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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Useless Without Love

Bible in a Year: Psalms 16–17, Acts 20:1–16

If I give all I possess to the poor . . . but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Corinthians 13:1–7

After taking the pieces for my special-order table from the box and laying them out before me, I noticed something wasn’t quite right. The beautiful top for the table and other parts were accounted for, but it was missing one of the legs. Without all of the legs, I couldn’t assemble the table, rendering it useless.

It’s not just tables that are useless when...More

Friday, July 15, 2022

The Whole House

Bible in a Year: Psalms 13–15, Acts 19:21–41

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.
Acts 16:31

Today's Scripture & Insight: Acts 16:22–34

Wearing his striped jumpsuit, James walked across the steamy jail gym and climbed into the portable pool where he was baptized by the prison chaplain. James’ joy multiplied, however, when he heard that his daughter Brittany—also an inmate—had been baptized that same day . . . in the same water! When they realized what had happened, even the staff got emotional. “There wasn’t a dry...More

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Flexing Faith Muscles

Bible in a Year: Psalms 10–12, Acts 19:1–20

Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 46

During a trip to the zoo, I stopped to rest near the sloth exhibit. The creature hung upside down. He seemed content being completely still. I sighed. Because of my health issues, I struggled with stillness and desperately wanted to move forward, to do something—anything. Resenting my limitations, I longed to stop feeling so weak. But while staring at the sloth, I observed how he stretched one arm, gripped a nearby branch, and stopped again....More

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Who Is Jesus?

Bible in a Year: Psalms 7–9, Acts 18

Who do people say I am?
Mark 8:27

Today's Scripture & Insight: Mark 8:27–30

Who do people believe Jesus is? Some say He was a good teacher, but just a man. Author C. S. Lewis wrote, “Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher.” These now-famous words from Mere Christianity...More

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

A Teachable Spirit

Bible in a Year: Psalms 4–6, Acts 17:16–34

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.
Proverbs 1:5

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

It has become sadly “normal” to attack not only the opinions of others but also the person holding the opinion. This can be true in academic circles as well. For this reason, I was stunned when scholar and theologian Richard B. Hays wrote a paper that forcefully took to task a work that he himself had written years earlier! In Reading with the Grain of Scripture, Hays demonstrated...More

Monday, July 11, 2022

True Freedom

Bible in a Year: Psalms 1–3, Acts 17:1–15

No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
1 Corinthians 10:24

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

While reading on the train, Meiling was busy highlighting sentences and jotting down notes in the margins of her book. But a conversation between a mother and child seated nearby stopped her. The mom was correcting her child for doodling in her library book. Meiling quickly put her pen away, not wanting the toddler to ignore her mother’s words by following Meiling’s example. She knew that the...More

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Watching Out for One Another

Bible in a Year: Job 41–42, Acts 16:22–40

Show mercy and compassion to one another.
Zechariah 7:9

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

Jose, a seventy-seven-year-old substitute teacher, had been living out of his car for eight years. Every night, the elderly man bunked down in his 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX, carefully monitoring the car battery as it powered his computer for his evening’s work. Instead of using the money earmarked for rent, Jose sent it to numerous family members in Mexico who needed it more. Early every morning, one of the teacher’s former...More

Saturday, July 9, 2022

The Dream Team

Bible in a Year: Job 38–40, Acts 16:1–21

So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Romans 12:5

Today's Scripture & Insight: Romans 12:3–8

Together, friends Melanie and Trevor have hiked miles of mountain trails. Yet neither would be able to do so without the other. Melanie, born with spina bifida, uses a wheelchair. Trevor lost his sight to glaucoma. The duo realized they were one another’s perfect complement for enjoying the Colorado wilderness: As he walks the trails, Trevor carries Melanie on his back; meanwhile, she...More

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Hurry Up and Wait

Bible in a Year: Job 34–35, Acts 15:1–21

Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Samuel 22:1–5

“What will we do with all our spare time?” That thought was at the heart of an essay published in 1930 by the economist John Maynard Keynes. In it, Keynes proposed that within a hundred years, technological and economic advances would bring humans to a point where we would work only three hours a day and fifteen hours a week.

It’s been more than ninety years since Keynes published his famous essay. But...More

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

You Can Do It!

