The apostle Paul knew all about warped identity. He had once viewed all believers in Jesus as despicable and worthy of death.
- Daily Devotional, June 22, 2011 "Behind The Scenes"6/21/2011 - One of the things I appreciate about the Old Testament book of Esther is that God’s name isn’t mentioned in it—not even once. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not losing my belief in God! For me, the book’s omission of God’s name is a great reminder that even though He might appear to be absent, God is still present, quietly working behind the scenes.
- Daily Devotional, June 21, 2011 "Always True"6/20/2011 - Walking past me with a noticeable lump in his shirt, my son tried to act nonchalant as he hurried through the room. Not realizing how obvious he looked, he dropped his head and pulled out a pair of scissors when I asked him what he was hiding. Because he had taken to “redesigning” things in his room, we had banned him from unsupervised use of scissors.
- Daily Devotional, June 20, 2011 "Rude and Racist"6/20/2011 - Jesus could be harsh at times. He called Pharisees “whitewashed tombs” (that is, nice on the outside, disgusting within); He called Herod a “fox”; He even called Peter “Satan” (Matthew 23:27; Luke 13:32; Mark 8:33). Yes, Jesus could be forthright—but rude and racist? Some think today’s story proves so.
- Daily Devotional, June 17, 2011 "Let It Run"6/17/2011 - One truly thrilling moment in sports is the last quarter mile of a horse race, when “down the stretch they come!” Spectators are mildly interested in the initial legs of the race, as the horses jockey for position and conserve their energy for the home stretch. But their roar is deafening when the horses turn the final corner and break into a full gallop for the finish line.
- Daily Devotional, June 16, 2011 "Touch"6/15/2011 - Kiley had ventured outside her home country only once in her 18 years. So when she had the chance to go to Kenya to help with a medical mission, she was thrilled—and a little uneasy. After all, she didn’t have any real medical experience.
- Daily Devotional, June 15, 2011 "Relinquish Control"6/14/2011 - When I originally met the little Ugandan boy who eventually became my son, my goal was simply to keep him alive. After he overcame malnutrition and recovered from a long list of diseases, however, my dreams for his life quickly became bigger. For example, the first time my son—as a mere 5-yearold— petted a horse...
- Daily Devotional, June 14, 2011 "Batting 1.000"6/13/2011 - Baseball determines a player’s batting average by dividing his total number of hits by the number of times he’s batted. If a player hits the ball every time he bats, he’s batting 1.000 (or one thousand).
- Daily Devotional, June 13, 2011 "Escape"6/12/2011 - The bold print in a local news story caught my eye: “Increase in suicide rates in Singapore, male suicides double that of female.” The report goes on to say, “According to some psychiatrists, the higher number of suicides among men is not an unusual trend. . . .
- Daily Devotional, June 10, 2011 "Revealed"6/9/2011 - My list of projects to accomplish this weekend is somewhere near the level of insanity. As a teacher, I thrive on learning new things and finding innovative ways to communicate ideas to my students. So I have this nasty habit of creating projects for myself. Most times, I live somewhere on the continuum between order and chaos.
- Daily Devotional, June 9, 2011 "Jesus Among The Idols"6/9/2011 - According to anthropologists, worship is found in every culture. Deep within us lies an impulse to offer ourselves to someone or something that will give us meaning, security, and identity.
- Daily Devotional, June 8, 2011 "Jimmy Joy"6/7/2011 - When my friend Jimmy’s cancer returned for the fourth time, he made a choice. Though he knew the path ahead would be difficult (another invasive, painful surgery inside his lung), he strove to bring glory to God.
- Daily Devotional - Featuring Chris Tomlin - June 07, 20116/6/2011 - The Book of Psalms reveals more than just what “modern worship” might have looked like 2300 years ago. Interwoven into the exclamations of praise and pleas for help are some very revealing pictures of the sort of God-followers the psalmists were, of how they viewed themselves and their Creator and the joys and hardships and sufferings of life. As we read the song lyrics that King David and his fellow psalmists crafted hundreds of years before God’s salvation was clearly revealed in Jesus...
- Daily Devotional, June 6, 2011 "Radical Love"6/5/2011 - Julio Diaz stepped off the late-night subway en route to his favorite diner when a knife-wielding teen demanded his wallet. Diaz handed the wallet over; but as the mugger began to walk away, Diaz stopped him. “If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night,” Diaz said, “you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.” He handed the boy his jacket and then invited the bewildered mugger to join him for dinner.
- Daily Devotional, June 3, 2011 "Covenant Eyes"6/2/2011 - A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2006 revealed that children who watch media with high levels of sexual content tend to be more sexually promiscuous. Researchers studied 1,017 adolescents, ages 12 to 14, over a period of 2 years.
- Daily Devotional, June 2, 2011 "Gone Home"6/1/2011 - One of my favorite movies is the 1982 science fiction blockbuster E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. The movie ends with an emotional scene as E.T. says goodbye to his young friend Elliot. Before entering the spaceship, E.T. tells him, “I’ll be right here,” pointing his glowing finger to Elliott’s head. E.T. then walks into the spaceship and takes off, leaving a rainbow in the sky, which in a way reminds me of Jesus’ ascension.
- Daily Devotional, June 1, 2011 "Amazing Guide"5/31/2011 - Marion Cotillard, an actress in Christopher Nolan’s movie Inception, says of the director, “Things that I didn’t really get while we were shooting, I knew were maybe not to be understood. I found it very interesting to allow myself to be lost, because I knew that I had this amazing guide who would take us to a place where you really live the experience, because you abandon yourself for a story and a director that will make it all work.”
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