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  • Barefoot homeless man not actually homeless

    12/05/2012 6:36:35 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 79 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/4/12 | Mike Krumboltz
    The homeless man who was given a pair of boots by a kindhearted New York City police officer apparently isn't homeless. According to the New York Daily News, Jeffrey Hillman, 54, has an apartment in the Bronx that is paid for via a combination of rent vouchers, Social Security, and military veteran benefits.
  • The NAACP's Red Roots

    07/16/2009 11:51:38 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 458+ views
    frontpagemag.com ^ | June 26, 2000
    Black radical WEB DuBois, who later joined the Communist Party, was the organization's first director of publicity and research, as well as editor of the group's monthly publication The Osiris. This publication gave DuBois an excellent outlet from which to pour forth all manner of racial invective against whites, supposedly in the name of "promoting equality." .... DuBois was known to have "hailed the Russian Revolution of 1917" and he travelled to the Soviet Union in 1926 and 1936. He especially liked 'the racial attitudes of the Communists'." In 1922 the NAACP started to receive grants from the Garland Fund,...
  • Masquerading as a Dentist

    02/04/2009 10:54:18 PM PST · by WhatNot · 1 replies · 270+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First'Devotion | Os Hillman
    "For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory" (Col 3:2-4). "Hello, my name is Dr. Bengel. I am a Christian, masquerading as a dentist. What is your name?" I laughed as I met this man for the very first time. He was boldly proclaiming that He wanted to be known by who he was in Christ instead of who he was in his occupation. If Christ is Lord over all of life, then He must be Lord over work,...
  • Lost Donkeys

    02/03/2009 8:03:37 PM PST · by WhatNot · 5 replies · 395+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email "Today God Is First" Devotion | Os Hillman
    "Now the donkeys belonging to Saul's father Kish were lost" (1 Sam 9:3). God used adversity to call the first king of Israel. In 1 Samuel 9 and 10, we find Saul working in the family business, employed by his father, Kish. In Bible times, donkeys represented trade and commerce, for they were the primary means of transporting goods. Some of Kish's donkeys were missing, so Kish told his son Saul to take a servant with him and go find the missing donkeys. Saul and the servant traveled the countryside three days in search of the missing donkeys -...
  • The New Employee

    02/02/2009 9:02:00 PM PST · by WhatNot · 8 replies · 403+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us (2 Cor 4:7). What would happen if Jesus took your place for a year in your workplace? Let's consider some hypothetical things that He might do. He would do His work with excellence. He would be known around the office for the great work He did (Exodus 31:2). He would develop new ideas for doing things better (Eph 3:20). He would hang out with sinners in order to develop a relationship with them in order to speak to...
  • Big Assignments

    02/01/2009 9:18:29 PM PST · by WhatNot · 203+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children (Ex 12:37-38). How does God prepare someone for big assignments? Consider the mission given to Moses. He was called to deliver an entire nation from slavery. The assignment was to bring six hundred thousand men, on foot, out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. In addition, there were the women and children. Talk about a big assignment! Imagine the logistics of such an endeavor. God prepared Moses by allowing him to grow up from infancy under the ways...
  • Living for a cause Greater than Yourself

    01/31/2009 7:24:31 PM PST · by WhatNot · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked (Ps 82:3-4). God raises up leaders to take on causes that are much greater than themselves. However, these causes are often first birthed as a result of a personal crisis or conviction; then this leads to a larger cause. Martin Luther King had a personal conviction that racial discrimination was wrong. He sought to change this through preaching and nonviolent demonstrations. It wasn't long before this became the conviction of others...
  • Four Attributes of a Life God Blesses

    01/30/2009 8:43:43 PM PST · by WhatNot · 10 replies · 432+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Isaiah 28:16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed." Whenever God calls us into a consecrated life, it is made up of four distinct stages. Christ often compared this process to building a house. First, we must prepare to build by laying a foundation. That foundation is none other than Jesus Christ Himself. Any foundation other than Christ will not stand. Second, as we enter a walk of faith with God, He allows each...
  • When Your Sails No Longer Have Wind

