Daily Devotional

Choose

October 31, 2020

Choose you this day whom ye will serve . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15

When I was about six years of age, I chose to cut my hair. I was at school and my bangs were hanging in my eyes and bothering me. So during a movie, I leaned down underneath my...

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Restoration

October 30, 2020

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10

Recently, when learning a new task on the computer, I was amazed at the abilities of modern technology. I was working with a program that copies and corrects sound files from old cassette tapes—in this case, tapes of sermons. First, I transferred the sound files into the computer,...

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Are You Ready?

October 29, 2020

And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment. – Matthew 22:11

One morning, I answered my phone and was invited to a “Come As You Are” breakfast. The party was to take place one week from the date of the phone call, but I was to appear just as I was dressed at that moment!

Needless...

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Let Us Consider

October 28, 2020

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. – Hebrews 10:24

Growing up in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, I remember many men coming to our door expressing their need. These men were referred to as tramps, hoboes, bums, or worse, but my mother always recognized a real person who was simply going through a rough patch and was...

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A Time to Plow

October 27, 2020

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. – Hosea 10:12

These days, we are awakened early in the morning by the sound of tractors working in almost every field. I like the sound. It is the promise of good things to come: fresh garden tomatoes, watermelon...

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Vessel of Honor

October 26, 2020

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. – 2 Timothy 2:21

Recently, I attended a garage sale, and discovered among the odds and ends on a table a burgundy colored ceramic bowl. It had seen better days and, apparently, had not been particularly valued. It was pretty worn and...

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The Way Seemed Right

October 25, 2020

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. – Psalm 32:8

An urgent phone call directed us to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon. Our new baby grandson had become seriously ill and was being treated there. Several different levels of parking lots surround the hospital, and we drove from ...

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Real Life!

October 24, 2020

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. – John 8:12

 I love living things. They invigorate me! I enjoy smelling fresh flowers and seeing the beautiful colors of spring after the dullness of winter. There is a resurrection in my spirit as I experience the newness of each spring season bursting forth with new ...

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Growing at Our Own Rate

October 23, 2020

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Amy and Tracy planted some seeds at the same time. Every day the girls watered the seeds, gave them plant food, and made sure they were positioned to receive the proper amount of sunlight. Several days went by, and Amy’s plant sprouted from the dirt. A week later Tracy’s ...

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Prepared!

October 22, 2020

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. – Luke 12:35-36

Many of us have experienced that moment of embarrassment which occurs when a visitor arrives at our home unannounced and we are unprepared for company. ...

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