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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Hope Cuts through Storms

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 13–14, John 12:1–26

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
Psalm 107:29

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 107:23–32

In the spring of 2021, several storm-chasers recorded videos and took photos of a rainbow next to a tornado in Texas. In one video, long stalks of wheat in a field bent under the power of the whirling winds. A brilliant rainbow cut across the gray skyline and arched toward the twister. Bystanders in another video stood on the side of the road and watched the symbol of hope standing firm beside...More

Monday, May 30, 2022

Healing for the Whole World

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 10–12, John 11:30–57

God...reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Corinthians 5:11–19

Tucked into a remote gorge in western Slovenia, a secret medical facility (Franja Partisan Hospital) housed an extensive staff that tended to thousands of wounded soldiers during World War II—all the while staying hidden from the Nazis. Though avoiding detection from numerous Nazi attempts to locate the facility is in itself a remarkable feat, even more...More

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Pressing Pause to Pray

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Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 7–9, John 11:1–29

[They] did not inquire of the Lord.
Joshua 9:14

Today's Scripture & Insight: Joshua 9:7–15

The fire hydrant gushed into the street, and I saw my opportunity. Several cars had splashed through before me, and I thought, What a great way to get a free wash! My car hadn’t been cleaned for a month and the dust was thick. So I fired it up and headed into the deluge.


It happened so fast. The sun had already beaten down on my black car that morning, heating its glass and interior. But the water...More

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Narrow Door Cafe

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 4–6, John 10:24–42

Make every effort to enter through the narrow door.
Luke 13:24

Today's Scripture & Insight: Luke 13:22–30

Croissants, dumplings, pork curry, and all sorts of scrumptious food await those who find and enter the Narrow Door Cafe. Located in the Taiwanese city of Tainan, this cafe is literally a hole in the wall. Its entrance is barely forty centimeters wide (less than sixteen inches)—just enough for the average person to squeeze his way through! Yet, despite the challenge, this unique cafe has attracted large...More

Friday, May 27, 2022

The Forecaster’s Mistake

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 1–3, John 10:1–23

Let the one who has my word speak it faithfully.
Jeremiah 23:28

Today's Scripture & Insight: Jeremiah 23:16–22

At noon on September 21, 1938, a young meteorologist warned the U.S. Weather Bureau of two fronts forcing a hurricane northward toward New England. But the chief of forecasting scoffed at Charles Pierce’s prediction. Surely a tropical storm wouldn’t strike so far north.

Two hours later, the 1938 New England Hurricane made landfall on Long Island. By 4:00 p.m. it had reached New England, tossing...More

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Turn Up the Heat

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 28–29, John 9:24–41

Be earnest and repent.
Revelation 3:19

Today's Scripture & Insight: Revelation 3:14–22

Temperatures where we live in Colorado can change quickly—sometimes within a few minutes. So my husband, Dan, was curious about the temperature differences in and around our home. As a fan of gadgets, he was excited to unpack his latest “toy”—a thermometer showing temperature readings from four “zones” around our house. Joking that it was a “silly” gadget, I was surprised to find myself frequently checking the...More

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Run Away

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 25–27, John 9:1–23

How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?
Matthew 26:54

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 26:47–56

The introductory lesson on aikido, a traditional Japanese form of martial arts, was an eye-opener. The sensei, or teacher, told us that when faced with an attacker, our first response should be to “run away.” “Only if you can’t run away, then you fight,” he said seriously.

Run away? I was taken aback. Why was this highly skilled self-defense instructor telling...More

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Generous Giving

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 22–24, John 8:28–59

Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner.
Leviticus 19:10

Today's Scripture & Insight: Leviticus 19:9–10

General Charles Gordon (1833–1885) served Queen Victoria in China and elsewhere, but when living in England he’d give away 90 percent of his income. When he heard about a famine in Lancashire, he scratched off the inscription from a pure gold medal he’d received from a world leader and sent it up north, saying they should melt...More

Monday, May 23, 2022

In the End

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 19–21, John 8:1–27

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Timothy 4:6–8

I’m often given the privilege of leading spiritual retreats. Getting away for a few days to pray and reflect can be deeply enriching, and during the program I sometimes ask participants to do an exercise: “Imagine your life is over and your obituary is published in the paper. What would you like it to say?” Some attendees change their life’s priorities as a result,...More

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Something Deep and Binding

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 16–18, John 7:28–53

God created mankind in his own image.
Genesis 1:27

Today's Scripture & Insight: Genesis 1:26–28

Amina, an Iraqi immigrant, and Joseph, an American from birth, attended a political protest on opposite sides. We’ve been taught to believe that those who are separated by ethnicity and politics carry unbridled animosity toward each other. However, when a small mob accosted Joseph, trying to set his shirt on fire, Amina rushed to his defense. “I don’t think we could be any further apart as people,” Joseph told a...More

Saturday, May 21, 2022

The Fruit Sells the Tree

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 13–15, John 7:1–27

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Galatians 5:22–23

Today's Scripture & Insight: Galatians 5:22–26

A nursery owner set out to sell peach trees. She considered various approaches. Should she line up leafy saplings in burlap sacks in a beautiful display? Should she create a colorful catalog picturing peach trees in various seasons of growth? At last she realized what really sells a peach tree. It’s the peach it produces:...More

Friday, May 20, 2022

Refreshed at Simon’s House

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 10–12, John 6:45–71

They refreshed my spirit and yours also.
1 Corinthians 16:18

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Corinthians 16:15–18

My trip to Simon’s house was unforgettable. Under the cover of a starlit sky in Nyahururu, Kenya, we made our way to his modest home for dinner. The dirt floor and the lantern light reflected Simon’s limited means. What was on the menu, I don’t recall. What I can’t forget was Simon’s joy that we were his guests. His gracious hospitality was Jesus like—selfless, life-touching, and...More

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Food from Heaven

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 7–9, John 6:22–44

The Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you.”
Exodus 16:4

Today's Scripture & Insight: Exodus 16:4–5, 13–18

In August 2020, residents of Olten, Switzerland, were startled to find that it was snowing chocolate! A malfunction in the ventilation system of the local chocolate factory had caused chocolate particles to be diffused into the air. As a result, a dusting of edible chocolate flakes covered cars and streets and made the whole town smell like a candy store.

When I think of...More

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Crave Him

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 4–6, John 6:1–21

Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
John 6:35

Today's Scripture & Insight: John 6:25–35

Why is it that when we say, “This is the last potato chip I’m going to eat,” five minutes later we’re looking for more? Michael Moss answers that question in his book Salt Sugar Fat. He describes how America’s largest snack producers know how to “help” people crave junk food. In fact, one popular company spent $30 million...More

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Uncommon Courage

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 1–3, John 5:25–47

Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.
Daniel 2:24

Today's Scripture & Insight: Daniel 2:24–30

In 1478, Lorenzo de Medici, the ruler of Florence, Italy, escaped an attack on his life. His countrymen sparked a war when they tried to retaliate against the attack on their leader. As the situation worsened, the cruel King Ferrante I of Naples became Lorenzo’s enemy, but a courageous act by Lorenzo changed everything. He visited the king unarmed and alone. This bravery, paired with his charm and...More

Monday, May 16, 2022

The Fierce Struggle

Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 24–25, John 5:1–24

Our struggle is...against the powers of this dark world.
Ephesians 6:12

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ephesians 6:10–20

In 1896, an explorer named Carl Akeley found himself in a remote section of Ethiopia, chased by an eighty-pound leopard. He remembered the leopard pouncing, trying “to sink her teeth into my throat.” She missed, snagging his right arm with her vicious jaws. The two rolled in the sand—a long, fierce struggle. Akeley weakened, and “it became a question of who would give up first.” Summoning his last...More

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Monkeying with the Cosmos

Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 22–23, John 4:31–54

He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
Colossians 1:17 nlt

Today's Scripture & Insight: Colossians 1:15–20

In the early 1980s, a prominent astronomer who didn’t believe in God wrote, “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology.” To this scientist’s eye, the evidence showed that something had designed everything we observe in the cosmos. He added, “There are no blind forces worth speaking about in...More

Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Gift of Repentance

Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 19–21, John 4:1–30

Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate.
Joel 2:13

Today's Scripture & Insight: Joel 2:12–14

“No! I didn’t do it!” Jane heard her teenage son’s denial with a sinking heart, for she knew he wasn’t telling the truth. She breathed a prayer asking God for help before asking Simon again what happened. He continued to deny he was lying, until finally she threw her hands up in exasperation. Saying she needed a time out, she began to walk away when she felt a...More

Friday, May 13, 2022

Finish Strong

Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 17–18, John 3:19–36

I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24

Today's Scripture & Insight: Acts 20:17–24

As I enter the final few minutes of my forty-minute workout, I can almost guarantee that my instructor will yell out, “Finish strong!” Every personal trainer or group fitness leader I’ve known uses the phrase a few minutes before cool down. They know that the end of the workout is...More

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Walking by a Blessing

Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 15–16, John 3:1–18

If only you had paid attention to my commands.
Isaiah 48:18

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 48:12–20

In 1799, twelve-year-old Conrad Reed found a large, glittering rock in the stream that ran through his family’s small farm in North Carolina. He carried it home to show his father, a poor immigrant farmer. His father didn’t understand the rock’s potential value and used it as a doorstop. The family walked by it for years.

Eventually Conrad’s rock—actually a seventeen-pound gold nugget—caught...More

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Always Worth Sharing

Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 13–14, John 2

Thanks be to God, who always . . . uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.
2 Corinthians 2:14

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Corinthians 2:12–17

After I became a believer in Jesus, I shared the gospel with my mother. Instead of making a decision to trust Jesus, as I expected, she stopped speaking to me for a year. Her bad experiences with people who claimed to follow Jesus made her distrust believers in Christ. I prayed for her and reached out to her weekly. The Holy Spirit comforted me and continued working...More

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Engraved Grief

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Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 10–12, John 1:29–51

Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, . . . inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever!
Job 19:23–24

Today's Scripture & Insight: Job 19:19–27

After receiving the devastating diagnosis of a rare and incurable brain cancer, Caroline found renewed hope and purpose through providing a unique service: volunteering photography services for critically ill children and their families. Through this service, families could capture the precious moments shared with their children,...More

Monday, May 9, 2022

The Sunflower Battle

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Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 7–9, John 1:1–28

In Christ you have been brought to fullness.
Colossians 2:10

Today's Scripture & Insight: Colossians 2:6–14

The deer in our neighborhood and I have two different opinions about sunflowers. When I plant sunflowers each spring, I’m looking forward to the beauty of their blooms. My deer friends, however, don’t care about the finished product. They simply want to chew the stems and leaves until there’s nothing left. It’s an annual summertime battle as I try to see the sunflowers to maturity before my four-hoofed neighbors...More

Sunday, May 8, 2022

How Great Is Our God!

Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 4–6, Luke 24:36–53

Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Psalm 111:2

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 111:1–10

Fingerprints have long been used to identify people, but they can be faked by creating copies. Similarly, the pattern of the iris in the human eye is a reliable source for ID—until someone alters the pattern with a contact lens to skew the results. The use of biometrics to identify individuals can be defeated. So, what qualifies as a unique identifying characteristic? It turns out that...More

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Love Like Mom

Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 1–3, Luke 24:1–35

Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you.
1 Thessalonians 2:7–8

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Thessalonians 2:1–9

Juanita told her nephew about growing up during the Great Depression. Her poor family only had apples to eat, plus whatever wild game her dad might provide. Whenever he bagged a squirrel for dinner, her mom would say, “Give me that squirrel head. That’s all I want to eat. It’s the best piece of meat.” Years later Juanita realized there wasn’t any meat on a squirrel’s...More

Friday, May 6, 2022

He Knows

Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 21–22, Luke 23:26–56

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
Psalm 139:1

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 139:1–5

Lea was about to start a job as a nurse in Taiwan. She’d be able to better provide for her family, more than she could in Manila, where job opportunities were limited. On the night before her departure, she gave instructions to her sister, who’d be taking care of her five-year-old daughter. “She’ll take her vitamins if you also give her a spoonful of peanut butter,” Lea explained, “And, remember, she’s shy....More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Our Father

Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 19–20, Luke 23:1–25

This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father . . .”
Matthew 6:9

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 6:5–13

Most mornings I recite the Lord’s Prayer. I’m not worth much for the new day until I’ve grounded myself in those words. Recently I’d said only the first two words—“Our Father”—when my phone rang. It startled me as it was 5:43 a.m. Guess who? The phone display read “Dad.” Before I had a chance to answer, the call quickly ended. I guessed my dad had called by mistake. Sure enough,...More

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

A Heart for Service

Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 16–18, Luke 22:47–71

Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God.
2 Corinthians 9:13

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Corinthians 9:12–13

A ministry in Carlsbad, New Mexico, supports their community by offering more than 24,000 pounds of free food each month to local residents. The leader of the ministry shared, “People can come here, and we will accept them and meet them right where they are. Our goal is . . . to meet their practical needs to get to their spiritual needs.” As believers in Christ, God...More

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Longing for a Home

Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 14–15, Luke 22:21–46

Pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:8

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 62:1–8

Anne, the lead character in the Anne of Green Gables stories, longed for a family. Orphaned, she had lost hope of ever finding a place to call home. But then she learned that an older man named Matthew and his sister Marilla would take her in. On the buggy ride to their home, Anne apologized for chattering on and on, but Matthew, a quiet man, said, “You can talk as much as you like. I don’t mind.” This was music...More

Monday, May 2, 2022

Father of Lies

Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 12–13, Luke 22:1–20

When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
John 8:44

Today's Scripture & Insight: John 8:39–47

Victor slowly became addicted to pornography. Many of his friends looked at porn, and he fell into it too. But now he understands how wrong it was—he sinned against God—and it crushed his wife. He’s vowed to put safeguards in his life so he’ll never look at it again. Yet he fears it’s too late. Can his marriage be saved? Will he ever be free and fully forgiven?


Sunday, May 1, 2022

Let There Be Light

Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 10–11, Luke 21:20–38

God said, “Let there be light.”
Genesis 1:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: Genesis 1:1–5

In my daughter’s earliest days, I often named for her the things she encountered. I’d identify objects or allow her to touch something unfamiliar and say the word for her, bringing understanding—and vocabulary—to the vast world she was exploring. Though my husband and I might naturally have expected (or hoped) her first word would be Mama or Daddy, she surprised us with an entirely different first word: her small mouth...More

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Servants of the Night

Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 8–9, Luke 21:1–19

May the Lord bless you from Zion.
Psalm 134:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 134

It’s 3 a.m. at an acute-care hospital. A worried patient presses the call button for the fourth time in an hour. The night-shift nurse answers without complaint. Soon another patient is screaming, crying for attention. The nurse isn’t surprised. She requested the night shift five years ago to avoid her hospital’s daytime frenzy. Then the reality hit. Night work often meant taking on extra tasks, such as lifting and turning patients by...More

Friday, April 29, 2022

Spiritual Diagnosis

Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 6–7, Luke 20:27–47

We will not listen to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord.
Jeremiah 44:16

Today's Scripture & Insight: Jeremiah 44:16–18, 20–23

Chemotherapy reduced the tumor in my father-in-law’s pancreas, until it didn’t. As the tumor began to grow again, he was left with a life-and-death decision. He asked his doctor, “Should I take more of this chemo or try something else, perhaps a different drug or radiation?”

The people of Judah had a similar life-and-death question. Weary from war and...More

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Growing in Faith

Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 3–5, Luke 20:1–26

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James‬ ‭1:4

Today's Scripture & Insight: James 1:2–4

At the beginning of my gardening journey, I’d wake up early and run to my vegetable garden to see if anything had sprouted. Nothing. After an internet search for “fast garden growth,” I learned that the seedling stage is the most important phase of a plant’s lifespan. Knowing now that this process couldn’t be rushed, I came to appreciate the strength of small sprouts...More

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Sing Again

Bible in a Year: 1 Kings 1–2, Luke 19:28–48

Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel!
Zephaniah 3:14

Today's Scripture & Insight: Zephaniah 3:14–20

Australia’s regent honeyeater bird is in trouble—it’s losing its song. Though once an abundant species, just three hundred birds now remain; and with so few others to learn from, the males are forgetting their unique song and failing to attract mates.

Thankfully, conservationists plan to rescue the honeyeaters by singing to them. Or, more precisely, play them recordings of other honeyeaters singing so they...More

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Age Is Just a Number

Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 23–24, Luke 19:1–27

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Timothy 4:6–13

Youthfulness shouldn’t stop anyone from achievement. It certainly didn’t stop eleven-year-old Mikaila. Instead of putting up a lemonade stand, Mikaila opened a lemonade business. Me & the Bees Lemonade started with her grandmother’s recipe and eventually earned a $60,000 investment from investors on the...More

Monday, April 25, 2022

Pulled to Safety

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Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 21–22, Luke 18:24–43

He reached down from on high and took hold of me.
2 Samuel 22:17

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Samuel 22:13–20

A little girl waded in a shallow creek while her father watched. Her rubber boots reached her knees. As she sloshed downstream, the water deepened until it flowed over the top of her waders. When she couldn’t take another step, she yelled, “Daddy, I’m stuck!” In three strides, her father was at her side, pulling her to the grassy bank. She yanked her boots off and laughed as water poured onto the...More

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Feeling Dusty

Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 19–20, Luke 18:1–23

He remembers that we are dust.
Psalm 103:14

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 103:13–19

When Warren mentioned during our weekly ministry team call that he was “feeling dusty,” I sensed that this was his way of referencing the physical challenges associated with aging and ill-health. For Warren and his wife, both in their late sixties, 2020 included doctors’ visits, surgical procedures, and the rearranging of their home to accommodate in-home care. They were on the other side of the prime of life and they were...More

Saturday, April 23, 2022

What Counts

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Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 16–18, Luke 17:20–37

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
Romans 14:19

Today's Scripture & Insight: Romans 14:13–23

My friend recounted how she’d pointedly been asked by a fellow believer and colleague which political party she belonged to. His aim in asking the question seemed to be to predict whether he agreed with her on any number of issues currently dividing their community. In an effort to find common ground between them, she simply replied, “Since we’re both believers, I’d...More

Friday, April 22, 2022

Gratitude on Earth Day

Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 14–15, Luke 17:1–19

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Genesis 2:15

Today's Scripture & Insight: Genesis 2:4–10, 15

Earth Day is an annual event observed on April 22. In recent years, more than one billion people in about two hundred countries have taken part in educational and service activities. Each year, Earth Day is a reminder of the importance of caring for our amazing planet. But the mandate to care for the environment is far older than this annual event—it goes all the way...More

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Really Alive

Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 12–13, Luke 16

There will be no more death.
Revelation 21:4

Today's Scripture & Insight: Revelation 21:1–7

Since it was the week after Easter, our five-year-old son, Wyatt, had heard plenty of resurrection talk. He always had questions—usually real stumpers. I was driving, and he was buckled into his seat behind me. Wyatt peered out the window, deep in thought. “Daddy,” he said, pausing and preparing to ask me a tough one. “When Jesus brings us back to life, are we going to be really alive—or just alive in our...More

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Love Is Worth the Risk

Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 9–11, Luke 15:11–32

If you love me, keep my commands.
John 14:15

Today's Scripture & Insight: John 21:15–19

After a friend ended our decade-long friendship without explanation, I began slipping back into my old habit of keeping people at arms’ length. While processing my grief, I pulled a tattered copy of The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis off my shelf. Lewis makes a powerful observation about love requiring vulnerability. He states there’s “no safe investment” when a person risks loving. He suggests that loving “anything [will lead to]...More

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Come and Worship

Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 6–8, Luke 15:1–10

Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns.
Deuteronomy 31:12

Today's Scripture & Insight: Deuteronomy 31:9–13

As they sang praise songs together in the multi-generational worship service, many experienced joy and peace. But not a frazzled mother. As she jiggled her baby, who was on the verge of crying, she held the songbook for her five-year-old while trying to stop her toddler from running off. Then an older gentleman sitting behind her offered to walk the toddler around the...More

Monday, April 18, 2022

Witness in the Workplace

Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 3–5, Luke 14:25–35

If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
1 Peter 2:20

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Peter 2:11–21

“Are you still upset that I want to reduce the size of your favorite department?” Evelyn’s manager asked. “No.” She tightened her jaw. She was more frustrated that he seemed to be teasing her about it. She’d been trying to help the company by finding ways to draw in different interest groups, but limited space made this nearly impossible. Evelyn fought back tears, but she made...More

Sunday, April 17, 2022

This Changes Everything

Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 1–2, Luke 14:1–24

Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:20

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Corinthians 15:12–26

Jaroslav Pelikan, longtime Yale professor considered one of “his generation’s preeminent authorities on Christian history,” was renowned for his extensive academic career. He published more than thirty books and won the esteemed Kluge Prize as a lifetime award for his voluminous writing. One of his students, however, recounted what he considered his...More

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Not So

Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 30–31, Luke 13:23–35

All those who knew him...stood at a distance, watching these things.
Luke 23:49

Today's Scripture & Insight: Luke 23:49–56

“I wanted somehow to make it not so,” lamented the man, eulogizing a friend who died young. His words gave poignancy to humanity’s ageless heart-cry. Death stuns and scars us all. We ache to undo what can’t be undone.

