Day 26 (Sow Seed)

Read Matthew 13:1-8. A silly farmer broadcasts his seed.  At least the farmer seems silly.  After all, who would treat seed this way?  I’ve talked with farmers about their seed—corn, cotton, wheat and soybeans.  A bag of high-quality, roundup-ready Monsanto seed can run you hundreds of dollars.  I’ve also seen how much farmers prepare theContinue reading “Day 26 (Sow Seed)”

Day 25 (Bridge Builders)

In the early years of Christianity and into the medieval period, some Christians thought that life in the “normal” world somehow kept one from having a close relationship with God.  Men and women who wanted to be closer to God would forsake the ordinary world—owning and managing property, marrying, raising children, and the like—to devoteContinue reading “Day 25 (Bridge Builders)”

Day 24 (On the Powerline Pole)

Read Luke 2:8-20. What do you suppose the shepherds did on the first Christmas after they heard the angels and after they went and saw the baby Jesus?  Luke 2:20 tells us, “the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God…”  That is, they went back to their flocks.  The shepherds returned to work.  This may soundContinue reading “Day 24 (On the Powerline Pole)”

Day 23 (Who You Gonna Serve?)

Read Matthew 19:16-30. It takes me at least 1400 words to write a short sermon.  But Jesus could preach a whole sermon by asking just one question.  In our reading today, He preaches a sermon that would take me an hour to unpack, yet all Jesus says is “If you want to be My disciple,Continue reading “Day 23 (Who You Gonna Serve?)”

Day 22 (Jesus’ Purpose)

Read Luke 4:14-30. Christ could have chosen any one of a thousand other Bible passages to define His purpose. But He didn’t.  He chose an obscure passage from Isaiah. We are told He was visiting His hometown, Nazareth and everyone there was wondering what this famous preacher, who had grown up in their midst, wouldContinue reading “Day 22 (Jesus’ Purpose)”

Day 21 (Seeing Differently)

Read Philippians 3:12-21 It’s just a basic fact of reality: The Christian sees things differently.  On the journey of life, the Christian doesn’t obsess over and freak-out because of the bump in the road that causes him to stumble and gives him a bruised knee.  No, rather, the Christian’s eyes are set on something inContinue reading “Day 21 (Seeing Differently)”

Day 19 (The Way of the Kingdom)

Read Luke 15:11-32. The Bible is replete with examples of people who should have known better—who did know better—but committed heinous sin and yet were forgiven. Take David’s murder of Uriah.  He wanted to the cover the tracks of his adultery with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, so David has the poor guy knocked off.  Despicable!  TodayContinue reading “Day 19 (The Way of the Kingdom)”

Day 18 (God’s will for your life)

Wouldn’t it be nice if living the Christian life was as simple as following a road map?  All you’d have to do is follow the directions.  You’d know what turns to make and when to make them.  You’d see exactly where you’ll end up at the final destination.  But life is nothing like this.  It’sContinue reading “Day 18 (God’s will for your life)”

Day 17 (Burdens)

Read Galatians 6:1-10 We fulfill the Law of Christ by bearing one another’s burdens. That’s what Paul tells us in our reading today.  It’s a fairly cut and dry statement.  So what does Paul mean?   Well, first let’s state the obvious: life is filled with all kinds of burdens:  Grief, sickness, mental illness, personality disorders, sociallyContinue reading “Day 17 (Burdens)”