Daily Devotional

Thanks Where Thanks Is Due

December 5, 2019

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God. – Luke 17:15

Several years ago, my wife and I received a letter from a family in Romania. I had never been to Romania, but it was a kind, well-written letter thanking us for sending their family some money in a time of real financial struggle. They even sent a...

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Jesus Is Always There

December 4, 2019

All things work together for good to them that love God. – Romans 8:28

Today’s focus verse is possibly one of the most questioned and contested verses in the Bible. This is because people often find themselves asking, What good can possibly come from this situation?

There was a day when I was wondering that very question myself. It was a dreary, overcast morning—not raining yet, but threatening to at any...

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Jesus: Our Best Friend

December 3, 2019

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24

Some years ago, I boarded a 747 out of Portland with a dear friend. We were headed for a long-planned vacation. We flew up into the gray skies of the Pacific Northwest, and five hours later landed in delightful Honolulu, which presented an atmosphere of sunshine, warm ...

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The Best Gift

December 2, 2019

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8

As a parent of young children, I am often given a list of many requests—anything from toys and games to shoes and clothes. When I respond to my children, I sometimes find myself sounding like my father who would say, “You need to learn how to appreciate the...

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December 1, 2019

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil. – Isaiah 5:20

According to etymology, the word trivia was coined in about 1715. One of its meanings is “unimportant or ordinary.” Hence, trivia facts are often the details of life that most people probably never notice.

Recently, my wife and I attended a Thanksgiving dinner for the seniors of our church. After the meal, we had a time for singing...

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