    01/29/2009 8:20:05 PM PST · by WhatNot · 8 replies · 305+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven (Ps 107:29-30). Imagine for a moment you began an exciting sailing adventure. You've been trained to navigate and sail on the ocean and be ready should trouble arise. You are confident you can handle the challenge. However, midway in the journey your resources have dried up. It almost seems God has intentionally destroyed all the skills you have to deal with the weather and the obstacles and your sails are now...
  • Jesus Was A Workplace Minister

    01/28/2009 9:15:16 PM PST · by WhatNot · 20 replies · 462+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email "Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    "Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him (Mark 6:3). In 2005, a movie entitled The Passion was released that chronicled the last twenty-four hours of Jesus' life. During a flashback scene, Jesus was seen in his carpentry shop making a table with his mother standing by playfully observing. It was a very beautiful scene that reminds us that Jesus was a carpenter for most of his adult life. In fact, Jesus was more qualified to be a carpenter...
  • The Gospel of the Kingdom

    01/27/2009 6:58:24 PM PST · by WhatNot · 7 replies · 311+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    1 John 2:5-6 This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did. When Christ came to earth, He came to bring to mankind the gospel of the Kingdom. Over the centuries, the Church has tended to emphasize only a portion of the gospel. That portion is the gospel of salvation. However, Jesus came that we might have more than just salvation. He came to give us a whole new life that was accompanied by signs, wonders, and His Spirit living in us and revealing Himself to us daily. He...
  • Today God Is First

    01/26/2009 6:29:19 PM PST · by WhatNot · 205+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email Devotion | Os Hillman
    (Psalm 139: 15)"My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth." If you are going to discover how God wants to use your life and work, you must know why you were created. If you start trying to determine your purpose in life before understanding why you were created, you will inevitably get hung up on the things you do as the basis for fulfillment in your life, which will only lead to frustration and disappointment. First and foremost, God created you to know Him and...
  • The 9-5 Window

    01/24/2009 6:40:52 PM PST · by WhatNot · 3 replies · 307+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    (Exod. 33:15-16). Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?" A few years ago, the "AD 2000" movement was a major emphasis in the church and had a goal of reaching the "10/40" window. This reference was related to the 10th parallel and the 40th parallel of the globe. It...
  • Today God Is First

    01/23/2009 7:08:21 PM PST · by WhatNot · 112+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    (Exod 4:20) So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand. When Moses was called by God from his forty years in the desert to lead the people out of Egypt, God first changed his paradigm about his shepherd's staff which represented his work life as a shepherd. God told him He was going to perform miracles through his staff (v17). A shepherd was considered a very lowly profession by the Egyptians. Moses had a time of breaking in the desert which...
  • Today God Is First

    01/22/2009 6:16:11 PM PST · by WhatNot · 8 replies · 222+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us -- yes, establish the work of our hands (Ps 90:17). Martin Luther brought the word of God back to the people. Today, God is bringing the work of God back to the people. God never intended the clergy to be the primary distribution channel of His Gospel. You and I are the distribution channel to those of us in the workplace. The local church is simply the franchise to equip and release His army into the world to effect every...
  • The Dangers of Overcontrol

    01/21/2009 10:35:03 PM PST · by WhatNot · 2 replies · 242+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king. A friend of mine who is a jet pilot once told me that whenever a jet goes out of control and begins to spin, the only thing to do is totally take your hands off the controls and the plane will right itself. This goes against our natural inclination to control and manipulate in order to bring things back under control. It is scary to be out...
  • Is Anything Too Hard for God?

