Jesus told us to obey His commands, but He also said to follow Him.
- Daily Devotional, November 9, 2011 "Death-Defining Moments"11/8/2011 - You guys, line up alphabetically by height.” Huh? “We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.” What? These are two of many other bizarre quotes I came across recently. Solomon said some pretty odd and outlandish things too. For instance, he wrote: “The day you die is better than the day you are born” (Ecclesiastes 7:1).
- Daily Devotional, November 8, 2011 "The Far Side"11/7/2011 - One of the perks of global travel is moving out of your comfort zone—running into things and people you’d never expect to encounter. I took a trip down the Venezuelan Amazon once, discovering that piranhas are real and that monkey stew isn’t a legend. Moses was living in Midian, so he was a long way from home in Egypt. A Hebrew, he had killed an Egyptian he saw beating a Hebrew slave.
- Daily Devotional, November 7, 2011 "Lead On"11/6/2011 - Spending much of my childhood in the cool north of the US, I always thought of palm trees as something exotic. So when we traveled down to South Carolina to visit family every few years, I felt as if I was somewhere near Hawaii, even though I knew deep waters and many miles separated the two states.
- Daily Devotional, November 4, 2011 "Taking Root"11/3/2011 - A few years ago, I wrote about three street kids— Saddam, Moses, and Charles. At the time, I had helped lead them to a Christian home for children who had no other place to live. I thought the boys would be elated to leave their life of extreme suffering behind. But after only one month in his new environment, Saddam called to tell me that Charles, age 11, had run away.
- Daily Devotional, November 3, 2011 "Boring?"11/2/2011 - The gospel of Matthew contains the most important news the world has known. Why then, is its beginning so . . . boring? Genesis starts with epic majesty: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” In contrast, Matthew writes tepidly: “This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus” (1:1). Yawn.
- Daily Devotional by Max Lucado, November 2, 2011 "Hope Pure & Simple"11/1/2011 - It's easy to get discouraged by negative events in the world and our life. However, when we read the Word or look in the right places, we will find an abundance of hope!
- Daily Devotional, November 1, 2011 "Fashion Police"11/1/2011 - The southern Italian town of Castellammare has created its own version of the “fashion police.” The police force there is authorized to fine women who wear risqué clothing such as micro skirts, skimpy jeans, and low-cut shirts.
- Daily Devotional, October 31, 2011 "Are We Safe?"10/31/2011 - According to a 2010 Pew Forum on Religion report, 53 percent of Christians in the US did not know that Martin Luther was the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. So they wouldn’t know that on October 31, 1517, in the little German town of Wittenberg, Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the church door—inviting scholars to debate the use of indulgences; a practice Luther believed gave believers a false assurance of their salvation
- Daily Devotional, October 28, 2011 "Wrestling Angels"10/27/2011 - My boys love to wrestle me. They create names like Captain Thunder and Tiger Ninja. Adrenaline peaking, they attack me with yells, a flurry of boy-energy and with hopes that this time—this time—they will take me down. I toss them for a while, even feigning desperation so as not to crush their dream prematurely. However, I eventually lock them in a stranglehold until they cry for mercy.
- Daily Devotional, October 27, 2011 "Max Lucado - Ordinary Matters"10/26/2011 - The [Christmas] story drips with normalcy. This isn’t Queen Mary or King Joseph. The couple doesn’t caravan into Bethlehem with camels, servants, purple banners, and dancers. Mary and Joseph have no tax exemption or political connection. They have the clout of a migrant worker and the net worth of a minimum wage earner.
- Daily Devotional, October 26, 2011 "Bold As A Lion"10/25/2011 - William Seeker, a 17th-century clergyman, is quoted as saying, “Another singular action of a sanctified Christian is to prefer the duty he owes God to the danger he fears from man. Christians in all ages have prized their services above their safety. ‘The wicked flee when no man [is pursuing]; but the righteous are bold as a lion.’ ”
- Daily Devotional, October 25, 2011 "Wise Words"10/24/2011 - To continue working and ministering in Uganda through the nonprofit organization I launched in 2009 called Tukutana, I recently had to raise a considerable amount of funds in a short period of time. Amazingly—despite the struggling economy—after my need was shared by e-mail, the donations poured in and my entire quarterly goal was met in less than 48 hours!
- Daily Devotional, October 24, 2011 "A Son to Redeem the Land and a Son to Redeem the World"10/23/2011 - [Ruth and Naomi] arrive in Bethlehem during the harvest season, which offers a way for these two poor women to earn some money. According to God’s instructions, wealthy farmers were required to let the poor glean the fields — follow behind the harvesters to pick up scraps of grain they missed. Ruth convinces Naomi to let her go to a field to glean, a sure recipe for trouble.
- Daily Devotional, October 21, 2011 "Tale of Two Rich Men"10/20/2011 - Many of us are familiar with the story of Zacchaeus, the “wee little man” (as the Sunday school song goes) who climbed up a sycamore tree to see Jesus passing by. However, Luke sets Zacchaeus’ story in close context to the story of another rich man—a young and wealthy leader who visited Jesus.
- Daily Devotional, October 20, 2011 "Who Rolls The Dice"10/19/2011 - What if your greatest fear, your heaviest burden, has been given to you “for such a time as this”? Esther could have told her cousin to mind his own business: “Leave me alone. It’s comfortable in the palace. Being a queen has its privileges. Let God take care of our people. Only a fool would risk all that I have.” And who would have blamed her? Look what happened to the last queen who refused to obey the palace rules!
- Daily Devotional, October 19, 2011 "Lasting"10/18/2011 - One summer when I was in elementary school, some of the neighborhood kids built a fort out of scrap wood. Precariously balanced on the ground, it consisted of three levels with enough room for two small bodies on each level. My dad, upon seeing their creation, promptly prohibited me from climbing in it as he was convinced it was an accident waiting to happen.
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