As believers in Jesus, it’s God’s will for us to stand out, or be holy, especially in a culture where sexual immorality is an accepted behavior.
- Daily Devotional, December 16, 2011 "Sacred Things"12/15/2011 - Canadian logger Ron Fahey took the heat for removing some logs he intended to use as firewood. The de-branched specimens had been lying in a woodpile on the campus of Mount Alison University. Fahey had been given permission to snatch logs found on the grounds. But this particular stack of wood was actually a “sculpture” named Deadwood Sleep.
- Daily Devotional, December 15, 2011 "Christmas Quiet"12/15/2011 - Having read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in her class, my daughter decided to re-enact Jesus’ birth. Casting herself as an angel—complete with wings, dress, and sparkling shoes—she made her brother, her lone recruit, a shepherd. Firstborn to the core, she gave Micah his directions and began reciting her lines with passion.
- Daily Devotional, December 14, 2011 "Love & Magic"12/13/2011 - When an atheist online reader of ODJ submitted a comment that called religion “anti-science” and Christianity “magic,” a fascinating online dialog ensued. I thought of the books authored by brilliant minds—articulating a reasoned and logical case for belief in God. I pondered the complexity of the human eye, the intricate design of a giraffe’s neck, and the oddity of the duckbilled platypus.
- Daily Devotional, December 13, 2011 "The Dead Man"12/12/2011 - Thomas Lynch is an acclaimed poet and nonfiction writer who has won the American Book Award. He’s also an undertaker. In The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, Lynch shares stories from his decades of helping families say goodbye to their loved ones.
- Daily Devotional, December 8, 2011 Featuring Marie Miller - Make The Most of Me12/7/2011 - Driving home with my dad on one of the nine hour treks from Nashville, Tennessee to Shenandoah Valley Virginia, I started questioning him about the highs and lows of parenting. It didn’t take long for me to realize how tough parenting must be sometimes.
- Daily Devotional, December 12, 2011 "What To Do?"12/6/2011 - I used to struggle big-time with making decisions. When confronted with options I seldom experienced confidence that I would make the right decision. One winter, I flew to Colorado to visit some dear friends who owned a ski resort. Rather than take advantage of free skiing, however, I opted to spend my days by the fireplace in their cozy home, tackling my decision-making problem.
- Daily Devotional, December 9, 2011 "Clear Conscience"12/6/2011 - A man consulted a doctor, “I’ve been misbehaving, Doc, and my conscience is troubling me,” he complained. “And you want something that will strengthen your willpower?” asked the doctor. “Well, no,” said the fellow. “I was thinking of something that would weaken my conscience.”
- Daily Devotional, December 7, 2011 "Signature "12/6/2011 - Some people develop “catch phrases” that crystallize what matters to them. A news anchor ends every telecast with “And that’s the way it was” to remind viewers that he delivers the important facts of each day. A financial counselor on the radio answers a listener’s question of “How are you?” with “Better than I deserve”—focusing attention on the unmerited grace of God.
- Daily Devotional, December 6, 2011 "The Frugalista"12/5/2011 - What could make a woman pass on a pedicure, refuse hair appointments, and choose at-home eating over dining out? For Natalie P. McNeal, the answer was $20,000 of debt. She became “The Frugalista” when she declared a personal “no-buy month,” and saved hundreds of dollars, which she applied to her balance due.
- Daily Devotional, December 5, 2011 "To A Child, Love is spelled T-I-M-E "12/4/2011 - It's as simple as this: Love is one investment that will never fail you. And to a child, that investment is spelled T-I-M-E. In the faint light of the attic, an old man, tall and stooped, bent his great frame and made his way to a stack of boxes that sat near one of the little half-windows.
- Daily Devotional, December 2, 2011 "Christmas Accusation"12/1/2011 - Few things seem more out of place than the appalling account of Herod’s slaughter of the innocents (Matthew 2:16). Why would a loving God permit a tyrant’s massacre of children to stain the beauty and poignancy of the Christmas story?
- Daily Devotional, December 1, 2011 "The Good Shepherd"11/30/2011 - Shepherding is still an important way of life in Israel. It’s common to see a shepherd taking his flock from one place to another. However, unlike the sheep herding I had seen back home in Texas (where a rancher on horseback typically drove the sheep forward), there the shepherd walks ahead of the sheep—leading the way.
- Daily Devotional, November 30, 2011 "Opps!"11/29/2011 - In late 2010, a commercial airline copilot had one major oops moment. While the lead pilot had left the cockpit for a break, his clumsy crewman knocked the control column forward as he attempted to adjust his seat. The jet, which had been cruising at 37,000 feet, instantly nosedived more than 2,000 feet.
- Daily Devotional, November 29, 2011 "Next"11/28/2011 - My dad surpassed the biblical lifespan of 80 years mentioned in Psalm 90:10. But his 84 years was barely 9 percent of the average lifespan of the first 10 generations of humans.
- Daily Devotional, November 28, 2011 "The Heart of Christmas by Matthew West"11/26/2011 - Picture this: Three brothers, ages five, ten, and twelve have awakened long before the sun. It's the wee hours of Christmas morning and these three brothers have no intention of sleeping in or spending a lazy morning laying around. No, they are on a mission. In the basement, there awaits a Christmas tree surrounded by mountains of gifts wrapped and waiting to be torn into, and these boys are ready to claim their share of the take.
- Daily Devotional, November 25, 2011 "Dogs, Cats & Whales"11/24/2011 - Frank’s dog tormented cats. So when Thor broke free one day and ran off, Frank got a bad feeling. Sure enough, the dog snatched a poor, unsuspecting cat in its jaws. But then, out of the shadows, came a furious streak of gray—another cat! Launching itself onto Thor’s back, it viciously raked the dog’s eyes and nose. The hapless hound promptly freed his victim, but the attack continued.
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