Daily Devotional

Is the Old Better?

September 30, 2016

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14

Have you ever seen a parade of old cars? Many of the owners of those cars have spent multitudes of hours and dollars ...

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God Saw that it Was Good

September 29, 2016

And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. – Genesis 1:25

As an outdoorsman, I have long enjoyed knowing that God made the beasts of the earth. In the area of Centerville, Iowa, where I grew up, there were never any deer. In fact, we...

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Lesson from Eagles

September 28, 2016

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31

The eagle is a creature of great strength and courage, and he lives for many years. His wingspread is six to nine feet, and he can lift himself high into the air. However, when the...

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God's Chosen Ones

September 27, 2016

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you. – John 15:16

When a baby is adopted into a family, there is often concern in the adoptive parents’ hearts and minds over whether their child will feel badly about being adopted. Will the circumstances cause the child to feel insecure or rejected by his or her own flesh and blood? Will he or she feel different than...

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Whiter than Snow

September 26, 2016

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. – Psalm 51:7

Years ago, when distressed by my choice of words, one of my aunts inserted a piece of soap into my mouth and proceeded to vigorously scrub my offending tongue. Of course, modern thought may say that the soap treatment is not the way to correct a child for bad language; but for me at least, it...

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No Coincidence

September 25, 2016

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. – Romans 8:14

As a child, for several years I lived in a small town that has a river running through it, separating a park from the main part of town. One day, I had been at the park with some of my family and wandered too close to the river’s edge. Being young,...

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Extend Your Blessings

September 24, 2016

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. – 1 Chronicles 16:29

There is an old expression that says, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” I heard this many times in my youth—if we children were asking for the unreasonable, Mother was quick to remind us about the source of money, and that it was...

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Jesus' Harvest

September 23, 2016

Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. – Matthew 13:30

 A well-landscaped area with trees, flowers, and a trim lawn is pleasing to the eye—it is a portion of God’s beautiful creation. I try to keep my family’s property...

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Shouting Victory

September 22, 2016

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

It had been a great season for our football team, but a difficult game was looming on the horizon. The next opponent was our toughest competition...

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Keeping the Pressure On

September 21, 2016

Keep yourselves in the love of God. – Jude 21

Several years ago, while using a hose to wash off our church parking lot, I was given an object lesson. As I hosed an upper area, I noticed that mucky water was streaming down and pooling against a curb on the lower part of the lot. The gravitational force on the water was not strong enough to pull...

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