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Forward Day By Day – May 18, 2019

A friend recently found the man of her dreams through online dating. When she found him, she knew he was the one. In some ways, he’s different than what she imagined, but he was what she had been looking for. Had she focused on what she thought was missing, she could...

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Forward Day By Day – May 17, 2019

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent begins, “Caterpillars aren’t like other folks.” As folks and other animals get older, they get bigger—but not caterpillars. They turn into something else, and turning into something else is “not a thing that just anybody...

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Forward Day By Day – May 16, 2019

My mother was a biscuit-making master—they looked and tasted good. The goodness and the prettiness came both from the ingredients and her process. Baking things well has a lot to do with the make-up and the work-out of the dough, knowing exactly the right amount of...

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Forward Day By Day – May 15, 2019

Could it be that when we pray in order to get stuff, the power of our prayers is not so much in the asking as it is in the acknowledging the power of the One we bow before? Maybe prayer is a tool to prepare us to receive, an acknowledgment of the Giver’s power to...

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Forward Day By Day – May 14, 2019

Hunger gets our attention. Its pangs remind us that we have needs. The grumblings and rumblings of hunger remind us of our reliance upon sustenance from outside ourselves. The emptiness prompts us to go in search of what we are missing. Hunger will not be satisfied...

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Forward Day By Day – May 13, 2019

Several years ago, my husband and I took our first child-free and schedule-free road trip together. On previous trips with our girls, we flew past signs proclaiming, “Scenic Overlook” but never stopped to enjoy them. This time, on our own, we veered off....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – May 12, 2019

Journaling is a particularly powerful way of remembering. Without a way of remembering, we forget. I wonder if practicing deep gratitude isn’t another way of keeping record of the memorable people and occurrences in our lives and our hearts. Perhaps gratit....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – May 11, 2019

For a while, I have needed to declutter my closet. Sometimes the stuff we hold onto—clothes, habits, attitudes, perceptions—can block the way for something better and new because our storage is filled up, and the better things won’t fit. “Come follow....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – May 10, 2019

If Jesus looked at your faith, what would he see? What do others see? When these followers of Jesus bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus, they are certain he can heal their friend. They tear the roof off of the house where Jesus is teaching and lower their....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – May 9, 2019

Lord, sometimes you call us into the deep where untold treasures dwell. For reasons of your own, you have us venture beyond where we have gone before, leaving behind things we have relied upon and sailing away from the shoreline. Faith’s journey requires us to get in...

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Forward Day By Day – May 8, 2019

Some days, I can feel the covering of prayers once prayed for meReaching to me in the here-and-now from the knees upon which she once knelt,From love so deeply feltPrayed with the quiet murmurs of her heart or some agonizing plea Carried before the Almighty on behalf...

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Forward Day By Day – May 7, 2019

Why is it so hard for us to believe Jesus? Why are we always looking for a sign or further proof of Jesus being who he says he is? While the possessed people recognize Jesus, recognition alone does not cause the demons to follow Jesus. Once banished, the de....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – May 6, 2019

A woman shouted an enthusiastic “Amen!” each time her preacher pointed out the ways other parishioners stumbled in their Christian walk. When her own shortcoming was named, the woman mumbled, “Now, you’re just meddling.” During Jesus’ inaugural ....(View this reading...

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Forward Day By Day – May 5, 2019

The disciples’ plan is to go fishing, but they don’t catch a thing. However, when they follow the direction given to them by Jesus, they catch more than they know what to do with. How often do we make our plans without including Jesus—even when we are planning to do...

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Forward Day By Day – May 4, 2019

Recently, I saw a good news story. As a mother and her young son were about to leave an outdoor concert, he began to randomly hug other concertgoers. While his mother kept close watch, the toddler hugged everyone nearby. Initially some people were taken by surprise,...

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Forward Day By Day – May 3, 2019

What a bold declaration of faith Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego make: Lord, we’re going to trust you, even if you don’t answer our prayer the way we want it answered. For their refusal to worship idols and other gods, the three are condemned t....(View this reading...

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Forward Day By Day – May 2, 2019

When John speaks to the crowds waiting to be baptized, he tells them that this blessing of baptism is going to cost them something—changed lives. The waters of baptism are not of the soak-in-the-tub luxury bubble bath or quick-cleansing variety. They are waters meant...

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Forward Day By Day – May 1, 2019

The sturdiest tree does not grow in the shadeBut it is out in open air that its sturdiness is made.There is where the tree is firmed and formed to become shelter and shade.As well, a thing of beauty.Its roots watered by adversity....(View this reading and more...

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Forward Day By Day – April 30, 2019

Storytelling is a part of life, and this activity helps us make sense of the world, teaching us how to handle the hard days. Stories educate, inspire, and build relationships. The story of Daniel interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is one of our essential stories of...