The longing to “make it not so” might well describe how Jesus’ followers felt after His death. The Gospels say little about those awful hours, but they do record...More

Thursday, April 14, 2022

“And It Was Night”

Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 25–26, Luke 12:32–59

As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
John 13:30

Today's Scripture & Insight: John 13:21–32

Elie Wiesel’s book Night starkly confronts us with the horrors of the Holocaust. Based on his own experiences in Nazi death camps, Wiesel’s account flips the biblical story of the Exodus. While Moses and the Israelites escaped slavery at the first Passover (Exodus 12), Wiesel tells of the Nazis arresting Jewish leaders following Passover.

Lest we criticize Wiesel and his dark irony,...More

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Carried by Love

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Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 22–24, Luke 12:1–31

I have made you and I will carry you.
Isaiah 46:4

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 46:1–10

My four-year-old grandson sat on my lap and patted my bald head, studying it intently. “Papa,” he asked, “What happened to your hair?” “Oh,” I laughed, “I lost it over the years.” His face turned thoughtful: “That’s too bad,” he responded. “I’ll have to give you some of mine.”

I smiled at his compassion and pulled him close for a hug. Reflecting later on his love for me in that cherished...More

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Like Us, for Us

Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 19–21, Luke 11:29–54

For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way.
Hebrews 2:17

Today's Scripture & Insight: Hebrews 2:10–18

Derek noticed his son didn’t want to take off his shirt to swim and realized it was because he was self-conscious about a birthmark that covers parts of his chest, belly, and left arm. Determined to help his son, Derek underwent a lengthy and painful tattooing process to create an identical mark on his own body.

Derek’s love for his son reflects God’s love for His sons and...More

Monday, April 11, 2022

Making Every Moment Count

Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 17–18, Luke 11:1–28

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
Matthew 24:42

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 24:36–44

The halted hands of a pocket watch in a library’s archives at the University of North Carolina tell a harrowing tale. They mark the exact moment (8:19 and 56 seconds) the watch’s owner Elisha Mitchell slipped and fell to his death at a waterfall in the Appalachian Mountains on the morning of June 27, 1857.

Mitchell, a professor at the university, was gathering data to...More

Sunday, April 10, 2022

A King on a Donkey

Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 15–16, Luke 10:25–42

See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey.
Matthew 21:5

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 21:1–11

It was Sunday—the day we now call Palm Sunday. Without a doubt, this wasn’t Jesus’ first visit to Jerusalem. As a devout Jew, He would’ve gone to the city every year for the three great feasts (Luke 2:41–42; John 2:13; 5:1). In the past three years, Christ had also ministered and taught in Jerusalem. But this Sunday His coming into the city was radically different.

By riding a young...More

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Chatty Bus

Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 13–14, Luke 10:1–24

Let your conversation be always full of grace.
Colossians 4:6

Today's Scripture & Insight: Colossians 4:2–6

In 2019, the Oxford Bus Company launched the instantly popular “Chatty Bus,” a bus with designated people on board willing to talk with interested passengers. The route was initiated in response to government research which found that 30 percent of Britons go at least one day each week without a meaningful conversation.

Many of us have likely experienced the loneliness that comes from not having...More

Friday, April 8, 2022

Permanent Address

Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 10–12, Luke 9:37–62

One thing I ask from the Lord...that I may dwell in the house of the Lord.
Psalm 27:4

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 27:1–6

Not long ago we moved to a new home just a short distance from our old one. Despite the close proximity, we still needed to load all of our belongings onto a moving truck because of the timing of the financial transactions. Between the sale and purchase, our furnishings stayed on the truck and our family found temporary lodging. During that time, I was surprised to discover how “at home” I...More

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Real Hospitality

Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 7–9, Luke 9:18–36

Offer hospitality to one another . . . use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:9–10

Today's Scripture & Insight: Genesis 24:12–20

“Kumain ka na ba?” (Have you eaten?)

This is what you’ll always hear as a visitor in many homes in the Philippines, where I’m from. It’s the Filipino way of expressing care and kindness for our guests. And regardless of your reply, your host will always prepare something for you to eat....More

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Parking Lot Quarrel

Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 4–6, Luke 9:1–17

Do not merely listen to the word . . . . Do what it says.
James 1:22

Today's Scripture & Insight: James 1:19–27

The scene in the parking lot might have been funny if it wasn’t so tragic. Two drivers were arguing loudly over one of their cars that was blocking the passage of the other, and harsh words were being exchanged.

What made it especially painful to watch was that this quarrel was taking place in the parking lot of a church. The two men had possibly just heard a sermon about love, patience, or forgiveness,...More

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

A Good Work

Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 1–3: Luke 8:26–56

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 139:13–24

As a teenager, Charles Spurgeon wrestled with God. He’d grown up going to church, but what was preached seemed bland and meaningless. It was a struggle for him to believe in God, and Charles, in his own words, “rebelled and revolted.” One night a fierce snowstorm forced the sixteen-year-old Spurgeon to seek shelter in a tiny Methodist church. The pastor’s sermon...More

Monday, April 4, 2022

Wise Counsel

Bible in a Year: Ruth 1–4, Luke 8:1–25

The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.
Exodus 18:18

Today's Scripture & Insight: Exodus 18:13–22

While attending seminary, I was working full-time. Add to that a chaplaincy rotation and an internship at a church. I was busy. When my father visited me, he said, “You’re going to have a breakdown.” I shrugged off his warning thinking he was of another generation and didn’t understand goal-setting.

I didn’t have a breakdown. But I did experience a very rough, dry season in which I fell into...More

Sunday, April 3, 2022

God’s Great Love

Bible in a Year: Judges 19–21, Luke 7:31–50

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
Lamentations 3:22

Today's Scripture & Insight: Lamentations 3:19–26

When a friend asked me to speak with teenage girls at a workshop promoting purity, I declined. As a teenage runaway, I struggled and had decades of scars caused by my immorality. After getting married and losing our first child to a miscarriage, I thought God was punishing me for my past sins. When I finally surrendered my life to Christ at the age of thirty, I confessed...More

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Built Together to Serve

Bible in a Year: Judges 16–18, Luke 7:1–30

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly.
Ephesians 4:16 nlt

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Corinthians 12:18–30

In rural Amish culture, the building of a barn is a social event. It would take months for a single farmer and his family to construct a barn, but the Amish, doing it together, make quick work of it. Lumber is stocked ahead of time; tools are prepped. On the designated day, the entire Amish community gathers early, divvies up tasks, and together pitches in to raise a barn—sometimes in a single...More

Friday, April 1, 2022

Witness Marks

Bible in a Year: Judges 13–15, Luke 6:27–49

Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.
Romans 15:2

Today's Scripture & Insight: Romans 15:1–6

“See that?” The clock repairman pointed his flashlight beam on a small, fine mark roughly engraved inside the old grandfather clock he was working on in our home. “Another repairman could have put that there almost a century ago,” he said. “It’s called a ‘witness mark,’ and it helps me know how to set the mechanism.”

Before the age of technical bulletins and repair...More

Thursday, March 31, 2022

God’s Embassy

Bible in a Year: Judges 11–12, Luke 6:1–26

When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.
Luke 14:13–14

Today's Scripture & Insight: Luke 14:7–14

Ludmilla, a widow aged eighty-two, has declared her home in the Czech Republic an “Embassy of the Kingdom of Heaven,” saying, “My home is an extension of Christ’s kingdom.” She welcomes strangers and friends who are hurting and in need with loving hospitality, sometimes providing food and a place to sleep—always with a compassionate and prayerful spirit....More

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

God Cleans the Stains

Bible in a Year: Judges 9–10, Luke 5:17–39

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Isaiah 1:18

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 1:10–18

What if our clothes were more functional, having the ability to clean themselves after we dropped ketchup or mustard or spilled a drink on them? Well, according to the BBC, engineers in China have developed a special “coating which causes cotton to clean itself of stains and odors when exposed to ultraviolet lights.” Can you imagine the...More

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Past the Boundaries of Knowing

Bible in a Year: Judges 7–8, Luke 5:1–16

We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Corinthians 4:7–18

It was a hard day when my husband found out that, like so many others, he too would soon be furloughed from employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believed that God would meet our basic needs, but the uncertainty of how that would happen was still terrifying.

As I processed my jumbled emotions, I found myself...More

Monday, March 28, 2022

His Peace

Bible in a Year: Judges 4–6, Luke 4:31–44

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Isaiah 26:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 26:3–7

For several months, I coped with intense workplace politics and intrigues. Worrying is second nature to me, so I was surprised to find myself at peace. Instead of feeling anxious, I was able to respond with a calm mind and heart. I knew that this peace could come only from God.

In contrast, there was another period in my life when everything was going well—and yet I felt...More

Sunday, March 27, 2022

The Essence of Prayer

Bible in a Year: Judges 1–3, Luke 4:1–30

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Peter 5:6–11

When Abraham Lincoln became president of the United States, he was tasked with leading a fractured nation. Lincoln is viewed as a wise leader and a man of high moral character, but another element to his makeup, perhaps, was the foundation for everything else. He understood that he was inadequate for the task at hand. His response to that inadequacy? Lincoln said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the...More

Saturday, March 26, 2022

A Life of Integrity

Bible in a Year: Joshua 22–24, Luke 3

The integrity of the upright guides them.
Proverbs 11:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: Proverbs 11:1–3

Abel Mutai, a Kenyan runner competing in a grueling international cross-country race, was mere yards from victory—his lead secure. Confused by the course’s signage and thinking he’d already crossed the finish line, however, Mutai stopped short. The Spanish runner in second place, Ivan Fernandez Anaya, saw Mutai’s mistake. Rather than take advantage and bolt past for the win, however, he caught up to Mutai, put out his arm and...More

Friday, March 25, 2022

Where’s God?

Bible in a Year: Joshua 19–21, Luke 2:25–52

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

Today's Scripture & Insight: Jeremiah 29:4–7, 10–14

In Martin Handford’s Where’s Waldo? books, a series of children’s puzzle books first created in 1987, the elusive character wears a red and white striped shirt and socks with a matching hat, blue jeans, brown boots, and glasses. Handford has cleverly hidden Waldo in plain sight within the busy illustrations filled with crowds of characters at various locations around the world. Waldo...More

Thursday, March 24, 2022

And Seven Others

Bible in a Year: Joshua 16–18, Luke 2:1–24

Believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.
James 2:1

Today's Scripture & Insight: James 2:1–4

Tragedy struck near Los Angeles in January 2020 when nine people died in a helicopter crash. Most news stories began something like this, “NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna (“Gigi”), and seven others lost their lives in the accident.”