Bible in a Year: Job 32–33, Acts 14

[Paul and Barnabas] returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.
Acts 14:21–22

Today's Scripture & Insight: Acts 14:21–28

Encouragement is like oxygen—we can’t live without it. This was true for nine-year-old James Savage. The boy swam more than two miles from the San Francisco shoreline to Alcatraz Island and back, breaking the record for the youngest person to accomplish the feat. But thirty minutes into the swim, the choppy, frigid waters made James want to...More

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Wisdom and Understanding

Bible in a Year: Job 30–31, Acts 13:26–52

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:6

Today's Scripture & Insight: Proverbs 2:1–11

In 1373, when Julian of Norwich was thirty years old, she became ill and nearly died. When her minister prayed with her, she experienced a number of visions in which she considered Jesus’ crucifixion. After miraculously recovering her health, she spent the next twenty years living in solitude in a side room of the church, praying over and thinking through the experience. She concluded that...More

Monday, July 4, 2022

No Greater Love

Bible in a Year: Job 28–29, Acts 13:1–25

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13

Today's Scripture & Insight: John 15:9–17

Commemorations of the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day in 2019 honored the more than 156,000 troops who took part in the largest seaborne invasion in history to liberate Western Europe. In his prayer broadcast over the radio on June 6, 1944, President Roosevelt asked for God’s protection, praying, “They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to...More

Sunday, July 3, 2022

He Knows My Heart

Bible in a Year: Job 25–27, Acts 12

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears.
Isaiah 11:3

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

After a customer at a grocery store self-checkout station had completed her transaction, I made my way to the station and proceeded to scan my goods. Unexpectedly, a visibly angry person confronted me. I’d failed to notice that she was actually next in line for checkout. Recognizing my mistake, I sincerely said, “I’m sorry.” She replied (though not limited to these words), “No,...More

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Surviving and Thriving

Bible in a Year: Job 22–24, Acts 11

The whole body...grows and builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4:16

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ephesians 4:4–16

The Croods, an animated caveman family, believe that “the only way to survive is if the pack [their small family] stays together.” They’re afraid of the world and others, so when looking for a safe place to live they’re filled with fear after discovering a strange family already in the area they’ve chosen. But they soon learn to embrace the differences of their new neighbors, draw strength from them, and survive...More

Friday, July 1, 2022

Celestial Communion

Bible in a Year: Job 20–21, Acts 10:24–48

Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:26

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Corinthians 11:23–26

When Apollo 11’s Eagle lunar module landed on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969, the space travelers took time to recover from their flight before stepping onto the moon’s surface. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin had received permission to bring bread and wine so he could take Communion. After reading Scripture, he tasted the first foods ever consumed...More

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Giving God My Work

Bible in a Year: Job 17–19, Acts 10:1–23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.
Colossians 3:23

Today's Scripture & Insight: Colossians 3:22–25

The magazine I was writing for felt “important,” so I struggled to present the best possible article I could for the high-ranking editor. Feeling pressure to meet her standards, I kept rewriting my thoughts and ideas. But what was my problem? Was it my challenging topic? Or was my real worry personal: Would the editor approve of me and not just my words?

For answers to our job...More

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Run From Sin

Bible in a Year: Job 14–16, Acts 9:22–43

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22

Today's Scripture & Insight: Genesis 39:11–23

Twice this summer I suffered the scourge of poison ivy. Both times it happened, I was working on clearing away unwanted plant growth from our yard. And both times, I saw the nasty, three-leafed enemy lurking nearby. I figured I could get close to it without it affecting me. Soon enough, I realized I’d been wrong. Instead of...More

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

A Friend of God’s Friends

Bible in a Year: Job 11–13, Acts 9:1–21

Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
Matthew 10:40

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 10:1–11, 40–42

Something so cordial can happen in first introductions when two persons discover that they have a friend in common. In what may be its most memorable form, a big-hearted host welcomes a guest with something like, “So nice to meet you. Any friend of Sam’s, or Samantha’s, is a friend of mine.”

Jesus said something similar. He’d been attracting...More

Monday, June 27, 2022

God’s Provision

Bible in a Year: Job 8–10, Acts 8:26–40

Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
2 Kings 4:2

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Kings 4:1–7

Three-year-old Buddy and his mom went to church each week to help unload groceries from the food ministry truck. When Buddy overheard his mom telling his grandmother that the delivery truck broke down, he said, “Oh, no. How will they do food ministry?” His mom explained that the church would have to raise money to buy a new truck. Buddy smiled. “I have money,” he said, leaving...More

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Walking with Others

Bible in a Year: Job 5–7, Acts 8:1–25

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another.
Romans 13:8

Today's Scripture & Insight: Romans 13:8–14

Billy, a loving and loyal dog, became an internet star in 2020. His owner, Russell, had broken his ankle and was using crutches to walk. Soon the dog also began to hobble when walking with his owner. Concerned, Russell took Billy to the vet, who said there was nothing wrong with him! He ran freely when he was by himself. It turned out that the dog faked a limp when he walked with his owner....More

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Dark Moments, Deep Prayers

Bible in a Year: Job 3–4, Acts 7:44–60

Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
Psalm 143:11

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 143

“I had a dark moment.” Those five words capture the internal agony of a popular female celebrity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adjusting to a new normal was part of her challenge, and in her turmoil, she acknowledged that she wrestled with thoughts of suicide. Pulling out of the downward spiral included sharing her struggle with a friend who cared.