    01/20/2009 6:28:05 PM PST · by WhatNot · 7 replies · 419+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Genesis 18:12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?" God had promised Abraham and Sarah a son who would be the seed of a whole nation. Sarah was now beyond childbearing years. So when some angels from God paid Abraham and Sarah a visit to inform them that Sarah was going to have a child, she happened to be listening outside the tent and erupted with laughter. The thought seemed preposterous to her. The angels reminded her that nothing is impossible with God....
  • Spiritual Contracts

    01/19/2009 8:16:57 PM PST · by WhatNot · 19 replies · 276+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Daniel 9:2 In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. When you enter a legal contract, it binds the two parties to fulfill the terms of that contract. In Heaven there are legal contracts that, when fulfilled, allow the spiritual to impact the physical. Israel had been in captivity to Babylon for 70 years. Daniel, when he investigated the history of his nation, found the prophecy of Jeremiah that revealed there would be 70...
  • Opening Our Spiritual Eyes

    01/17/2009 6:31:02 PM PST · by WhatNot · 4 replies · 313+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, "O Lord, open his eyes so he may see." Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. Elisha was counseling the nation of Israel against the impending attack of the king of Aram. The Lord supernaturally gave Elisha the plans that the king was implementing, and in turn, Elisha warned Israel of each intended attack. The king could not understand why his plans were continually foiled. It seemed there was a secret informer in his midst. He was...
  • An Eternal View of Circumstances

    01/16/2009 7:14:59 PM PST · by WhatNot · 130+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Philippians 1:12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. Are your life circumstances advancing the gospel? Can you see the Lord's hand in your life in such a way that all of your life experiences, joys, sorrows, hardships, and training have resulted in advancing the gospel? Paul was a tentmaker by trade. But he had an overall ministry objective in his business life. That objective left him imprisoned and persecuted at times. But Paul saw these events not as roadblocks to his mission. Rather, they were catalysts...
  • Embracing the Lean Times

    01/15/2009 7:38:13 PM PST · by WhatNot · 3 replies · 262+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Jeremiah 17:7 But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. Have you ever considered at what point a test becomes so difficult that you decide you can no longer trust in God and you must take over to solve the problem? The prophet Jeremiah describes a situation in which the temptation to solve a financial problem can become so great that we trust in man's way to solve it. This is what the Lord says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart...
  • Understanding Our Own Calling

    01/14/2009 6:10:58 PM PST · by WhatNot · 8 replies · 259+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    John 21:22 ..."If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? YYou must follow Me." Jesus was talking to Peter after he had just had a very important encounter with Him-one of the last meetings the two would have. This was the third time Jesus had shown Himself to the disciples after His resurrection. It is the famous dialogue between Jesus and Peter in which Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Jesus followed by commanding, "Feed My sheep." Jesus went on to foretell of Peter's future death. As they were walking...
  • Resolving the Ownership Issue

    01/13/2009 4:46:36 PM PST · by WhatNot · 1 replies · 176+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Psalms 24:1-2 The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. As Christian businesspeople, God calls us to view Him as the owner of everything. We are to be stewards of all that He entrusts to us. This is one of the hardest of all commandments to follow for the Christian businessperson because, if we work hard at business, we receive all the benefits of that work. It appears as though all that we have achieved was through our...
  • Treasures in Darkness

    01/12/2009 5:31:34 PM PST · by WhatNot · 2 replies · 253+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Isaiah 45:3 I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. "I have never been in this place before. It is new ground for me, and I find I am way out of my comfort zone. I am scared to death to trust Him at this level. I had to confess to the Lord I have not been able to accept or believe His love for me in this area." Those were the words I expressed to...
  • Living a Life of Conviction

    01/11/2009 8:11:20 PM PST · by WhatNot · 6 replies · 250+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. Everyone lives a life of conviction. Whatever we give our greatest time, our greatest energies, and our greatest resources to is a good indication of where our convictions lie. Some live a life of conviction about sports. Some live a life of conviction around pleasure. Still others live a life of conviction about very little that matters at all. Whenever God chooses to...
  • Making Adjustments

