“God calls us to reach out to those who are different from us, but how far are we supposed to go?”
- Daily Devotional, February 16, 2012 "Unspoken"2/15/2012 - Sometimes life holds moments—and even needs— too deep for words. Not all silence comes from a desire to hide or pretend we’ve got life together.
- Daily Devotional, February 15, 2012 "Faithful Lament"2/14/2012 - Last year we watched with sorrow and concern as an earthquake, tsunami, and ensuing nuclear disaster rocked Japan. MSNBC captured a particularly heart-wrenching photograph of 4-year-old Manami Kon having the sad occasion to practice her recently learned ability to write.
- Daily Devotional, February 14, 2012 "One Lost Coin"2/13/2012 - Where’s that brown envelope I left on the kitchen table?” I asked my daughter. “On the dining room table,” she said. It wasn’t on that table, so I began a frantic search throughout the entire house— from the kitchen to the bedrooms—for the misplaced envelope. Even the trashcans weren’t spared from the scrutiny.
- Daily Devotional, February 13, 2012 "Pests We Tolerate"2/13/2012 - What kinds of pests would you tolerate in your home? A recent survey revealed some surprising results. Researchers found that people would pay for an exterminator when the following pests were found in their home: Twenty-four percent would pay an exterminator to kill spiders...
- Daily Devotional - Featuring Kari Jobe - February 10, 2012 "Here"2/9/2012 - “God, I’m broken. I feel lost and helpless. My heart God, my heart hurts and I don’t understand where you are or what you’re doing. Help Me.”
- Daily Devotional, February 9, 2012 "Today"2/8/2012 - The film Dead Poets Society introduced me to an old phrase from a Latin poem: carpe diem. It means “seize the day,” an urgent call to live life to the fullest, getting the most out of each and every day. Generally speaking, it’s good advice, especially for those of us who to tend to live passively and watch life pass us by.
- Daily Devotional, February 8, 2012 "Umbrella"2/7/2012 - Rhythm and blues artist Rihanna sang of the power of friendship to pull us through cloudy weather in her hit song Umbrella. “Now that it’s raining more than ever,” she sings, “Know that we’ll still have each other; You can stand under my umbrella.” An umbrella is a memorable metaphor for our need to help each other, but it also indicates how little we can actually do for our friends.
- Daily Devotional, February 7, 2012 "Age-Old Question"2/7/2012 - Last spring, two 48-year-old twin brothers chose not to help their mother after she fell and hurt herself. The duo simply left the injured woman in the entryway of the house they shared with her. Police were contacted after the mother hadn’t been seen by friends for several weeks.
- Daily Devotional, February 6, 2012 "Honored"2/5/2012 - The metro was packed with rush-hour travelers, and my family and I stood on the station platform waiting for the doors to open so we could board. Tired after a long day of sightseeing, we were already anticipating the refuge of our hotel room.
- Daily Devotional, February 3, 2012 "The Word of God"2/2/2012 - A person’s words are inseparable from the person speaking them. Think about your own words. They come from you and are uniquely yours. Your words communicate your heart. They come from your inner self—your soul—and express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, and character. Your words are spoken with your voice.
- Daily Devotional, February 2, 2012 "Intercepting Entropy"2/1/2012 - John Ortberg, in one of his sermons, told of an interview with Max Dupree, the former CEO of Herman Miller, a renowned office furniture company. “Max is asked to speak a lot about leadership, and at one session somebody asked him what the most difficult thing was that he personally had to work on.
- Daily Devotional, February 1, 2012 "Firewalkers"1/31/2012 - Firewalkers fascinate me. These people have a special something that allows them to look down at a bed of hot coals, unbuckle their sandals or peel off their socks, and step right in. Some see it as a rite of passage, a way to conquer fear, or a way to uncover some hidden vein of inner strength. Whatever the reason, something serious is usually at stake.
- Daily Devotional, January 31, 2012 "If I Were The Devil"1/30/2012 - In the foreword of R. C. Sproul’s book Knowing Scripture, J. I. Packer writes: “If I were the devil . . . one of my first aims would be to stop folk from digging into the Bible. . . . How?
- Daily Devotional, January 30, 2012 "Clear, Pure Water"1/29/2012 - A tall, cold glass of water. The condensation on the glass cools my hand. Clear, pure, colorless, odorless; free of man-made chemicals and corruption. I lift the glass to my lips and drink this water that deeply refreshes.
- Daily Devotional, January 27, 2012 "Promises & Praise"1/26/2012 - Ever made a promise you didn’t keep? Yeah, me too. It makes me wince to think of my broken promises over the years. The shame comes from the realization that I had given my word to do something for someone and then backpedaled upon further review of what my vow would require of me. Ouch.
- Daily Devotional, January 26, 2012 "The Small Stuff"1/25/2012 - How has your ministry been able to thrive in these tough economic times?” someone asked the leader of a nonprofit organization. “It’s because of the small gifts,” he said without hesitation. “The big gifts dry up when things get tough. But we have a lot of people who make small donations, and they give faithfully out of what they have.”
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