Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it
- Daily Devotional, February 22, 20112/21/2011 - As you probably know, not all mushrooms are safe to eat. In fact, only 3,000 of the 14,000 known mushroom species are edible. Poisonous mushrooms are also known as toadstools (thought to have originated from the German word todes which means death). That’s why I rely on the experts, for I can’t tell a good mushroom from a bad toadstool. Due to a famine, Elisha once sent his servant to look for some food to eat (not necessarily mushrooms!).
- Daily Devotional, February 21, 20112/21/2011 - Intelligent design. It’s hard to go a day without encountering that phrase, and here’s why. The more scientists study matter like molecular DNA—the building block of life—the more it points to a Creator. As Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of Signature in the Cell, writes, “The best, most causally adequate explanation for the origin of the specified, digitally encoded information in DNA is that it . . . had an intelligent source.” Intelligent design = divine design.
- Daily Devotional, February 18, 20112/17/2011 - Yesterday, I met Stephen and Roxanne at a hotel. They needed help as they entered one of the most difficult days any parent could envision. Matt, a graduate student at the University of Virginia and member of our church community, died in a freakish bike collision. This should never happen. A father should never bury a son. A mother should never have to dig through her dead boy’s lonely apartment. There is so much to celebrate in Matt’s good life (his deep heart,
- Daily Devotional, February 17, 20112/16/2011 - Teaching in a Christian preparatory school, I am accustomed to including an “honor code” on each quiz and test that my students take. Because they live in a world of moral relativism, some students are accustomed to signing on the line even when they’ve cheated. Recently I had to turn a student in for cheating, and as I watched the administration seek to respond with grace and justice, I saw in action what Jesus tried to impart to those around Him. People and principles go hand-in-hand.
- Daily Devotional, February 16, 20112/15/2011 - She sits alone in her room—dark circles under her eyes, tears running down her cheeks. Since her teenage years, God has been her fulfillment, but her heart still has gaps—empty places, hollow spaces, unmet longings. And she has prayed, oh how she has prayed for God to give her the desires of her heart. Or to take them away. One or the other. But neither has happened. Ten long years of waiting. “How long will you forget me?” she whispers. “Forever?
- Daily Devotional, February 15, 20112/14/2011 - In his book, Waking the Dead, John Eldredge writes: “When he left Rivendell, Frodo didn’t head out with 1,000 elves. He had eight companions. Jesus didn’t march around backed by hundreds of followers either. He had 12 men. . . . Though we are part of a great company, we are meant to live in little platoons. The little companies we form must be small enough for each of the members to know one another as friends and allies.”
- Daily Devotional, February 14, 20112/14/2011 - Li Yue fell hard for Hou You Jing. They were from the same province, shared a love for badminton and western movies, and—as if by fate—met while working second shift at a microchip processor company in Shenzhen. Li Yue couldn’t stand to be apart from Hou You Jing, and she didn’t notice that her constant calls and weekend plans were beginning to smother him. He slowly pulled away—finally telling her that he was ending their relationship.
- Daily Devotional - Featuring Justin Bieber's Mom, February 11, 20112/10/2011 - My name is Pattie Mallette, Justin’s mother. I’m sure you can imagine the extraordinary ride we’ve been on the last couple of years. One minute I’m a single mother working two jobs and living on “geared to income housing” and the next I’m traveling the globe parenting a mega pop star. I believe God has a plan for each of our lives and that it is a good plan (Jeremiah 29:11).
- Daily Devotional, February 10, 20112/10/2011 - The residents of Lajamanu, a remote Australian town, received a fishy gift last summer. Hundreds of small spangled perch dropped from the sky! Meteorologists believe the fish were sucked up into the clouds by a storm. “It could have scooped the fish up to 40,000 to 50,000 feet in the air. Once they get up into the system they [were] pretty much frozen. After some period they [were] released,” said a weather expert.
- Daily Devotional, February 09, 20112/9/2011 - Consider this situation: Someone you deeply love is dying. Doctors tell you that this could be his last week of life. You want to do something memorable and meaningful for him. What would it be? At a dinner held to honor Jesus (John 12:2), Mary anointed Him with expensive perfume made from essence of nard (or spikenard)—a special plant that grew only in the Himalayas of India. Mary’s perfume cost the
- Daily Devotional, February 08, 20112/7/2011 - After graduation from college, I worked for an organization that did not pay well. It was tough. Sometimes I couldn’t even afford my next meal. During that time, my mother became sick. I felt awful not being able to help pay for her hospital expenses. It was one trial after another, and each new trial was harder than the previous one.
- Daily Devotional, February 07, 20112/6/2011 - My friend has a habit of asking God for signs. In doing so, His prayers tend to seek confirmation of his feelings, as in “God, if You want me to do ‘X,’ then please do ‘Y,’ and I’ll know it’s OK.” Not surprisingly, this has created a dilemma. For my friend feels that he should get back with his ex-girlfriend, based on the way he prays. His ex, on the other hand, feels strongly that God has told them not to get back together. Ah, feelings.
- Daily Devotional, February 04, 20112/3/2011 - Checking the texting inbox on my phone, I understood my friend’s frustration when I read her message: “I am sick of unresolved conflict!! I can’t take it anymore!” Ironically, our Bible study the night before had been on peace. As I thought about her situation— and some of my own—I was reminded how easily conflict can arise and how difficult resolution can be.
- Daily Devotional, February 03, 20112/2/2011 - Each week around the world, 10 million Girl Guides (or Girl Scouts) learn how to cook, knit, survive in the wilderness, and generally become good citizens. A girl becomes a Guide by making the Guide Promise—a pledge of duty to God, country, and the Guide Law.
- Daily Devotional, February 02, 20112/1/2011 - Johnson, author of Who Moved My Cheese? stated in an article: “I believe research may one day show that the only long-lasting motivation will come from employees who bring it to work in the form of God, spirituality, or something else that causes them to rise to a higher purpose.” Long before Dr. Johnson came to that conclusion, the apostle Paul said that slaves (employees) and masters (employers) should be motivated by a higher purpose in their jobs—their relationship with Jesus.
- Daily Devotional, February 01, 20111/31/2011 - Sometimes I catch a glimpse of him as he drives by—reclined in his seat, one arm slung out of his rolled-down window. He’s the guy with the car stereo that blasts seismic sound waves through our neighborhood. His sub-woofers pulse with a booming rhythm so loud that I can hardly feel my own heartbeat. In case you think I’m simply dull and cranky, let me assure you that I love music.
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