    01/10/2009 8:21:30 PM PST · by WhatNot · 1 replies · 552+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    John 21:6 ..."Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." A former client of mine was the marketing director of a large food brokerage company and told me a story about one of their client grocery stores located in the upper Midwest. It seems that the store could not understand why at a certain time every winter sales plummeted. They studied their product line and interviewed customers. They did everything possible to uncover the mystery. Finally, someone made a remarkable discovery that changed everything. It seemed that whenever it was really cold outside,...
  • Peace: A Weapon Against Satan

    01/09/2009 4:45:27 PM PST · by WhatNot · 2 replies · 247+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me. In the battles of the marketplace, your peace is actually a weapon. The marketplace creates many opportunities to rob us of our peace. Cash flow concerns, deadlines, relationships-all create stress on us. Your confidence in the God of peace declares that you are not falling for the lies of the devil. You see, the first step toward having spiritual authority over the adversary is having peace in spite of our circumstances. When Jesus confronted the devil,...
  • No Confidence in the Flesh

    01/07/2009 5:07:25 PM PST · by WhatNot · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Philippians 3:4 If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more. The apostle Paul surely could relate to the business executive. Paul reached the height of his profession only to have it completely stripped and torn from him. What he thought mattered in life became rubbish compared to what God did in his heart as He destroyed what seemed valuable at the time. It took a dramatic event to bring Paul into this revelation. It took a bright light-blindness, and the most fearful experience a human could have-being addressed personally by God, who...
  • David's Source of Direction

    01/06/2009 6:03:31 PM PST · by WhatNot · 177+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Psalms 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. David is the only person in the Bible whom God describes as a man after His own heart. Despite David's many setbacks he continually sought to know and do God's will in his life. Like many of us, his will got in the way of a sinless life. In the morning hour, David sought to hear from God. I can imagine David sitting on the...
  • The Anguish of Faith

    01/04/2009 4:20:08 PM PST · by WhatNot · 2 replies · 265+ views
    Crosswalk Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Psalms 143:7 Do not hide Your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Of all the biblical characters, David gives us a glimpse of a man who walked with God with great emotion in victory and in defeat. David never lost a battle throughout his many years of serving as king of Israel. In many of the Psalms, David often lamented about the difficult places where God had placed him. He talked of his enemies and the need for God to deliver Him. He talked of God's everlasting love for him. How...
  • The Fallacy of Full-Time Christian Work

    01/02/2009 7:35:46 PM PST · by WhatNot · 6 replies · 492+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. "I didn't know you were in full-time Christian work," said my close friend as we were driving. "I didn't realize that," she went on. I responded, "Every person who has followed the will of God in their life is in full-time Christian work." God calls some to the mission field, others to be accountants, and others to...
  • Discerning the Work of God

    01/01/2009 7:33:37 PM PST · by WhatNot · 226+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Nehemiah 6:14 Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, O my God, because of what they have done; remember also the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who have been trying to intimidate me. Nehemiah set out to rebuild the wall at Jerusalem that had been destroyed. Nehemiah held a position in the Persian Empire that would be comparable to Chief of Staff in our government. Nehemiah wept over the destruction of the city wall and repented for the sins of his generation and the generations before him that had led to the fall of Jerusalem. Nehemiah responded to the news...
  • A Refiner's Fire

    12/31/2008 6:10:17 PM PST · by WhatNot · 6 replies · 403+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Malachi 3:2 For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. The Lord has a specific manner of preparing His people for useful service. God desires to turn His children from rough, hard-edged stones into gems of gold and silver. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years (Malachi...
  • Death and Birth of a Vision

    12/31/2008 12:21:56 AM PST · by WhatNot · 145+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    John 12:24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Almost every significant thing God births He allows to die before the vision is fulfilled in His own way. Abraham had a vision of being the father of a great nation (birth). Sarah was barren and became too old to have children (death). God gave Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age. He became the father of a great nation (fulfillment). Joseph had a vision that...
  • Following Only the Father's Commands

