God wanted the Israelites to focus on Him exclusively—keeping Him at the center of their lives.
- 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.
- Daily Devotional, October 27, 2011 "Max Lucado - Ordinary Matters"10/26/2011 - The [Christmas] story drips with normalcy. This isn’t Queen Mary or King Joseph. The couple doesn’t caravan into Bethlehem with camels, servants, purple banners, and dancers. Mary and Joseph have no tax exemption or political connection. They have the clout of a migrant worker and the net worth of a minimum wage earner.
- Daily Devotional, October 26, 2011 "Bold As A Lion"10/25/2011 - William Seeker, a 17th-century clergyman, is quoted as saying, “Another singular action of a sanctified Christian is to prefer the duty he owes God to the danger he fears from man. Christians in all ages have prized their services above their safety. ‘The wicked flee when no man [is pursuing]; but the righteous are bold as a lion.’ ”
- Daily Devotional, October 25, 2011 "Wise Words"10/24/2011 - To continue working and ministering in Uganda through the nonprofit organization I launched in 2009 called Tukutana, I recently had to raise a considerable amount of funds in a short period of time. Amazingly—despite the struggling economy—after my need was shared by e-mail, the donations poured in and my entire quarterly goal was met in less than 48 hours!
- Daily Devotional, October 24, 2011 "A Son to Redeem the Land and a Son to Redeem the World"10/23/2011 - [Ruth and Naomi] arrive in Bethlehem during the harvest season, which offers a way for these two poor women to earn some money. According to God’s instructions, wealthy farmers were required to let the poor glean the fields — follow behind the harvesters to pick up scraps of grain they missed. Ruth convinces Naomi to let her go to a field to glean, a sure recipe for trouble.
- Daily Devotional, October 21, 2011 "Tale of Two Rich Men"10/20/2011 - Many of us are familiar with the story of Zacchaeus, the “wee little man” (as the Sunday school song goes) who climbed up a sycamore tree to see Jesus passing by. However, Luke sets Zacchaeus’ story in close context to the story of another rich man—a young and wealthy leader who visited Jesus.
- Daily Devotional, October 20, 2011 "Who Rolls The Dice"10/19/2011 - What if your greatest fear, your heaviest burden, has been given to you “for such a time as this”? Esther could have told her cousin to mind his own business: “Leave me alone. It’s comfortable in the palace. Being a queen has its privileges. Let God take care of our people. Only a fool would risk all that I have.” And who would have blamed her? Look what happened to the last queen who refused to obey the palace rules!
- Daily Devotional, October 19, 2011 "Lasting"10/18/2011 - One summer when I was in elementary school, some of the neighborhood kids built a fort out of scrap wood. Precariously balanced on the ground, it consisted of three levels with enough room for two small bodies on each level. My dad, upon seeing their creation, promptly prohibited me from climbing in it as he was convinced it was an accident waiting to happen.
- Daily Devotional, October 18, 2011 "City On The Hill"10/18/2011 - This story song depicts the body of Christ. Jesus Himself referenced his Church as a city on a hill, a beacon of welcoming brightness and truth to the world. The song draws a picture of two old men sitting and talking. They’re trying to remember what happened to the city on the hill because it’s not there anymore. As they weave through the stories, they remember the warriors thought everyone was weak so they went off and started their own city.
- Daily Devotional, October 18, 2011 "Didn't See It"10/17/2011 - When a certain member of our family lost his brother’s new iPod Touch—in our home—a cloud of disappointment and bewilderment filled the air for several days. (How can you lose an iPod in a house?) Prayers were sent up and theories abounded as we strived to find the costly gadget.
- Daily Devotional, October 17, 2011 "A Man After God's Own Heart""10/16/2011 - Saul refused to go all in, and it cost him his throne. When God looked into the heart of David, he saw an “all in” kind of guy. Where others saw a shepherd covered with dirt and grime, God saw a boy who went the extra mile to protect and care for his father’s sheep.
- Daily Devotional, October 14, 2011 "Online Attention"10/13/2011 - If you’re reading this devo online, in a few minutes you might move on to other websites. As you do, pay attention to what grabs your attention. What pics or words prompt you to pause for a second look? What links do you click on, and why?
- Daily Devotional, October 13, 2011 "Your Final Chapter Becomes a Preface"10/12/2011 - On Saturday the Enemy had won, courage was gone, and hope caught the last train to the coast. When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” Mark 16:1 – 3
- Daily Devotional, October 12, 2011 "Please Excuse Me"10/11/2011 - At the library, I noticed an elderly woman browsing in the large-print book section. She shuffled down the aisles with a walker, stopping frequently to drop a book into her bulging tote bag. Despite less-than perfect eyesight, limited mobility, and failing strength, she was hauling home a hoard of books! Any one of her limitations would have been an ample excuse for staying home.
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