“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to ...
- Daily Devotional, July 8, 2011 - "Forgetting"7/7/2011 - The river bulkhead where the Augusta Canal and Savannah River meet is one of the most scenic places to go in our hometown. Swirling in giant eddies, the canal moves from placid to turbulent as it flows against the foundation of the canal works. One day as a friend and I took our children walking there, I tossed a rock into the waters’ flow.
- Daily Devotional, July 7, 2011 "Answers to Prayers"7/6/2011 - Two answers to prayer. Two perfect answers. The first came after many of us had prayed for a young adopted girl from Ethiopia. Before she was adopted, tests showed that she was HIV positive. After her adoption, however, subsequent tests revealed no signs of HIV. We rejoiced! The second answer came after a friend’s cancer returned.
- Daily Devotional, July 06, 2011 "Featuring Dara Maclean - Unreachable"7/5/2011 - I sat down at the piano one day and I was in "got to write a song" mode, which is never a good mode to be in. I started frustrating myself a bit, because I just couldn't tap into the right flow. So, I stopped and then did what I should have done from the start, I prayed.
- Daily Devotional, July 5, 2011 "Significance & Dignity"7/4/2011 - It was a night like any other night. It was David’s responsibility to tend the family flock, to take the sheep out to graze in the wilderness (Ps. 78:70-71). Having secured the flock for the night and lying down to rest, David gazed into the night sky. Inspired by the full moon and the brilliant stars (8:3), he thought of the glory of God and the dignity of humans.
- Daily Devotional, July 4, 2011 "Pray to God for Caesar"7/3/2011 - The Roman emperors demanded that their citizens demonstrate allegiance by kneeling before their image, pinching a bit of incense, and declaring, “Caesar is Lord.” Tertullian, a writer in the early church, would have none of it. He told the emperor that Christians would not pray to him as if he were a god but instead would pray to God for him.
- Daily Devotional, July 1, 2011 "Snitch!"6/30/2011 - A snitch is someone who freely gives up information about a friend or acquaintance. Because he volunteers information that often gets people arrested, evicted, or even killed, a snitch is considered one of the lowest people on the neighborhood food chain. People have a hard time forgiving a snitch.
- Daily Devotional, June 30, 2011 "Salty Flavor"6/29/2011 - In his book Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, George Barna reveals this interesting research statistic: Children are eight times more likely to accept Jesus as their Savior than teenagers and adults. Barna’s findings are important.
- Daily Devotional, June 29, 2011 "The XY Factor"6/28/2011 - Strategy games have never been my desire on game night. I remember the first time my husband taught me how to play RISK. Being a strong melancholy woman, I was devastated when after 2 hours of playing I had only a handful of soldiers to show for my efforts. In contrast, my husband had amassed a huge army—wiping me off the board in his campaign to conquer every continent
- Daily Devotional, June 27, 2011 "What Do You See?"6/27/2011 - You can look at a window and see its glass and frame or you can look through a window and see the mountain vista it’s there to reveal. Today’s passage is a little like that. A superficial reading will miss the beauty of all that we’re meant to understand. On first glance we see just another healing story about Jesus—albeit an unconventional one.
- Daily Devotional, June 27, 2011 "What Follows..."6/26/2011 - Someone close to me (and to those I love) recently made some poor decisions that affected us all, and what followed wasn’t pretty. Pain. Grief. Suffering. Those words capture the essence of the bitter sting brought by foolish choices.
- Daily Devotional, June 24, 2011 "Who Are You"6/23/2011 - Charles Taylor has a big ego. The former president of Liberia once attended an African conference in full combat gear, riding into town as his armed bodyguards jogged alongside his car. When he was accused of being a gunrunner and diamond smuggler, Taylor shamelessly addressed his people clothed in angelic white.
- Daily Devotional, June 23, 2011 "Dying to Live"6/22/2011 - How’s your dad?” a colleague asked me. “Struggling to die,” I replied. My 84-year-old dad has endured the painful debilitating effects of liver cancer for 2 years. Doctors have told me and my family to be prepared for his inevitable demise. So as he lies on that hospital bed, I feel his pain. In a weak voice, he recently said, “My time is almost up.” Dad isn’t struggling to live, but waiting to die.
- Daily Devotional, June 22, 2011 "Behind The Scenes"6/21/2011 - One of the things I appreciate about the Old Testament book of Esther is that God’s name isn’t mentioned in it—not even once. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not losing my belief in God! For me, the book’s omission of God’s name is a great reminder that even though He might appear to be absent, God is still present, quietly working behind the scenes.
- Daily Devotional, June 21, 2011 "Always True"6/20/2011 - Walking past me with a noticeable lump in his shirt, my son tried to act nonchalant as he hurried through the room. Not realizing how obvious he looked, he dropped his head and pulled out a pair of scissors when I asked him what he was hiding. Because he had taken to “redesigning” things in his room, we had banned him from unsupervised use of scissors.
- Daily Devotional, June 20, 2011 "Rude and Racist"6/20/2011 - Jesus could be harsh at times. He called Pharisees “whitewashed tombs” (that is, nice on the outside, disgusting within); He called Herod a “fox”; He even called Peter “Satan” (Matthew 23:27; Luke 13:32; Mark 8:33). Yes, Jesus could be forthright—but rude and racist? Some think today’s story proves so.
- Daily Devotional, June 17, 2011 "Let It Run"6/17/2011 - One truly thrilling moment in sports is the last quarter mile of a horse race, when “down the stretch they come!” Spectators are mildly interested in the initial legs of the race, as the horses jockey for position and conserve their energy for the home stretch. But their roar is deafening when the horses turn the final corner and break into a full gallop for the finish line.
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