We’re all susceptible to tumultuous hours,...More

Friday, June 24, 2022

The Message of the Cross

Bible in a Year: Job 1–2, Acts 7:22–43

The message of the cross is...the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Corinthians 1:18–25

Zhang was raised with, in his words, “no God, no religion, nothing.” In 1989, seeking democracy and freedom for his people, he helped lead students in peaceful protests. But the protests tragically led to the government’s intervention and hundreds of lives lost. For his part in the event, Zhang was placed on his country’s most-wanted list. After a short imprisonment, he fled to an outlying village where he...More

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Drastic Measures

Bible in a Year: Esther 9–10, Acts 7:1–21

The king...renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands.
2 Kings 23:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Kings 23:3–7

The ornate ceremonial bow and quiver had hung on the wall of our home in Michigan for years. I’d inherited them from my father, who acquired the souvenirs while we were serving as missionaries in Ghana.

Then one day a Ghanaian friend visited us. When he saw the bow, he got a strange look on his face. Pointing to a small object tied to it he said, “That...More

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Abundance Meets Need

Bible in a Year: Esther 6–8, Acts 6

Your plenty will supply what they need.
2 Corinthians 8:14

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Corinthians 8:13–15

School cafeterias, like large catering businesses, often prepare more food than is consumed simply because they can’t perfectly predict the need, and leftover food goes to waste. Yet there are many students who don’t have enough food to eat at home and who go hungry on weekends. One US school district partnered with a local non-profit to find a solution. They packaged leftovers to send home with students, and...More

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

God Fights for Us

Bible in a Year: Esther 3–5, Acts 5:22–42

[God] will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Psalm 91:4

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 91:1–10

A Colorado mother proved she would stop at nothing to protect her child. Her five-year-old son was playing outside when she heard him screaming. She rushed outside and, to her horror, saw that her son had an unexpected “playmate”—a mountain lion. The large cat was on top of her son, with his head in its mouth. The mother summoned her...More

Monday, June 20, 2022

Trustworthy Love

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Bible in a Year: Esther 1–2, Acts 5:1–21

Love does no harm.
Romans 13:10

Today's Scripture & Insight: Romans 12:9–21

Why can’t I stop thinking about it? My emotions were a tangled mess of sadness, guilt, anger, and confusion.

Years ago, I’d made the painful decision to cut ties with someone close to me, after attempts to address deeply hurtful behavior were merely met with dismissal and denial. Today, after hearing she was in town visiting, my thoughts had spiraled into hashing and rehashing the past.

As I struggled to calm my thoughts, I...More

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Fatherless No More

Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 12–13, Acts 4:23–37

[God is] a father to the fatherless.
Psalm 68:5

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 68:1–10

Guy Bryant, single and with no children of his own, worked in New York City’s child welfare department. Daily, he encountered the intense need for foster parents and decided to do something about it. For more than a decade, Bryant fostered more than fifty children, once caring for nine at the same time. “Every time I turned around there was a kid who needed a place to stay,” Bryant explained. “If you have the space in your...More

Saturday, June 18, 2022

How Are You?

Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 10–11, Acts 4:1–22

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
Luke 23:34

Today's Scripture & Insight: Luke 23:32–43

Charla was dying, and she knew it. While she was lying on her hospital room bed, her surgeon and a group of young interns poured into the room. For the next several minutes, the doctor ignored Charla as he described her terminal condition to the interns. Finally, he turned to her and asked, “And how are you?” Charla weakly smiled and warmly told the group about her hope and peace in...More

Friday, June 17, 2022

Planted in God

Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 7–9, Acts 3

They will be like a tree planted by the water.
Jeremiah 17:8

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

“The wind is tossing the lilacs.” With that opening line of her springtime poem “May,” poet Sara Teasdale captured a vision of lilac bushes waving in gusty breezes. But Teasdale was lamenting a lost love, and her poem soon turned sorrowful.

