Daily Devotional

Being Aware of Stalkers

December 10, 2016

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.– 1 Peter 5:8

Being followed by someone or something dangerous is a frightening experience. About a year ago, one of my sons who regularly rides his mountain bike in the Ashland, Oregon, watershed was stalked by a cougar. He did his best to frighten the animal away but had...

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Obedience Training

December 9, 2016

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. – Hebrews 5:8

We have a Golden Retriever named Annie. She weighs over seventy-five pounds and is very lovable, but she also has a mind of her own, which is why we paid for her to go through a four-week obedience training program. In addition to learning basic obedience, this type of ...

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God, Our Refuge

December 8, 2016

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. – Deuteronomy 33:27

I trust in God, wherever I may be,
Upon the land or on the rolling sea,
For come what may, from day to day,
My heavenly Father watches over me.

These beautiful words written by W. C. Martin...

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Putting Christ in Christmas

December 7, 2016

Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. – 1 Chronicles 29:9

December calendars fill up faster than any other month of the year. Christmas programs, parties, and concerts along with the traditional family gatherings are slipped into the outlined squares as a reminder of when each seasonal activity...

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Where Are Your Treasures?

December 6, 2016

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. – Matthew 6:20

My grandson needed some extra money, and someone convinced him that if he bought a certain car, he could resell it for a profit. He never mentioned to us what he paid for it, but on top of the initial purchase price,...

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Do You Really Appreciate What You Have?

December 5, 2016

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. – 1 Corinthians 11:24

In the early years of our marriage, our apartment had an interesting feature: the floor was wooden parquet (a checkerboard arrangement of wooden tiles) over a slab with radiant heat. For much of the time that we...

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All in God’s Hands

December 4, 2016

In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. – Psalm 56:11

For many years my mother-in-law had a hunger for God. She attended numerous churches and special services that were held in her area, and eventually gave her life to the Lord and was truly saved. She was a happy Christian and found it easy to smile and praise...

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Following the Directions

December 3, 2016

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. – James 1:5

My daughter got me started on Sudoku puzzles—the puzzles where you write numbers into a grid in a particular pattern. The grid is partially completed to begin with, so you use those numbers as clues to solve the rest of...

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A Patient Spirit

December 2, 2016

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 3:5

 I can always tell how much patience I really have when I put Christmas lights on a tree. Several years ago, I offered to decorate my sister’s beautiful noble fir because she was knee-deep in Christmas baking. Before I started, I carefully took each strand of lights ...

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God’s Bookkeeping Methods

December 1, 2016

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened. – Revelation 20:12

Bookkeeping has never been my forte. During my high school years, I tried taking an accounting class, but soon realized I was better suited to spelling and English than to numbers. Still today, I do not enjoy balancing my checkbook, and am relieved when everything comes out...

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