Daily Devotional

Plunge In!

December 11, 2018

Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. – Ezekiel 47:5

 A few years ago, my wife and I lived in a house that had a 16- by 32-foot swimming pool. Sometimes we would invite friends over for a swim after work. ...

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The Right Voice

December 10, 2018

When he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. – John 10:4

 A few years ago a traveler went to Syria. There, he watched three shepherds bring their flocks to the waterfront for a drink. All the sheep intermingled, and the traveler couldn’t tell which sheep belonged to what shepherd. However,...

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Christmas Joy

December 9, 2018

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. – Luke 2:13-14

The joy of the holiday season is one that encompasses all of our senses. We can see it shining through beautiful colored-light displays and in the eyes of children as they view brightly wrapped gifts under...

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Gone Forever

December 8, 2018

For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. – Jeremiah 31:34

 A paper shredder is a convenient and safe way to dispose of private or sensitive information, such as old payroll stubs, bank statements, credit card bills, and personal correspondence. The first generation of shredders on the market were straight-cut shredders, and they sliced private documents ...

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Protecting Our Treasure

December 7, 2018

Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. – Revelation 3:11

Many years ago when I lived in Yakima, Washington, I worked as a stonemason. I was asked to build a rock wall in a National Forest near there, and was told to use the local rocks and petrified wood to build it.

When the project was nearly completed, I saw a stone which intrigued me. It...

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A Reliable Source of Comfort

December 6, 2018

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. – 2 Corinthians 1:3

My mother passed away suddenly, and it seemed impossible to grasp that one day she was working at the office with me, and the next day she was gone. It took time to wrap my mind around the realization that I would never hear her laugh...

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Give and It Shall Be Given

December 5, 2018

Give, and it shall be given unto you. – Luke 6:38

Many years ago, a faithful old minister encouraged his congregation to pay offerings in addition to their tithes. He suggested that they could give the Lord an extra offering as a way of saying thank you to the Lord. This could not replace thanking the Lord in prayer or having a grateful heart, nor could it...

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A Lesson from the Animals

December 4, 2018

The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. – Isaiah 1:3

It is amazing how animals can be faithful when God’s crowning creation is unfaithful.

Recently, my wife and I made a visit to Hawaii. A guide who was taking us around the island told about the whales that come to that area every year. He said...

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Proving the Power of Prayer

December 3, 2018

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7

When I was a small child, an oval plaque hung in my grandparents’ home. On it, wreathed in flowers and leaves, were three simple words: “Prayer changes...

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Service from the Heart

December 2, 2018

Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts? – Malachi 3:14

If you were asked how hard it is for you to smile, you would probably respond that it all depends upon the situation. For example, consider a large group photo...

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