Daily Devotional

Mama’s Sparrow

April 24, 2017

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. – Matthew 10:29-31

My mother was recently diagnosed with cancer, and initially it was a struggle to keep fear from gripping our hearts. However, one morning the Lord...

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Dry Bones

April 23, 2017

And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. – Ezekiel 37:3

Recently I came across a historical photo showing an ancient Native American burial site on Memaloose Island in the Columbia River, east of Hood River. The site was literally covered with bones. The photo had been taken at the time of the building of the Bonneville...

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Personal Excavation

April 22, 2017

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. – Philippians 4:13

Russell Conwell, a preacher of the early twentieth century, gave a lecture titled “Acres of Diamonds” thousands of times across the United States. During that speech, he would tell the story of a man in Africa who had a large piece of land. The man heard about how people were getting rich selling diamonds, so...

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Our Help Comes from the Lord

April 21, 2017

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2

There is snow this morning on the low mountain range west of our home. Those mountains are referred to as the Callahans, and they are a popular challenge for rock climbers, hikers, birdwatchers, and “mudders” (those with four-wheel drive who delight...

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Preparing a Place

April 20, 2017

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. – John 14:2-3

My daughter and son-in-law live next door to my husband and me, and their home burned down a...

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An Attitude of Gratitude

April 19, 2017

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. – Jeremiah 29:11

For six years I wondered whether God had designated Laramie, Wyoming, as a Winter Misery Testing Site. I arrived in Laramie in the month of February on a cold winter morning, and it felt like the temperature was below survival...

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Hating Evil

April 18, 2017

Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. – Romans 12:9

During the Second World War, I was stationed overseas on an island in the Pacific. Our mess hall had been bombed and we did not have anything to eat for about three days. We were working hard, and after three days of no food, we were hungry—plenty hungry. We were scrounging around for K-rations...

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The Price of Friendship

April 17, 2017

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly. – Proverbs 18:24

D.L. Moody, a nineteenth-century evangelist, often told the story about a gentleman who gave every new boy who came to town a new one-cent piece. Clearly, Moody had been impressed when a new penny was left in the palm of his hand. Likewise, I will never forget the moment when a man reached out to shake...

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My Substitute

April 16, 2017

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit. – 1 Peter 3:18

Generally speaking, the word “substitute” brings to my mind something inferior, like a second-string athlete brought in to relieve the starter, or someone who drives the school bus when the regular driver is sick—someone who...

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Easter Saturday

April 15, 2017

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. – Romans 8:25

To say the least, Easter was different for our family this year. One of our married sons was going through serious medical issues. At the same time, my wife was in a distant city, helping care for our daughter’s children while she was in the hospital. Not your happy-go-lucky ...

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