“The . . . church should have a profound sense of urgency to spend ourselves ‘on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed.’ ”
- Daily Devotional - February 28, 2013 "Origin of the Species"2/27/2013 - A previously unknown monkey species, the Caqueta titi monkey, was discovered deep in the Amazon jungle in August 2009.
- Daily Devotional - February 27, 2013 "Blind Eyes & Burning Hearts"2/26/2013 - If you want to humble me, all you need to do is hand me one of those Where’s Waldo? images—the ones where you attempt to locate the numerous places where the character Waldo blends into the scenery.
- Daily Devotional - February 26, 2013 Featuring Aaron Shust "Risen Today"2/25/2013 - Most of us have experienced the death of someone close to us. Even if we believe we will be reunited again in the Hereafter...
- Daily Devotional - February 25, 2013 "Experiencing Community"2/24/2013 - Respondents to a recent Barna Group survey listed the following as key elements of their church life: connecting with God, experiencing transformation, gaining new insights, and feeling cared for.
- Daily Devotional - February 24, 2013 "The World and I"2/23/2013 - I didn’t realize how far I was removed from reality until I read The Hunger Games. It jolted me into doing some research.
- Daily Devotional - February 23, 2013 "Suffering With God"2/22/2013 - Pain. We take pills to ease it, hold prayer meetings to heal it, develop strategies to avoid it, and think up philosophies to explain it.
- Daily Devotional - February 22, 2013 "Counting the Cost"2/21/2013 - Jesus’ good friend Lazarus had died (John 11:14,17). And so He performed an amazing miracle by raising Lazarus from the dead (vv.43-44)—leading many who came to the funeral to believe in Him (v.45).
- Daily Devotional - February 21, 2013 "Lawn Libraries"2/20/2013 - Nancy Johnson went for a walk and discovered a little library in a neighbor’s yard. It’s estimated that there are now between 300 to 400 small libraries lodged in people’s lawns around the world.
- Daily Devotional - February 20, 2013 "The God Who Suffered"2/19/2013 - People tell me that you can turn any smoothie or shake into a snack loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.
- Daily Devotional - February 19, 2013 "Pray for Them"2/18/2013 - In his book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer states: “A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me.
- Daily Devotional - February 18, 2013 "Justice and Faith"2/17/2013 - As a friend and I watched our children play in the pool, I had no idea that I would soon be swimming in my capris.
- Daily Devotional - February 17, 2013 "Taking the Wheel"2/16/2013 - Last spring, Jeremy Wuitschick was riding on his school bus with 11 other middle-school students when the bus driver passed out. Wuitschick sprang from his seat and ran up and took the wheel from the unconscious driver.
- Daily Devotional - February 16, 2013 "Forgive and Forget?"2/15/2013 - Sergei said to his pastor, “It’s been 2 years since Danica cheated on me, and I still can’t get past the hurt. Some days I think I’ve moved on, but the pain is always lurking beneath the surface, ready to explode in the most unexpected moments.
- Daily Devotional - February 15, 2013 "A Prize Awaits"2/14/2013 - How do I decide what to write in my ODJ article? Each month, I move down the list of 66 books in the Bible, and pick a passage from three books to write on.
- Daily Devotional - February 14, 2013 "Pearls to Pigs"2/13/2013 - I have always been perplexed by today’s reading in Matthew 7. What are these “pearls” being spoken of and who are the “pigs” we’re not to throw them to?
- Daily Devotional - February 13, 2013 "Marked"2/12/2013 - Wednesday is commemorated 40 days before Good Friday. The officiating minister marks the forehead of each person with ashes in the sign of the cross.
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