    12/29/2008 10:34:41 PM PST · by WhatNot · 10 replies · 538+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    John 5:19 Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." Have you ever thought about a typical day in Jesus' life? Perhaps He might have had questions like these, "Who am I going to heal today? Who will I visit today? Which person will I deliver from demons this day?" etc. The demands on Jesus' time were great. Yet we see that Jesus allocated His time very deliberately. We don't get the...
  • The First Requirement of Ministry

    12/28/2008 10:34:32 PM PST · by WhatNot · 2 replies · 255+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First'Devotion | Os Hillman
    Joel 1:9 The priests are in mourning, those who minister before the Lord. The first requirement for being used by God in the life of others is to mourn on their behalf. We must identify with their pain and suffering. Each of us must be broken for others first. In order to be fully used by God in the marketplace, we need to understand what breaks God's heart. When we understand what breaks God's heart, we are able to mourn on behalf of a grieving person, or a nation we are called to serve. What breaks God's heart? When we...
  • Understanding the Source of Anger

    12/26/2008 10:52:30 PM PST · by WhatNot · 31 replies · 591+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Todat God Is First'Devotion | Os Hillman
    Proverbs 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. The marketplace can be a pressure-packed world. The demands that are often put on us can bring out things that we never knew were there. Sometimes we begin to think that the source of that pressure is to blame for our response to the pressure. It could be an event, a spouse, a boss, a client, a child, or even a driver who cuts us off in traffic. I recall responding to a close friend one time, "If you had not done...
  • Suffering for the Salvation of Another

    12/25/2008 10:41:17 PM PST · by WhatNot · 7 replies · 330+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Recently, a friend told a true story about one of his closest friends who experienced great suffering for the soul of his persecutor. This man worked on a cargo ship. His boss was the captain. This friend was a committed Christian who shared his faith with others and was a good worker. One day the friend led the sea captain's girlfriend to Christ. The sea captain already hated and ridiculed the Christian worker because of his faith...
  • When God Restores What the Locusts Eat

    12/24/2008 8:56:47 PM PST · by WhatNot · 5 replies · 349+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Joel 2:25 I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm-My great army that I sent among you. There are seasons in our lives that involve times of famine and times of restoration. Solomon tells us that He has made everything beautiful in its time and that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven. (See Ecclesiastes 3:1,11.) God brings about both the good and the bad. The seasons of famine have a divine purpose in our lives. They...
  • Confidence in Numbers

    12/23/2008 11:14:45 AM PST · by WhatNot · 203+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    2 Samuel 24:10 David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, O Lord, I beg You, take away the guilt of Your servant. I have done a very foolish thing." It just seems to be human nature. As we grow in wealth and ability, our confidence moves from complete trust in the Lord to trust in our resources. King David decided one day that he needed to know how many fighting men he had in his army. This was a grievous sin...
  • Faith Versus Presumption

    12/22/2008 2:43:38 PM PST · by WhatNot · 1 replies · 222+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Genesis 16:2 So she said to Abram, "The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her." Abram agreed to what Sarai said. Presumption is based on our own reasoning. Abraham and Sarah fell into presumption when they got too old to have children. God had promised a son to Abraham and Sarah-a son who would fulfill His promise to birth a nation. But Abraham and Sarah were past the normal age for childbearing. So, they concluded that God needed help to work out His plan. Many businesspeople make...
  • Living for a Cause Greater Than Yourself

    12/21/2008 6:12:42 PM PST · by WhatNot · 2 replies · 311+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. In the thirteenth century a man named William Wallace became the instrument of freedom from England's tyranny over Scotland. A very wicked king ruled England. A tragedy in the life of William Wallace launched him into living for this cause. Initially his cause was revenge, but soon his cause turned to something bigger than himself-freedom for a nation. When he challenged the commoners to fight for this freedom, they responded that the enemy was too great and that they might die on the battlefield. They also refused to...
  • The Depth and Width of Your Calling

