Daily Devotional

Mark the Perfect Man

January 11, 2020

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. – Psalm 37:37

 A father recently asked me to write his son a letter for the boy’s thirteenth birthday. Perhaps he thought I would have some great wisdom to share because I am an older man. I procrastinated, but after a while, sat down to accomplish the task. Having just read the...

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In Step with God

January 10, 2020

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. – Psalm 37:23

When we moved into our apartment, we found that the builder had installed a four-foot light fixture in the kitchen ceiling that was trimmed in four-inch-deep hardwood. Consequently, when we opened the cupboard doors, they always banged into the light fixture. After much prevailing on my wife’s part and ...

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Cast Out Your Fear

January 9, 2020

Perfect love casteth out fear. – 1 John 4:18

Over the years, I have held many different positions as an employee of one of California’s largest utility companies. One of those positions was Pressure Operator, which was part of the natural gas department. My job there was to monitor a couple dozen pressure gauges. These gauges recorded pounds of pressure, and at times that pressure registered over...

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Help Wanted

January 8, 2020

Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. – Luke 10:2

When employers are hiring, they often put out signs that say, “Help Wanted.” We see these announcements for job opportunities at the mall, in the paper, employment offices, and online. Employers...

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Trust the Deliverer

January 7, 2020

In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defense to save me. – Psalm 31:1-2

It is generally thought that David penned the words of our focus verse during his long persecution by Saul. These words convey David’s distress and ...

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I Have Learned

January 6, 2020

For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. – Philippians 4:11

Today’s focus verse is an amazing statement. The Apostle Paul was speaking of having learned contentment, and no doubt he went through some difficult experiences to learn that lesson. For most of us, however, when it comes to the lessons the Lord teaches us, it would probably be more appropriate to...

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The Sweet Ways of the Lord

January 5, 2020

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. – Psalm 19:9-10

What fun my young grandchildren and I have when we get to spend time together! One of the things they love best is learning to blow bubblegum with Grandma. They watch...

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Experience

January 4, 2020

Knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope. – Romans 5:3-4

It has been said that there is no substitute for experience. It is true that some things can only be fully understood by going through them. Life offers many experiences; however, most of them are not without a cost.

One time when I was visiting an elderly lady from our congregation, I noticed that she had some...

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The Only Way

January 3, 2020

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:14

My wife and I live in a small town, and several times a year we find ourselves traveling over four hours to visit a larger city for special events. We have learned that there are several routes that we can take to get there. We do...

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The Old Piano

January 2, 2020

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. – Colossians 3:16

My wife always had a desire to play the piano. When she was young, our church pianist offered to give her lessons. My wife did not have a piano, so she would walk to...

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