Today’s Bible passages are: Exodus 8, Luke 11, Job 25-26, and 1 Corinthians 12

By Kendra Roberts

1 corinthians 12
Today’s art is a response to 1 Corinthians 12:

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

 

For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be?

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Today’s Bible passages are: Genesis 9-10, Matthew 9, Ezra 9, and Acts 9

matthew 9

By Julie Chen

Today’s art is a response to Matthew 9:

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38, ESV)

Today’s Question: What harvest in the world can you be praying for today?

JulieC_200Julie Chen dreamed of being an artist and missionary since the age of six. Though she has not been around the world as a missionary (in the physical sense), her work has shown the gospel to others across the globe. She designs books for Tyndale House Publishers (including PYP founder Lisa Velthouse’s Craving Grace) and was also the designer of The Jesus Storybook Bible for Zonderkidz. Julie is also the owner and creative director of Life Verse Design, whose mission is to get the Word of God on people’s walls in creative and beautiful ways.… Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: Genesis 3, Matthew 3, Ezra 3, and Acts 3

genesis 3By Lisa Velthouse

Last week, crammed into a house far to small for all of us, my (ever-expanding) family of origin gathered as a whole for the first time in two years. We relished the in-person hugs and the introductions of family members who hadn’t yet met. We caught up on the kind of news that gets forgotten or breezed over during Skype and Facetime chats. We laughed about the same old stories and made fools of ourselves playing ridiculous games. We sat around for hours over breakfasts, lunches, dinners. More than once, we wore pajamas well into the afternoon.

Since the last time we were together, we have added three members: two babies and a fiancée. We’ve changed for the better: degrees begun and completed; jobs changed; promotions earned; homes rented, purchased and sold; engagements announced; babies born. In all this change, there has been much to congratulate and celebrate.

But we are also the same as we were before, so  there is still plenty to mourn. In this little family alone, hearts are heavy under aches that haven’t gone away, unmet desires that haven’t faded, strains that haven’t been eased, questions that haven’t been answered, and griefs that haven’t worn fully away.… Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: Genesis 1, Matthew 1, Ezra 1, and Acts 1

Genesis 1By Patty Kirk

Whenever I teach poetry, I tell about reading the Bible in German for the first time. A friend had given me Martin Luther’s 1534 translation in a practical paperback edition from a German publisher known for their reference works in yellow, unadorned covers. The text itself was equally unadorned, for a Bible: no verse numbers, cross-references, or explanations in the margins. This was the Bible as a work of literature.

I began, as always, at the beginning and soon encountered a short passage in italics, which I assumed meant the words were somehow in question. The modern English translation of Scripture I usually read often indicates in some equally noncommittal way—a little squiggle before the text, a note in tiny letters in an obscure corner of the page—that a passage isn’t as reliable as the rest of the text. The story of the adulterous woman about to be stoned in John’s gospel, for example—which isn’t in the oldest source texts and is thus of questionable authority—is in italics beginning with John 7:53, “Then they all went home,” and ending where Jesus tells the woman, “Go now and leave your life of sin” (8:11 NIV).… Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Chronicles 36, Revelation 22, Malachi 4, and John 21

By Rebecca Jean

Revelation 22

(Medium: Watercolor and Ink)

Today’s art is a response to Revelation 22:

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

 

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” (Revelation 22:1-6, ESV)

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Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Chronicles 10, Revelation 1, Zephaniah 2, and Luke 24

By Julie Chen

Revelation 1

Today’s art is a response to Revelation 1:

John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:4-8, ESV)

Today’s Question: How can God’s might encourage or strengthen you today? (Respond in the comments.)

JulieC_200Julie Chen dreamed of being an artist and missionary since the age of six.… Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: 2 Chronicles 3-4, 1 John 3, Nahum 2, and Luke 18

Luke 18By Lisa Velthouse

Our daughter is 19 months old, and today she spent half an hour in our kitchen, squeezing herself into and out of a box meant to hold clementine oranges. All four sides of the packaging around her were emblazoned with the clementine brand name: Cuties. Appropriate.

“Mama, howp,” came the request whenever her little feet became stuck in the corners.

She is enthralled by soapy bubbles in the kitchen sink, by the recycling truck’s weekly visits, and by the multicolored twinkle lights our neighbors strung along their front porch last night. Falling rain produces more excitement in her than any little body could contain. She gets agitated about the vacuum, keeping her distance and keeping aware. When her fingertips get wrinkly after a warm bath, it baffles her that she can’t lick the creases away.

Reading today’s portion from Luke 18, the first thought that came to mind was her look of sheer wonderment yesterday at bedtime, when together we peered over the half-curtain in her bedroom to see those Christmas lights.

“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Luke 18:17

There was so much awe and thrill in her eyes.… Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: 1 Chronicles 26-27, 2 Peter 1, Micah 4, and Luke 13

1 Chronicles 26 & 27By Hannah Anderson

The day after Thanksgiving.  For many of us, this means the pots and pans are once again clean, the fine china has been returned to the cupboard, and if we’re lucky, there are enough leftovers to save us from meal prep for the next couple of days. Some may have gotten up early in search of a deal; or others, like me, were content to do their shopping online sitting next to the warmth of a crackling fireplace. After the bustling activity of yesterday, it’s time to rest and recover.

Except no.

It. Is. Just. Getting. Started.

Over the course of the next several weeks, we will be caught in a whirlwind of decorating, baking, and gift wrapping as we prepare for Christmas. We will stay up late and get up early. We will forget the sugar cookies for the 2nd Grade Christmas party. So we’ll rush to the store, pay three times what it would have cost to make them ourselves and show up just in time to hand them over. And if we’re not careful, we’ll find ourselves in the exact same position Martha did in Luke 10: “distracted with much serving.”

As I read through today’s portion in 1 Chronicles 26 and 27, I couldn’t help but think about this danger.… Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: 1 Chronicles 16, James 3, Obadiah, and Luke 5

By Amylee Weeks

1 Chronicles 16

Today’s art is a response to 1 Chronicles 16, specifically verse 32:

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him!

Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth;

yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it!

Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (1 Chronicles 16:28-34, ESV, emphasis added)

Today’s Question: What goodness are you thanking God for today? Where do you see creation giving God praise? (Respond in the comments.)

AmyleeW_200Amylee’s life verse is, “by the grace of God, I am what I am.”  She believes whole-heartedly in God’s leading and his words speaking directly to her as she walks this life. … Continue Reading

Today’s Bible passages are: 1 Chronicles 15, James 2, Amos 9, and Luke 4

James 2By Emily Cummins, Guest Contributor

Recently, I saw the words of James 2 come to life under an oak tree, surrounded by over 80 homeless people in my community. No, I wasn’t at an outreach event to serve a hot meal or hand out jackets to help guard against quickly dropping temperatures. I was at church.

Four years ago, Ken, Wendy, and Madi Kebrdle were living the life: dream job, nice cars, gorgeous house with a pool, and a constant stream of dinner parties with friends. Life couldn’t get better—or could it? In 2009, the Kebrdles saw a dream they were missing—an eternal dream they’d rather pursue than material possessions wrapped with a white picket fence. So they traded in the perfect house for an RV and ditched their pursuit of the American dream.

As they sold everything they owned, Wear Gloves was born. The Kebrdles’ hearts broke for the hurting and homeless in their Florida community and the undignified way in which people treated them. They made it their mission to change that. Fast-forward four years later, and they’ve traveled thousands of miles across state lines and time zones, partnering with countless churches and community organizations, teaching people how to partner with the homeless in a dignified, life-giving way.… Continue Reading