Our backyard lilacs also encountered a challenge. After having their most lush and beautiful season, they faced the axe of a hard-working lawn man who “trimmed” every...More

Thursday, June 16, 2022

New DNA in Jesus

Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 4–6, Acts 2:22–47

Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:24

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ephesians 4:17–24

Chris had his blood retested four years after his lifesaving bone marrow transplant. The donor’s marrow had provided what was needed to cure him but had left a surprise: the DNA in Chris’ blood was that of his donor, not his own. It makes sense, really: the goal of the procedure was to replace the weakened blood with a donor’s healthy blood. Yet even swabs of Chris’ cheeks,...More

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Investing in Others

Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 1–3, Acts 2:1–21

Use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves.
Luke 16:9

Today's Scripture & Insight: Luke 16:1–12

When a corporation offered one thousand frequent-flier miles for every ten purchases of one of their foods, one man realized their cheapest product was individual cups of chocolate pudding. He bought more than twelve thousand. For $3,000, he received gold status and a lifetime supply of air miles for himself and his family. He also donated the pudding to charity, which netted him an $800 tax write-off....More

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Pride and Deception

Bible in a Year: Ezra 9−10, Acts 1

The pride of your heart has deceived you.
Obadiah 1:3

Today's Scripture & Insight: Obadiah 1:1−4

Loving God, thank You for Your gentle, nudging correction. With my shoulders slumped, I murmured those difficult words. I’ve been so arrogant, thinking I could do it all on my own. For months, I’d been enjoying successful work projects, and the accolades lulled me into trusting my capabilities and rejecting God’s leading. It took a challenging project for me to realize I wasn’t as smart as I thought. My proud heart had deceived me...More

Monday, June 13, 2022

Divine Tenderness

Bible in a Year: Ezra 6–8, John 21

[Elijah] looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
1 Kings 19:6

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Kings 19:4–10, 15–18

I once heard a businessman describe his years in college as a time when he often felt “helpless and hopeless” from bouts of depression. Sadly, he never talked to a doctor about these feelings, but instead started making more drastic plans—ordering a book on suicide from his local library and setting a date to take his...More

Sunday, June 12, 2022

God’s Moves

Bible in a Year: Ezra 3–5, John 20

It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes.
Exodus 12:27

Today's Scripture & Insight: Exodus 12:24–28

I love a good game of Scrabble. After one particular game, my friends named a move after me—calling it a “Katara.” I’d been trailing the entire game, but at the end of it—with no tiles left in the bag—I made a seven-letter word. This meant the game was over, and I received fifty bonus points as well as all the points from all of my opponents’...More

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Faith Conversations at Home

Bible in a Year: Ezra 1–2, John 19:23–42

Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you.
Mark 5:19

Today's Scripture & Insight: Mark 5:11–20

“There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” Those unforgettable lines spoken by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz reveal a story-telling device found in an overwhelming number of our most enduring stories from the likes of Star Wars to The Lion King. It’s known as “the hero’s journey.” In brief: an ordinary person is living an ordinary life when an extraordinary adventure is...More

Friday, June 10, 2022

Time Enough

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 34–36, John 19:1–22

He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ecclesiastes 3:1–13

When I saw the massive volume of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace on my friend’s bookshelf, I confessed, “I’ve never actually made it all the way through that.” “Well,” Marty chuckled, “When I retired from teaching, I got it as a gift from a friend who told me, ‘Now you’ll finally have time to read it.’ ”

The first...More

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Rejecting Rationalization

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 32–33, John 18:19–40

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.
Mark 7:8

Today's Scripture & Insight: Mark 7:6–13

An Atlanta police officer asked a driver if she knew why he’d stopped her. “No idea!” she said in bewilderment. “Ma’am, you were texting while driving,” the officer gently told her. “No, no!” she protested, holding up her cell phone as evidence. “It’s an email.”

Using a cell phone to send an email doesn’t grant us a loophole from a law that prohibits...More

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Generosity and Joy

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 30–31, John 18:1–18

The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord.
1 Chronicles 29:9

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Chronicles 29:1–9

Researchers tell us there’s a link between generosity and joy: those who give their money and time to others are happier than those who don’t. This has led one psychologist to conclude, “Let’s stop thinking about giving as a moral obligation, and start thinking of it as a source of pleasure.”

While giving can make...More

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Food That Says I Love You

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Bible in a Year: Job 36–37, Acts 15:22–41

He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them.
Luke 22:19

Today's Scripture & Insight: Luke 22:14–20

I attended a family birthday gathering where the hostess wove the theme of “favorite things” into the decor, the gifts, and—best of all—the food. Because the birthday girl loved steak and salad—and white chocolate raspberry Bundt cake—the hostess grilled steak, spun spinach, and ordered that favorite cake. Favorite foods say, “I love you.”

