For hourly prayer points today, visit www.twitter.com/ldarabworld The Pope has called for a day of prayer and fasting for Syria today, and Syrian church leaders have welcomed and endorsed that call. The Pope condemned the use of chemical weapons and all other forms of violence, and appealed for a negotiated settlement rather than military intervention. The Syrian crisis…

READ: Psalm 51, Jeremiah 46-48, Matthew 23, Romans 2  INWARDLY BEAUTIFUL  In contrast to humanity’s praise of external beauty, God’s pleasure arises from what is inwardly pure. God is gently ruthless about cleansing His people, kindly severe in His pursuit of making us holy. Some of God’s methods are so mercifully brutal that it seems…

Matthew 8:19-20 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”  Today was supposed to be an average day. My plans for the morning…

READ: Psalm 28, Isaiah 43-45, John 21, Acts 7 CREATED FOR GLORY Deep within every human is the desire for significance. We want to live lives that matter, lives that count for something, lives that make a difference. It is a comfort to every believer to realize that God has created us for glory. It…

READ: Job 16-18, Psalm 5, Luke 22, Revelation 6 SHATTERED AND SHAKEN The appearance of intimacy (when unfounded) is most painful to Jesus. Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss as do we. It is our pretension that most wounds the Savior. Those who pretend to abide, who posture themselves to be seen as intimates, while their hearts…

READ: Job 10-12, Psalm 3, Luke 20, Revelation 4 AUTHORITY TO NOT ANSWER Jesus is under no obligation to answer our questions. The only ones compelled to give answers are those inferior to the inquisitor. Those in authority can choose if and how they answer questions, and when a superior detects a poor attitude or a challenge…

READ: Numbers 31-33, Psalm 51, Luke 7, 1 Corinthians 7 SUBMISSIVE AUTHORITY In Luke 7 Jesus encounters a Roman Centurion, a man with at least one hundred direct reports. This Roman authority exhibits more faith than anyone Jesus has met in the whole country, and his faith is exhibited through his understanding of submission. “I…

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