Daily Devotional

No Coincidence

September 25, 2016

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. – Romans 8:14

As a child, for several years I lived in a small town that has a river running through it, separating a park from the main part of town. One day, I had been at the park with some of my family and wandered too close to the river’s edge. Being young,...

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Extend Your Blessings

September 24, 2016

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. – 1 Chronicles 16:29

There is an old expression that says, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” I heard this many times in my youth—if we children were asking for the unreasonable, Mother was quick to remind us about the source of money, and that it was...

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Jesus' Harvest

September 23, 2016

Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. – Matthew 13:30

 A well-landscaped area with trees, flowers, and a trim lawn is pleasing to the eye—it is a portion of God’s beautiful creation. I try to keep my family’s property...

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Shouting Victory

September 22, 2016

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

It had been a great season for our football team, but a difficult game was looming on the horizon. The next opponent was our toughest competition...

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Keeping the Pressure On

September 21, 2016

Keep yourselves in the love of God. – Jude 21

Several years ago, while using a hose to wash off our church parking lot, I was given an object lesson. As I hosed an upper area, I noticed that mucky water was streaming down and pooling against a curb on the lower part of the lot. The gravitational force on the water was not strong enough to pull...

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God Looks On the Heart

September 20, 2016

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7

Once I attended a church service in which the preacher came to the pulpit intending to speak about appearances. He looked well...

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Coney Island

September 19, 2016

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. – 2 Timothy 3:13

Many years ago when I was a boy, my parents used to take my siblings and me to a stream outside of the town where we lived. It was an annual event; we children usually picked blackberries and played in the water. We especially had fun playing on a certain rock that ...

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Spiritual Vision

September 18, 2016

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. – Proverbs 29:18

Sitting in the back of my eighth-grade classroom, I was listening to my teacher describing verbs and adverbs, a little embarrassed to tell her that I could not read the board. When my parents learned of my vision problem, they sent me to Dr. Freeburger. He said I had ...

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Slow Down

September 17, 2016

I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. – Psalm 16:7

My first childhood memory is of blue Concord grapes splattered all over some shellac phonograph records, which were haphazardly scattered across the back of an old Ford automobile.

No doubt this memory stuck in my mind because of the extraordinary circumstances which created the scene. Years later, I was told...

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Believing the Evidence

September 16, 2016

We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless... – Numbers 13:27-28

In 1954, I worked for a company that was hired to prepare a thirty-five-foot launch for conducting research on Crater Lake. The launch was located on Wizard Island, which is in the middle of the lake, and the research would determine if the...

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