It’s natural and understandable to focus on the well-known people involved in a horrible situation like this—and the deaths of Kobe and his...More

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

God’s Good Glue

Bible in a Year: Joshua 13–15, Luke 1:57–80

God made...all the creatures that move along the ground.
Genesis 1:25

Today's Scripture & Insight: Genesis 1:20–25

Scientists from Penn State University recently engineered a new kind of glue that’s both extremely strong and also removable. Their design is inspired by a snail whose slime hardens in dry conditions and loosens again when wet. The reversible nature of the snail’s slime allows it to move freely in more humid conditions—safer for the snail—while keeping it securely planted in its environment when movement...More

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Keep It Simple

Bible in a Year: Joshua 10–12, Luke 1:39–56

Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
Acts 8:35

Today's Scripture & Insight: Acts 8:26–35

The email was short but urgent. “Request salvation. I would like to know Jesus.” What an astonishing request. Unlike reluctant friends and family who hadn’t yet received Christ, this person didn’t need convincing. My task was to quiet my self-doubt about evangelizing and simply share key concepts, Scriptures, and trusted resources that addressed this man’s plea. From there, by...More

Monday, March 21, 2022

Lost to the Past

Bible in a Year: Joshua 7–9, Luke 1:21–38

Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work.
Exodus 35:21

Today's Scripture & Insight: Exodus 39:1–7

Upset with the corruption and extravagance plaguing his kingdom, Korea’s King Yeongjo (1694–1776) decided to change things. In a classic case of throwing out the baby with the bathwater, he banned the traditional art of gold-thread embroidery as excessively opulent. Soon, knowledge of that intricate process vanished into the past.

In 2011, Professor...More

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Rising to Dance

Bible in a Year: Joshua 4–6, Luke 1:1–20

The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable.
1 Corinthians 15:42

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Corinthians 15:35–44

In a widely shared video, an elegant elderly woman sits in a wheelchair. Once a famed ballet dancer, Marta González Saldaña now suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. But something magical happens when Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is played to her. As the music builds, her frail hands slowly rise; and as the first trumpets blast, she starts performing from her chair. Though her mind and body are...More

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Reclaiming Our Time

Bible in a Year: Joshua 1–3, Mark 16

I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten. . . . You will have plenty to eat, until you are full.
Joel 2:25–26

Today's Scripture & Insight: Joel 2:21–27

My mother shared with me how she chose not to attend college so she could marry my father in the 1960s, but she always held on to her dream of becoming a home economics teacher. Three children later, though she never received a college degree, she did become a nutritionist aide for the state of Louisiana’s health system. She cooked meals to demonstrate healthier meal...More

Friday, March 18, 2022

Little Foxes

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 32–34, Mark 15:26–47

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards.
Song of Songs 2:15

Today's Scripture & Insight: Song of Songs 2:3–15

A pilot couldn’t fit his tea into the cupholder, so he set it on the center console. When the plane hit turbulence, the drink spilled onto the control panel, shutting off an engine. The flight was diverted and landed safely, but when it happened again to a crew from a different airline two months later, the manufacturer realized there was a problem. The plane cost $300 million, but...More

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Preparing a Place for Us

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 30–31, Mark 15:1–25

If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
John 14:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: John 14:1–4

Our family was planning to get a puppy, so my eleven-year-old daughter researched for months. She knew what the dog should eat and how to introduce it to our new home—among myriad other details.

Turns out puppies do best, she told me, if they’re introduced to one room at a time. So we carefully prepared a spare bedroom. I’m sure there...More

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Thanks, but No Thanks

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 28–29, Mark 14:54–72

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.
2 Corinthians 6:14

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ezra 4:1–5, 24

A Christian school for autistic children in India received a big donation from a corporation. After checking that there were no strings attached, they accepted the money. But later, the corporation requested to be represented on the school board. The school director returned the money. She refused to allow the values of the school to be compromised. She said, “It’s more important to do God’s work in God’s...More

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

The Fierce Struggle

Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 24–25, John 5:1–24

Our struggle is...against the powers of this dark world.
Ephesians 6:12

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ephesians 6:10–20

In 1896, an explorer named Carl Akeley found himself in a remote section of Ethiopia, chased by an eighty-pound leopard. He remembered the leopard pouncing, trying “to sink her teeth into my throat.” She missed, snagging his right arm with her vicious jaws. The two rolled in the sand—a long, fierce struggle. Akeley weakened, and “it became a question of who would give up first.” Summoning his last...More

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

No Formula Needed

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 26–27, Mark 14:27–53

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 5:13–16

When Jen was young, her well-intentioned Sunday school teacher instructed the class in evangelism training, which included memorizing a series of verses and a formula for sharing the gospel. She and a friend nervously tried this out on another friend, fearful they’d forget an important verse or step. Jen doesn’t “remember if the evening ended in...More

Monday, March 14, 2022

Justice and Jesus

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 23–25, Mark 14:1–26

What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Today's Scripture & Insight: Micah 6:1–8

Caesar Augustus (63 bc–ad 14), the first emperor of Rome, wanted to be known as a law-and-order ruler. Even though he built his empire on the back of slave labor, military conquest, and financial bribery, he restored a measure of legal due process and gave his citizens Iustitia, a goddess our justice system today refers to as Lady Justice. He also called for a census...More

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Warts and All

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 20–22, Mark 13:21–37

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13

Today's Scripture & Insight: Colossians 3:12–15

Oliver Cromwell, known as the “Protector of England,” was a military commander in the seventeenth century. It was common practice during those days for people of importance to have their portraits painted. And it wasn’t unusual for an artist to avoid depicting the less attractive aspects of a person’s face. Cromwell, however, wanted nothing to do with a likeness that would flatter him. He cautioned the artist,...More

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Love Song

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 17–19, Mark 13:1–20

He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

Today's Scripture & Insight: Zephaniah 3:9–17

It’s a quiet riverside park on a Saturday afternoon. Joggers pass by, fishing rods whirl, seagulls fight over fish and chip wrappers, and my wife and I sit watching the couple. They are maybe in their late forties and are speaking a language unknown to us. She sits gazing into his eyes while he, without a hint of self-consciousness,...More

Friday, March 11, 2022

Tackling Indecision

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 14–16, Mark 12:28–44

In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:6

Today's Scripture & Insight: Proverbs 3:5–8

We live in a world that offers a wide range of choices—from paper towels to life insurance. In 2004, psychologist Barry Schwartz wrote a book titled The Paradox of Choice in which he argued that while freedom of choice is important to our well-being, too many choices can lead to overload and indecision. While the stakes are certainly lower when deciding on which paper towel to buy, indecision...More

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Revelation and Reassurance

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 11–13, Mark 12:1–27

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

Today's Scripture & Insight: Philippians 4:1–7

Baby-gender reveals in 2019 were dramatic. In July, a video showed a car emitting blue smoke to indicate, “It’s a boy!” In September, a crop-duster plane in Texas dumped hundreds of gallons of pink water to announce, “It’s a girl!” There was another “reveal,” though, that uncovered significant things about the...More

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

All Creatures Great and Small

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 8–10, Mark 11:19–33

You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
Psalm 36:6

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 36:5–10

Michelle Grant trained a baby beaver named Timber to return to the wild. When she took him for swims in a pond, he’d come back to her kayak to snuggle and rub noses. One morning Timber didn’t return. Michelle scoured the pond for six hours before giving up. Weeks later she found a beaver skull. Assuming it was Timber, she began to cry.

My soul ached for Michelle and Timber. I told myself, “Snap out of it....More

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Beautiful Feet

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 5–7, Mark 11:1–18

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.
Isaiah 52:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 52:7–10

John Nash was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994, recognizing his pioneering work in mathematics. His equations have since been used by businesses around the world in understanding the dynamics of competition and rivalry. A book and a full-length movie have documented his life and refer to him as having “a beautiful mind”—not because his brain had any particular aesthetic...More

Monday, March 7, 2022

Willing to Wait

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 3–4, Mark 10:32–52

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.
James 5:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: James 5:7–12

Waiting can be a culprit in stealing our peace. According to computer scientist Ramesh Sitaraman, few things “inspire universal frustration and ire” in internet users as waiting for a sluggish web browser to load. His research says that we’re willing to wait an average of two seconds...More

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Tongue-Tied in Prayer

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 1–2, Mark 10:1–31

We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Romans 8:26

Today's Scripture & Insight: Romans 8:22–27

When my baby brother underwent surgery, I was concerned. My mother explained that “tongue-tie” (ankyloglossia) was a condition he was born with and that without help, his ability to eat and eventually to speak would be hindered. Today we use the term tongue-tied to describe being at a loss for words or too shy to speak.

Sometimes we can be...More

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Safe Hands

Bible in a Year: Numbers 34–36, Mark 9:30–50

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble.
Psalm 32:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 32

Like the unraveling of a rope, the threads of Doug Merkey’s life were breaking one by one. “My mother had lost her prolonged battle with cancer; a long-term romantic relationship was failing; my finances were depleted; my vocation was foggy. . . . The emotional and spiritual darkness around me and within me was deep and debilitating and seemingly impenetrable,” the pastor and sculptor wrote. These collective...More

Friday, March 4, 2022

Unshakable Faith

Bible in a Year: Numbers 31–33, Mark 9:1–29

Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.
Luke 12:15

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 6:19–24

Kevin walked into the nursing facility after his dad passed away to pick up his belongings. The staff handed him two small boxes. He said he realized that day that it really didn’t take an abundance of possessions to be happy.

His dad, Larry, had been carefree and always ready with a smile and an encouraging word for others. The reason for his happiness was another “possession” that didn’t fit...More

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Encouraged in God

Bible in a Year: Numbers 28–30, Mark 8:22–38

Saul’s son Jonathan went to David . . . and helped him find strength in God.
1 Samuel 23:16

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Samuel 23:15–24

In 1925, Langston Hughes, an aspiring writer working as a busboy at a hotel, discovered that a poet he admired (Vachel Lindsey) was staying there as a guest. Hughes shyly slipped Lindsey some of his own poetry, which Lindsey later praised enthusiastically at a public reading. Lindsey’s encouragement resulted in Hughes receiving a university scholarship, furthering him on his way to...More

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Managing Our Gifts

Bible in a Year: Numbers 26–27, Mark 8:1–21

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.
1 Peter 4:10

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Peter 4:7–11

In 2013, British actor David Suchet was filming the final TV episodes as Agatha Christie’s beloved Belgian detective Hercule Poirot—and also starring in a stage play—when he took on “the biggest role in [his] life.” Between those projects he recorded an audio version of the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation—752,702 words—over two hundred hours.

