An acquaintance of mine, who is highly intelligent and has a philosophical bent, also carries antipathy toward God and religion.
- Daily Devotional, March 23, 2011 - Featuring Shawn McDonald3/22/2011 - I love to sit by the campfire. There is something very soothing about watching fire consume whatever is thrown into it. I had this fire pit out back of my house in Seattle that I spent many hours hanging with friends and thinking. It was kind of like going to Disneyland for me. I would have my bros over all the time and we would sit back there and talk about life, God, love, or whatever else had consumed our minds that evening. I loved it. You know those moments you wish would never end.
- Daily Devotional, March 22, 2011 - Featuring Shawn McDonald3/21/2011 - There is something about faithfulness that rocks us to our core. We all want it, and in fact we all need it, and I believe we all long for it. I love to watch inspiring movies. You know, those types when someone believes in something so much that they are will to go whatever mile it will take to get what they are after. Like “Rudy,” the little football player that loves Notre Dame football so much that he gives his all for it.
- Daily Devotional, March 21, 2011 - Featuring Shawn McDonald3/18/2011 - When I was a little boy, I was so afraid of the dark. So much so, that I would be laying in bed and have to go to the bathroom and…well I wouldn’t go because I was sure there was something out there to get me. I would hold it to the point of no return and then bolt down to the end of the hall where the bathroom was, and flip on the light….safe. I had this fear of monsters as a child.
- Daily Devotional, March 18, 20113/18/2011 - A Malaysian gangster was extorting money from a dental clinic. When the dentist gave him the cash “payment” he was forced to make, he also gave him a booklet. He said, “Read this. It’s good for you.” The gangster was angry with the dentist for giving him a religious booklet—a copy of Our Daily Bread
- Daily Devotional, March 17, 20113/17/2011 - Think back to a time when you were part of a team through school, church, business, volunteer work, or sports. With that experience fresh in your mind, answer the following: What was your team’s primary goal? Prepare a class presentation? Share the gospel with 500 people? Increase sales by 25 percent in three districts? Win a state or national championship? Did your team meet its goals? Why did your group effort succeed or fail? Who worked the hardest on your team?
- Daily Devotional, March 16, 20113/15/2011 - This was a tough week. Someone I know was accused of a crime so brutal I can’t describe it. Waves of disbelief, disgust, and sadness have swept over me. I grieve the loss of life for the victim and what he went through prior to his death. I grieve for the families involved. I grieve the potential loss of a once-promising future for my young friend. I grieve the effects of sin.
- Daily Devotional, March 15, 20113/14/2011 - Every so often, it’s good to ask yourself: “Why do I do what I do?” It’s so easy to get caught up in simply getting things done, while forgetting the ultimate purpose for our tasks.
- Daily Devotional, March 14, 20113/14/2011 - Grigori Perelman won the Millennium Prize from the Clay Mathematics Institute for solving a problem that had stumped mathematicians for a century. When told that the prize came with a $1 million award, Grigori, a reclusive genius who lives with his elderly mother in Russia, said that he would need to think about whether to accept the money.
- Daily Devotional, March 11, 20113/10/2011 - I love food fresh from the garden, particularly tomatoes. A couple years in a row, I had idyllic visions of growing our own crop and having a limitless supply of red, juicy deliciousness. The first season, a vicious fungus ravaged every last plant.
- Daily Devotional, March 10, 20113/9/2011 - Four-months pregnant with our second child, I was surprised one day when a co-worker unexpectedly shared that she had experienced a miscarriage years prior at the 4-month mark. Pregnancy is a walk of faith in itself, but her words sent what ifs racing through my mind faster than my surging hormones.
- Daily Devotional, March 09, 20113/8/2011 - Today is Ash Wednesday. It’s the first day of the Lent season, observed several weeks before Good Friday. Those who attend Ash Wednesday services typically apply ashes (or will have ashes applied) to their foreheads. The priest or pastor marks the forehead of each worshiper, often saying, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
- Daily Devotional, March 08, 20113/7/2011 - Science’s discovery of nature’s laws makes an intervening God less believable. We surmise that lost limbs don’t grow back, and dead men don’t return to life. Or do they?
- Daily Devotional, March 07, 20113/4/2011 - I recently read an article about a site where Web chatters are exposed to random strangers from around the world. As the article states, “One minute you’re chatting via Webcam with a mom of two [in the US] and the next you’re staring at a stark-naked man in Bangkok.” One psychiatrist calls the site “a predator’s paradise.” Definitely not a destination for the discerning!
- Daily Devotional, March 04, 20113/4/2011 - Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. He meant that white Christians and black Christians often worship in separate churches. Recently I’ve noticed a new kind of Sunday morning segregation.
- Daily Devotional, March 03, 20113/3/2011 - At dusk, I left the house with a fistful of wildflower seeds. I crossed the street and tossed them into the open field adjacent to our home. I waited all summer for the flowers to bloom, but all that grew was a monster thistle bush, milkweed, and some prairie grass.
- Daily Devotional, March 02, 20113/2/2011 - In the popular TV series LOST, a character named Sayid Jarrah was an airplane crash survivor and castaway on a mysterious tropical island. As a former military interrogator, he was haunted by those he tortured and spent much of his adult life trying to atone for his past mistakes.
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