Daily Devotional

An Extra Special Gift

December 21, 2018

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

Christmas has always been a special time for me, especially since the Lord came to live in my heart. I love to think about the birth of our Savior and how much God must love us to have given us His only...

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Worn Out Socks

December 20, 2018

Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. – Zechariah 3:3-4

My wife and I were invited to a get-together to celebrate the wedding anniversary of...

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Stepping Higher

December 19, 2018

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. – Psalm 37:23

Sitting at my desk some years ago, I was startled by a horrible commotion created as my daughter stumbled while attempting to make a routine trip upstairs to her room. She landed in disarray at the foot of the stairs just outside my office door, her scattered schoolbooks ...

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Listen and Learn

December 18, 2018

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. – James 1:19

 A few weeks ago, I asked a fellow pastor, “How do you learn things the easy way?” He replied, “Just listen.” I thought that was an extremely simple answer. But the more I meditated upon it, the more I realized he was right.

The Bible says, “For if there be first a...

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Snow at His Command

December 17, 2018

For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. – Job 37:6

Looking out of my car window in the church parking lot, I almost did not believe what I saw. It looked like a soft, white fog was gently descending through the night sky as the headlights of a truck...

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It Pays to Obey

December 16, 2018

But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. – Jeremiah 7:23

Obedience to God will come with a price tag. It will cost!

While preparing for the life of a missionary, Hudson Taylor purposed to live frugally and in dependence...

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Taste of the Best

December 15, 2018

O taste and see that the Lord is good. – Psalm 34:8

Eyes closed, I savored a bite of cinnamon bread topped with margarine. Wow, I thought, the margarine really has a distinct flavor that I had not noticed before. Next I tried a bite with butter. What a difference! The flavor was smooth and mild and enhanced the taste of the bread. I was...

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Don’t Stop!

December 14, 2018

And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. – Hebrews 6:15

World-renowned pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski was waiting backstage prior to a concert one evening. Out in the audience, an eager crowd was gathering in anticipation of a marvelous night of music. Among those present was a young boy whose mother had hope that the inspiration of a great performance might encourage the lad...

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Christmas Giving

December 13, 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

 A full moon lingered high above the frosty haze, while the wind whipped with chilling force onto a group assembled in a school parking lot. Most people would probably not want to venture out on a night like this, but those gathered did not seem to...

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Watch the Clock

December 12, 2018

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. – Luke 21:28

When I was a young boy, we vacationed in California. We were in Los Angeles and planned to drive to Sea World in San Diego. My parents decided we were going to leave at 6:30 in the morning. My father put us all to bed by 10:00 p.m....

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