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Forward Day By Day – January 20, 2019

The Episcopal Church Foundation helps congregations define and prioritize needs for future ministry and guides them through fundraising to achieve their vision. It is a joy to see the gifts of each community member be revealed in this process: construction tradesmen...

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Forward Day By Day – January 19, 2019

For years, my spiritual journey focused on adding more—knowledge, Bible reading and study, good works—to grow closer to God. When I inevitably fell short, I felt inadequate. As I became involved in a new-to-me formation program, I saw things in a new light.....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – January 18, 2019

Today the church remembers the confession of Peter—a brilliant moment for this salty sailor who messed up several other times in his life with Jesus.Peter is sometimes inappropriately enthusiastic. Peter is so sure he can follow Jesus anywhere, but he fail....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – January 17, 2019

“I love you, Lord…” my mother’s voice still echoes in those words. Even when dementia clouded her thinking in conversations with people, she prayed with complete clarity.Today’s readings are full of God’s might. In Psalm 18, God thunders out of h....(View this reading...

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Forward Day By Day – January 16, 2019

Early morning is my favorite prayer time, and for twenty-five years, I have prayed along with Forward Day by Day. For the last several years, I have participated in the online community that we refer to as our “FDBD family.”....(View this reading and more resources...

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Forward Day By Day – January 15, 2019

One night, we went boating off the Florida Keys. The engine of our friends’ pontoon softly chugged us away from the lights and noise of the tiki bar and into an eerie mangrove forest. Soon we reached the black vastness of open water and were glad for our experienced...

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Forward Day By Day – January 14, 2019

Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson tells an unexpected, powerful experience of forgiveness and release while attending church with fellow artist Connie Smith. In the song “Why Me Lord,” Kristofferson expresses his gratitude and amazement: “Why me Lord? What did I...

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Forward Day By Day – January 13, 2019

Bread making is working its way into my life. I am discovering wonder in warm water and yeast that transforms gooey flour and oil into puffy, pungent mounds of dough. Lots of chemistry occurs in this first rising, with more goodness to come.In ....(View this reading...

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Forward Day By Day – January 12, 2019

For his unshakable witness, the man born blind and healed by washing in the waters of Siloam is kicked out of the temple. We can only imagine how desperately he wants answers. Jesus knows the man is in trouble and seeks him out to reassure and calm him. A preacher...

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Forward Day By Day – January 11, 2019

Jesus could have ridden a wave of popularity to an earthly kingship. However, his choices demonstrate a commitment to a plan far greater than merely overthrowing the Roman Empire. Defining a vision for the impact of our ministries is crucial to helping us make wise...

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Forward Day By Day – January 10, 2019

Homer, a police officer, moved and breathed patience. His report writing was methodical: wipe down the desk, assemble writing materials, write, clear off the desk for the next officer, return to patrol. Whether he had arrested a shoplifter or a more malignant...

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Forward Day By Day – January 9, 2019

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus heals a long-time invalid who has no idea who Jesus is, let alone proclaim faith in him. Jesus heals him anyway. Under the management of a savvy director, our region’s food bank has grown in vo....(View this reading and more resources...

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Forward Day By Day – January 8, 2019

The light of Epiphany shines brightly from this story in John. But there is much to ponder. The story ends with a final statement about the official: “So he and all his household believed.” What do these people believe? There’s no Nicene Creed to fall back on, so what...

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Forward Day By Day – January 7, 2019

I already miss our Christmas tree and the crèche on the end table. During the dark mornings of Advent and Christmastide, I spend time in silence, staring at the assembled scene illumined by the soft glow of tree lights. Baby Jesus in the manger, arms outstretched,...

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Forward Day By Day – January 6, 2019

“Reading of the will” scenes in movies reveal the true nature of the assembled heirs, and it’s usually a pretty dysfunctional picture. The good news of the Epiphany celebration is that this footage from our own lives of faith has been destroyed. Paul writes that this...

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Forward Day By Day – January 5, 2019

Be encouraged by today’s readings about God’s faithfulness through the ages. God tells Joshua and the Israelites to be strong and courageous as they pass into the Promised Land because God is with them wherever they go. In Hebrews, we read about Jesus being the author...

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Forward Day By Day – January 4, 2019

In the last years of my mother’s earthly life, she granted me power of attorney. She knew she needed help dealing with finances and living arrangements. The honor of her trust carried the weight of decision-making, especially as her dementia prevented good...

