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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



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

Washed

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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