Suchet, who became a...More

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

A Friendly Conversation

Bible in a Year: Numbers 23–25, Mark 7:14–37

[Pray for me] that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.
Ephesians 6:19

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ephesians 6:18–20

Catherine and I were good friends in high school. When we weren’t talking on the phone, we were passing notes in class to plan our next sleepover. Sometimes we rode horses together and partnered on school projects.

One Sunday afternoon, I started to think about Catherine. My pastor had spoken that morning about how to have eternal life, and I knew my friend didn’t...More

Monday, February 28, 2022

Choosing Celebration

Bible in a Year: Numbers 20–22, Mark 7:1–13

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
Proverbs 14:30

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Peter 2:1–3, 9–10

Writer Marilyn McEntyre shares the story of learning from a friend that “the opposite of envy is celebration.” Despite this friend’s physical disability and chronic pain, which limited her ability to develop her talents in the ways she’d hoped, she was somehow able to uniquely embody joy and to celebrate with others, bringing “appreciation into every encounter” before she passed...More

Sunday, February 27, 2022

The Joy of Good News

Bible in a Year: Numbers 17–19, Mark 6:30–56

The Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news.
Isaiah 61:1

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 61:1–7

One evening in 1964, the Great Alaska earthquake shocked and writhed for more than four minutes, registering a 9.2 magnitude. In Anchorage, whole city blocks disappeared, leaving only massive craters and rubble. Through the dark, terrifying night, news reporter Genie Chance stood at her microphone, passing along messages to desperate people sitting by their radios: a husband working in the bush heard that his wife was...More

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Part of the Family

Bible in a Year: Numbers 15–16, Mark 6:1–29

You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.
Ephesians 2:19

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ephesians 2:19–22

Downton Abbey was a popular British television drama that followed the fictional Crawley family as they navigated a changing social structure in early 1900s England. One of the key characters, Tom Branson, initially worked as the family’s chauffeur before shocking everyone by marrying the youngest Crawley daughter. Following a period of...More

Friday, February 25, 2022

Avoid the Door

Bible in a Year: Numbers 12–14, Mark 5:21–43

Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house.
Proverbs 5:8

Today's Scripture & Insight: Proverbs 5:1–14

The dormouse’s nose twitched. Something tasty was nearby. Sure enough, the scent led to a birdfeeder full of delicious seed. The dormouse climbed down the chain to the feeder, slipped through the door, and ate and ate all night. Only in the morning did he realize the trouble he was in. Birds now pecked at him through the feeder’s door, but having gorged on the seed, he was now twice his size...More

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Follow the Leader

Bible in a Year: Numbers 9–11, Mark 5:1–20

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Corinthians 10:23–11:1

No words. Just music and moving. During a twenty-four-hour Zumba marathon amid the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of people from around the globe worked out together and virtually followed instructors from India, China, Mexico, America, South Africa, parts of Europe, and several other places. These diverse individuals were able to move together without any language barriers. Why? Because instructors...More

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The Challenge of the Stars

Bible in a Year: Numbers 7–8, Mark 4:21–41

What is mankind that you are mindful of them?
Psalm 8:4

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 8

In the early twentieth century, Italian poet F. T. Marinetti launched Futurism, an artistic movement that rejected the past, scoffed at traditional ideas of beauty, and glorified machinery instead. In 1909, Marinetti wrote his Manifesto of Futurism, in which he declared “contempt for women,” praised “the blow with the fist,” and asserted, “We want to glorify war.” The manifesto concludes: “Standing on the world’s...More

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Love Your Loved Ones

Bible in a Year: Numbers 4–6, Mark 4:1–20

If he comes to you, welcome him.
Colossians 4:10

Today's Scripture & Insight: Colossians 4:7–10

Amos was an overbearing extrovert, and Danny was a loner wracked with self-doubt. Somehow these eccentric geniuses became best friends. They spent a decade laughing and learning together. One day their work would receive a Nobel Prize. But Danny tired of Amos’ self-centered ways and told him they were no longer friends.

Three days later, Amos called with terrible news. Doctors had found cancer and given him six...More

Monday, February 21, 2022

Never Say “Can’t”

Bible in a Year: Numbers 1–3, Mark 3

Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.
Exodus 4:12

Today's Scripture & Insight: Exodus 3:7–10; 4:10–15

Jen was born without legs and abandoned at the hospital. Yet she says being put up for adoption was a blessing. “I am here because of the people who poured into me.” Her adoptive family helped her to see she was “born like this for a reason.” They raised her to “never say ‘can’t’ ” and encouraged her in all her pursuits—including becoming an accomplished acrobat and aerialist! She...More

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Leaning into God

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 26–27, Mark 2

Pray continually.
1 Thessalonians 5:17

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Thessalonians 5:12–24

Harriet Tubman couldn’t read or write. As an adolescent, she suffered a head injury at the hands of a cruel slave master. That injury caused her to have seizures and lapses of consciousness for the rest of her life. But once she escaped slavery, God used her to rescue as many as three hundred others.

Nicknamed “Moses” by those she freed, Harriet bravely made nineteen trips back to the pre-Civil War South to rescue others....More

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Spotting God

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 25, Mark 1:23–45

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Isaiah 26:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 26:3–4

A pirouette is a graceful spin that’s executed by ballerinas and contemporary dancers alike. As a child, I loved to do pirouettes in my modern dance class, whirling round and round until I was dizzy in the head and fell to the ground. As I got older, a trick I learned to help me maintain my balance and control was “spotting”—identifying a single point for my eyes to...More

Friday, February 18, 2022


Bible in a Year: Leviticus 23–24, Mark 1:1–22

Be strong and very courageous.
Joshua 1:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: Joshua 1:1–9

During our tour of an aircraft carrier, a jet fighter pilot explained that planes need a 56-kilometer-per-hour wind to take off on such a short runway. To reach this steady breeze, the captain turns his ship into the wind. “Shouldn’t the wind come from the plane’s back?” I asked. The pilot answered, “No. The jets must fly into the wind. That’s the only way to achieve lift.”

God called Joshua to lead His people...More

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Being Seen

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 21–22, Matthew 28

When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple.
Acts 9:26

Today's Scripture & Insight: Acts 9:26–30

In an article on mentoring, Hannah Schell explains that mentors need to support, challenge, and inspire, but “first, and perhaps foremost, a good mentor sees you. . . . Recognition, not in terms of awards or publicity but in the sense of simply ‘being seen,’ is a basic human need.” People need to be recognized, known, and...More

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Wise Advice

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 19–20, Matthew 27:51–66

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.
Proverbs 12:15

Today's Scripture & Insight: Proverbs 6:20–23

When the roof of Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral caught fire in April 2019, its ancient wood beams and lead sheeting created a furnace so hot it couldn’t be contained. After the cathedral’s spire dramatically fell, attention turned to its bell towers. If the giant steel bells’ wooden frames also burned, their collapse would bring both towers down, leaving the cathedral in...More

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

We Are One

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 17–18, Matthew 27:27–50

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Romans 12:2

Today's Scripture & Insight: Romans 12:1–5

In a small farming community, news travels fast. Several years after the bank sold the farm David’s family had owned for decades, he learned the property would be available for sale. After much sacrifice and saving, David arrived at the auction and joined a crowd of nearly two hundred local farmers. Would David’s meager bid be enough? He placed the first bid,...More

Monday, February 14, 2022

The Power of Love

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 15–16, Matthew 27:1–26

Many waters cannot quench love.
Song of Songs 8:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: Song of Songs 8:6–7

Two octogenarians, one from Germany and the other from Denmark, were an unlikely couple. They had each enjoyed sixty years of marriage before being widowed. Though living only fifteen minutes apart, their homes were in separate countries. Still, they fell in love, regularly cooking meals and spending time together. Sadly, in 2020, due to the coronavirus, the Danish government closed the border crossing. Undeterred,...More

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Not Forgotten

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 14, Matthew 26:51–75

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Hebrews 6:10

Today's Scripture & Insight: Hebrews 6:9–12

When we think of historic, trailblazing missionaries, the name of George Liele (1750–1820) doesn’t leap to mind. Perhaps it should. Born into slavery, Liele came to Christ in Georgia and gained his freedom prior to the American Revolutionary War. He took the message of Jesus to Jamaica, ministering to the slaves in the...More

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Living by Faith

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 13, Matthew 26:26–50

We live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Samuel 17:32, 40–47

Gary was experiencing some balance issues while walking, so his doctor ordered physical therapy to improve his balance. During one session his therapist told him, “You’re trusting too much in what you can see, even when it’s wrong! You’re not depending enough on your other systems—what you feel under your feet and your inner-ear signals—which are also meant to help keep you...More

Friday, February 11, 2022

The Voice of the Father

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 11–12, Matthew 26:1–25

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
Matthew 3:17

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 3:13–17

My friend’s father died recently. When he got sick, his condition deteriorated quickly, and in a matter of days he was gone. My friend and his dad always had a strong relationship, but there were still so many questions to be asked, answers to be sought, and conversations to be had. So many unsaid things, and now his father is gone. My friend is a trained counselor: he knows the ups and downs of...More

Thursday, February 10, 2022

His Amazing Help

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 8–10, Matthew 25:31–46

[God] spreads the snow like wool.
Psalm 147:16

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 147:8–17

The sheriff marveled at the prayers, estimating “hundreds of thousands or maybe millions of prayers” were lifted to God for help as the East Troublesome Fire raged through the mountains of Colorado in the fall of 2020. Living up to its name, the blaze consumed 100,000 acres in twelve hours, roaring through tinder-dry forests, burning three hundred homes to the ground, and threatening entire towns in its path. Then came...More

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Mortality and Humility

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 6–7, Matthew 25:1–30

What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
James 4:14

Today's Scripture & Insight: James 4:7–17

Ancient scholars Jerome and Tertullian referenced stories of how in ancient Rome, after a general triumphed in an epic victory, he would be paraded atop a gleaming chariot down the capital’s central thoroughfares from dawn to sunset. The crowd would roar. The general would bask in the adoration, reveling in the greatest honor of his life. However, legend has it that a servant...More

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Success and Sacrifice

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 4–5, Matthew 24:29–51

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
1 John 3:16

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 John 3:11–18

During a summer study program, my son read a book about a boy who wanted to climb an Alpine mountain in Switzerland. Practicing for this goal occupied most of his time. When he finally set off for the summit, things didn’t go as planned. Partway up the slope, a teammate became sick and the boy decided to stay behind to help instead of achieving his goal.

