Daily Devotional

Good Habits in the New Year

December 31, 2019

Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. – Psalm 119:34

Recently, one of our young ministers told about a neighbor’s chickens that wandered a few hundred yards up the road and into his yard. At first, he thought this was kind of neat, and they were fun to watch. The chickens began making themselves at home in his yard...

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Hidden Treasure

December 30, 2019

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. – Psalm 119:11

Have you ever hidden something from someone? One summer, my husband and I went to Victoria, B.C., Canada, and while there, we bought some delicious chocolates from a famous candy store. The chocolates were absolutely superb, and I wanted them to last awhile, so I took a few and...

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Prayer Works

December 29, 2019

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. – Ephesians 6:18

Recently, I had the privilege of going fishing with some life-long friends. One of these gentlemen has been a faithful pastor, and he enjoys quoting Scripture—even while fishing! It may have appeared that no one was listening, but I heard him quote Ephesians 6:18, ...

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Every Day of the Year

December 28, 2019

And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?” – Mark 4:21

Although Christmas had come and gone for another year, the little brown church in my neighborhood had not changed their sign-board message yet. I am sure they must have wanted those passing by to take in the thought-provoking words...

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Look Out for Potholes!

December 27, 2019

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. – Nahum 1:7

One of the roads in my neighborhood has some potholes. When I drive down that road, I carefully try to avoid them, but they are hard to see when it is dark outside. Consequently, periodically I drive over one, and the result is not pleasant....

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Spiritual Health Food

December 26, 2019

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of 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

 A while back I visited a health-food store and purchased some grains that are supposedly very good for the body. Lately, it seems like we hear...

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A Forever Gift

December 25, 2019

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son. – John 3:16

As a mom, I am always looking for gifts. On our eldest son’s last birthday, I had difficulty thinking of an appropriate gift for him—one that would let him know how much we love him. Another flannel hunting shirt? Another book? Some chocolates? He does not eat sweets… Slippers? I am...

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Hearing the Angels Sing

December 24, 2019

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

“Joy to the World!” “Silent Night!” “The First Noel!” These are songs we sing at Christmastime, and their words are meant to bring love and warmth to the season, but what impact do carols really have...

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Christmas Contrast

December 23, 2019

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. – 1 Timothy 1:15

Whatever your home is like when you are growing up, you probably assumed for at least a while that every home was basically like yours. I grew up in a Christian home, and I thought this was the way all families lived. Christmas after Christmas, I remember hearing the story of Jesus’ birth. We listened...

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Recognizing God’s Will

December 22, 2019

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. – Luke 1:38

One of the more fascinating aspects of the account of Christmas is the willingness of Mary and Joseph to obey God. This willingness existed despite the fact that they did not fully understand what God was asking them to do or where God was actually leading...

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