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Forward Day By Day – January 3, 2019

In the face of dwindling attendance, many churches respond by enthusiastically pouncing on visitors with radical hospitality—fresh bread, coffee mugs, a schedule of upcoming events, information about the nursery and Sunday School. It’s very nice—for those visiting the...

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Forward Day By Day – January 2, 2019

A crowd follows Jesus by boat across the Sea of Galilee after hearing him preach and being miraculously fed. Jesus tries to help them fully digest what they have experienced. He tells them—and us—that he is the bread they should be seeking. For some, the....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – January 1, 2019

My mom must have been at her wits’ end after my father died. During my wild teenage years, I was brazen and self-assured—and bristled angrily at her mandates. Whether the day ended on a sweet or sour chord between us, as we went to bed each night, my mom....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – December 31, 2018

Jesus and I both come from places that we understand and identify with down to our bones. I’m a sixth-generation native Texan, and some of my relatives came from Europe to Appalachia to the wide-open spaces of McCulloch County and stayed there. That’s where I’m...

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Forward Day By Day – December 30, 2018

We can’t ever be Jesus, but we can see what he does and strive to be like him. Living out a faith and loving out a law are the fruits of that labor. Being like Jesus is doing the work he has given us to do and not making that work small or stingy or belittling the...

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Forward Day By Day – December 29, 2018

Today, the church remembers Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket, a martyr for the faith. I also remember the men, women, and children killed in the Wounded Knee massacre, Archbishop Óscar Romero, Sophie Scholl, faithful members at Mother Emanuel in Charleston,...

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Forward Day By Day – December 28, 2018

We sit here, caught somewhere between cooing over the Baby in the manger and keening over the babies sacrificed to satiate Herod’s thirst for power and his fear of losing it. It is hard to sit still in these difficult, confusing, conflicting feelings. The intensity of...

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Forward Day By Day – December 27, 2018

My favorite stories in the Bible are the ones that take place between rocks and hard places, when the glory of God shows up in ways we cannot mistake for anything other than revelatory. Moses, Elijah, Ezekiel, Peter, John, and Mary (to name just a few) have stories to...

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Forward Day By Day – December 26, 2018

Stephen lives in a besieged city, occupied by all sorts of powers and principalities. He knows this psalm—it’s probably committed to memory—and he has likely prayed it when he thinks about the prophets who have come before him. The honesty and rawness, bravery and...

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Forward Day By Day – December 25, 2018

An angel of the Lord appeared in the middle of nowhere and announced to a group of manual laborers that the great kinsman redeemer and savior of the world had been born. God trusted the word of a young girl, the goodness of a bewildered young man, and the...

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Forward Day By Day – December 24, 2018

Part of my professional church lady life has included praying alongside small children. During the Lord’s Prayer, I once heard a four-year-old pray, “…an’ weed us not into ten stations, but deliber us from eagles…” He was ardent in his prayer, eyes closed, chubby...

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Forward Day By Day – December 23, 2018

Today’s reading is so singular. Nothing else like this has happened before and will never happen again. I struggle to find myself in this story, to try and fit myself inside of Mary’s or Elizabeth’s experience. Then I remember the women I know—women who have...

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Forward Day By Day – December 22, 2018

The people to whom Isaiah is speaking have heard the story of the exodus over and over again. They know that the worst that could happen to them as a people and as individuals is to sever the covenant between them and God, to be a people without name or place or...

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Forward Day By Day – December 21, 2018

I don’t know if Thomas missed the memo for the meeting at the clubhouse, or if he was keeping an eye and an ear on what was being said in town about Jesus’ body going missing, or if maybe he just needed some time to himself. Jesus loves Thomas—that’s clear in his...

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Forward Day By Day – December 20, 2018

There’s an early episode of Aaron Sorkin’s masterpiece The West Wing in which one of the senior staff members (Josh) receives special instructions for what to do in case of a major emergency, what we’ve come to call continuity of government. When Josh realizes that no...

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Forward Day By Day – December 19, 2018

The news is on in the background while I’m writing this to you. The headlines keep breaking my heart. I keep waiting for something to crack open hearts, open eyes, unstop ears, lay ourselves bare to the call of God to do right by each other.And then I remember: God...

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Forward Day By Day – December 18, 2018

Since the middle of September, I’ve been watching the evening sun sink earlier and earlier. Now, my husband and I drive to work in the dark, and it’s dark when he picks me up to go home at the end of the day. All up and down our rural road, neighbors have put up...

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