Daily Devotional

A Song with a Message

February 28, 2017

For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? – Luke 9:25

It was the 1930s, and business trends were still headed downward. There was rumor of upcoming salary cuts at the New York insurance office where a twenty-two-year-old clerk worked. Possessor of a deep, melodious voice, the young man was offered a radio contract. There was opportunity...

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Giving to God First

February 27, 2017

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. – Malachi 3:10

As I sat and pondered the situation before me that night, overwhelming despair filled my heart. My...

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The Battlefield of the Mind

February 26, 2017

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

When I was eighteen years old, I moved onto a university campus to begin my four-year college career. My mom later told ...

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Cultivating Good Crops

February 25, 2017

Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. – Genesis 3:17-18

Farming is not easy work. A farmer labors to plow, plant, and cultivate his crop, all the while knowing that his efforts will pay off only if the weather...

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Speak Life

February 24, 2017

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. – Proverbs 18:21

 A few years ago my daughter was experiencing some difficulties in her third-grade class. The school year started off fine, but in early November, her test scores began to slip. Other parents were also saying that their children were not scoring well, which seemed unusual. I...

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Fourscore Years

February 23, 2017

The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow. – Psalm 90:10

Fourscore years! As the decades roll by, we pass the milestones of twenty, forty, sixty, then eighty. And each group of years has its own activities and responsibilities. During the first score of years, we are growing and being schooled in...

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Faith Building

February 22, 2017

Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Not long ago, I was teaching a Sunday school class on the importance of prayer. At the end of the class, I wrote the students’ prayer requests down on pieces of paper and asked one of them to take the requests to the prayer room. As he left, another student became worried and kept asking me, “Did he get my deposit...

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Flight Plight

February 21, 2017

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life. – Deuteronomy 4:9

It was only a one-letter difference, but what a difference it made! A while back, my husband was working out of town and needed me to book some flights for him. The project was going...

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Follow Me

February 20, 2017

And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. – Mark 2:14

Have you ever been invited to a gathering and, even with the address in hand and a map of the city, still did not know exactly how to get there? Being without a GPS system, I have found...

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Wind Power

February 19, 2017

And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind. – Isaiah 7:2

Night was closing in on the city, and the sky was turning slowly into a black mosaic. The fir trees—just shadows through the large window of the library where I was sitting—revealed the strength of the wind as their branches bounced back and forth under ...

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