One of the many things the birth of Jesus reveals is that God is faithful. To celebrate Jesus’ birth is to celebrate the One who keeps His promises.
- Daily Devotional, November 18, 2011 "Forget The Devil?"11/17/2011 - Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said: “I am certain that one of the main causes of the ill state of the church today is the fact that the devil is being forgotten. We have become so psychological in our attitude and thinking. We are ignorant of this great objective fact—the being, the existence of the devil, the adversary, the accuser.”
- Daily Devotional, November 17, 2011 "Tuition Nation"11/16/2011 - According to a study conducted by a local newspaper in Singapore, 97 out of 100 students polled have private tutors or receive supplemental training at academic centers. So common are these practices that Singapore has been called the “tuition nation.”
- Daily Devotional, November 16, 2011 "Martyrville"11/15/2011 - A person recently lamented to me, “I don’t get it. Why do all my relationships keep breaking down? I want to get along better with my family and have closer friendships, but I find myself in nearly impossible circumstances over and over again.”
- Daily Devotional, November 15, 2011 "The Choice Is Yours"11/14/2011 - A missionary friend who has lived in Uganda for nearly 20 years recently told me that his wife doesn’t enjoy their family’s annual trip to the United States. The reason? “There are too many choices there!” she says.
- Daily Devotional, November 14, 2011 "What Is a Christian?"11/13/2011 - Under “religious views” on her Facebook profile, my wife lists the simple phrase “Jesus-follower.” She uses that explanatory term to avoid political and cultural connotations associated with the word Christian. In some cultures, people are “born Christian.” But that is a misunderstanding of what it means to follow Jesus.
- Daily Devotional, November 11, 2011 "No Fear"11/10/2011 - Imagine sashaying through life with no fear. One woman knows what it feels like to be fear-free. Researchers exposed her to snakes and spiders, led her through a haunted house, and showed her scary flicks. No fear. Real death threats and being robbed at gunpoint left her (happily) whistling in the dark. Why?
- Daily Devotional, November 10, 2011 "Slightly Off?"11/10/2011 - Argh . . . I’m no longer perfect.” I groaned inwardly. The realization struck me when we replaced our home television with a 42-inch set. The color was good, the sound perfect, but what happened to the subtitles? Why were they so blurry? I had lost my 20-20 vision! My doctor informed me that my left-eye vision is slightly off by a few degrees.
- Daily Devotional, November 9, 2011 "Death-Defining Moments"11/8/2011 - You guys, line up alphabetically by height.” Huh? “We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.” What? These are two of many other bizarre quotes I came across recently. Solomon said some pretty odd and outlandish things too. For instance, he wrote: “The day you die is better than the day you are born” (Ecclesiastes 7:1).
- Daily Devotional, November 8, 2011 "The Far Side"11/7/2011 - One of the perks of global travel is moving out of your comfort zone—running into things and people you’d never expect to encounter. I took a trip down the Venezuelan Amazon once, discovering that piranhas are real and that monkey stew isn’t a legend. Moses was living in Midian, so he was a long way from home in Egypt. A Hebrew, he had killed an Egyptian he saw beating a Hebrew slave.
- Daily Devotional, November 7, 2011 "Lead On"11/6/2011 - Spending much of my childhood in the cool north of the US, I always thought of palm trees as something exotic. So when we traveled down to South Carolina to visit family every few years, I felt as if I was somewhere near Hawaii, even though I knew deep waters and many miles separated the two states.
- Daily Devotional, November 4, 2011 "Taking Root"11/3/2011 - A few years ago, I wrote about three street kids— Saddam, Moses, and Charles. At the time, I had helped lead them to a Christian home for children who had no other place to live. I thought the boys would be elated to leave their life of extreme suffering behind. But after only one month in his new environment, Saddam called to tell me that Charles, age 11, had run away.
- Daily Devotional, November 3, 2011 "Boring?"11/2/2011 - The gospel of Matthew contains the most important news the world has known. Why then, is its beginning so . . . boring? Genesis starts with epic majesty: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” In contrast, Matthew writes tepidly: “This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus” (1:1). Yawn.
- Daily Devotional by Max Lucado, November 2, 2011 "Hope Pure & Simple"11/1/2011 - It's easy to get discouraged by negative events in the world and our life. However, when we read the Word or look in the right places, we will find an abundance of hope!
- Daily Devotional, November 1, 2011 "Fashion Police"11/1/2011 - The southern Italian town of Castellammare has created its own version of the “fashion police.” The police force there is authorized to fine women who wear risqué clothing such as micro skirts, skimpy jeans, and low-cut shirts.
- Daily Devotional, October 31, 2011 "Are We Safe?"10/31/2011 - According to a 2010 Pew Forum on Religion report, 53 percent of Christians in the US did not know that Martin Luther was the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. So they wouldn’t know that on October 31, 1517, in the little German town of Wittenberg, Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the church door—inviting scholars to debate the use of indulgences; a practice Luther believed gave believers a false assurance of their salvation
- Daily Devotional, October 28, 2011 "Wrestling Angels"10/27/2011 - My boys love to wrestle me. They create names like Captain Thunder and Tiger Ninja. Adrenaline peaking, they attack me with yells, a flurry of boy-energy and with hopes that this time—this time—they will take me down. I toss them for a while, even feigning desperation so as not to crush their dream prematurely. However, I eventually lock them in a stranglehold until they cry for mercy.
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