Why do you think God gives us the freedom to rebel against Him?
- Daily Devotional, August 23, 2011 "Till Death"8/23/2011 - Part of the joy of being a pastor is walking alongside of couples as they step into marriage. Few experiences touch the soul more than the wonder and joy (and fear) of embracing life with another person. At the center of the wedding ceremony is the moment when each person turns to the other and states a vow— a promise of devotion and faithfulness.
- Daily Devotional, August 22, 2011 "Predator & Prey"8/21/2011 - I watched a ladybug devour an aphid. First, she pierced its midsection and chewed for a while. When her prey was mortally wounded, the ladybug munched up the left side of the aphid’s body and devoured it. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon described the interaction between a female predator and her sexual prey.
- Daily Devotional, August 19, 2011 "Child Guide"8/18/2011 - According to UNICEF, 4 million newborns die each year within their first month of life and 8.8 million die before their first birthday. Nineteen million infants in the developing world are born underweight and 148 million children under age 5 suffer malnutrition. There are 101 million children who aren’t attending primary school and 2 million living with HIV.
- Daily Devotional, August 18, 2011 "The Only Way?"8/17/2011 - Meryl Streep played a nun in the movie Doubt, so, of course, she was asked her opinion on religion. She answered that the teachings of various religions “form a kind of fence that divides us from each other,” and that as a mother “I deeply resent the idea that if you’re not a member of a church, temple, ashram, synagogue or—what else is there?—that you are somehow denying your children the meaning of life. I feel I’m a deeply moral person.
- Daily Devotional, August 17, 2011 "Even Better"8/16/2011 - The text message from my brother was terse: “Dad just passed away. Come to ward now.” My 84-year old father had vacillated between life and death for 2 months. He finally took his final breath. Dad had lost his battle with cancer, and losing him deeply saddened me.
- Daily Devotional, August 16, 2011 "Taking God For Granted"8/15/2011 - I’m not going to join the track team again! I said that to myself countless times during my years in school. But every track season, there I was, back on the team. Why did I have a love/hate relationship with track?
- Daily Devotional, August 15, 2011 "Staying Close"8/14/2011 - Over the past few months my wife and I have been the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies for three weddings. Not only are we considering doing this fulltime (just kidding!), we truly enjoyed helping the couples design marriage ceremonies and receptions that reflect who they are.
- Daily Devotional, August 12, 2011 "Scared Scarecrows"8/11/2011 - As I wandered around at the annual Scarecrow Festival in a neighboring town, the smell of fried dough, popcorn, and hot dogs filled the air. Multitudes of scarecrows masquerading as different characters—athletes, pirates, farmers, cheerleaders—were arranged on platforms for everyone to admire.
- Daily Devotional, August 11, 2011 "Tough Sledding"8/10/2011 - While we were on vacation in Alaska, our family visited the kennels that house Denali’s sled dogs. There we got to observe and learn about these amazing animals that help park rangers patrol the vast wilderness of Mount McKinley National Park during the long, harsh winter months.
- Daily Devotional, August 10, 2011 "Clouded Vision"8/9/2011 - Seven years ago, she stayed after Bible study to talk about her struggles as a mom. With a child nearing preadolescence, she was torn between making decisions that would make her daughter feel different than her peers and wanting the young girl to “fit in” to avoid the social ostracism of her own teen years.
- Daily Devotional, August 9, 2011 "Seeking & Following"8/8/2011 - In Mark 10, we follow the lives of two men. Financially they couldn’t be more different. Spiritually they have much in common. Their stories teach us much. One is a rich man who has all his physical needs met (Mark 10:22); the other is a blind man who must beg for his food (10:46).
- Daily Devotional, August 8, 2011 "Proof of Faith"8/7/2011 - The renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens was dying. By his own admission, decades of heavy drinking and smoking had given him cancer of the esophagus, and now he was facing a brutal regimen of chemotherapy and a bleak prognosis. His thinning hair, weary eyes, and parched, halting voice were signs of a beaten man—yet he softly reaffirmed his unbelief in God.
- Daily Devotional, August 5, 2011 "Angel In The Doorway"8/4/2011 - He stood in the doorway with a toothy grin and an evident social awkwardness. My friend, lying in his hospital bed after having endured major surgery, deftly shooed the visitor away with one-word answers and obvious disinterest.
- Daily Devotional, August 4, 2011 "God Is Near"8/3/2011 - Last October, the world looked on—cheering and crying and laughing with relief and joy—as 33 Chilean miners were plucked one by one from their deep, cavernous prison. For more than 2 months, these men hung on to hope and life a half-mile below ground.
- Daily Devotional, August 3, 2011 "Can You Relate?"8/2/2011 - Recently, I went to great lengths to help a friend. My efforts cost me significant time, money, and energy. And what did I get in return when it was all said and done? Nothing. Not even a “thank you.”
- Daily Devotional, August 2, 2011 "Pseudo Praise "8/1/2011 - When Hitler sought to placate Austrian minister Kurt von Schuschnigg by complimenting and praising him publicly, a disgusted Winston Churchill muttered, “When a snake wants to eat his victims, he first covers them in saliva.” The Bible calls Hitler’s use of insincere praise flattery—words said and actions done to gain favor with others and advantage over them.
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