    12/20/2008 9:46:59 AM PST · by WhatNot · 2 replies · 187+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    2 Corinthians 1:6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. "God must love you a lot! He doesn't allow someone to go through the kinds of adversity you have experienced unless He has a special calling on your life." Those were the words said to me by two different mentors at two different times within a three-year period. Later I would learn another related truth from a respected man of God-a man who lives in...
  • Striving Versus Abiding

    12/18/2008 7:00:29 PM PST · by WhatNot · 1 replies · 206+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email "Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Psalms 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. What does it mean for the Lord to build the house? It almost seems a contradiction when we consider that we might be the builders in this passage. God wants us to allow Him to build the house. He explains further: Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-for He grants sleep to those He loves (Psalm...
  • Knowledge + Action = Faith

    12/17/2008 2:42:26 PM PST · by WhatNot · 1 replies · 164+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Hebrews 4:2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. The people of Israel were called out of the bondage of Egyptian slavery. God said they would be brought out of 400 years of slavery so that they might worship Him. God desired to bring them into a place of milk and honey-the Promised Land. Yet that generation never entered into the Promised Land. Why? They never took what they knew in their...
  • Forgiveness Ensures Freedom

    12/16/2008 4:23:19 PM PST · by WhatNot · 4 replies · 231+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. In business and life the opportunity to harbor bitterness for a wrong suffered is great. We are given plenty of opportunities to grow bitter from relationships that bring hurt and pain. The writer of the Hebrews passage above admonishes us not to miss the grace of God so that we won't take up bitterness as a response to life's pain. He cautions us against this because he knows that a bitter root grows and...
  • Tapping Into Our Secret Weapon

    12/15/2008 11:49:59 AM PST · by WhatNot · 1 replies · 216+ views
    crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Colossians 4:12 He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. "Good morning. Before we begin our staff business meeting I wish to ask John to give us the intercessors' report regarding the direction of our new business development program." "Our intercessors have been prayerfully reviewing the action plan I gave them. We believe the Lord is directing us in this way. However, our intercessors believe we may need to adjust our direction on this." Does this sound like a far-fetched illustration of a modern-day company?...
  • Developing Our Heart for God

    12/14/2008 2:13:19 PM PST · by WhatNot · 4 replies · 210+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Zechariah 9:13 I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and make you like a warrior's sword. In the third and fourth centuries Socrates and other Greek scholars began to influence the Church in ways that were different from the Hebraic roots of the early Church. The Greek influence appeals more to the intellect, whereas the early-Church Hebraic model appealed to the heart. The Greek influence resulted in more emphasis on oratory skills and cognitive knowledge of God. Over the many centuries, this influence has shown itself in a more programmatic approach to the gospel rather...
  • Coming Out of Babylon

    12/13/2008 1:17:41 PM PST · by WhatNot · 33 replies · 721+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Eamil 'Today God Is First' Devotion | Os hillman
    Revelation 18:4 ..."Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, sso that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes." There is a day when God is going to judge the system of Babylon around the world. What is Babylon? Babylon is a system of doing business. The stronghold of the marketplace is mammon and pride. Dependence on money and misplaced trust are at the core of a Babylonian philosophy of life. Revelation 18 describes a time when God...
  • Knowing Versus Doing

    12/12/2008 7:50:41 AM PST · by WhatNot · 2 replies · 128+ views
    Crosswalk Daily Email 'Todat God Is First' Devotion | Os Hillman
    Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.... If I asked you the purpose for which God made you, what might you say? You might give a lot of answers that required some action on your part. However, the simplest answer to that question relates to one primary thing: fellowship. The most important thing God desires from us today is to have a deep and intimate fellowship with each of us. The apostle Paul said he wanted to know Christ, and by knowing Christ he could experience the power of His resurrection. I find this...