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Devotion for March 8, 2010

March 8, 2010

Devotion for March 8, 2010 American television shows are frequently exported to other countries with subtitled dialogue. Some hospital–based comedies have encountered difficulty; American medical jargon doesn’t always have an equivalent, which makes the subtitles confusing and therefore not funny. We might have a similar reaction to our passage.

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David: Courage in the face of enemies

January 10, 2012

David: Courage in the face of enemies One technique of cognitive behavioral therapy is a practice called “self-talk.” The idea is that a person can overcome subconscious fears or negative patterns of thinking by choosing to engage with different internal messages. The idea that addressing our thought life can affect our behavior is hardly...

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Devotion for March 9, 2010

March 9, 2010

Devotion for March 9, 2010 Have you ever heard anyone start off a complaint: “I’m not going to complain, but . . .”? Or deliver a piece of news about someone by saying, “I’m not naming names, but . . .”? In our passage, Paul deploys a similar rhetorical technique in his comments to Philemon. Paul used this gentle sarcasm in order to restore...

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Jesus: Teachings about fear and courage

January 15, 2012

Jesus: Teachings about fear and courage Teddy Roosevelt, an avid outdoorsman, believed strongly in the protection of the nation’s natural resources. Under his presidency, 230 million acres of land were protected as national parks and nature preserves. A century later, millions of people still flock to U.S. national parks like Yellowstone...

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Devotion for August 20, 2007

August 20, 2007

Devotion for August 20, 2007 After Hurricane Katrina, Sam Thompson, a native of the ravaged coast of Mississippi, felt compelled to help. He embarked on an unusual mission: to run 50 marathons in 50 states for 50 consecutive days in an effort to raise money towards hurricane relief. Sam Thompson understands the nature of a race, a metaphor...

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Religious leaders: Paralyzed by fear

January 16, 2012

Religious leaders: Paralyzed by fear John Newton turned to Christ in a moment he felt certain was his last. As a child, he had been taught the truths of the Christian faith, but as a young man and sailor, he had betrayed his early upbringing. On March 21, 1748, aboard a sinking ship headed back to England from Africa, Newton found himself...

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Devotion for August 22, 2007

August 22, 2007

Devotion for August 22, 2007 Saint Francis of Assisi, a twelfth-century monk, was quoted as saying, “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” His words remind us of the importance of the congruence of our lives and our words. The principle of integrity is a biblical one (cf. 1 Corinthians 13), but we should not assume that...

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The giving of the Law: Inspiring holy fear

January 20, 2012

The giving of the Law: Inspiring holy fear The Broadway musical Spiderman ran for a record 183 preview performances before it finally opened in June 2011. With a $70 million budget, it is Broadway’s most expensive—and dangerous—production. Before the musical had even opened, four actors were injured attempting the production’s ambitious technical...

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Devotion for August 23, 2007

August 23, 2007

Devotion for August 23, 2007 Choose Your Own Adventure, the book series published by Bantam Books, offers readers alternate endings for each book. R. A. Montgomery, author of the series, says, “Almost everyone who reads these books goes back to the beginning after reaching an ending, wondering what would have happened differently if they...

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Prophetic judgment: When fear fails

January 22, 2012

Prophetic judgment: When fear fails Former Vice President Dick Cheney released his memoir, In My Time, last fall. In it, he recounts how in June 2007, he had urged President Bush to authorize the bombing of a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor. The President polled the other advisors around the table: “Does anyone here agree with the vice president?’...

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