Daily Devotional

Practice Sessions

January 17, 2018

If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan? – Jeremiah 12:5

When I was in high school, I played in the marching band. A few weeks before school actually started, we began to practice, training the new...

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Seeking the Lost

January 16, 2018

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. – Luke 19:10

My heart gave a lurch of fear as I observed the open car door and the empty seat. Where was Jeremy? I ran to the other side of the car. No sign of my toddler. Instantly, fear settled around my heart with a vise-like grip. How could he have disappeared so quickly?...

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Say Nothing

January 15, 2018

The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. – Exodus 14:14

After graduating from college, I took a position as a teacher’s assistant in a local school. The position became available after the previous assistant resigned. I found myself working with a teacher who accused me of many things and, in general, made my job unpleasant.

I began working in the classroom...

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Following Afar Off

January 14, 2018

But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. – Matthew 26:58

As a child growing up in Africa, I enjoyed going with my father when he would hunt for game in the jungle. He was fond of telling me stories about wild animals as we traveled along. I enjoyed the serenity of the jungle and the...

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Claim the Gospel

January 13, 2018

And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are ye slack to go to possess the land, which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you? – Joshua 18:3

 A man and his wife were flying with an airline company that was having a promotional campaign. On every flight, a seat number was chosen. Whoever was in that seat was the lucky person who won two tickets...

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Going for the Blessing

January 12, 2018

And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. – Genesis 32:26

It could not be put off another day. This afternoon, I had to embark on the necessary chore of purchasing tennis shoes worthy of school halls and gymnasium floors for two of my daughters.

I was optimistic as...

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Is There a Reason?

January 11, 2018

The God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. – 1 Peter 5:10

Although the young adults in the Sunday school class came from different walks of life, they all seemed to have one thing in common: life was a struggle at the moment. There were...

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A Chance to Serve

January 10, 2018

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:10

George had one of the deepest bass singing voices you or I are likely to hear, either in person or in recordings. He was also a quality violinist, and nearly sixty years ago, I had the privilege of going to our church’s printing plant to take...

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Absolute Trust

January 9, 2018

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. – Isaiah 41:13

 I was walking down a pathway one day, holding hands with my six-year-old daughter. Suddenly she said, “I have my eyes closed.” I asked, “Aren’t you afraid you’ll bump into something?” She giggled and said, “No, because I’m holding on to your hand.” “But what ...

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Stand Back and Watch

January 8, 2018

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19

My wife and I had not been married long when we started on a lengthy trip up into Washington State. Our “ancient” car ran well, but a problem developed with the starter. The vehicle would not start without our having to push it. We found a garage that was open late ...

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