everyone. There can also be unhealthy boundaries in our lives. We erect walls with our egos, fear, greed, and insecurity. We hide...

Forward Day By Day – January 16, 2020

From The Archives: August 31, 1972Cowardice is contagious. So is courage. Furnishing an example can be one of the greatest influences a person can have. When faced with danger and conflict, it is better for the coward to stand aside and not turn the whole company...

Forward Day By Day – January 15, 2020

There is perhaps no greater expression of God’s love for us than the incarnation. God becomes one of us. Seeing death’s grip on us, God chooses to become flesh, to suffer with us. In that suffering, by God’s love, Christ conquers death and frees us from slavery to sin...

Forward Day By Day – January 14, 2020

I love this passage from Psalms because it reminds us it’s okay to have seasons when we’re weary and wasted with grief. God loves us and wants us just as much when everything is a hot mess as when we have it all together.I had to learn this hard truth when I went...

Forward Day By Day – January 13, 2020

When I was thirty years old, a medical issue unexpectedly ended my career in the Navy. My career had been my entire focus in life, and I defined my personhood and my worth by it. When everything came crashing down, I had to learn the true source of my worth in Christ....

Forward Day By Day – January 12, 2020

Growing up around boats and having served in the Navy, I learned to both dread and love storms at sea. Nothing else makes me feel so small and yet so connected to the enormity of God’s creation as a storm at sea.Our lives are filled with storms that can make us feel...

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