In the classroom, my...More

Monday, February 7, 2022

Getting What We Want

Bible in a Year: Leviticus 1–3, Matthew 24:1–28

Adonijah . . . put himself forward and said, “I will be king.”
1 Kings 1:5

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Kings 1:5, 32–37

Aaron Burr anxiously awaited the result of the tie-breaking vote from the US House of Representatives. Deadlocked with Thomas Jefferson in the 1800 race for the presidency, Burr had reason to believe that the House would declare him the winner. However, he lost, and bitterness gnawed at his soul. Nurturing grievances against Alexander Hamilton for not supporting his candidacy, Burr killed...More

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Sweet Sleep

Bible in a Year: Exodus 39–40, Matthew 23:23–39

When you lie down, you will not be afraid [and] your sleep will be sweet.
Proverbs 3:24

Today's Scripture & Insight: Proverbs 3:19–24

When my friend Floss lies awake at night, she thinks about the lyrics of the hymn “My Jesus I Love Thee.” She calls it her “middle-of-the-night” song because it helps her to remember God’s promises and the many reasons she loves Him.

Sleep is a necessary—but sometimes elusive—part of life. At times we may sense the voice of the Holy Spirit bringing unconfessed...More

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Not for Our Comfort

Bible in a Year: Exodus 36–38,Matthew 23:1–22

We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:3–4

Today's Scripture & Insight: Romans 5:1–11

Dan was riding his motorcycle when a car swerved into his lane and pushed him into oncoming traffic. When he woke up two weeks later in the trauma center, he was “a mess.” Worst of all, he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him a paraplegic. Dan prayed for healing, but it never came. Instead, he believes God has...More

Friday, February 4, 2022

The Wonder of Creation

Bible in a Year: Exodus 34–35, Matthew 22:23–46

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it.”
Genesis 1:11

Today's Scripture & Insight: Genesis 1:9–13

While Tim was hiking on Root Glacier in Alaska, he came across something he’d not seen before. Though Tim studies glaciers professionally, the vast number of small balls of moss were completely unfamiliar to him. After tracking the bright green balls for many years, Tim and his colleagues discovered that, unlike moss on trees, the...More

Thursday, February 3, 2022

A Fresh Start

Bible in a Year: Exodus 31–33, Matthew 22:1–22

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Corinthians 5:16–20

Chinese New Year celebrations are observed by Chinese families everywhere. These festivities are tied to the lunar calendar, usually falling somewhere in late January to mid-February. These times for family reunions come with many traditions—some of great significance. Buying and donning new clothes, giving our homes a good cleaning, and paying off...More

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

A Humble Posture

Bible in a Year: Exodus 29–30, Matthew 21:23–46

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
Psalm 16:2

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 16

“Keep your hands behind your back. You’ll be fine.” That’s the loving admonition Jan’s husband always gave before she ventured off to speak to a group. When she found herself trying to impress people or seeking to control a situation, she’d adopt this posture because it put her in a teachable, listening frame of mind. She used it to remind herself to love those before her and to be...More

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Love Wherever We Go

Bible in a Year: Exodus 27–28, Matthew 21:1–22

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
Matthew 25:40

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 25:31–40

I sat on the pier during a vacation, reading my Bible and watching my husband fish. A young man approached us, suggesting we use different bait. He glanced at me as he fidgeted from one foot to another and said, “I’ve been in jail.” He pointed to my Bible and sighed, “Do you think God really cares about people like me?”

Opening to Matthew 25, I...More

Monday, January 31, 2022

Unapologetic Tears

Bible in a Year: Exodus 25–26, Matthew 20:17–34

As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears.
Luke 7:38

Today's Scripture & Insight: Luke 7:36–44

“I’m sorry,” Karen said, apologizing for her flowing tears. After the death of her husband, she stretched herself to care for her teenage kids. When men from church provided a weekend camping excursion to entertain them and give her a break, Karen wept with gratitude, apologizing over and over for her tears.

Why do so many of us apologize for our tears? Simon, a...More

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Unanswered Prayers

Bible in a Year: Exodus 23–24, Matthew 20:1–16

How long, Lord, how long?
Psalm 6:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 6

Are we there yet? Not yet. Are we there yet? Not yet. That was the back-and-forth game we played on the first (and definitely not the last) sixteen-hour trip back home to Arkansas from Colorado when our children were young. Our oldest two kept the game alive and well, and if I had a dollar for every time they asked, well, I’d have a stack of dollars. It was a question my children were obsessed with, but I (the driver) was equally obsessed...More

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Perfect Like Christ

Bible in a Year: Exodus 21–22, Matthew 19

Be perfect . . . as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:48

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 19:16–26

“Perfectionism is one of the scariest words I know,” Kathleen Norris writes, thoughtfully contrasting modern-day perfectionism with the “perfection” described in the book of Matthew. Modern-day perfectionism she describes as “a serious psychological affliction that makes people too timid to take necessary risks.” But the word translated “perfect” in Matthew actually means mature, complete,...More

Friday, January 28, 2022

In God We Put Our Trust

Bible in a Year: Exodus 19–20, Matthew 18:21–35

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
Jeremiah 17:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: Jeremiah 17:5–8

The baby wasn’t due for another six weeks, but the doctor had just diagnosed Whitney with cholestasis, a liver condition common in pregnancy. In a whirlwind of emotions, Whitney was taken to the hospital where she received treatment and was told her baby would be induced in twenty-four hours! In another part of the hospital, ventilators and other equipment needed for the onslaught of...More

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Not Holding Grudges

Bible in a Year: Exodus 16–18, Matthew 18:1–20

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
Leviticus 19:18

Today's Scripture & Insight: Romans 12:12–21

During a promotional event in 2011, two seventy-three-year-old former Canadian Football League players got into a fistfight on stage. They had a “beef” (a grudge or feud) dating back to a controversial championship football game in 1963. After one man knocked the other off the stage, the crowd called out to him to “let it go!”...More

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

True Happiness

Bible in a Year: Exodus 14–15, Matthew 17

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
Ecclesiastes 3:12

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ecclesiastes 3:9–14

In the tenth century, Abd al-Rahman III was the ruler of Cordoba, Spain. After fifty years of successful reign (“beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies”), al-Rahman took a deeper look at his life. “Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call,” he said of his privileges. But when he counted how many days...More

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Loving God

Bible in a Year: Exodus 12–13, Matthew 16

We know and rely on the love God has for us.
1 John 4:16

Today's Scripture & Insight:
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in...More

Monday, January 24, 2022

The Potter’s Wheel

Bible in a Year: Exodus 9–11, Matthew 15:21–39

The pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Jeremiah 18:4

Today's Scripture & Insight: Jeremiah 18:1–6

In 1952, in an effort to prevent clumsy or careless people from breaking items in a shop, a Miami Beach storeowner posted a sign that read: “You break it, you buy it.” The catchy phrase served as a warning to shoppers. This type of sign can now be seen in many boutiques.

Ironically, a different sign might be...More

Sunday, January 23, 2022

This Is Grace

Bible in a Year: Exodus 7–8, Matthew 15:1–20

God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.
Acts 2:36

Today's Scripture & Insight: 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as...More

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Hiding from God

Bible in a Year: Exodus 4–6, Matthew 14:22–36

The Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
Genesis 3:9

Today's Scripture & Insight:
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God...More

Friday, January 21, 2022

Give While You Live

Bible in a Year: Exodus 1–3, Matthew 14:1–21

As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me.
John 9:4

Today's Scripture & Insight: John 9:1–12

A successful businessman spent the last few decades of his life doing all he could to give away his fortune. A multibillionaire, he donated cash to a variety of causes such as bringing peace to Northern Ireland and modernizing Vietnam’s health care system; and not long before he died, he spent $350 million to turn New York City’s Roosevelt Island into a technology hub. The man said, “I believe...More

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Love of Learning

Bible in a Year: Genesis 49–50, Matthew 13:31–58

Let the wise listen and add to their learning.
Proverbs 1:5

Today's Scripture & Insight: Proverbs 1:1–7

When asked how he became a journalist, a man shared the story of his mother’s dedication to his pursuit of education. While traveling on the subway each day, she collected newspapers left behind on seats and gave them to him. While he especially enjoyed reading about sports, the papers also introduced him to knowledge about the world, which ultimately opened his mind to a vast range of interests....More

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Stay Awake!

Bible in a Year: Genesis 46–48, Matthew 13:1–30

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:41

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 26:36–46

A German bank employee was in the middle of transferring 62.40 euros from a customer’s bank account when he accidentally took a power nap at his desk. He dozed off while his finger was on the “2” key, resulting in a 222 million euro (300 million dollar) transfer into the customer’s account. The fallout from the mistake included the firing of the...More

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Love’s Greatest Gift

Bible in a Year: Genesis 43–45, Matthew 12:24–50

We all, like sheep, have gone astray.
Isaiah 53:6

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 53:1–6

My son Geoff was leaving a store when he saw an abandoned walking frame (a mobility aid) on the ground. I hope there isn’t a person back there who needs help, he thought. He glanced behind the building and found a homeless man unconscious on the pavement.

Geoff roused him and asked if he was okay. “I’m trying to drink myself to death,” he responded. “My tent broke in a storm, and I lost everything. I...More

Monday, January 17, 2022

Brave Your Storm

Bible in a Year: Genesis 41–42, Matthew 12:1–23

[Fix your] eyes on Jesus, . . . so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:2–3

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It was the evening of April 3, 1968, and a fierce thunderstorm was lashing through Memphis, Tennessee. Weary and...More

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Darkness and Light

Bible in a Year: Genesis 39–40, Matthew 11

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8:12

Today's Scripture & Insight: John 3:1–2, 16–20

As I sat in the courtroom, I witnessed several examples of the brokenness of our world: a daughter estranged from her mother; a husband and wife who’d lost the love they once had and now shared only bitterness; a husband who yearned to be reconciled with his wife and to be reunited with his children. They desperately needed changed hearts, healed...More

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Life by Death

Bible in a Year: Genesis 36–38, Matthew 10:21–42

When I see the blood, I will pass over you.
Exodus 12:13

Today's Scripture & Insight: Exodus 12:5–13

Carl was battling cancer and needed a double lung transplant. He asked God for new lungs but felt odd doing so. He confessed it’s a strange thing to pray, because “someone has to die so I might live.”