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Forward Day By Day – April 29, 2019

Mark places the baptism of Jesus right at the very beginning of his gospel—no annunciation, no nativity story, just straight into the action—telling us about a voice from heaven declaring Jesus as God’s beloved son. Mark’s story sounds very much like the way we...

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Forward Day By Day – April 28, 2019

Every once in a while, we come across a story that we just cannot believe, and the disciples are no different. Thomas is slow to believe the good news of Jesus’ resurrection—but he is not slow to grasp its implications as he cries out, “My Lord and my God!” ....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – April 27, 2019

Each of us is called into ministry with Jesus in some way that uses our special gifts and talents. Jesus’ last instructions to his apostles are to proclaim the good news of salvation to the people of Israel and all the nations. God’s love and gift of salvation is for...

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Forward Day By Day – April 26, 2019

Think for a moment about people you truly love—heroines and heroes, family members, teachers, or camp counselors. When we love people, we have special thoughts or memories tied to them. So it is natural for the psalmist to speak of a deep, personal love for God. Psalm...

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Forward Day By Day – April 25, 2019

The disciples have been on the ultimate emotional roller coaster. With Christ, they have witnessed many miracles, been taught how to treat each other and the world, been given power to heal and cast out demons, and have sat at Jesus’ feet to glean and marvel over his...

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Forward Day By Day – April 24, 2019

The longest walk we will ever experience is away from the gravesite of a loved one. This walk evokes many emotions, as memories flash before our eyes of how things used to be. Luke describes the two people on the road to Emmaus as being in deep despair, attempting to...

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Forward Day By Day – April 23, 2019

How often have you thought, “If I only had one more day, one more hour, one more moment, I would do things differently”? Although it is impossible to turn back time, we are given each new day to start again—a fresh opportunity to see life differently ....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – April 22, 2019

Matthew includes the discipleship of Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph throughout his Passion narrative. He highlights their presence at the crucifixion and the tomb as well as being the first witnesses to the resurrection. Regardless of....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – April 21, 2019

My mom was a magnificent cook. She would change ingredients and seasonings, turning an old recipe into a totally new and different offering. Former recipes were not remembered—new ingredients transformed an old dish into something new. Jesus too knows all ....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – April 20, 2019

In our Old Testament reading, Job is having a personal pity party, feeling his life is hopeless. To be honest, Job has every reason to feel this way. He has lost his children, property, and livelihood. Job is suffering indescribable pain and loneliness. Alo....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – April 19, 2019

When Good Friday draws near and we remember the sounds of the nails and the shadows of Golgotha, we should also remember who we are as beloved members of the body of Christ. Hopefully this day will remind us of the One who loved us enough to suffer and die for us....

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Forward Day By Day – April 18, 2019

In my work, I am often afforded the grace of being present with people during their death processes. There are many “blessin’s and lessons” witnessed in these sacred moments and quiet rooms. Occasionally, the person dying may want to leave a message f....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – April 17, 2019

As a member of the body of Christ, I am grateful to be surrounded with a great cloud of witnesses, past and present. I love that I am welcomed and encouraged to sit with those who will both comfort and challenge me. I want to hear sermons that cause discomfort...

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Forward Day By Day – April 16, 2019

All of us have weaknesses and limitations—emotional, spiritual, or physical. These characteristics are there for a reason. God’s best work is accomplished using weak, broken, and wounded people to transform communities into forces that can accomplish great things. The...

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Forward Day By Day – April 15, 2019

New tree saplings require support to ensure they grow upright. Once a sapling grows strong enough, the supports are removed and the tree remains straight, having grown strong inside and out. Old Testament laws provide an external support to the growing children of...

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Forward Day By Day – April 14, 2019

The daughters of Jerusalem accompany Jesus to Calvary, weeping as a sign of their deep love for Jesus and lamenting his fate. Through parched lips, Jesus tells them to weep for their children and not for him. In the presence of weeping women, Jesus offers...

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Forward Day By Day – April 13, 2019

The image of God writing on our hearts is so endearing. During seasons in which we struggle, it is good news to our souls to learn we can be used as a canvas for God to do something beautiful. I know for certain my canvas may not be the best medium. There are...

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Forward Day By Day – April 12, 2019

This passage from John reminds me of the late, great Aretha Franklin’s version of “O Mary Don’t You Weep.” The song describes the emotional story of Mary and Martha grieving the loss of Lazarus, disappointed that Jesus was not available to heal him. When we....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – April 11, 2019

In a musical production, actors and musicians offer up many songs and spoken lines. Despite the diversity of instruments and vocal ranges, it is imperative that the acting company and orchestra all come together in harmony, melody, and action. In the same way, we too...

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