The Bible contains many references to banquets,...More

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Jesus Is Here

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 28–29, John 17

[Teach] them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Matthew 28:20

Today's Scripture & Insight: Matthew 28:16–20

My elderly great aunt lay on her sickbed with a smile on her face. Her gray hair was pushed back from her face and wrinkles covered her cheeks. She didn’t speak much, but I still recall the few words she said when my father, mother, and I visited her. She whispered, “I don’t get lonely. Jesus is here with me.”

As a single woman at the...More

Monday, June 6, 2022

The Kindness of Candor

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 25–27, John 16

The pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
Proverbs 27:9

Today's Scripture & Insight: Proverbs 27:1–9

“My dear friend, sometimes you sound holier than you really are.”

Those words were leveled with a direct gaze and gentle smile. Had they come from someone other than a close friend and mentor whose discernment I highly valued, my feelings might have been hurt. Instead, I winced and laughed at the same time, knowing that while his words “hit a nerve,” he was also right. Sometimes when...More

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Confident in God

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 23–24, John 15

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 John 5:13–15

A 2018 study of adults in the United Kingdom found that, on average, “they checked their smartphones every twelve minutes of the waking day.” But let’s be honest, this statistic seems extremely conservative when I consider how frequently I search Google to find the answer to a question or respond to endless alerts that come to my phone throughout the day....More

Saturday, June 4, 2022

God Focus

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 21–22, John 14

Godliness with contentment is great gain.
1 Timothy 6:6

Today's Scripture & Insight: 1 Timothy 6:6–11

When I was shopping for engagement rings, I spent many hours looking for exactly the right diamond. I was plagued by the thought, What if I miss the best one?

According to economic psychologist Barry Schwartz, my chronic indecision indicates that I am what he calls a “maximizer,” in contrast to a “satisficer.” A satisficer makes choices based on whether something is adequate for their needs. Maximizers? We...More

Friday, June 3, 2022

Spotting Rainbows of Hope

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 19–20, John 13:21–38

Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him.
Psalm 42:5

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 42

During an October vacation, another battle with chronic pain forced me to spend the first few days recovering in our room. My mood became as overcast as the sky. When I finally ventured out to enjoy sightseeing at a nearby lighthouse with my husband, gray clouds blocked much of our view. Still, I snapped a few photos of the shadowy mountains and dull horizon.

Later, disappointed because a downpour tucked us in...More

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Set Apart

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 17–18, John 13:1–20

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.
Matthew 11:29

Today's Scripture & Insight: Ephesians 4:29–32

In November 1742, a riot broke out in Staffordshire, England, to protest against the gospel message Charles Wesley was preaching. It seems Charles and his brother John were changing some longstanding church traditions, and that was too much for many of the townsfolk.

When John Wesley heard about the riot, he hurried to Staffordshire to help his brother. Soon an unruly...More

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Giving Out of Love

Bible in a Year: 2 Chronicles 15–16, John 12:27–50

Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6:4

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

Every day, Glen purchases his morning coffee at a nearby drive-through. And every day he also pays for the order of the person in the car behind him, asking the cashier to wish that person a good day. Glen has no connection to them. He’s not aware of their reactions; he simply believes this small gesture is “the least he can do.” On one occasion, however, he learned of the impact of his...More

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

Friday, May 27, 2022

God’s Provision

Bible in a Year: Job 8–10, Acts 8:26–40

Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
2 Kings 4:2

Today's Scripture & Insight: 2 Kings 4:1–7

Three-year-old Buddy and his mom went to church each week to help unload groceries from the food ministry truck. When Buddy overheard his mom telling his grandmother that the delivery truck broke down, he said, “Oh, no. How will they do food ministry?” His mom explained that the church would have to raise money to buy a new truck. Buddy smiled. “I have money,” he said, leaving...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

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

Friday, April 15, 2022

His Cross of Peace

Bible in a Year: 1 Samuel 27–29, Luke 13:1–22

A certain man from Cyrene...was passing by...and they forced him to carry the cross.
Mark 15:21

Today's Scripture & Insight: Mark 15:16–24

Somber eyes peer out from the painting Simon of Cyrene by contemporary Dutch artist Egbert Modderman. Simon’s eyes reveal the immense physical and emotional burden of his responsibility. In the biblical account from Mark 15, we learn that Simon was pulled from the watching crowd and forced to carry Jesus’ cross.

Mark tells us that Simon was from Cyrene, a big city in...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

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