Daily Devotional

Rejoice in the Lord

July 22, 2017

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength. – Habakkuk 3:17-19

When...

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Filled

July 21, 2017

That ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19

Every year when canning season comes around, I get excited. If you love home-canned fruit as I do, you know the feeling of looking...

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Can You Hear Me Now?

July 20, 2017

Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me. – Job 13:22

Like most people these days, I almost always carry a cell phone with me. I remember when pay phones were popular, and people would even wait in line to use them because they were the best way to make a call when you were away from home. Today things...

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Keep Thy Heart with All Diligence

July 19, 2017

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:23

While working in the yard, I noticed a cocoon attached to the bottom of our fence. I thought, What an opportunity to give my kids a lesson in nature! Placing the cocoon in a glass jar with a lid, I set it aside and explained to my children that we would watch one ...

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Setting Aside Nerves

July 18, 2017

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. – Acts 20:24

The first time I came to Portland camp meeting was in 1977. My mother called me during my trip and said, “Be sure to ...

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The Bottleneck

July 17, 2017

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

"Bottleneck” is a term we commonly use to describe points of congestion in roadways. It might be a place where two lanes of traffic merge into one, or where traffic on a major highway must slow to city speed limits as it passes through a small...

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Mold Infestation

July 16, 2017

And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he hath taken away the stones, and after he hath scraped the house, and after it is plaistered; then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house; it is unclean. And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof,...

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Following the Shepherd

July 15, 2017

But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. – John 10:26-28

On a missionary trip to Romania, our group experienced what winter is like there. It was difficult—a lot of snow...

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Make Sure It Fits

July 14, 2017

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little. – Isaiah 28:10

My family loves to take short vacations to the beach every once in a while. One of the things we like to do there is to buy a puzzle and put it together. We have a process we always follow—first we turn all the pieces right-side-up,...

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Spilling Over

July 13, 2017

And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. – Luke 13:20-21

Someone gave me a sourdough starter about ten years ago. When you want a loaf of sourdough bread, you add several ingredients to the starter to make dough for baking. And you always save and maintain...

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