January, 2011 Archives

31
Jan

Why Egypt matters to you

posted in Daily Devotional by Jim Denison


An anti-government protester reacts as his relative is injured during clashes with riot police in the port city in Suez, about 134 km (83 miles) east of Cairo east of Cairo, January 27, 2011.

Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany

“Today we are proud of Egyptians.  We have restored our rights, restored our freedom, and what we have begun cannot be reversed.”  So said Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel laureate and diplomat, to protesters in Cairo, Egypt.

What began as isolated protests against the Mubarak regime has turned into a movement with global implications.  Today’s Wall Street Journal tells us that the opposition has now united around ElBaradei.  The New York Times reports that economic paralysis is gripping the nation as the political crisis continues.  As I write on this Monday morning, activists are organizing “million-man” marches in Cairo and Alexandria for tomorrow.  CNN reports that charter flights have begun, helping Americans leave the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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28
Jan

The spy who fooled Hitler

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original story from: BBC

The Allied landing at Normandy is one of the best known military events in recent world history. However, the details that led to its success are still being discovered. For example, experts have recently recovered a Nazi memo detailing that Hitler believed the primary landing spot for the attacks would be in Pas de Calais, France. The reason he believed this lie was that a highly successful British double agent named Juan Pujol Garcia fed the false information to Nazi command.  Garcia concealed his identity from the Germans so well that he received awards for his service from both the British and the Nazis during the war. Ultimately, the Allies took the beach; Garcia’s deception saved countless lives during the assault.

When we look back at history, seldom do we see a complete picture of how things played out. We may know the eventual outcome and the key players involved, but very often it’s the people that go unnoticed who make the greatest impact. God works the same way today. We may not be able to see how his call on our lives will have an impact on the Kingdom, but he can. God doesn’t do anything by accident—when he shows you his will for your life, never doubt that it can have consequences far beyond anything you can imagine. But his plan can be carried out only by those committed to following his guidance every day. Have you given God permission to use your life for his purposes today?

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28
Jan

Cerebral palsy is no limit for champion speller

posted in Culture & Faith by Jim Denison

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original story from: CBS DFW Channel 11

Tanu Shivaswamy is a 5th grader at Canyon Creek Elementary School in the Richardson, TX independent school district. She is also this year’s winner of her school’s spelling bee, a feat impressive by itself but even more so since she can’t speak. Cerebral Palsy took away her speaking abilities but she used sign language to advance as far as the fourth round of the district tournament. She is determined to progress even further next year.

Our culture measures success by appearances and possessions.  God measures it by faithfulness.  Use your gifts for his glory and every day will be significant for eternity.

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28
Jan

The ABCs of the Kingdom

posted in Jim's Blog by Jim Denison


One of eight schools offered through HARD (Humanitarian Aid for Rural Development)

A HARD (Humanitarian Aid for Rural Development) school sponsored by Jude Ministry

One of the most memorable scenes of my recent trip to Bangladesh was visiting the village schools which Gospel for Muslims has begun.  Only 47.9% of the Bengali population are literate.  Public schools are good, but students must apply for admission.  If parents are illiterate, they cannot teach their children the skills needed to be admitted to school, and the cycle of illiteracy and poverty continues. Read the rest of this entry »

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28
Jan

The piano on the sandbar

posted in Daily Devotional by Jim Denison

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Julian Kolevris-Roots, 18, is shown sitting at a piano on a sandbar in Miami’s Biscayne Bay

Credit: Nicholas Harrington/AP

Did you hear about the piano on a Miami sandbar?  It sat there, remote and surreal.  No one knew where it came from.  Finally 16-year-old Nicholas Harrington admitted that he put it there.

It was an old movie prop which his family wanted to remove from his grandmother’s home.  So Nicholas loaded it on a boat and put it on the sandbar to warn boaters about the ridge’s existence.  It caught a photographer’s eye and soon the picture swept the Internet.  But the strange photo isn’t so strange once you hear the explanation.

If only evil and suffering were so easy to explain. Read the rest of this entry »

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27
Jan

Facebook and the oldest galaxy ever found

posted in Daily Devotional by Jim Denison

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The farthest and one of the very earliest galaxies (UDFj-39546284) ever seen from Hubble Space Telescope

Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, R. Bouwens and the HUDF09 Team

Is your Facebook page safe?  When the president of France and Mark Zuckerberg’s fan page are both hacked, what’s next for the world of social media?  In other news, the emotional health of college freshmen has declined to the lowest level since the survey was begun 25 years ago, according to this morning’s New York Times. And today’s Wall Street Journal reports that two men in Afghanistan who converted from Islam to Christianity have been arrested on apostasy charges.  They could face the death penalty if convicted. Read the rest of this entry »

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26
Jan

Changing the world one cow at a time

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A Bengali woman with the cow that she purchased with a micro-loan from HARD (Humanitarian Aid for Rural Development)

A Bengali woman with the cow that she purchased with a micro-loan from HARD (Humanitarian Aid for Rural Development)

I just spent an amazing week in Bangladesh, working with Gospel For Muslims and my dear friend, Abraham Sarker.  Abraham grew up in this beautiful country, the disciple of his mosque’s imam, and was sent to America to win college students to Islam.  After a series of miraculous events he converted to Christianity and was rejected by his father and family.  He did not see them for 11 years, before returning to his home town and leading his father to Christ.  Now his entire family follows Jesus, and his brothers work with him in his ministry.  Abraham and his wife Amie are two of my heroes in the faith; I commend their ministry to you with deep gratitude. Read the rest of this entry »

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26
Jan

Our Sputnik moment

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Sputnik I: Dawn of the Space Age

Sputnik I: Dawn of the Space Age by Gregory R Todd

“We have to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world,” President Obama declared in last night’s State of the Union address.  Likening this moment to the Soviet Union’s launch of the Sputnik satellite more than 50 years ago, he called on our nation to rise to the challenge of global competition.

We are a country facing great problems, to be sure.  At the same time, every time I travel overseas I am so glad to come home.  Today is no exception.  (Whenever I write an essay which doesn’t refer to the day’s news, you can know I wrote that devotional before traveling to a place without Internet service.)  A team from our ministry returned yesterday from ten days in Bangladesh, where we saw the hand of God at work in miraculous ways. Read the rest of this entry »

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25
Jan

Beans, hot dogs and hope

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hot dogs and beans and hopeAn elderly lady finished her shopping and walked out to her car, where she found four men sitting in it.  She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her voice that she knew how to use it and would if required—so get out of the car.  The four men got out and ran like crazy.

The lady proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat.  However, her key wouldn’t fit the ignition.  She got out and found her car, identical to this one, parked four spaces down.  She loaded her bags into her car and drove to the police station.  The sergeant to whom she told her story nearly doubled over with laughter as he pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale white males were reporting a car-jacking by a mad elderly woman.  No charges were filed. Read the rest of this entry »

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24
Jan

The megaphone of God

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Woman yelled at by a megaphone

pain: God's megaphone

C. S. Lewis believed that “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” (The Problem of Pain).  Has he been “shouting” to you lately?

We’ve been discussing the perennial question: How can an all-loving, all-powerful God allow evil and suffering?  So far we’ve explored the “spiritual warfare” approach (Satan is very real and accounts for much of the suffering in the world) and the “free-will” model (when we misuse our God-given freedom, the consequences are not God’s fault but ours). Read the rest of this entry »

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