Daily Devotional

Grow Up

April 28, 2017

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 3:18

When reading about Roman history, I learned that during the Roman Inquisition, prisoners were often put into rooms with low ceilings as part of their punishment. Although they could roam around in their large rooms, they could never stand upright. Forced to keep their faces downturned, heads and shoulders...

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Creator of the Redwoods

April 27, 2017

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? – Psalm 8:3-4

 A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to go with my son’s class to outdoor school (a three-day educational camping trip). One day, we went to a national forest and...

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The Precious Word

April 26, 2017

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers. – 1 Peter 3:12

There is a young lady in our congregation who was saved recently and has been a bright spot in our church. She has attended our Sunday school for many years, but this past year she began coming to church services throughout the week. Her enthusiasm for the Gospel is...

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Uncontainable

April 25, 2017

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13

Lately, our church seems to have had a “baby boom,” and several friends have said they are also expecting bundles of joy in the coming year. One friend in particular tried to keep her pregnancy...

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Mama’s Sparrow

April 24, 2017

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. – Matthew 10:29-31

My mother was recently diagnosed with cancer, and initially it was a struggle to keep fear from gripping our hearts. However, one morning the Lord...

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Dry Bones

April 23, 2017

And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. – Ezekiel 37:3

Recently I came across a historical photo showing an ancient Native American burial site on Memaloose Island in the Columbia River, east of Hood River. The site was literally covered with bones. The photo had been taken at the time of the building of the Bonneville...

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Personal Excavation

April 22, 2017

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. – Philippians 4:13

Russell Conwell, a preacher of the early twentieth century, gave a lecture titled “Acres of Diamonds” thousands of times across the United States. During that speech, he would tell the story of a man in Africa who had a large piece of land. The man heard about how people were getting rich selling diamonds, so...

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Our Help Comes from the Lord

April 21, 2017

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2

There is snow this morning on the low mountain range west of our home. Those mountains are referred to as the Callahans, and they are a popular challenge for rock climbers, hikers, birdwatchers, and “mudders” (those with four-wheel drive who delight...

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Preparing a Place

April 20, 2017

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. – John 14:2-3

My daughter and son-in-law live next door to my husband and me, and their home burned down a...

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An Attitude of Gratitude

April 19, 2017

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. – Jeremiah 29:11

For six years I wondered whether God had designated Laramie, Wyoming, as a Winter Misery Testing Site. I arrived in Laramie in the month of February on a cold winter morning, and it felt like the temperature was below survival...

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