Jesus asked Peter, James, and John to stay awake with him (Matthew 26:38). Yet, in His moment of greatest need, He found them snoozing (vv.40-41).
- Daily Devotional, March 17, 20113/17/2011 - Think back to a time when you were part of a team through school, church, business, volunteer work, or sports. With that experience fresh in your mind, answer the following: What was your team’s primary goal? Prepare a class presentation? Share the gospel with 500 people? Increase sales by 25 percent in three districts? Win a state or national championship? Did your team meet its goals? Why did your group effort succeed or fail? Who worked the hardest on your team?
- Daily Devotional, March 16, 20113/15/2011 - This was a tough week. Someone I know was accused of a crime so brutal I can’t describe it. Waves of disbelief, disgust, and sadness have swept over me. I grieve the loss of life for the victim and what he went through prior to his death. I grieve for the families involved. I grieve the potential loss of a once-promising future for my young friend. I grieve the effects of sin.
- Daily Devotional, March 15, 20113/14/2011 - Every so often, it’s good to ask yourself: “Why do I do what I do?” It’s so easy to get caught up in simply getting things done, while forgetting the ultimate purpose for our tasks.
- Daily Devotional, March 14, 20113/14/2011 - Grigori Perelman won the Millennium Prize from the Clay Mathematics Institute for solving a problem that had stumped mathematicians for a century. When told that the prize came with a $1 million award, Grigori, a reclusive genius who lives with his elderly mother in Russia, said that he would need to think about whether to accept the money.
- Daily Devotional, March 11, 20113/10/2011 - I love food fresh from the garden, particularly tomatoes. A couple years in a row, I had idyllic visions of growing our own crop and having a limitless supply of red, juicy deliciousness. The first season, a vicious fungus ravaged every last plant.
- Daily Devotional, March 10, 20113/9/2011 - Four-months pregnant with our second child, I was surprised one day when a co-worker unexpectedly shared that she had experienced a miscarriage years prior at the 4-month mark. Pregnancy is a walk of faith in itself, but her words sent what ifs racing through my mind faster than my surging hormones.
- Daily Devotional, March 09, 20113/8/2011 - Today is Ash Wednesday. It’s the first day of the Lent season, observed several weeks before Good Friday. Those who attend Ash Wednesday services typically apply ashes (or will have ashes applied) to their foreheads. The priest or pastor marks the forehead of each worshiper, often saying, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
- Daily Devotional, March 08, 20113/7/2011 - Science’s discovery of nature’s laws makes an intervening God less believable. We surmise that lost limbs don’t grow back, and dead men don’t return to life. Or do they?
- Daily Devotional, March 07, 20113/4/2011 - I recently read an article about a site where Web chatters are exposed to random strangers from around the world. As the article states, “One minute you’re chatting via Webcam with a mom of two [in the US] and the next you’re staring at a stark-naked man in Bangkok.” One psychiatrist calls the site “a predator’s paradise.” Definitely not a destination for the discerning!
- Daily Devotional, March 04, 20113/4/2011 - Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. He meant that white Christians and black Christians often worship in separate churches. Recently I’ve noticed a new kind of Sunday morning segregation.
- Daily Devotional, March 03, 20113/3/2011 - At dusk, I left the house with a fistful of wildflower seeds. I crossed the street and tossed them into the open field adjacent to our home. I waited all summer for the flowers to bloom, but all that grew was a monster thistle bush, milkweed, and some prairie grass.
- Daily Devotional, March 02, 20113/2/2011 - In the popular TV series LOST, a character named Sayid Jarrah was an airplane crash survivor and castaway on a mysterious tropical island. As a former military interrogator, he was haunted by those he tortured and spent much of his adult life trying to atone for his past mistakes.
- Daily Devotional, March 01, 20113/1/2011 - Recently, my wife, Miska, and I toured London. As we walked through Westminster Abbey (founded in AD 960), we viewed the many tombs of monarchs who reigned centuries ago. We also took in Buckingham Palace, the main home of the British royal family. Touring the royal and governmental sites, the word sovereign repeatedly appeared. The queen’s subjects refer to her as their Sovereign. When she goes to parliament, she uses the Sovereign’s entrance.
- Daily Devotional, February 28, 20112/27/2011 - Potholes can be a pain. If a car tire hits a deep one, we’re talking some serious damage. That’s why the idea of Italian engineering students Domenico Diego and Cristina Corradini is so bright—literally! The duo, noting that many potholes in Europe aren’t repaired due to lack of funding, have come up with something called the Street Safe initiative. Their creative plan calls for potholes to be painted bright yellow, an inexpensive way to help drivers avoid big pits in the pavement.
- Daily Devotional, February 25, 20112/24/2011 - In his book Faith at the Edge, philosopher Robert Wennberg describes attending a small church with his students as they traveled through Europe. The students were not greeted warmly by the church members, did not know enough of the language to follow the songs or the sermon, and generally considered their Sunday morning to be a complete waste of time. Wennberg assured them that it wasn’t, for the effort they made to worship with fellow believers was an act of respect toward God.
- Daily Devotional, February 24, 20112/23/2011 - We just witnessed a stunning, daring bit of TV storytelling that set the show on a new, series-ending path—one that will track the characters through parallel, alternate universes,” wrote USA Today’s Robert Bianco following the 2-hour premiere of the last season of Lost.
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