Strong and Courageous

Journeyman Netminder Budaj Continues to Find the Right Track By Carter Brooks Life as a goaltender may not seem like much fun. No matter the sport, the netminder’s job is to put himself in front of flying objects, and prepare to stop them with whatever means necessary. In hockey, a one-inch by three-inch, black rubber … Continue reading Strong and Courageous

Diverse Community

MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017 [God intends] that we present an authentic Jesus to our broken communities. – Mark E. Strong (Senior pastor of LifeChange Christian Church in Portland, Oregon) Key Bible Verse: There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28) Dig Deeper: Acts … Continue reading Diverse Community

Choose Wisely

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017 Key Bible Verse: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses …. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” (Deuteronomy 30:19) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 3 Life and death are major themes in the book of Proverbs. And when we … Continue reading Choose Wisely

Everything to Enjoy

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017 Key Bible Verse: God’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study—endless enjoyment! Splendor and beauty mark his craft; his generosity never gives out. His miracles are his memorial—this God of grace, this God of love. (Psalm 111:2–4, The Message) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 8 [In Proverbs 8,] God is giving us a … Continue reading Everything to Enjoy

Counterfeit Community

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017 Key Bible Verse: Don’t fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you. (1 Corinthians 15:33, CEV) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 1:8–19 The Bible does not describe how life ought to be. It matches how life is. The wisdom of Proverbs is reality-based counsel as we live in this fantasy-world of human invention. In [today’s Dig … Continue reading Counterfeit Community

The Stories We Tell

Everyone’s Got Something to Share By Kirk Giles What is the best story your mom or dad ever told you about their life? As a dad, I love to tell stories about how hard my life was compared to how easy my kids have it. I’ve told them how I actually had to get up … Continue reading The Stories We Tell

Street Smarts

MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017 [Proverbs] is ancient wisdom from long human experience endorsed by God himself. – Ray Ortlund Jr. (Senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee) Key Bible Verse: The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. (Proverbs 4:18) Dig Deeper: Proverbs … Continue reading Street Smarts