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Concerning Wise Men - and Women Article by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/1777-dr_thomas_lane_butts_concerning_wise_men__and_women Article by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Epiphany , Magi Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts reflects on the story of the Wise Men and shares a poem called the legend of Befana. Delaying to join the Magi on their journey, Befana no longer could find Christ the Child. Stranger at the Church Door Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/1744-dr_thomas_lane_butts_stranger_at_the_church_door Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Advent , Angels , Charity , Poverty Source: Day1 Describing a poor woman who sought help by interrupting a church meeting, Thomas Lane Butts' article illustrates how God sends angels to remind us of our Christian identity in the midst of our self-interested "religious routines." On Incivility Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/1575-dr_thomas_lane_butts_on_incivility Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Culture , Selfishness , Unkindness Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts offers three examples of the incivility that seems to have overtaken the cultural landscape in recent days. In each case, one brave soul shines a bright light on the selfish behavior. The Tyranny of Unrealistic Expectations Article by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/3958-dr_thomas_lane_butts_the_tyranny_of_unrealistic_expectations Article by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Leadership , Ministry , Pastoral leadership , Humility Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts discusses the importance of being aware of pedestals that people could put you up on. It is important to understand your own limitations and abilities. Christmas Has a Name and a Face Sermon (Complete) by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/758-christmas_has_a_name_and_a_face Sermon (Complete) by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Advent , Incarnation , Sermon Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts shares the meaning of Christmas in this sermon on John 1:14--In the event of Christmas and in the person of Christ, not only does God see us, but now we see God. Challenging My Childhood View of Reality Article by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/2430-dr_thomas_lane_butts_challenging_my_childhood_view_of_reality Article by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Ecumenism , Worldview , Spiritual Growth , Unity Source: Day1 In this article, Thomas Lane Butts shares his experience of growing up in a small town in Alabama and how his view of the world was severely challenged when he went off to college. Unanswered Prayer Part 2 Article by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/4299-dr_thomas_lane_butts_an_encouraging_word_on_unanswered_prayer_part_2 Article by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Prayer , God's Wisdom Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts explores why some prayers go unanswered in this article. He says, "Unanswered prayer is one of the puzzling realities of life that can only be mediated by faith in God's superior wisdom." On Decision Making Article by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/2063-dr_thomas_lane_butts_on_decision_making Article by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Discernment , Decision , Choice Source: Day1 In this article, Thomas Lane Butts tells a story of a prime minister and reflects on how our decisions always have consequences. Listen to the Children Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/3257-dr_thomas_lane_butts_listen_to_the_children Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Church , Sermon , Children Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts shares his experience doing a mini-sermon for children and why it became the favorite part of his Sunday morning ministry. Dear God, Where Are You? Sermon (Complete) by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/767-dear_god_where_are_you Sermon (Complete) by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Awareness of God , Parable , Shepherd , God's Presence Source: Day1 In this sermon on Matthew 25:31-46, Thomas Lane Butts suggests that we are most likely to find God in dark, scary places, and in the faces of "the least of these." Will You Ever Be in a Courtroom? Probably Article by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/3033-dr_thomas_lane_butts_will_you_ever_be_in_a_courtroom_probably Article by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Justice , Law , Government Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts discusses his preference for the legal profession and how it is very likely that we as individuals will end up in a courtroom for some reason other than being a spectator or juror. Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Article by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/3559-dr_thomas_lane_butts_remembering_dr_martin_luther_king_jr Article by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Racism , History , Martin Luther King Jr Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts tells a story of having lunch with Martin Luther King, Jr. His life continues to cast a "lovely light" across the landscape and into the dark corners of our life together in America. The Longest Week Devotional by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/1944-dr_thomas_lane_butts_the_longest_week Devotional by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Good Friday , Easter , Crucifixion , Atonement Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts reflects on the week of Jesus' life between Palm Sunday and Good Friday. It ended with his shouting "It is finished!" which was the cry of a victor. Life, Death and Beyond Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/3234-dr_thomas_lane_butts_life_death_and_beyond Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Death , Heaven , Life Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts' reflection on death and life after death. He shares a few helpful speculations on life after death and reminds us not to establish them as the final authority on the subject. That Jesus! Article by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/3804-dr_thomas_lane_butts_that_jesus Article by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Awareness of God , Jesus , Emmaus Source: Day1 Luke’s gospel tells us the mystical and unexpected appearance of Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Thomas Lane Butts shares a beautiful story of Rosemarie who had a similar experience--subtle and mysterious appearance of Jesus. Why? Article by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/1899-dr_thomas_lane_butts_why Article by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Suffering , Image of God , God's Sovereignty , Theodicy Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts digs deep into one of the most potentially painful questions we humans can ask in the face of tragedy: why? What's Good about Good Friday? Sermon (Complete) by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/1280-thomas_lane_butts_whats_good_about_good_friday Sermon (Complete) by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Good Friday , Goodness , Crucifixion , Resurrection Source: Day1 Reflecting on the death and resurrection of Jesus, Thomas Butts says that "the God who turned the most awful day in history into 'Good Friday' is still at work in our world and in our lives." The Cab Ride Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/2004-dr_thomas_lane_butts_the_cab_ride Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Kindness , Daily Living , Meaning of Life , Service Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts shares Kent Nerburn's compelling story about taking advantage of an opportunity to provide loving service. It could illustrate such scriptures as Ephesians 5:16 and Colossians 3:17. Why Not You? Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/2938-dr_thomas_lane_butts_why_not_you Sermon Illustration by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Hardheartedness , Hypocrisy , Neglect , Compassion Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts observes that Jesus seldom used generalities when addressing societal ills or individual sins. There is a frightening particularity that runs like a thread through the whole Bible: Why not you? He Came Sermon (Complete) by Thomas Lane Butts http://day1.org/3484-dr_thomas_lane_butts_he_came Sermon (Complete) by Thomas Lane Butts Topics: Christmas , Jesus , History , Time Source: Day1 Thomas Lane Butts reflects that the centerpiece of the Christian faith is not the historical details of when, where, and how Jesus came into the world, but simply that, "at the right time" (kairos), he came....