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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...

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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 and...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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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Forward Day By Day – January 11, 2020

The Bible has more than 31,000 verses and roughly 1,200 pages, give or take a few depending on the translation. How wonderful it is when a passage like this one from Colossians ties all of them together so neatly. Whatever else we read, whatever points of doctrine or...

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Forward Day By Day – January 10, 2020

A state trooper raised me. As an adult, I served several years as a sheriff’s deputy. Law enforcement officers often refer to themselves as sheepdogs—protectors of their flock. We learned to see the threats in every situation—everywhere.All of us shoul....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – January 9, 2020

From The Archives: Thursday, January 9, 1936People who live together learn to love each other. What a wonderful fact it is that just living in a family causes love to be born! Mutual service begets love, and in turn love makes service a joy. We love others because...

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Forward Day By Day – January 8, 2020

When someone takes on more than they can handle, we might say they are “drinking from a fire hose.” When we spiritually thirst and surrender ourselves to Christ, God tells us to get ready: The force of many waters is headed our way.If Christ’s living water is meant...

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Forward Day By Day – January 7, 2020

When my daughters were babies, it seemed their sole concern was getting from one meal to the next—sometimes from one spoonful to the next. Many of us live our whole lives like babies, drifting between attempts to satiate ourselves. We don’t always look to good sources...

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Forward Day By Day – January 6, 2020

For a sailor navigating dangerous waters on a stormy night, no sight is more reassuring than a lighthouse. A steady lighthouse with a strong light both assures wayfarers of safety and shows the path to it.Likewise, the light of Christ shows us the way home in the...

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Forward Day By Day – January 5, 2020

Imagine the euphoria of the Magi when they first behold Christ. Seeing God incarnate, they are overwhelmed with joy. We are called to follow in their footsteps, to rejoice with that same fervor and zeal. Our spiritual journey, the focused walk of our lives of faith,...

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Forward Day By Day – January 4, 2020

We spend more than $600 billion annually on global advertising. Every cent of that money tells us that if we just buy the next shiny thing, we’ll be happy. Jesus never offers us easy promises. At the cross, he calls us to imitate nothing less than God. If imitating...

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Forward Day By Day – January 3, 2020

A few years ago I was out of work for the first time in my adult life. I ended up finding a sales job and lived solely off commissions. Each week was an exercise in faith. Through that experience I learned to feed on the “food that endures for eternal life.” Jesus...

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Forward Day By Day – January 2, 2020

From the Archives: Saturday, November 16, 1935 What is the teaching of Christ about: war and peace; the training of youth; the economic injustices of our day; race barriers? Review the resolutions you have made this week. Talk out these subjects with others. Agree...

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Forward Day By Day – January 1, 2020

My wife and I enjoy following the British royal family. Their weddings, children, daily lives—we are fascinated by the wealth and privilege we can’t hope to attain in this life. The reading from Galatians reminds us that we are far wealthier than any royal house....

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Forward Day By Day – December 31, 2019

New year’s resolutions are intended to make our lives better in some way. Better habits, more productivity, less stress. I think James is right to remind us that we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Today we stand on the precipice of clean slate, a fresh start, as...

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