Daily Devotional

A Beauty Awakening

July 31, 2018

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. – Psalm 90:17

Have you ever had the feeling that you’ve got everything figured out and under control, only to find out that you have no idea what you’re doing? The confused, helpless feeling that follows can...

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Shining Lights

July 30, 2018

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

One summer evening I was driving on a highway in Eastern Oregon. It was a beautiful, clear night with the moon shining brightly. Having been over that highway many times before, I knew it well. I knew...

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Preparation for Planting

July 29, 2018

Behold, a sower went forth to sow. – Matthew 13:3

My son and his wife recently remodeled a part of their home in South Africa. During the process, part of the front yard had been used as a staging ground for the work to be done. Lumber, concrete, gravel, footsteps of the workmen, and all other types of traffic had beaten down the...

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Nothing Hidden

July 28, 2018

Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. – 1 Timothy 5:24

Years ago I fulfilled my military obligation by serving six years in the Army National Guard. That took place in peacetime, so my memories are all very trivial compared to the terrible things that have been experienced by others. However, we had some tense moments, and one stands...

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A Heavenly Banquet

July 27, 2018

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. – John 6:51

Two islands of salads and rivers of dressings, complete with spots of sun-ripened fruit sparkled before my eyes. I looked beyond the fields of green and...

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Listening to God’s Voice

July 26, 2018

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

When I was a boy, before the advent of video games and air conditioning, all of the neighborhood kids would gather at the corner to play games in the evening. The parents would sit on the porches and visit back and forth, while we children...

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Applied Wisdom

July 25, 2018

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. – Proverbs 17:28

Once an elderly minister I was speaking with quoted Abraham Lincoln as saying, “’Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.” The gentleman who quoted this was, in my estimation, the epitome of wisdom, never...

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God’s Wondrous Mercy

July 24, 2018

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23

The fireplace was jammed full of cardboard boxes, outdated school papers, and scraps of old newspapers. When my husband walked by, he observed its overflowing state and commented that it was about time we made ashes out of the unsightly...

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Hot, Cold, or Lukewarm?

July 23, 2018

Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. – Revelation 3:16

Lukewarm coffee! Terrible, isn’t it, when you are anticipating a steaming hot cup? How about drinking a glass of lukewarm water when the temperature is 100 degrees? Maybe lukewarm 7-Up would be better?

To most of us, lukewarm is repulsive, and it is...

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A Garden Story

July 22, 2018

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. – Matthew 7:20

"Do you have any zucchini plants?” my friend asked an employee at the gardening center. “Right over there,” he directed, waving his hand. She took home several of the plants he had indicated and planted them. After a while, some fruit began to grow. “Those sure look like pumpkins,” a visitor commented. “No, I think they...

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