Carl’s dilemma highlights a basic truth of Scripture: God uses death to bring life. We see this in the story of the exodus. Born into slavery, the Israelites languished under the oppressive...More

Friday, January 14, 2022

Practice What You Preach

Bible in a Year: Genesis 33–35, Matthew 10:1–20

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 1:22

Today's Scripture & Insight: James 1:19–27

I started reading the Bible to my sons when my youngest, Xavier, entered kindergarten. I would look for teachable moments and share verses that would apply to our circumstances and encourage them to pray with me. Xavier memorized Scripture without even trying. If we were in a predicament in which we needed wisdom, he’d blurt out verses that shined a light on God’s...More

Thursday, January 13, 2022

A Ludicrous Investment

Bible in a Year: Genesis 31–32, Matthew 9:18–38

I knew that this was the word of the Lord; so I bought the field.
Jeremiah 32:8–9

Today's Scripture & Insight: Jeremiah 32:6–15

In 1929, as the US economy crashed, millions of people lost everything. But not Floyd Odlum. As everyone else panicked and sold their stocks at cut-rate prices, Odlum appeared to foolishly jump in and purchase stocks just as the nation’s future disintegrated. But Odlum’s “foolish” perspective paid off, yielding robust investments that endured for decades.

God told...More

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Hearing Us from Heaven

Bible in a Year: Genesis 29–30, Matthew 9:1–17

Hear from heaven their prayer and their plea.
1 Kings 8:45

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Kings 8:37–45

At eighteen months old, little Maison had never heard his mother’s voice. Then doctors fitted him with his first hearing aids and his mom, Lauryn, asked him, “Can you hear me?” The child’s eyes lit up. “Hi, Baby!” Lauryn added. A smiling Maison responded to his mother with soft coos. In tears, Lauryn knew she’d witnessed a miracle. She’d given birth to Maison prematurely after gunmen shot...More

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Escape or Peace?

Bible in a Year: Genesis 27–28, Matthew 8:18–34

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

Today's Scripture & Insight: ">John 16:25–33

“ESCAPE.” The billboard shouts the benefits of having a hot tub installed. It gets my attention— and gets me thinking. My wife and I have talked about getting a hot tub . . . someday. It’d be like a vacation in our backyard! Except for the cleaning. And the electric bill. And . . . suddenly, the...More

Monday, January 10, 2022

Etch A Sketch Forgiveness

Bible in a Year: Genesis 25–26, Matthew 8:1–17

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Psalm 103:12

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 103:7–13

The little red rectangular box was magical. As a kid, I could play with it for hours. When I turned one knob on the box, I could create a horizontal line on its screen. Turn the other knob and voila—a vertical line. When I turned the knobs together, I could make diagonal lines, circles, and creative designs. But the real magic came when I turned my Etch A Sketch toy...More

Sunday, January 9, 2022


Bible in a Year: Genesis 23–24, Matthew 7

You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 6:11

Today's Scripture & Insight: Titus 3:3–7

My friend Bill described Gerard, an acquaintance of his, as being “very far from God for a very long time.” But one day, after Bill met with Gerard and explained to him how God’s love has provided the way for us to be saved, Gerard became a believer in Jesus. Through tears, he repented of his sin and gave his life to Christ. Afterward, Bill asked Gerard how...More

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Drawn Near

Bible in a Year: Genesis 20–22, Matthew 6:19–34

Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place.
Leviticus 16:2

Today's Scripture & Insight: Leviticus 16:1–5

In the wake of the coronavirus, retrieving something from my safety deposit box required even more layers of protocol than before. Now I had to make an appointment, call when I arrived to be granted entrance to the bank, show my identification and signature, and then wait to be escorted into the vault by a designated banker. Once inside, the heavy doors locked again...More

Friday, January 7, 2022

Genuine Hope

Bible in a Year: Genesis 18–19, Matthew 6:1–18

He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Peter 1:3-9

In the early 1960s, the US was filled with anticipation of a bright future. Youthful President John F. Kennedy had introduced the New Frontier, the Peace Corps, and the task of reaching the moon. A thriving economy caused many people to expect the future to simply “let the good times roll.” Then the war in Vietnam escalated, national unrest unfolded, Kennedy was...More

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Dealing with Disagreement

Bible in a Year: Genesis 16–17, Matthew 5:27–48

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13

Today's Scripture & Insight: Colossians 3:12–14

The social media powerhouse Twitter created a platform where people all over the world express opinions in short sound bites. In recent years, however, this formula has become more complex as individuals have begun to leverage Twitter as a tool to reprimand others for attitudes and lifestyles they disagree with. Log on to the platform on any given day, and you’ll find the name of at least one person “trending.”...More

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Back to the Basics

Bible in a Year: Genesis 13–15, Matthew 5:1–26

Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right.
Ezekiel 45:9

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ezekiel 45:9–10, 17–20

Resolutions, it seems, are made to be broken. Some folks poke fun at this reality by proposing New Year’s vows that are—shall we say—attainable. Here are a few from social media:

Wave to fellow motorists at stoplights.

Sign up for a marathon. Don’t run it.

Stop procrastinating—tomorrow.

Get lost without any help from...More

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Resilient Faith

Bible in a Year: Genesis 10–12, Matthew 4

Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
Matthew 7:26

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 7:24–27

Towering dunes along the north shore of Silver Lake put nearby homes at risk of sinking into shifting sands. Though residents tried moving mounds of sand in efforts to protect their homes, they watched helplessly as well-built houses were buried right before their eyes. As a local sheriff oversaw the cleanup of a recently destroyed cottage, he...More

Monday, January 3, 2022

When Love Never Ends

Bible in a Year: Genesis 7–9; Matthew 3

The Lord watches over all who love him.
Psalm 145:20

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 145:8–20

“Whenever my grandfather took me to the beach,” Sandra reminisced, “he always took off his watch and put it away. One day I asked him why.”

“He smiled and replied, ‘Because I want you to know how important my moments with you are to me. I just want to be with you and let time go by.’ ”

I heard Sandra share that recollection at her grandfather’s funeral. It was one of her favorite memories of...More

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Fresh Start Effect

Bible in a Year: Genesis 4–6, Matthew 2

[Put] on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Colossians 3:10

Today's Scripture & Insight: Colossians 3:1–10

When Bryony turned thirty, she was sad to still be in a sales job she’d never liked. She decided it was time to stop procrastinating and find a new career. For David, New Year’s Eve had him looking in the mirror vowing this would be the year he lost weight. And for James, it was watching another month pass without his angry outbursts decreasing. Next month, he promised...More

Saturday, January 1, 2022

The Word and a New Year

Bible in a Year: Genesis 1–3, Matthew 1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1

Today's Scripture & Insight: John 1:1–14

Michellan faced challenges while growing up in the Philippines, but she always loved words and found comfort in them. Then one day while attending university, she read the first chapter in the gospel of John, and her “stone heart stirred.” She felt like someone was saying, “Yes, you love words, and guess what? There is an Eternal Word, one who . . . can cut through the darkness, now...More

Friday, December 31, 2021

One Day Closer to Christmas

Bible in a Year: Malachi 1–4, Revelation 22

Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 3:20

Today's Scripture & Insight: Philippians 3:15–21

“I can’t believe Christmas is over,” my dejected daughter said.

I know how she feels: The aftermath of Christmas can feel dreary. Presents have been opened. The tree and lights must come down. Listless January—and, for many, the need to shed holiday pounds—awaits. Christmas—and the breathless anticipation that comes with it—suddenly feels...More

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Better Than Gold

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Bible in a Year: Zechariah 13–14, Revelation 21

[Wisdom] is a tree of life to those who take hold of her.
Proverbs 3:18

Today's Scripture & Insight: Proverbs 3:13–18

When gold seeker Edward Jackson set out for California during the Great Gold Rush in the US, his diary entry on May 20, 1849, lamented his grueling wagon journey, marked by disease and death. “O do not leave my bones here,” he wrote. “If possible let them lay at home.” Another gold-seeker named John Walker penned, “It is the most complete lottery that you can imagine . . . . I cannot advise...More

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Lion, Lamb, Savior!

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Bible in a Year: Zechariah 9–12, Revelation 20

The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.
Revelation 5:5

Today's Scripture & Insight: Revelation 5:1–7

Two stately stone lions watch over the entrance to the New York Public Library. Hewn from marble, they’ve stood there proudly since the library’s dedication in 1911. They were first nicknamed Leo Lenox and Leo Astor to honor the library’s founders. But during the Great Depression, New York’s Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia renamed them Fortitude and Patience, virtues he thought New Yorkers...More

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Great Wisdom

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Bible in a Year: Zechariah 5–8, Revelation 19

Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear.
Jude 1:22–23

Today's Scripture & Insight: Jude 1:17–23

“The shepherd needs great wisdom and a thousand eyes,” wrote the beloved church father John Chrysostom, “to examine the soul’s condition from every angle.” Chrysostom wrote these words as part of a discussion on the complexity of caring well for others spiritually. Since it’s impossible to force anyone to heal, he emphasized, reaching...More

Monday, December 27, 2021

God’s Right Hand

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Bible in a Year: Zechariah 1–4, Revelation 18

I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 41:8–13

I helped my elderly dog, Wilson, out to the grass and in the process, I released the leash of our younger dog, Coach, for just a minute. As I bent to pick up Coach’s lead, he spied a bunny. Off he went, ripping the leash from my right hand and corkscrewing my ring finger in the process. I fell to the grass and cried out in pain.

After returning from...More

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Timely Resolution

Bible in a Year: Haggai 1–2, Revelation 17

Settle matters quickly with your adversary.

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 5:21–26

The unresolved hurt between Simon and Geoffrey had persisted for years, and Simon’s attempts to reenter the relationship had been resisted. Upon hearing the news of the death of Geoffrey’s mother, Simon traveled “up country” in Kenya to attend her funeral service. Simon reflected on their encounter: “I had no expectations at all in terms of how the whole thing would turn out, [but] after the service, we opened up and had a fruitful...More

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Christmas Child

Bible in a Year: Zephaniah 1–3, Revelation 16

He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
Philippians 2:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: Philippians 2:6–11

Imagine the One who made cedars spring from seeds starting life over as an embryo; the One who made the stars submitting Himself to a womb; the One who fills the heavens becoming what would be in our day a mere dot on an ultrasound. Jesus, in very nature God, making Himself nothing (Philippians 2:6–7). What an astonishing thought!

Imagine the scene as...More

Friday, December 24, 2021

The Prince of Peace

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Bible in a Year: Habakkuk 1–3, Revelation 15

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 9:1–7

When John’s cold turned into pneumonia, he ended up in the hospital. At the same time, his mother was being treated for cancer a few floors above him, and he felt overwhelmed with worries about her and about his own health. Then on Christmas Eve, when the radio played the carol “O Holy Night,” John was flooded with a deep sense of God’s peace. He listened to the words...More

Thursday, December 23, 2021

How They’ll Know

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Bible in a Year: Nahum 1–3, Revelation 14

The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
Acts 11:26

Today's Scripture & Insight: Acts 11:19–26

“The Gathering” in northern Thailand is an interdenominational, international church. On a recent Sunday, believers in Jesus from Korea, Ghana, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, the US, the Philippines, and other countries came together in a humble, thread-worn hotel conference room. They sang “In Christ Alone” and “I Am a Child of God,” lyrics that were especially poignant in that setting.

