Jesus’ entrance into this world was the most humble yet the most glorified birth in human history.
- Daily Devotional, April 22, 2011 Good Friday4/21/2011 - In this devo, I will write about a subject of which I must say—with great confidence—is an area of expertise. Yes, I will be boasting here. For I’ve been well-trained and have lots of experience in it. My subject? Failure. No one wants to experience it, but you and I have both come to know it up close and personal. The apostle Peter knew what it felt like to fail Jesus
- Daily Devotional, April 21, 2011 "Adrenaline For The Soul"4/20/2011 - Using contemporary language, while attempting to capture the depth and vitality of the original words that moved and inspired early believers in Jesus, Eugene Peterson translated Hebrews 12:2-3 this way: Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—He could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.
- Daily Devotional, April 20, 2011 "Counterfeit Faith"4/19/2011 - After waiting in line at a local store, it was finally my turn to pay. The clerk took my money, held the bill up to the light and then disappeared to confer with her manager. When she returned, she explained that the store had recently received several counterfeit bills.
- Daily Devotional, April 19, 2011 "Prepare For Action"4/18/2011 - As a chaplain for athletes competing in the 1998 Nagano Winter Games, one night I stayed out particularly late serving at the figure skating venue. Cold and exhausted, I finally headed back to my room at 1:00 a.m. On the way, I was shocked when several members of the USA Men’s Hockey Team walked by—boasting about the partying they were about to engage in.
- Daily Devotional, April 18, 2011 "Pray For Me"4/17/2011 - I love those lyrics from Christian singer/songwriter Keith Green who died almost 3 decades ago. His passionate heart for God is reflected in every word. In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul described how we can make our lives a prayer to God by having an active prayer life. He wrote, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion” (v.18).
- Daily Devotional, April 15, 2011 "Forever Young"4/14/2011 - Brooke Greenberg likes to giggle and crawl around just like any other toddler. She’s 76 cm (30 inches) tall and weighs about 7 kg (16 pounds), but Brooke was born in 1993. At 18 years old, she’s still trapped in the body of a 1-year-old due to a rare condition called Syndrome X. A doctor observed, “Her cellular age does not match her actual age.”
- Daily Devotional, April 14, 2011 "More Than Loaves"4/13/2011 - Isaac Penington, an early defender and promoter of the Quaker movement (founded in 17th-century England), said, “Thus has the Lord been teaching me to live upon Himself, not from anything received from Him but upon the Life itself.” The crowd in John 6 wanted to live off Jesus, not because their hearts were loyal to Him, but because their hearts were loyal to what they thought He could provide for them—food and deliverance from Roman oppression.
- Daily Devotional, April 13, 20114/13/2011 - I was leaving the Guangzhou train station with my ticket when I noticed a distraught Westerner bewildered by the long and jagged lines forming around her. I realized that she must be new to China because she apparently didn’t know that train stations often have ticket offices reserved especially for foreigners. I told her to follow me and I led her to a special room where she easily bought a ticket.
- Daily Devotional - Featuring Girlfriends in God - April 12, 20114/11/2011 - When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was to twirl in the grass. With arms out stretched, I’d spin around and around until I was silly-dizzy, and then fall to the ground with a giggly heart. It was thrilling, invigorating and a fun and simple way to spend a lazy summer day in the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania. Now that I’m older, I can’t handle spinning in circles.
- Daily Devotional, April 11, 20114/10/2011 - Springtime in Georgia rarely arrives without fanfare. While many anticipate the brilliant pink and white azaleas, others stock up on antihistamines and await the onset of the sneezing season. This past spring, the pollen was especially intense. One morning, my husband and I were amazed to see an ominous cloud of pollen visibly hanging in the air. Our noses and throats bore witness to nature’s invasiveness.
- Daily Devotional, April 08, 20114/7/2011 - It seems our society has become increasingly divided and polarized,” writes Mark DeMoss, president of The DeMoss Group, and former (unpaid) adviser to US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “Every week we are treated to scenes of bitter fighting, protests turning to violence and vandalism, name-calling, and personal attacks. Important debates are no longer fought ideas and words, but with shouting and screaming.”
- Daily Devotional - Featuring Soul Surfer - April 07, 20114/6/2011 - Soul Surfer: Greg, an accomplished surfer, was out in some large surf one day and wound up wiping out and getting spun around by a powerful wave. Once he got past the tumbling motion, Greg put his feet on the sand and pushed up toward the surface. He immediately got a nasty surprise as his head smacked against something hard.
- Daily Devotional - Featuring Jonny Diaz - April 06, 20114/5/2011 - There is a song on my new record called, “The Beauty of the Cross.” This title may not sound very strange or contradictory to you. After all, we’ve been singing songs such as “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” and “How Beautiful the Cross” for decades. However, if you step back and check this out from a non-churched perspective, you have to admit that it seems a little, well . . . weird!
- Daily Devotional, April 05, 20114/4/2011 - I like to walk around my neighborhood and take in the sights. As I wander along, my eyes view the textures, the details, particular names, and particular places. My street’s texture includes the Williams’ home (neighborhood patriarchs who sip cold orange sodas on their porch), the young couple who walk to the market (always holding hands) and, of course, the third-grade boy who’s up to some mischief.
- Daily Devotional, April 04, 20114/4/2011 - The baby threw up her breakfast—all over the kitchen. She was crying and both of us were covered in pureed pears. Then, a telemarketer called, followed by a prerecorded political message. When the phone rang a third time and it was the handyman announcing his imminent arrival, I yelled
- Daily Devotional - Featuring "There Be Dragons" - April 1, 20113/31/2011 - In "There Be Dragons," Josemaria visits his old friend Manolo when he hears of the death of Manolo’s father. He tries to console Manolo and connect with him to help him process his father’s death, but Manolo resists, saying, “We are born alone and we die alone…” This is just one example of how Manolo spends his life in isolation. Later he will go deeper into isolation living as a spy, and carrying dark secrets that keep him from connecting with others, even those he loves.
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