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, August 16, 2011 "Taking God For Granted"8/15/2011 - I’m not going to join the track team again! I said that to myself countless times during my years in school. But every track season, there I was, back on the team. Why did I have a love/hate relationship with track?
- Daily Devotional, August 15, 2011 "Staying Close"8/14/2011 - Over the past few months my wife and I have been the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies for three weddings. Not only are we considering doing this fulltime (just kidding!), we truly enjoyed helping the couples design marriage ceremonies and receptions that reflect who they are.
- Daily Devotional, August 12, 2011 "Scared Scarecrows"8/11/2011 - As I wandered around at the annual Scarecrow Festival in a neighboring town, the smell of fried dough, popcorn, and hot dogs filled the air. Multitudes of scarecrows masquerading as different characters—athletes, pirates, farmers, cheerleaders—were arranged on platforms for everyone to admire.
- Daily Devotional, August 11, 2011 "Tough Sledding"8/10/2011 - While we were on vacation in Alaska, our family visited the kennels that house Denali’s sled dogs. There we got to observe and learn about these amazing animals that help park rangers patrol the vast wilderness of Mount McKinley National Park during the long, harsh winter months.
- Daily Devotional, August 10, 2011 "Clouded Vision"8/9/2011 - Seven years ago, she stayed after Bible study to talk about her struggles as a mom. With a child nearing preadolescence, she was torn between making decisions that would make her daughter feel different than her peers and wanting the young girl to “fit in” to avoid the social ostracism of her own teen years.
- Daily Devotional, August 9, 2011 "Seeking & Following"8/8/2011 - In Mark 10, we follow the lives of two men. Financially they couldn’t be more different. Spiritually they have much in common. Their stories teach us much. One is a rich man who has all his physical needs met (Mark 10:22); the other is a blind man who must beg for his food (10:46).
- Daily Devotional, August 8, 2011 "Proof of Faith"8/7/2011 - The renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens was dying. By his own admission, decades of heavy drinking and smoking had given him cancer of the esophagus, and now he was facing a brutal regimen of chemotherapy and a bleak prognosis. His thinning hair, weary eyes, and parched, halting voice were signs of a beaten man—yet he softly reaffirmed his unbelief in God.
- Daily Devotional, August 5, 2011 "Angel In The Doorway"8/4/2011 - He stood in the doorway with a toothy grin and an evident social awkwardness. My friend, lying in his hospital bed after having endured major surgery, deftly shooed the visitor away with one-word answers and obvious disinterest.
- Daily Devotional, August 4, 2011 "God Is Near"8/3/2011 - Last October, the world looked on—cheering and crying and laughing with relief and joy—as 33 Chilean miners were plucked one by one from their deep, cavernous prison. For more than 2 months, these men hung on to hope and life a half-mile below ground.
- Daily Devotional, August 3, 2011 "Can You Relate?"8/2/2011 - Recently, I went to great lengths to help a friend. My efforts cost me significant time, money, and energy. And what did I get in return when it was all said and done? Nothing. Not even a “thank you.”
- Daily Devotional, August 2, 2011 "Pseudo Praise "8/1/2011 - When Hitler sought to placate Austrian minister Kurt von Schuschnigg by complimenting and praising him publicly, a disgusted Winston Churchill muttered, “When a snake wants to eat his victims, he first covers them in saliva.” The Bible calls Hitler’s use of insincere praise flattery—words said and actions done to gain favor with others and advantage over them.
- Daily Devotional, August 1, 2011 "Art & Balance"7/31/2011 - Organizers call it a “radically open art competition.” It’s also highly democratic. ArtPrize lures artists to my hometown with the possibility of winning substantial cash—if the attendees like what you create. Art aficionados can wander past hundreds of exhibits scattered throughout the city, but they can vote for only one.
- Daily Devotional, July 29, 2011 "Imperfect Prayer Studies"7/28/2011 - A 1988 study by Dr. Randolph Byrd found coronary care patients were 11 percent more likely to recover when they had received the prayers of others. A 2006 study led by Dr. Herbert Benson suggested there was no improvement for patients at all.
- Daily Devotional, July 28, 2011 "Trapped"7/27/2011 - Last summer, 33 miners in Chile became trapped when the copper mine they were working in was rocked by a landslide. Entombed 700 meters (2,300 feet) below ground, the miners faced many weeks of mental and physical stress prior to their rescue.
- Daily Devotional, July 27, 2011 "Solid Ground"7/26/2011 - Feelings lie. This truth became evident as my husband and I talked with a young man who, after becoming sexually active with his girlfriend, was brokenhearted at how far he had moved from following God’s Word.
- Daily Devotional, July 26, 2011 "Is It Worth It"7/26/2011 - Lou Gehrig may not have died from Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Hall of Fame pro baseball player is the namesake for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating neurological disease that slowly paralyzes its victims and ultimately leads to death.
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