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Devotion for April 25, 2005

April 25, 2005

Devotion for April 25, 2005 Historian Albert J. Raboteau recounted the story of a persecuted preacher from the early 1780s: “A slave named Andrew Bryan began to preach and gathered a small group for worship outside the city of Savannah, Georgia. White citizens, worried about slave rebellion, had Andrew Bryan, his brother Sampson, and several...

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Faithless Associates: Using the Law to Trap the Righteous

March 18, 2014

Faithless Associates: Using the Law to Trap the Righteous The legal definition of entrapment includes the idea that a person has been set up by law enforcement authorities to commit a crime that he or she otherwise would not have committed. Since 1932, in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the United States has recognized entrapment as a valid...

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  • Devotions March 18, 2014

When You Want More

October 23, 2013

When You Want More A plumber was working in a rich man’s home. When he was finished, he asked the owner if he could ask a personal question. “How much money is enough?” the plumber asked. The wealthy man thought for a moment, then with a smile he replied: “Just a little more.” Disappointment is linked with desire. In itself desire is not...

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  • Devotions October 23, 2013

Our Advocate

December 19, 2019

Our Advocate Perry Mason was the title character in a popular series of novels, radio programs, and finally a television series set in Los Angeles starring Raymond Burr. The fictional lawyer specialized in advocating for the innocent, mostly people who had been wrongly accused of murder. Perry Mason epitomized a good lawyer, striving to help...

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  • Devotions December 19, 2019

Jesus, the Christ

March 13, 2016

Jesus, the Christ David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times, published a book on character in 2015. Many who regularly read Brooks have noted the Jewish writer’s growing interest in Christian faith. Some have even suggested that he has privately converted, although Brooks hasn’t substantiated the speculation. A considerable gap lies...

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  • Devotions March 13, 2016

Pharaoh: More Honest than Abram

December 2, 2014

Pharaoh: More Honest than Abram Ancient Egyptian ethics strongly emphasized honesty through the concept of ma’at. This term encompassed not only “truth” or “truthfulness” but also “order” and “balance.” That is, to tell a lie or to be dishonest was to disrupt the social and moral order—to unbalance the universe, as it were. Truth and honesty,...

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  • Devotions December 2, 2014

Salvation Relationships: Obedient Children

October 4, 2016

Salvation Relationships: Obedient Children When Kate Middleton was preparing to marry Prince William, heir to the British throne, she reportedly had to undergo what the press dubbed “princess training.” She was instructed on how to greet royalty and other dignitaries, to put on and remove her coat, and to conduct formal banquets. She would...

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The Lord Weighs the Heart

April 21, 2013

The Lord Weighs the Heart People who enjoy puzzles like the challenge of figuring out how things mesh, what goes where, what visual clues or shapes match up, and how details fit together to make a big picture. There are biblical proverbs especially for these people! The translation might be uncertain or unclear. The social or cultural background...

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  • Devotions April 21, 2013

Portrait of a Foolish Young Adulterer

April 7, 2013

Portrait of a Foolish Young Adulterer To trap an animal, one must know its ways, including what it eats and where its hole or den is likely to be found. A bit of cheese or peanut butter in the right place, for example, and a careless mouse is easily caught. The key is to spotlight the bait and hide the consequences. The same holds true in...

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Spirit Living Within

April 24, 2016

Spirit Living Within The character Superman can fly faster than a speeding bullet and leap tall buildings in a single bound. But Superman uses the alter ego of mild- mannered reporter Clark Kent to veil his true identity. Clark Kent is unobtrusive, wearing inconspicuous clothes—until Superman needs to save the day. Then he hurriedly pulls...

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