TORN – Day 25

TORN – Day 25 – Wednesday, 3/30/22
Forgiven is Forgiven
“By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” (1 John 3:19-20)
Today’s Scripture reading is Psalm 19.
Believing God forgives me is one thing. Forgiving myself is often harder. You and I may not always feel forgiven, but God’s word is our anchor behind the veil. God has the final word. It is a settled issue. It applies to past sin, present sin, future sin.
The details of what we have done and why we did it are irrelevant. Sin is sin. Paid is paid. Forgiven is forgiven.
Prayer: “Jesus, I know you forgive me. Help me to forgive myself for…”


TORN – Day 24

TORN – Day 24 – Tuesday, 3/29/22
Greater Than Our Heart
“Whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart.” (1 John 3:20)
Today’s Scripture reading is John 21:1-17.
Christian philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once wrote, “If you hear it rightly, take the forgiveness of all your sins quite literally, then you will be able to go away from the altar, divinely understood, as light of heart as a newborn child, upon whom nothing, nothing weighs heavily.”
Life is sweet when this is true. But in order to go away in peace, you have to realize your need in the first place. But sometimes shame and fear in our hearts hold us back from this peace that God promises.
But God is greater than our hearts. He knows the feelings that haunt you. Be at peace! – not in your promises to do better, but in his promises, promises that he keeps because of the cross.
Prayer: “Jesus, help me to take you at your word of forgiveness when it comes to…”


TORN – Day 23

TORN – Day 23 – Monday, 3/28/22
If I Only Had the Nerve
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.” (Psalm 56:3-4)
Today’s Scripture reading is Psalm 56.
“If I only had the nerve,” sang the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. What gives us the “nerve” to come into God’s presence, assuming he wants us to listen? The words of Hebrews 4:16 invite us to come: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace.”
Do you have any fear? Take God at his word – he wants to be near you. Trust in him: “I will trust, and not be afraid” (Isaiah 12:2).
Prayer: “Jesus, Lion of Judah, you are no cowardly lion. Give me courage in my life right now so that…”


TORN – Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 27, 2022
Enjoy today’s Lord’s Day (Sunday) to rest and rejoice in the goodness of God. Be sure to join with God’s people today in worship.
On the evening of the resurrection, the disciples hid behind locked doors out of fear. Jesus stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). And then he showed them his hands and his side. On this Sunday, this “Little Easter,” where do you need Jesus to speak this word to you: “Peace be with you”? His peace is there for you, there in his wounds. It’s there that you can find healing and hope. Sometime during this day, look for the opportunity to speak this word to someone in your life: “Peace be with you.”


TORN – Day 22

TORN – Day 22 – Saturday, 3/26/22
Redemption Rock
“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” (Isaiah 26:4)
Today’s Scripture reading is Psalm 46
In Princeton, Massachusetts, you’ll find Redemption rock. At this site in 1676, the release of a minister’s wife from her native captors was negotiated atop the rock. Long before that moment, our redemption was secured upon the Rock, Jesus. The anchor of our hope is securely fixed on him. Reflect and give him praise through the words of “Rock of Ages.”
Rock of Ages, cleft for me
Let me hide myself in thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure:
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.
(Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778)
Prayer: “Jesus, you are my eternal Rock. My hope is fixed on you. I need to remember this right now…”


TORN – Day 21

TORN – Day 21- Friday, 3/25/22
Throne of Grace
“Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand.” (Romans 5:1-2)
Today’s Scripture reading is Isaiah 6:1-8
Picture it: you are standing before the throne of God himself. What gives you the right? In the palace of any king, one must be introduced and invited. In today’s reading, we see how Isaiah responded: “Woe is me, for I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). But then his lips were touched with the burning coal. Suddenly, he has the boldness to volunteer for an unknown assignment: “Here am I! Send me” (Isaiah 6:8).
What made the difference? Mercy and grace. The throne of justice and power has become the throne of grace.
Prayer: “God, your mercy and grace surround me. Give me the boldness I need to…”


TORN – Day 20

TORN – Day 20- Thursday, 3/24/22
The Forerunner
“Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever.” (Hebrews 6:20)
Today’s Scripture reading is John 14:1-14
In ancient times, if the tide was low, ships would be unable to enter a harbor. A smaller vessel, called a forerunner, would then carry the ship’s anchor into the harbor and find a secure place to drop it. Then, with the rising of the tide, the ship could enter the harbor safely.
Jesus is our Forerunner – what a beautiful image! Normally we think of dropping anchor to the bottom of the sea, but here our Anchor lives in glory in heaven. Just like an anchor to a ship, Jesus draws us to himself. As our soul longs and thirsts for him, he feeds us with living water and the bread of life. And soon, he will draw us to our eternal home, into the place he has prepared for us (John 14:2).
How has Jesus been your Forerunner in a storm that you’ve experienced in your life?
Prayer: “Jesus, guide the choices I make today to be a reflection of my hopes and not my fears, especially with…”


TORN – Day 19

TORN – Day 19 – Wednesday, 3/23/22
The Soul’s Anchor
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.” (Hebrews 6:19)
Today’s Scripture reading is Psalm 130
Everyone has an anchor. The only question is how well does it hold? A big bank account, a successful career, a cottage in the country. These can be lost without any warning. Then what?
Etched on the walls in the catacombs of Rome are at least 66 different types of anchors. As Christians buried their loved ones, they held onto this ancient symbol of hope. Hope in what? Hope in God’s Word, described in Hebrews 6:17: “When God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath.”
We have confidence and boldness to enter the presence of the Father through the curtain of Christ himself!
Prayer: “Abba Father, a promise is a promise. Right now, I lean on your promise to…”


TORN – Day 18

TORN – Day 18 – Tuesday, 3/22/22
The Touch of a Hand
“By whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.” (Romans 8:15-16)
Today’s Scripture reading is John 20:24-29
Those who believe in Jesus and take him as Lord are born again by the Spirit and become children of God. Through Jesus, those who know and believe in him can truly call God their Father.
The Holy Spirit eagerly invites us to call out for God’s attention: “Abba! Father! (Galatians 4:6), as children so naturally do with their parents. Sitting on the throne, Jesus gives us permission to approach our Father with anything and for any reason!
Prayer: “Abba, Father, I am so glad to be your child because…”


TORN – Day 17

TORN – Day 17 – Monday, 3/21/22
The Man behind the Curtain
“Jesus entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:12)
Today’s Scripture reading is Hebrews 7:15-28
Remember the scene in “The Wizard of Oz” where Dorothy and her friends are standing before the mysterious and great wizard? They are all afraid as they see the smoke and fire. But then little Toto the dog pulls away a curtain revealing that the terrible wizard is no more than a man with a machine.
Thank God we have much more than a fake wizard behind the curtain! We have a great High Priest who, unlike other priests who offered the blood of animals, offers his own blood, securing our eternal redemption. Hebrews 7:25 tells us that there behind the curtain is our great High Priest, who lives to pray for you!
Prayer: “You, O Christ, are my great High Priest. Your presence at the throne gives me confidence, especially right now when….”