Daily Devotional

God’s Cleanup

November 10, 2016

Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. – Ezekiel 36:33

The park was alive with laughter as the sun shined on the children playing on the swings, slide, and tunnel at the playground. The loveliness of this community recreational spot gave me, a local...

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How’s Your Grip?

November 9, 2016

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. – 1 Thessalonians 5:21

The word grip has various definitions in the dictionary, and it can be used as either a noun or a verb. In its noun form, there is a grip that we attach to fingers to help separate papers, and a grip can also refer to the rubber-like substance used on socks and other objects to...

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Approved Message

November 8, 2016

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. – Mark 16:15

Watching the commercials of political candidates, I am struck by the endorsements they give following their pitches: “I am John Doe, and I approve this message.” If you listen to “the message,” it either talks about how wonderful this candidate is and the fantastic things he or...

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Call Out to the Father

November 7, 2016

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Romans 10:13

 A story I once read told of a man who was on a trip in Jerusalem. He watched as a Jewish man and his family of girls were preparing to cross the road in front of him. The smallest girl fell down behind the rest of the family and then called out, “Abba, Abba!” The father ...

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White or Wrong?

November 6, 2016

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. – Proverbs 16:31

Being past seventy years of age and having a full head of white hair, I find today’s focus verse very intriguing. It says that old age can be a blessing, if we use our time well. This makes me think that while we often quote, “Let no man despise thy youth”...

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Be On Time

November 5, 2016

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Sunday morning my husband woke up with a start. He looked at his cell phone and saw that he had slept through the alarm! Upon closer examination, he realized that his phone had changed to daylight...

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Temperature Change

November 4, 2016

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. – Revelation 3:16

Many of us have heard about frogs’ unusual nervous systems. If a frog is placed into a glass filled with cold water, and the water is heated very slowly, the frog will not sense the temperature change. As the heat increases, the frog will remain in the water until ...

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Profit and Loss

November 3, 2016

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? – Mark 8:36-37

One Saturday as I was driving along the freeway near our home, I saw a large billboard advertising a multi-state lottery. Knowing that gambling is wrong, I do not follow lottery prize amounts, but the sign had an...

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An Open Door

November 2, 2016

For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. – 1 Corinthians 16:9

Dreams are not often of any significance, but occasionally one stays in your mind and you wonder if God is trying to tell you something. Recently, I had one that is still stuck in my mind. In it, I squeezed through a door into an extremely confining space that was ...

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Getting Away With It

November 1, 2016

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. - Ecclesiastes 8:11

One of my responsibilities as an employee of a school bus company is to handle phone calls from irate parents. Last week, I received a fairly typical complaint from the mother of a middle school girl. The girl had been given a...

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