Perhaps suffering is what makes the sound of the bells so sweet. They are a reminder of joy to come, rounding the next curve.
- Daily Devotional, September 28, 2011 "The Simple Truths of Service"9/27/2011 - Barbara Glanz is a speaker and author. She's also a friend. A few years ago, Barbara was speaking to 3,000 employees of a large grocery chain. Her speech was on customer service and how to create memories to make the customers want to come back. At the end of her presentation, she put up her contact information and said, "If anyone has any great stories on service, I'd love to hear from you."
- Daily Devotional, September 27, 2011 "Burning Strong"9/26/2011 - Over the past few months, I‘ve encouraged my husband to create a small fire pit in our backyard. As someone who enjoys camping, I love sitting on a cool night in front of a blazing campfire with a mug of hot chocolate in my hands. Tonight as we sat with family near the crackling flames (in the freshly completed fire pit), we reminded our children that the inherent power in fire evokes respect.
- Daily Devotional, September 26, 2011 "There You Are!"9/25/2011 - There are two kinds of people,” said advice columnist Abigail Van Buren. “Those who walk into a room and say, ‘There you are!’ and those who say, ‘Here I am!’” The one Person who could have rightly declared, “Here I am,” seemed oddly reluctant to promote Himself.
- Daily Devotional, September 23, 2011 "Warrior - Commitment & Devotion in Marriage"9/22/2011 - Are you in the habit of setting aside your own needs in the interests of serving those of your spouse, or do you look at marriage as an institution basically designed to serve your own needs? Do you think you can change your mindset to expect and even welcome the challenges and difficulties of selfgiving marriage?
- Daily Devotional, September 23, 2011 "One in Ten"9/22/2011 - You know the feeling—the jolt of recognition. Could it be? You inhale. Why, that’s so-and-so from high school! She grew her hair out, and now she’s a blonde! Somehow, the Internet has made it possible for you to contact her. But, should you open that door?
- Daily Devotional, September 22, 2011 "Living & Learning"9/21/2011 - We were caught in downtown traffic when the thin woman approached our car at a red light. “Please,” she said, tapping on the closed window. “Please, can you help me?” My husband rolled down the window and we all heard the wail of the baby in her arms. “I need milk for my baby. Can you give me some money?”
- Daily Devotional, September 21, 2011 "Give Up"9/20/2011 - Wildlife officials in my town tried in vain to save a duck that had an arrow sticking through its breast. She flew away whenever their nets came close. It’s hard to blame the frightened fowl. She didn’t understand that the same self-reliance that normally kept her alive was now preventing her from receiving the help she needed.
- Daily Devotional, September 20, 2011 "Matthew West - Strong Enough"9/20/2011 - I don’t even need to ask if you have ever faced an impossible circumstance. We all will at some point in our lives. Perhaps you are facing one right now. Today, you may be staring down a struggle that seems much bigger than you are, wondering how in the world you are going to make it through.
- Daily Devotional - September 19, 2011 "Words That Build Up"9/18/2011 - Imagine if I were to continue writing this article in Simplified Chinese script. Even if I were to write in excellent prose and share some inspiring truths, it wouldn’t add anything to your life (unless you know Simplified Chinese). The reason is obvious. Intelligibility precedes understanding. Everyone can understand that! Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians, “I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language” (14:19).
- Daily Devotional - September 16, 2011 "Active Faith"9/16/2011 - Did you know that?!” When my student responded with disbelief at what he had learned in researching his social justice project, my heart leapt with excitement. Teaching in a private prep school, I look for ways to help my students see beyond their somewhat sheltered world.
- Daily Devotional, September 15, 2011 "Oh Well"9/14/2011 - I would rather work with pagans than with other Christians!” My friend’s statement wouldn’t be particularly surprising for an agnostic or atheist to make. But he’s a minister. Why can believers in Jesus sometimes be so difficult and nasty?
- Daily Devotional, September 14, 2011 "Steven Curtis Chapman - Do Everything"9/13/2011 - Jesus had a habit of turning things upside down during his short three-year ministry. From the tables of the temple moneychangers, to the teachings of the religious leaders, to the dreams and expectations of his followers, to the entire world system of power and influence and authority, he challenged and uprooted all that was not aligned with the reality of the kingdom of God.
- Daily Devotional - September 13, 2011 "Sandwiched"9/12/2011 - If you feel as if you’re a walking ham and cheese on rye, there might be good reason. More and more people are becoming part of the “sandwich generation.” They’re feeling the squeeze of caring for children while also supporting parents or parents-in-law. A recent report reveals that one in five working-age people in Asia are now officially “sandwiched.”
- Daily Devotional - September 12, 2011 "Painful Truth"9/11/2011 - My 4-year-old son and I were watching television when we saw a commercial for skin cream. A woman’s face appeared and then the camera zoomed in, revealing a rather serious set of crow’s feet. But it didn’t stop there. Computer animation gave us a peek beneath the surface of her skin—into her very pores.
- Daily Devotional - September 09, 2011 "No Fear"9/9/2011 - The other day I stopped at a service station to fill up my car’s gas tank. When I went inside to pay, I noticed a little sparrow hopping around on the windowsill next to the cashier. She told me the sparrow had flown into the window a few days earlier and injured its wing. So she had brought it inside to give it a chance to mend.
- Daily Devotional - September 08, 2011 "Apart or a Part"9/7/2011 - In The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church, Reggie McNeal writes, “A growing number of people are leaving the institutional church for a new reason. They are not leaving because they have lost faith.
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