The apostle Paul reminds us to not become tired of doing good, especially to those in the family of believers.
- 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.
- Daily Devotional, October 18, 2011 "City On The Hill"10/18/2011 - This story song depicts the body of Christ. Jesus Himself referenced his Church as a city on a hill, a beacon of welcoming brightness and truth to the world. The song draws a picture of two old men sitting and talking. They’re trying to remember what happened to the city on the hill because it’s not there anymore. As they weave through the stories, they remember the warriors thought everyone was weak so they went off and started their own city.
- Daily Devotional, October 18, 2011 "Didn't See It"10/17/2011 - When a certain member of our family lost his brother’s new iPod Touch—in our home—a cloud of disappointment and bewilderment filled the air for several days. (How can you lose an iPod in a house?) Prayers were sent up and theories abounded as we strived to find the costly gadget.
- Daily Devotional, October 17, 2011 "A Man After God's Own Heart""10/16/2011 - Saul refused to go all in, and it cost him his throne. When God looked into the heart of David, he saw an “all in” kind of guy. Where others saw a shepherd covered with dirt and grime, God saw a boy who went the extra mile to protect and care for his father’s sheep.
- Daily Devotional, October 14, 2011 "Online Attention"10/13/2011 - If you’re reading this devo online, in a few minutes you might move on to other websites. As you do, pay attention to what grabs your attention. What pics or words prompt you to pause for a second look? What links do you click on, and why?
- Daily Devotional, October 13, 2011 "Your Final Chapter Becomes a Preface"10/12/2011 - On Saturday the Enemy had won, courage was gone, and hope caught the last train to the coast. When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” Mark 16:1 – 3
- Daily Devotional, October 12, 2011 "Please Excuse Me"10/11/2011 - At the library, I noticed an elderly woman browsing in the large-print book section. She shuffled down the aisles with a walker, stopping frequently to drop a book into her bulging tote bag. Despite less-than perfect eyesight, limited mobility, and failing strength, she was hauling home a hoard of books! Any one of her limitations would have been an ample excuse for staying home.
- Daily Devotional, October 11, 2011 "Knowing The Rest of Our Story"10/10/2011 - We need to know where we came from. Knowing connects us, links us, bonds us to something greater than we are. Knowing reminds us that we aren’t floating on isolated ponds but on a grand river. That’s why God wants you to know his story. Framed photos hang in his house. Lively talks await you at his table. A scrapbook sits in his living room, brimming with stories. Stories about Bethlehem beginnings and manger miracles.
- Daily Devotional, October 10, 2011 "My Three Sons"10/9/2011 - Okay, I admit the title of this devo is misleading. I don’t have sons. I am the proud father of three lovely girls! And by the grace of God, I strive to be the kind of parent God wants me to be. Now since I have raised only daughters, I’ve been told that my parenting expertise is restricted to raising girls.
- Daily Devotional, October 7, 2011 "Never Forgotten"10/6/2011 - One day, a taxi dropped world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma off at New York City’s Peninsula Hotel. But as the cab drove off, Yo-Yo realized he had left his cello in its backseat. It was worth 2.5 million dollars! The hotel staff jumped to action.
- Daily Devotional, October 6, 2011 "An Unlikely Deliverer"10/5/2011 - God wants Moses to return to the city and stand in front of the mighty pharaoh and give a speech that essentially commands Pharaoh to let the Hebrew people go. Moses, feeling overwhelmed and unqualified, musters up the courage to respectfully decline: “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue . . . Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”
- Daily Devotional, October 5, 2011 "In The Arena"10/5/2011 - Theodore Roosevelt got things done. He was the driving force behind the completion of the ambitious Panama Canal project, won the Nobel Peace Prize, and served as Assistant Secretary of the US Navy.
- Daily Devotional, October 4, 2011 "The Right Heart"10/3/2011 - Having grown up in a musical home, I started writing songs at an early age. Some have taken months—even years—to compose. Others have come together in minutes, as the lyrics leaped onto the page. One day, after contemplating what God truly desires from us in worship, I experienced one of those “instant song” (just add melody) moments as these lyrics flowed from my pen: It’s in the heart, not in the voice. It’s out of love, not out of choice.
- Daily Devotional, October 3, 2011 "The Last Laugh"9/30/2011 - God chose to do what we would consider impossible. He chose an old childless couple to be the parents of this new nation he envisioned. Where you or I might have picked out a young newlywed couple brimming with health and the energy to have lots of kids, God makes a dramatic point by picking Abram, age seventy-five, and his wife, Sarai, age sixty-five. The real kicker is that not only were they past their prime parenting years; they couldn’t even have children due to Sarai’s infertility.
- Daily Devotional, September 30, 2011 "Too Great For Words"9/29/2011 - The pot roast was still steaming in the pan as I arranged carrots, onions, and potatoes around its perimeter and then ladled broth over the whole creation. I nestled it into a basket along with some bread, fruit salad, and cookies for dessert. The meal was for a family in our church that was grieving a deeply painful loss.
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