No one...More

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Virtual Presence

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Bible in a Year: Micah 6–7, Revelation 13

Though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit.
Colossians 2:5

Today's Scripture & Insight: Colossians 2:1–5

As the novel coronavirus marched across the globe, health experts advised increased physical distance between people as a means to slow the spread. Many countries asked their citizens to self-quarantine or shelter in place. Organizations sent employees home to work remotely if they could, while others suffered a financially debilitating loss of employment. Like others, I participated in church...More

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

God’s Compass

Bible in a Year: Micah 4–5, Revelation 12

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105

Today's Scripture & Insight: ">Psalm 119:105–112

During World War II, Waldemar Semenov was serving as a junior engineer aboard the SS Alcoa Guide when—nearly three hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina—a German submarine surfaced and opened fire on the ship. The ship was hit, caught fire, and began to sink. Semenov and his crew lowered a lifeboat into the water and used the vessel’s compass to sail toward the shipping lanes. After three days,...More

Monday, December 20, 2021

Fear Not

Bible in a Year: Micah 1–3, Revelation 11

Do not be afraid...a Savior has been born to you.
Luke 2:10–11

Today's Scripture & Insight: Luke 2:8–14

Linus, in the Peanuts comic strip, is best known for his blue security blanket. He carries it everywhere and isn’t embarrassed at needing it for comfort. His sister Lucy especially dislikes the blanket and often tries to get rid of it. She buries it, makes it into a kite, and uses it for a science fair project. Linus too knows he should be less dependent on his blanket and lets it go from time to time, always to take...More

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Remembered in Prayer

Bible in a Year: Jonah 1–4, Revelation 10

Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her.
Genesis 30:22

Today's Scripture & Insight: Genesis 30:1–2, 22–24

In the large African church, the pastor fell to his knees, praying to God. “Remember us!” As the pastor pleaded, the crowd responded, crying, “Remember us, Lord!” Watching this moment on YouTube, I was surprised that I shed tears too. The prayer was recorded months earlier. Yet it recalled childhood times when I heard our family’s pastor make the same plea to God. “Remember us,...More

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Well Done!

Bible in a Year: Obadiah, Revelation 9

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Timothy 4:1–8

The school where my son Brian coaches football lost the state title game in a hard-fought battle. Their opponent was undefeated over the past two years. I sent Brian a text to commiserate with him and received a terse reply: “Kids battled!”

No coach shamed the players after the game. No one shouted at them for their mishaps or bad decisions along the way. No, the coaches showered...More

Friday, December 17, 2021

Beautifully Broken

Bible in a Year: Amos 7–9, Revelation 8

I am forgotten as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery.
Psalm 31:12

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 31:12–24

Our bus finally arrived at our much-anticipated destination—an archaeological dig in Israel where we would actually do some excavation work of our own. The site’s director explained that anything we might unearth had been untouched for thousands of years. Digging up broken shards of pottery, we felt as though we were touching history. After an extended time, we were led to a workstation where...More

Thursday, December 16, 2021

What Are You?

Bible in a Year: Amos 4–6, Revelation 7

In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.
Galatians 3:26

Today's Scripture & Insight: Galatians 3:26–4:7

When I walked into the ice cream shop with my five-year-old biracial son, the man behind the counter glanced at me and stared at my child. “What are you?”

His question and harsh tone triggered the all-too-familiar anger and heartache I’d experienced growing up as a Mexican-American who didn’t fit stereotypes. Pulling Xavier closer, I turned toward my Black husband as he entered the store....More

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

I Am His Hands

Bible in a Year: Amos 1–3, Revelation 6

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!”
1 Corinthians 12:21

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Corinthians 12:12–21

Jia Haixia lost his sight in the year 2000. His friend Jia Wenqi lost his arms as a child. But they’ve found a way around their disabilities. “I am his hands and he is my eyes,” Haixia says. Together, they’re transforming their village in China.

Since 2002 the friends have been on a mission to regenerate a wasteland near their home. Each day Haixia climbs on Wenqi’s back to cross a...More

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

What Should I Say?

Bible in a Year: Joel 1–3, Revelation 5

I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king.
Nehemiah 2:4–5

Today's Scripture & Insight: Nehemiah 2:1–6

When I stopped to browse through a box of books marked “C. S. Lewis” at a used bookshop, the store owner appeared. As we chatted about the available titles, I wondered if he might be interested in the faith that inspired much of Lewis’ writing. I prayed silently for guidance. Information from a biography came to mind, and we began to discuss how C. S. Lewis’ character pointed to God. In the end, I was...More

Monday, December 13, 2021

A Worthwhile Wait

Bible in a Year: Hosea 12–14, Revelation 4

The Lord longs to be gracious to you....Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:18

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 30:15–19

Stuck in a stressful job with long hours and an unreasonable boss, James wished he could quit. But he had a mortgage, a wife, and a young child to take care of. He was tempted to resign anyway, but his wife reminded him: “Let’s hang on and see what God will give us.”

Many months later, their prayers were answered. James found a new job that he enjoyed and gave him more time...More

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Heroes, Tyrants, and Jesus

Bible in a Year: Hosea 9–11, Revelation 3

I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:2

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Corinthians 2:1–10

Beethoven was angry. He’d intended to name his Third Symphony “The Bonaparte.” In an age of religious and political tyranny, he saw Napoleon as a hero of the people and champion of freedom. But when the French general declared himself emperor, the celebrated composer changed his mind. Denouncing his former hero as a rascal and tyrant, he rubbed so hard to erase...More

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Caring for Those in Need

Bible in a Year: Hosea 5–8, Revelation 2

I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
Deuteronomy 15:11

Today's Scripture & Insight: Deuteronomy 15:7–11

Elvis Summers answered the door to find Smokey, a frail woman who stopped by regularly to ask for empty cans to return for cash. This money was her primary source of income. Elvis got an idea. “Could you show me where you sleep?” he asked. Smokey led him to a narrow patch of dirt about two feet wide next to a house. Moved by compassion, Summers built her a...More

Friday, December 10, 2021

Rescued from Powerful Enemies

Bible in a Year: Hosea 1–4, Revelation 1

[God] rescued me from my powerful enemy.
2 Samuel 22:18

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Samuel 22:17–20

In 2010, at the age of ninety-four, George Vujnovich was awarded the bronze star for organizing what the New York Times called “one of the greatest rescue efforts of World War II.” Vujnovich, son of Serbian immigrants to the US, had joined the US Army. When word arrived that downed American airmen were being protected by rebels in Yugoslavia, Vujnovich returned to his family’s homeland, parachuting into the forest to...More

Thursday, December 9, 2021

A Great Multitude

Bible in a Year: Daniel 11–12, Jude

Before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language.
Revelation 7:9

Today's Scripture & Insight: Revelation 7:9–12

We came together for our Sunday morning church service with joy and anticipation. Although we were spatially distanced because of the coronavirus pandemic, we welcomed the opportunity to celebrate Gavin and Tijana’s wedding. Our technologically gifted Iranian friends broadcast the service to friends and family spread out geographically—including in Spain, Poland,...More

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Stay Together

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Bible in a Year: Daniel 8–10, 3 John

Keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ephesians 4:1–6

Dewberry Baptist Church split in the 1800s over a chicken leg. Various versions of the story exist, but the account told by a current member was that two men fought over the last drumstick at a church potluck. One man said God wanted him to have it. The other replied God didn’t care, and he really wanted it. The men became so furious that one moved a couple kilometers down the road and started Dewberry Baptist...More

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Perfect Name

Bible in a Year: Daniel 5–7, 2 John

The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 7:10–17

On a hot and humid day one August, my wife gave birth to our second son. But he remained nameless as we struggled to settle on a given name. After spending many hours in ice cream shops and taking long car rides, we still couldn’t decide. He was simply “Baby Williams” for three days before finally being named Micah.

Choosing the right name can...More

Monday, December 6, 2021

Cheerful Giver

Bible in a Year: Daniel 3–4, 1 John 5

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Nicholas, who was born in the third century, had no idea that centuries after his death he would be known as Santa Claus. He was just a man who loved God and genuinely cared for people and who was known for giving cheerfully of his own possessions and doing kind deeds. The story is told that after learning of a family who was in...More

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Illustrating Scripture

Bible in a Year: Daniel 1–2, 1 John 4

We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.
Psalm 78:4

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 78:1–8

Decorative blue and white ceramic tiles commonly found in Dutch households were originally made in the city of Delft. They often depict familiar scenes of the Netherlands: beautiful landscapes, ubiquitous windmills, and people working and playing.

In the nineteenth century, Charles Dickens wrote in his book A Christmas Carol how these tiles were used to...More

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Generation Now

Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 47–48, 1 John 3

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord.
2 Kings 20:2

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Kings 20:1–19

“Never trust anyone over thirty,” said young environmentalist Jack Weinberg in 1964. His comment stereotyped an entire generation—something Weinberg later regretted. Looking back, he said, “Something I said off the top of my head . . . became completely distorted and misunderstood.”

Have you heard disparaging comments aimed at millennials? Or vice versa? Ill thoughts directed from one...More

Friday, December 3, 2021

True Identity

Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 45–46, 1 John 2

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1

Today's Scripture & Insight:
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that...More

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Celebrating Diversity

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Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 42–44, 1 John 1

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 133

At the 2019 graduation ceremony at a local high school, 608 students prepared to receive their diplomas. The principal began by asking students to stand when he read the name of the country where they were born: Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bosnia . . . . The principal kept going until he’d named sixty countries and every student was standing and cheering together. Sixty countries; one high...More

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

We Need Our Church Community

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Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 40–41, 2 Peter 3

[Let us] not [give] up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but [encourage] one another.
Hebrews 10:25

Today's Scripture & Insight: Hebrews 10:19–25

I grew up the firstborn son of a Southern Baptist preacher. Every Sunday the expectation was clear: I was to be in church. Possible exceptions? Maybe if I had a significant fever. But the truth is, I absolutely loved going, and I even went a few times feverish. But the world has changed, and the numbers for regular church attendance are not what they used to be....More

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A Great Light

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Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 37–39, 2 Peter 2

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
Isaiah 9:2

Today's Scripture & Insight: Isaiah 9:1–3

In 2018, twelve Thai boys and their soccer coach descended into a mazelike cave, intending to enjoy an afternoon adventure. Due to unexpected rising water that forced them deeper and deeper into the cavern, it was two-and-a-half weeks before rescuers led them out. Dive teams, thwarted by rising water, attempted the rescue as the boys sat on a small rock shelf with only six flickering flashlights. They spent hours in...More

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