Read 2 Corinthians 1:6 and consider what it says about the importance of comforting and encouraging other believers in Jesus.
- Daily Devotional, May 3, 2011 "A Symbol of Forgiveness - Promises, Promises"5/2/2011 - Promises, Promises: When you think of promises, you don’t want to think of what’s broken, of brokenness. It’s human nature to want a sure thing and for someone to back up the certainties, guaranteed, no questions asked. But it’s just like God to think of the unthinkable, to show us that the impossible is possible, that there is one kind of brokenness that holds everything together and in which promises are kept.
- Daily Devotional, May 2, 2011 "Jonathan's Example"5/1/2011 - When Matt Damon hit it big in Hollywood, he bought two Jeep Grand Cherokees—one for him, and one for his best buddy, Ben Affleck. In an interview with People magazine, he said, “That was our dream car. We flipped a coin on the color. We both wanted hunter green and I won; he got black.” I had to smile when I read that story. Friends dream together. Friends celebrate together. Friends stick together.
- Daily Devotional, April 29, 2011 "Friend of Sinners"4/28/2011 - Jesus’ teachings can seem to be paradoxical. Exhibit A: He requires a standard of living that’s even more rigorous than the Old Testament. Jewish law condemned adultery (Ex. 20:14); Jesus said that even looking at someone lustfully was wrong (Matt. 5:27- 28). Jewish law allowed for divorce (Deut. 24:1); Jesus condemned it except for marital infidelity (Matt. 5:32).
- Daily Devotional - April 28, 2011 "Searching"4/27/2011 - Recently, archaeologist Eilat Mazar found fortifications that were built in Jerusalem some 3,000 years ago. She believes that they were constructed by Solomon, as described in the Old Testament. Her unearthed evidence strongly rebuts what secular scholars believe: “that David’s [and Solomon’s] monarchy was largely mythical and that there was no strong government to speak of in that era.” Eilat’s passionate digging and searching made for one amazing find!
- Daily Devotional, April 27, 2011 "Wanted"4/26/2011 - Two weeks ago, our friends traveled to Ethiopia to meet and bring home their newly adopted daughter. For a couple of years, our friends have prayed for little Lilia, saved thousands of dollars to pay the adoption expenses, and then waited months and months until they could welcome her into their life. But before they knew who would be their daughter and before they knew her name or face, they were already waiting for her. They wanted her.
- Daily Devotional, April 26, 2011 "Orderly Arrangement"4/25/2011 - A group of children were asked, “How can a wife submit to her husband?” An 8-year-old named Mary said, “My mom could mow the yard, feed the dogs, work in the garden, and help us with our homework instead of making my dad do it. She could also make food for special occasions, go grocery shopping, take us to doctors’ appointments, pick out our clothes every morning, and fix our breakfast, lunch, and supper.”
- Daily Devotional, April 25, 2011 "too big to fail"4/25/2011 -
- Daily Devotional, April 22, 2011 Good Friday4/21/2011 - In this devo, I will write about a subject of which I must say—with great confidence—is an area of expertise. Yes, I will be boasting here. For I’ve been well-trained and have lots of experience in it. My subject? Failure. No one wants to experience it, but you and I have both come to know it up close and personal. The apostle Peter knew what it felt like to fail Jesus
- Daily Devotional, April 21, 2011 "Adrenaline For The Soul"4/20/2011 - Using contemporary language, while attempting to capture the depth and vitality of the original words that moved and inspired early believers in Jesus, Eugene Peterson translated Hebrews 12:2-3 this way: Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—He could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.
- Daily Devotional, April 20, 2011 "Counterfeit Faith"4/19/2011 - After waiting in line at a local store, it was finally my turn to pay. The clerk took my money, held the bill up to the light and then disappeared to confer with her manager. When she returned, she explained that the store had recently received several counterfeit bills.
- Daily Devotional, April 19, 2011 "Prepare For Action"4/18/2011 - As a chaplain for athletes competing in the 1998 Nagano Winter Games, one night I stayed out particularly late serving at the figure skating venue. Cold and exhausted, I finally headed back to my room at 1:00 a.m. On the way, I was shocked when several members of the USA Men’s Hockey Team walked by—boasting about the partying they were about to engage in.
- Daily Devotional, April 18, 2011 "Pray For Me"4/17/2011 - I love those lyrics from Christian singer/songwriter Keith Green who died almost 3 decades ago. His passionate heart for God is reflected in every word. In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul described how we can make our lives a prayer to God by having an active prayer life. He wrote, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion” (v.18).
- Daily Devotional, April 15, 2011 "Forever Young"4/14/2011 - Brooke Greenberg likes to giggle and crawl around just like any other toddler. She’s 76 cm (30 inches) tall and weighs about 7 kg (16 pounds), but Brooke was born in 1993. At 18 years old, she’s still trapped in the body of a 1-year-old due to a rare condition called Syndrome X. A doctor observed, “Her cellular age does not match her actual age.”
- Daily Devotional, April 14, 2011 "More Than Loaves"4/13/2011 - Isaac Penington, an early defender and promoter of the Quaker movement (founded in 17th-century England), said, “Thus has the Lord been teaching me to live upon Himself, not from anything received from Him but upon the Life itself.” The crowd in John 6 wanted to live off Jesus, not because their hearts were loyal to Him, but because their hearts were loyal to what they thought He could provide for them—food and deliverance from Roman oppression.
- Daily Devotional, April 13, 20114/13/2011 - I was leaving the Guangzhou train station with my ticket when I noticed a distraught Westerner bewildered by the long and jagged lines forming around her. I realized that she must be new to China because she apparently didn’t know that train stations often have ticket offices reserved especially for foreigners. I told her to follow me and I led her to a special room where she easily bought a ticket.
- Daily Devotional - Featuring Girlfriends in God - April 12, 20114/11/2011 - When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was to twirl in the grass. With arms out stretched, I’d spin around and around until I was silly-dizzy, and then fall to the ground with a giggly heart. It was thrilling, invigorating and a fun and simple way to spend a lazy summer day in the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania. Now that I’m older, I can’t handle spinning in circles.
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