Looking for a daily shot of strength from God’s Word? Try Daily Strength for Men, a daily devotional written by ministry entrepreneur and longtime Church for Men contributor Chris Bolinger, published from BroadStreet Publishing, and available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and the Daily Strength for Men website.
The 39 books of the Old Testament are an overlooked treasure trove of practical advice and strength for men. By drawing from each of the Old Testament’s 39 books and bringing them into today’s world, Daily Strength for Men and its companion, the DS4M Toolkit, provide a much-needed shot in the arm for men of all ages and backgrounds. Innovative features of Daily Strength for Men include:
- two days for each verse, giving you adequate time for study and application
- Day One: verse and thought on that verse
- Day Two: verse’s Bible passage and related passage, questions for reflection and application, and prayer
- many links to the New Testament for “big picture” context
- lots of references to films, athletes, popular songs, recent news stories, and even TV ads, all designed to make the Bible’s wisdom relevant for today’s world
Because the “verse of the day” in a devotional rarely is relevant to your life at that moment, the DS4M Toolkit enables you to search on topics and references. Having trouble trusting God? Search for verses on trusting God. Worried about an upcoming decision? Find verses on worry. Want to see if your favorite film is referenced? Look for it under “Films”.
Get your daily strength from God’s Word. Sign up for emails, and you’ll get a day of Daily Strength in your Inbox once a week.
By clicking on an image below, you’ll see a sample that was sent as an email to pre-release subscribers. Email content includes images (available in the DS4M Toolkit) and pre-release text from Daily Strength for Men. A Day 1 email includes the devotion and prayer. A Day 2 email includes the Bible passages and questions for reflection and application, as well as the Day 1 content.
The Rest of the Story
What the story behind Daily Strength for Men?
Chris Bolinger had struggled with being consistent with his devotional, and some other guys in his men’s group had admitted to similar struggles.
“What I wanted was a daily devotional that gave me – and men like me – a shot of strength from God’s Word,” Bolinger said. “But I wanted more than that. I wanted to be challenged to go further in my walk with Christ. I wanted stories of men who had overcome obstacles, who had kept their faith under pressure. And I wanted encouragement, because I felt discouraged by the weight of the challenges and stress in my life and the lives of my friends and family members.”
Bolinger started looking for such a devotional. Months later, he was still looking.
So he went to the Bible and started writing down verses that encouraged him as a man. When his list reached 100 verses he began assembling devotional material to bring these passages to life. Within a year, Bolinger had the beginnings of a new kind of men’s devotional.
Daily Strength for Men is unique in two ways:
1. Daily Strength for Men is drawn completely from the Old Testament.
2. Each devotion spans two days. On Day One subscribers receive a devotional and a prayer. On Day Two they read the Bible passages and grapple with life application. “Two days gives you the time you need to digest a passage of Scripture, especially the Old Testament, which is not terribly familiar to a lot of today’s Christians,” Bolinger said.
The complete devotional will be available from BroadStreet Publishing beginning in November 2018. Not wanting to wait that long to have men read and benefit from the devotional, Bolinger approached Church for Men about a partnership.
“I’ve worked with Chris before and know that he has a heart for helping men grow deeper in their faith,” says David Murrow, director of Church for Men. “A lot of men will benefit from his unique approach to daily devotions.”
Church for Men has reformatted each day in the devotional as an email. By signing up on the Church for Men website, you can have each day’s devotion delivered to your Inbox until November, at which point you’ll get a few devotional excerpts each week.
Bolinger was a tech entrepreneur during the dot-com boom. He’s parlayed that success into several ministry ventures, including Christian films, a church revitalization ministry and the Daily Strength for Men devotional. He lives in northeast Ohio and sheepishly admits to still being a Cleveland Browns fan.