Daily Devotional

Fire!

July 21, 2018

And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives. – Judges 15:5

Gram was old and did not always think as well as she did when she was younger. She wanted to be useful, though, and she knew the cooking stove needed the...

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Pulling Down Grace

July 20, 2018

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16

The sound of running water immediately caught our attention one evening as we arrived home. Surely we didn’t leave the water running when we left for church, did we? Tracking down the source of the sound, we found that...

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Let God Do It!

July 19, 2018

O my God, I trust in thee. – Psalm 25:2

How many of us try to fix our own problems and sometimes even forget to ask God for help? Somehow, we think we can correct something or “do it ourselves” even though our knowledge is limited.

Some years ago, our family lived out in the country. We had a small barn where hay was stored, which drew rats and mice by...

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Just Do It

July 18, 2018

Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. – John 2:5

While preparing to teach a course in accident and emergency procedures to a group of prospective school bus drivers, I came across the following cryptic words, found in material put out by the State Department of Education.

You [the driver] must know:

  • What to do.
    ...

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He Cares for You

July 17, 2018

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

 I marvel at how much God cares for each one of us. When I was drafted into the United States Army, my wife was expecting our first child. I very much wanted to be at home when the baby was to be born, but of course, that would be impossible. First, I went...

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Shout for Joy

July 16, 2018

The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing. – Psalm 65:13

In my younger years I remember watching my dad plant corn in early May. About two weeks after he had dropped the seeds into the ground, I would see him checking for signs of life poking up through the freshly cultivated dirt. When green leaves were...

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No Change

July 15, 2018

For I am the Lord, I change not. – Malachi 3:6

Russian-born, Nobel Prize winning author Alexandr Solzhenitsyn loved his native country, but hated many of the things done by his government. For speaking out against public wrongs, especially in the Stalinist era, he first served an eight-year sentence in various prison camps. Then he was exiled for life to an undesirable part of the...

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Customer Service, Please

July 14, 2018

And him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. – John 6:37

In a recent conversation with her sister, my wife found out about a special bargain relating to a set of Noritake china. My wife was ecstatic, and as her birthday was approaching, the china seemed to keep coming up in conversation. I did not think she was trying to hide...

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Evidence for Believing

July 13, 2018

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. – John 20:29

Many people seem to think, I cannot see God, therefore He does not exist. However, if you follow that kind of logic, you will come up with some strange conclusions about many things.

For instance,...

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The Bugler’s Dilemma

July 12, 2018

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. – Revelation 12:12

Enemy armies surrounded the Emperor Napoleon, or at least that is how the story goes. Defeat was certain! So he called his bugler. “Quick, Bugler, ...

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