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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 April 11, 2010

April 11, 2010

Devotion for April 11, 2010 After graduating from seminary, Janine encountered difficulty getting a job in full–time ministry. She shared with a friend that the daily grind of her current job was “seemingly meaningless,” but that she was “being very humbled in learning to serve others through what appears insignificant and menial.” This view...

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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 April 14, 2010

April 14, 2010

Devotion for April 14, 2010 When the Reverend Richard Crocker, chaplain of Dartmouth College, was diagnosed with cancer, he also “resolved to read and think about one Psalm each day as a way of keeping track of the days . . . in the hope of deriving strength in a time of need.” Psalm 103 strengthened him to remember God’s love and challenged...

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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 April 17, 2010

April 17, 2010

Devotion for April 17, 2010 For the last few days, we have read the Psalms to expand our understanding of God’s love. Psalm 27 teaches that in love, God calms our fears; Psalm 34 reminds us that in love, God is close to the brokenhearted. Today’s passage, Psalm 40, also fortifies our hearts to face challenging times. We learn that in love,...

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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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Devotion for April 22, 2010

April 22, 2010

Devotion for April 22, 2010 After issues plagued her bathrooms, Mrs. Kim finally called a plumber. As the truck approached, she noticed the message: “Family–owned and operated since 1935.” The father–son team worked quickly with remarkable competence. Steve explained that his grandfather and father had both been plumbers, and that his son,...

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Witnesses: Courage for ministry

January 26, 2012

Witnesses: Courage for ministry John Stott died on July 27, 2011. He was known as one of Evangelicalism’s leading voices as a prolific writer, expositor of the Scriptures, and framer of the historic Lausanne Covenant. At the announcement of his death, Billy Graham issued this statement: “The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest...

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Devotion for April 23, 2010

April 23, 2010

Devotion for April 23, 2010 “Most of our brother Christians showed unbounded love and loyalty; never sparing themselves and thinking only of one another.” Around A.D. 260, Dionysius of Alexandria described the self–sacrificial love and unity Christians demonstrated to one another and to unbelievers during a plague that swept the Roman Empire.

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