Daily Devotional

Pruned or Preened?

October 31, 2016

Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. – John 6:37

My friend works for a local fruit company and has years of experience in pruning trees, so I asked him to help me trim two ornamental pear trees located in front of my house. Also, I had several chokecherry trees along my fence which needed to be topped out. It was ...

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Tried and True

October 30, 2016

Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts. – Malachi 3:10

Not long ago, I decided to bake some cookies and took out my favorite cookie sheets. They are rather beat up, but I like them anyway because the cookies do not stick and the pans are quite large.

Looking at the cookie sheets, my mind went back to the early days of my marriage. One time when we...

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God Has Control

October 29, 2016

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

 A number of years ago, our eighteen-year old son had a tragic skiing accident, and the Lord called him Home. I am thankful that he was a Christian, and I know that he is in Heaven, but we did not expect his...

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God's Will for a Nation

October 28, 2016

The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. – Proverbs 11:3

This is an election year, when we vote to fill the seats of governors, senators, judges, and even the president of our country. Political figures are in the headlines of every newspaper and news program, all claiming they would run our country much more effectively than those...

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Thirsty for God

October 27, 2016

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. – Psalm 42:1

Having anything but a “green thumb,” my plants have to be the type that do not require constant supervision or a master gardener’s touch. There are three plants in my home which meet this standard, and I really enjoy them. These three are perfect for me because, with ...

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Simple Evangelism

October 26, 2016

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. – 1 Corinthians 1:27

Recently, the Lord has opened opportunities for outreach in a vital mission field: my neighborhood. On one occasion, my neighbor from down the street came to our home wanting to borrow some carrots for a stew. I went to my crisper and found a couple of carrots, and ...

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Eyes of Love and Compassion

October 25, 2016

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. – Matthew 9:36

What a thrill it was for my wife and me to visit Mount Rushmore in the summer of 2004, and to view the famous sculpted heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. One...

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Letters to Be Sent

October 24, 2016

Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. – Philippians 4:21

The flag waved in the breeze high above the Post Office. The narrow driveway that ran parallel to the building was constantly busy as car after car gave up its bulky cargo. I pulled up for my turn to feed the big blue box a pile of cards and letters, feeling confident...

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Want to Be Wealthy?

October 23, 2016

Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. – Proverbs 15:16

Staring into a closet crammed with clothes, I felt dissatisfaction growing. I wanted certain colors—bright colors—to liven up my wardrobe! Then came the realization that I was unhappy with myself for not being content. Which side of me was going to win the tug-of-war?

With my birthday approaching, my husband sent me...

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What a Friend

October 22, 2016

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16

Many years ago, a man named Joseph Scriven was born in Ireland. He discovered early...

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