The Christian life isn’t just “going to church.” It’s living an authentic life before our friends and acquaintances.
- 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.
- Daily Devotional, April 11, 20114/10/2011 - Springtime in Georgia rarely arrives without fanfare. While many anticipate the brilliant pink and white azaleas, others stock up on antihistamines and await the onset of the sneezing season. This past spring, the pollen was especially intense. One morning, my husband and I were amazed to see an ominous cloud of pollen visibly hanging in the air. Our noses and throats bore witness to nature’s invasiveness.
- Daily Devotional, April 08, 20114/7/2011 - It seems our society has become increasingly divided and polarized,” writes Mark DeMoss, president of The DeMoss Group, and former (unpaid) adviser to US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “Every week we are treated to scenes of bitter fighting, protests turning to violence and vandalism, name-calling, and personal attacks. Important debates are no longer fought ideas and words, but with shouting and screaming.”
- Daily Devotional - Featuring Soul Surfer - April 07, 20114/6/2011 - Soul Surfer: Greg, an accomplished surfer, was out in some large surf one day and wound up wiping out and getting spun around by a powerful wave. Once he got past the tumbling motion, Greg put his feet on the sand and pushed up toward the surface. He immediately got a nasty surprise as his head smacked against something hard.
- Daily Devotional - Featuring Jonny Diaz - April 06, 20114/5/2011 - There is a song on my new record called, “The Beauty of the Cross.” This title may not sound very strange or contradictory to you. After all, we’ve been singing songs such as “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” and “How Beautiful the Cross” for decades. However, if you step back and check this out from a non-churched perspective, you have to admit that it seems a little, well . . . weird!
- Daily Devotional, April 05, 20114/4/2011 - I like to walk around my neighborhood and take in the sights. As I wander along, my eyes view the textures, the details, particular names, and particular places. My street’s texture includes the Williams’ home (neighborhood patriarchs who sip cold orange sodas on their porch), the young couple who walk to the market (always holding hands) and, of course, the third-grade boy who’s up to some mischief.
- Daily Devotional, April 04, 20114/4/2011 - The baby threw up her breakfast—all over the kitchen. She was crying and both of us were covered in pureed pears. Then, a telemarketer called, followed by a prerecorded political message. When the phone rang a third time and it was the handyman announcing his imminent arrival, I yelled
- Daily Devotional - Featuring "There Be Dragons" - April 1, 20113/31/2011 - In "There Be Dragons," Josemaria visits his old friend Manolo when he hears of the death of Manolo’s father. He tries to console Manolo and connect with him to help him process his father’s death, but Manolo resists, saying, “We are born alone and we die alone…” This is just one example of how Manolo spends his life in isolation. Later he will go deeper into isolation living as a spy, and carrying dark secrets that keep him from connecting with others, even those he loves.
- Daily Devotional, March 31, 20113/31/2011 - Despite his status as a former world-class basketball player, David Robinson has resisted superstardom’s relentless temptations and forged a reputation as a quality human being on and off the court. One of the tangible results of his ongoing legacy is a private school in San Antonio, Texas.
- Daily Devotional, March 30, 20113/29/2011 - Her name is Mary Jane. Having married a steelworker, she’s seen the boom and death of a Pennsylvania steel town where they happily raised their children. When the town no longer held any promise for them, they moved to Florida to enjoy their latter years.
- Daily Devotional, March 29, 20113/28/2011 - On December 4, 1982, a baby boy named Nicholas Vujicic was born. As he grew, Nick learned to brush his teeth, comb his hair, and dress himself each morning. Like other boys, he learned to swim, fish, and play soccer. But throughout Nick’s life there has always been one big difference between him and those around him. Nick was born with the rare Tetra-amelia disorder—he entered this world without arms or legs.
- Daily Devotional, March 28, 20113/27/2011 - I always assumed that Isaiah 30:21 had something to do with directions. My understanding was, if I stood at a crossroads and veered one way or the other, the Holy Spirit would let me know if I was going the right way. God would alert me if I was heading into trouble or beginning to venture outside of His will.
- Daily Devotional, March 25, 2011 - Featuring Shawn McDonald3/24/2011 - I was never good at anything as a kid. I was always the smallest kid in school, the one who everybody found their place for laughs. I was an easy target because I had quite the temper. It’s all I had because it wasn’t like I could beat them up so I would just get mad. This would just egg them on and the teasing would continue. Most of my childhood consisted of this. I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence. I tried out for sports but was always the kid who kept the bench warm.
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