Daily Devotional

Lost Keys

January 18, 2019

I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 16:19

As my husband and I were finishing our job at the place where we work, I realized my keys were missing. The last time I had used them was when I was putting some things away in the storage room, but now they were neither in my purse nor in my jacket pocket. I was...

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A Dry Crust of Bread

January 17, 2019

He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. – Psalm 147:14

My daughter and her husband had taken me out for a big lunch, so by dinnertime, all I wanted was a sandwich. Two slices of bread were left in the bag—just enough for one sandwich. And then there was a thin, leftover heel.

That leftover heel was just the thing to tear into...

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Sweet Treasure

January 16, 2019

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. – Psalm 119:11

The sight took my breath away. Who had scattered this handful of “rubies” in the dewy grass to glisten in the early morning sunlight? Not since I was ten years old had I seen such large ones or any with such deep, true red. I knelt down for a closer examination before...

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The Best Price

January 15, 2019

When he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. – Matthew 13:46

 I like a good deal—probably most people do. If I think I can get an item for a better price, I’ll shop around, and sometimes even buy an “off brand.” Often, this works quite well. However, some items of a lesser quality just do not work as well. For ...

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My Help Cometh from the Lord

January 14, 2019

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

It has been on my mind that I should cast more of my cares on the Lord. It seems that as one gets older, more cares come along in our lives each day.

Recently, I decided to have a family dinner and so invited my siblings, my children, and a good friend. I had not...

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Investment Requirements

January 13, 2019

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Like many people today, I have the opportunity to control my own retirement account, so each month I receive a statement telling me whether my account gained or lost during the past month. One term used to describe the gains is...

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Time to Rebuild

January 12, 2019

And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. – 1 Kings 18:30

Recently, my son and I drove by a house that had been allowed to run down. As I looked at the sagging front porch and the boarded-up windows, the thought came to me that at...

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Do We Want Revival?

January 11, 2019

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? – Psalm 85:6

The seeds of revival spring up in the hearts of the humble, which is how it happened to Evan Roberts, a young man from Wales. At the age of twenty-six, he enrolled in Bible school, but while in prayer one day, he felt strongly impressed by the Holy Spirit to return ...

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A Willing Servant

January 10, 2019

Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant. – Matthew 20:26-27

Most of the years I spent employed were in jobs that would probably be considered “service” functions. Although I did not make the actual product which made the company profitable, I did some of those necessary background things that supported the production effort. ...

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Spiritual Hunger

January 9, 2019

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. – Matthew 5:6

When you were growing up, perhaps your mother sometimes told you, “No, you cannot have a piece of cake (or cookie, or candy) right now. It will ruin your dinner.” When she said, “ruin your dinner,” did she mean that the dinner would burn or become soggy? No, what she ...

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