DAILY DEVOTIONS

A Bridge to Heaven
May 29th, 2020
Have you ever traveled to a country where you do not speak the native language? A couple years ago, I met up with my brother in Italy while he was studying abroad for the semester. During a stretch of days off, we loaded our backpacks and set off to Athens, Greece. We landed late at night with vague directions to find our lodging. I will never forget staring at a metro map as my brother joked, “It...
Enemies of the Cross
May 28th, 2020
“For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again with tears, many live as enemies to the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things” (Philippians 3:18-19).Enemies. Destruction. Shame. These words carry a dark and heavy connotation, and you and I are raised to avoid associating with them ...
Back to Shore
May 27th, 2020
I think most families have “remember when” stories that come up at dinner tables time and time again as the years pass. A popular example in our household starts with, “Thad, remember when you almost drowned me?” As kids, my younger brother and I were jumping waves at the beach when we unknowingly worked our way into a riptide. Before long, a game of “who could jump the highest” transitioned into ...
Biblical Maturity
May 26th, 2020
I paid little attention to the road ahead of me when I rode in the backseat of a car as a child. I might watch the trees race by, read a book, or take a nap; but I was entirely dependent upon the discernment of my parents in the front seat. The rules were simple: no yelling or fighting with my brother or sister. When I earned my driver’s permit, a new standard of legal, ethical, and personal respo...
Biblical Obedience
May 25th, 2020
At my elementary school, our curriculum used songs for learning. As years passed, students accumulated a diverse playlist: from West Virginia counties, US presidents, prepositions, and the Ten Commandments… we had a song (and sometimes a dance) for everything!  Including how to spell Obedience. “O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E. Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe!” And on we would sing. As a...