Feed Your Faith

People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. – Deuteronomy 8:3

“What should we have for dinner?”

“I don’t know. What’s in the fridge?”

“Two hotdog buns, a cheese stick, some wilted lettuce and a jar of maraschino cherries.”

“I think maybe we should go out for dinner.”

Do you ever have that conversation in your house? You’re hungry. You need to eat. You really don’t want to the take the time to cook something complicated and you ate the last frozen pizza three days ago. You know you should eat something that won’t just fill you up but will also nourish your body. But what?

I suspect that many Christians have a similar problem when it comes to feeding their faith. We know that we should do some kind of devotional reading every day, but what? Do we just let the Bible fall open in our hands and read whatever page appears? Will that really nourish our faith?

I recently asked a few pastor friends what their favorite devotional resources are. I thought I would share them with you so that you can stock your spiritual pantry and be ready to feed your faith something nutritious every day. In no particular order, here are the resources and a word or two about why they like it:

http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/home/ – a free online resource. “I love the music, the reading of scripture and way the narrator invites you to enter into the Word.”

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. “I try and start my day reading from this devotion book. It centers my thoughts on Jesus just for the day.”

https://www.youversion.com/ – a free resource.  “This is great for someone who is new to daily devotional or someone who has done devotionals for years. Very customizable with either a simple scripture reading or select from many contributors. This is a great way to engage with scripture with the convenience of a phone app.”

TodaysGift@Hazelden.info – a free online resource. “I appreciate the way it challenges me to be honest, transparent and authentic. I always have a sense of God’s grace and presence with me through the reading.”

We Make the Road by Walking It by Brian McLaren. “I love the way McLaren frames the biblical story in ways that connect it to daily life. He makes it come alive in fresh ways.”

Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations – a free resource delivered via e-mail. Sign up at https://cac.org/sign-up/  “Rohr frame the Christian faith in ways that make sense for adults who are growing out of a Sunday School faith. I have found his insights life-changing.”

The New Testament for Everybody series by N.T. Wright. There’s a volume for each book of the New Testament. “Wright is a clear thinker, a great writing and an excellent theologian. He helps Scripture make sense. This is a great series for people who want to go deeper in the bible.”

There you have it. A devotional buffet. No need to go hungry. Now go and feed your faith!

Got a favorite devotional you’d be willing to share with other readers? Leave a comment.

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN.

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