Daily Devotional

Bless Them

February 7, 2017

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. – Romans 12:14

The small, dark-haired lad standing on the corner shouted a curse word across the sidewalk at a tall middle-school-aged girl who stood quietly waiting for the school bus. Then he paused and said in a voice full of mockery, “Sorry Miss Christian! Hey Miss Christian, I burned a cross today!”

This verbal abuse went on for a...

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Good Directions

February 6, 2017

O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. – Jeremiah 10:23

Recently I moved to a new city, so I have been relying on my GPS to help me get around. One particular day I knew the general area where I needed to go, but not the location of the specific street. So...

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An Open Opportunity

February 5, 2017

These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. – Revelation 3:7-8

About a month ago,...

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God's Handiwork

February 4, 2017

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. – Psalm 19:1

One beautiful summer morning I was driving along a road that I had traveled many times. It was not a very attractive road because pedestrians often dropped garbage there, perhaps from snacks they bought at the small store by the bottom of the hill.

That particular morning, I glanced at the side of the road and...

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Waiting to Ask

February 3, 2017

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8

My wife and I just celebrated our twenty-fourth wedding anniversary. From time to time we tell each other, “I’m glad I married you.” But on our anniversary, I...

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Spiritual Deposit

February 2, 2017

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. – 1 Peter 1:18-19

When our children were small, sometimes they would ask my wife and I if we would buy a particular item for them. One time my wife said, “Well,...

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Refreshing Water

February 1, 2017

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. – Isaiah 41:17

Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the 1940s, we never quite became used to the hot, sticky summers. The upstairs of our home was so hot at night that we children would take...

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What Is in a Name?

January 31, 2017

He calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. – John 10:3

When I moved to another part of the country, I was nervous that I would never remember people’s names in my new home church. To help myself, I repeated names right after I heard them, and often made a disclaimer that I would probably forget it a few minutes later. With time and patience on...

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A Bridal Shower

January 30, 2017

And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness. – Hosea 2:19-20

Plans are underway for a bridal shower. This is the occasion when friends and family of the bride-to-be gather in her honor and bring gifts to be used in her new home. The...

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A Relentless Enemy

January 29, 2017

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7

One of my favorite hobbies is to feed wild birds. Even when I go on vacation, I make sure someone comes and fills up my birdfeeders so the birds are not forgotten. One year, my husband decided it would be easier and less messy to store our birdfeed in a large, thirty-two-gallon ...

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