The apostle Paul knew all about warped identity. He had once viewed all believers in Jesus as despicable and worthy of death.
- Daily Devotional, February 09, 20112/9/2011 - Consider this situation: Someone you deeply love is dying. Doctors tell you that this could be his last week of life. You want to do something memorable and meaningful for him. What would it be? At a dinner held to honor Jesus (John 12:2), Mary anointed Him with expensive perfume made from essence of nard (or spikenard)—a special plant that grew only in the Himalayas of India. Mary’s perfume cost the
- Daily Devotional, February 08, 20112/7/2011 - After graduation from college, I worked for an organization that did not pay well. It was tough. Sometimes I couldn’t even afford my next meal. During that time, my mother became sick. I felt awful not being able to help pay for her hospital expenses. It was one trial after another, and each new trial was harder than the previous one.
- Daily Devotional, February 07, 20112/6/2011 - My friend has a habit of asking God for signs. In doing so, His prayers tend to seek confirmation of his feelings, as in “God, if You want me to do ‘X,’ then please do ‘Y,’ and I’ll know it’s OK.” Not surprisingly, this has created a dilemma. For my friend feels that he should get back with his ex-girlfriend, based on the way he prays. His ex, on the other hand, feels strongly that God has told them not to get back together. Ah, feelings.
- Daily Devotional, February 04, 20112/3/2011 - Checking the texting inbox on my phone, I understood my friend’s frustration when I read her message: “I am sick of unresolved conflict!! I can’t take it anymore!” Ironically, our Bible study the night before had been on peace. As I thought about her situation— and some of my own—I was reminded how easily conflict can arise and how difficult resolution can be.
- Daily Devotional, February 03, 20112/2/2011 - Each week around the world, 10 million Girl Guides (or Girl Scouts) learn how to cook, knit, survive in the wilderness, and generally become good citizens. A girl becomes a Guide by making the Guide Promise—a pledge of duty to God, country, and the Guide Law.
- Daily Devotional, February 02, 20112/1/2011 - Johnson, author of Who Moved My Cheese? stated in an article: “I believe research may one day show that the only long-lasting motivation will come from employees who bring it to work in the form of God, spirituality, or something else that causes them to rise to a higher purpose.” Long before Dr. Johnson came to that conclusion, the apostle Paul said that slaves (employees) and masters (employers) should be motivated by a higher purpose in their jobs—their relationship with Jesus.
- Daily Devotional, February 01, 20111/31/2011 - Sometimes I catch a glimpse of him as he drives by—reclined in his seat, one arm slung out of his rolled-down window. He’s the guy with the car stereo that blasts seismic sound waves through our neighborhood. His sub-woofers pulse with a booming rhythm so loud that I can hardly feel my own heartbeat. In case you think I’m simply dull and cranky, let me assure you that I love music.
- Daily Devotional, January 31, 20111/28/2011 - If I were to tell you that the president of your country is my friend, it’s likely you wouldn’t believe me. You might even be tempted to call me a liar. But if your president were to go on national TV and say publicly that I’m his friend, then all doubts would fade away, right? The facts would back up my claim.
- Daily Devotional, January 28, 20111/27/2011 - A video on GodTube captured a mother squirrel trying to teach her baby how to scale a cement wall. Over and over the mother squirrel patiently showed how it was done, but the wall was simply too big for the younger rodent to conquer.
- Daily Devotional - January 27, 20111/26/2011 - An impromptu high-wire act by a 26-year-old man caused a portion of Dongguan, a city in China,to experience a blackout. The man had lost his job and chose to drown his sorrows by drinking heavily. After his binge, the drunken one climbed a high voltage cable tower and began walking and hanging on the power cables. When firemen couldn’t coax him down,
- Daily Devotional, January 26, 20111/25/2011 - I saw this quote on a friend’s Facebook page: “It’s not that I feel alone because I have no friends. I have lots of friends. I know that I have people who can hold me and reassure me and talk to me and care for me and think of me. But they can’t be inside my head with me all the time—for all time.”
- Daily Devotional, January 25, 20111/25/2011 - Giddy with delight, my young son Elias slipped out of the room that served as a temporary nursery to newborn kittens. His mother had warned him not to touch them, so she asked, “Did you touch the kitties, Elias?” “No!” he said earnestly. Mom wasn’t fooled, so she probed a bit further. “Were they soft?” “Yes,” he volunteered, “and the black one mewed.”
- Daily Devotional, January 24, 20111/24/2011 - Jesus has His own Twitter account. Well, actually, hundreds of them. Search for “Jesus Christ” on the social networking site, and you’ll find a plethora of twitterers all tweeting in His name—some well-meaning and many blasphemous. The most popular “Jesus” on Twitter has over 34,000 followers!
- Daily Devotional, January 21, 20111/21/2011 - While managing media and public relations for a handful of leading Washington, DC based nonprofits, I found that nearly every organization I worked for craved recognition on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Their aspiration came as no surprise. Oprah Winfrey, after all, is “The queen of talk, a cultural and financial icon and her impact on business (and charities) is worth billions,” according to CNBC host Carl Quintanilla. “Oprah Winfrey is the most influential
- Daily Devotional, January 20, 20111/20/2011 - A youth pastor avoids telling his teenagers that they’re sinners because he doesn’t want to leave the impression that they “suck” (that they’re bad or worthless). A popular author denies that infants are born with a sin nature because that would mean that “babies suck.” And a friend who confessed to an especially offensive sin said, “I guess this means I suck.” Despite their juvenile descriptions of sin, notice that each person confuses sin with self-worth.
- Daily Devotional, January 19, 20111/19/2011 - A stock market consultant recently suggested, “People should always sell when they have a better place to put their money.” While true, the challenge is recognizing when one place is better than another, which, of course, no one can identify with any level of certainty. I typically respond to this sort of financial advice with a resounding “Duh! No kidding?” It’s like telling investors to buy low and sell high. Please tell us something we don’t already know.
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