Our Daily Bread
Our Father’s Care
Thwack! I looked up and craned my ear toward the sound. Spotting a smudge on the windowpane, I peered out onto the deck and discovered the still beating body of a bird. My heart hurt. I longed to help the fragile feathered being. In Matthew 10, Jesus described His Father’s care for sparrows in order to comfort the disciples as He warned of upcoming dangers. He offered instructions to the twelve as He “gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness” (v. 1). While the power to do such deeds might have seemed grand to the disciples, many would oppose them including governing authorities, their own families, and the ensnaring grip of the evil one (vv. 16–28). Then in 10:29–31, Jesus told them not to fear, whatever they faced, because they would never be out of their Father’s care. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?” He asked. “Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. . . . So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” I checked on the bird throughout the day, each time finding it alive but unmoved. Then, late into the evening, it was gone. I prayed it had survived. Surely, if I cared this much about the bird, God cared even more. Imagine how much He cares for you and me!
Is the dialogue in your head godly?
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of... The post Is the dialogue in your head godly? appeared first on Rhetorical Jesus.
Thoughts about God
What Are You Looking For?
Jesus asked the disciple, “What are you looking for?” His questions are always penetrating. Our Lord is probing their hearts again. The post What Are You Looking For? can be found online at Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God.
Every Day With God
June 15 – Wait, who? – Dorcas
Read Acts 9:36-43 Years ago, I remember driving by a funeral home as someone was unloading a model airplane from their vehicle and carrying it inside. My guess is that airplane was placed on display as something a deceased loved … Continue reading →
- Daily Devotional: Tuesday, June 15 – Love Hopes June 15, 2021“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” — 1 Corinthians 13:7 (ESV) Through Jesus we have been afforded an anchor of hope. Through God’s promises of His presence now and total restoration in the age to come, we can have peace in the midst of trials, joy in persecution […]
Tim Tebow on 'Bronco and Friends: A Party to Remember'
Why A Children's Book? The author of several books on identity and purpose, Tim takes a clear detour in writing a storybook for kids, but with clear intention. As the youngest of the five Tebow siblings, he was born and spent his first three years in the Philippines, where his parents served as Baptist missionaries. Tim vividly remembers their reading to him as a boy, how much he enjoyed it, and the difference it made in his growth and development. Believing that every person is unique,...
A Prayer for the Holy Spirit to Teach You - Your Daily Prayer - June 15
Holy Spirit, will you give me a hunger to daily read the Bible?
A Prayer for When You Feel Invisible - Your Daily Prayer - June 14
God sees you.
A Prayer for A Lost Loved One - Your Daily Prayer - June 13
No one is too far gone for His arm to rescue!
How to Be a Better Father - Crosswalk the Devotional - June 15
After assurances of their father’s love, the next thing children need to hear is their father’s belief in them.
The Other Disciple, Standing By
"Then went in that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed" (John 20:8). Everyone wants to be front and center like Peter, but no one wants to be that "other disciple." The Bible uses that phrase five times. Four times in chapter 20 and the other in John 18:16. In John 19, Jesus saw the disciple whom he loved "standing by." "When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then...
He Is Yahweh: The Eternal God Will Carry You Through
The journey of fatherhood remains filled with immense reward. One of my wife and I’s favorite pastimes has always been going for outdoor walks together. We love hitting the trails at local parks to soak in the fresh air, get in a cardio workout, and behold the beauty of God’s creation. When our son and first child, Joseph, was born, we decided to take him along for our weekly outdoor adventures. Accomplishing this meant strapping him to my chest in a snugli. He enjoyed the ride and smiled ear...
A Risky Underwater Challenge
I once spent a week exploring the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The seaside ruins of Tulum, an ancient Mayan city, stand atop a cliff that juts out into the ocean. A local guide told me it was possible to swim under the cliffs from one side and come out the other. To accomplish the feat, I swam along underwater passageways in the direction of the opposite side. The sun provided light reflecting against the sandy ocean floor. Along the way, breathing was made possible by swimming up against the...
“We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NIV) We love choices. From the 1970s “Have It Your Way” Burger King jingle to the more than one hundred drink options in a Coca-Cola Freestyle drink machine, we like to express our preferences and make our selections. Having designed this characteristic of human nature, God also gives us choices. Unlike one hundred drink flavors in a drink machine, however, He...
"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:5 KJV) "Captain! I'm not sure I can do this! What if I mess up? What about the sandbars and rocks in this channel? What if I get off course in the dark and how will I know before it's too late?" Those were the very frantic words of First Mate Alexander as he steered the ship through Ripside Channel for the first time. "I once stood exactly where you are. You'll do fine. Besides, I'll be standing right here and won't let you...