Daily Devotionals

Kindness Is the Key

October 20, 2017 - 12:00 am

“In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD your Redeemer. “To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So … Read more…

Holding Up the Sky

October 19, 2017 - 12:00 am

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” — Genesis 11:4 The Torah portion for this week is Noach, from the name … Read more…

When God Wrecks Our Plans

October 18, 2017 - 12:00 am

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. — Genesis 11:1 The Torah portion for this week is Noach, from the name of the main character, Noah. It is from Genesis 6:9 –11:32, and the Haftorah is from Isaiah 54:1–55:5. Most people have a plan for their lives. … Read more…

The Reasons for the Seasons

October 17, 2017 - 12:00 am

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”—Genesis 8:22 The Torah portion for this week is Noach, from the name of the main character, Noah. It is from Genesis 6:9 –11:32, and the Haftorah is from Isaiah … Read more…

Peace in the Storm

October 16, 2017 - 12:00 am

And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. — Genesis 7:7 The Torah portion for this week is Noach, from the name of the main character, Noah. It is from Genesis 6:9 –11:32, and the Haftorah is … Read more…

Glory Is Found Inside

October 15, 2017 - 12:00 am

All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold. — Psalm 45:13 As a society, we’ve become overly focused on exteriors. We tend to value people who look good, look powerful, or look wealthy. Not surprisingly, everyone wants to look good, powerful, and wealthy. As a … Read more…

Be Strong and Be Strengthened

October 13, 2017 - 12:00 am

For seven days present food offerings to the Lord, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present a food offering to the Lord. It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work. — Leviticus 23:36 As the Jewish people complete the reading of the Torah and get ready to begin … Read more…

Don’t Leave God Behind

October 12, 2017 - 12:00 am

“‘On the eighth day hold a closing special assembly and do no regular work.’” — Numbers 29:35 Today marks the observance of Shemini Atzeret, which along with Simchat Torah on Friday, is a celebration of the completion of the annual Torah readings and the immediate beginning of the new year of … Read more…

Moses’ Most Awesome Moment

October 11, 2017 - 12:00 am

For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel. — Deuteronomy 34:12 The Torah portion for this week is V’Zot HaBerachah, which means “this is the blessing,” from Deuteronomy 33:1–34:12, and the Haftorah from Joshua 1:1–18. This week … Read more…

The Secret of Vitality

October 10, 2017 - 12:00 am

And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor … Read more…