Daily Devotional

Preventative Maintenance

August 5, 2017

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. – Proverbs 16:17

At my work, we have a Maintenance Department which makes sure all our machinery keeps running smoothly. The department practices “preventative maintenance,” attempting to catch problems before they can delay our work. We have many different types of equipment, and each piece has a maintenance schedule where...

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Working on a Building

August 4, 2017

He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?– Acts 19:2

About twenty-five years ago, I moved to a new city to start work on a building. It is difficult to describe this building the way it was when I first arrived—it was just a shell, really. It had no concrete and only part of a roof. It was in no shape to be used for ...

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August 3, 2017

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. – John 14:3

Every year, my family goes to the annual camp meeting in Portland, Oregon, and I have gained a reputation for preparing our suitcases several weeks ahead. About a week or two before we go, my husband often starts getting frustrated...

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Trust Walk

August 2, 2017

Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. – Psalm 17:5

"Do you want to go on a ‘trust walk’?” I used to ask my childhood friend quite often. This usually brought a quick smile, and a ready assent. One of us would then close our eyes tightly as the other would lead the way, holding onto an arm. The leader would march the trusting ...

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Prayer Power

August 1, 2017

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16

It has been impressed upon me lately that many people who are not Christians have experienced the power of prayer firsthand, perhaps without even realizing it.

A while back, a plane was forced to make an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River. News reports said that many passengers onboard began praying to God for protection...

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Privilege Brings Responsibility

July 31, 2017

And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; but hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know:...

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Our Hope

July 30, 2017

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. – 1 John 3:2-3

When our family emigrated from the Ukraine to the United States, we had a...

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Small Details

July 29, 2017

The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. – Psalm 115:12

One morning in Sunday school, we were talking about miracles and I was reminded of a miracle that the Lord performed for me. I am a school teacher and our class was going on a field trip to ride jet boats...

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Choosing the Right Friends

July 28, 2017

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:14

During my college years I met a wide array of people. Naturally, I got along better with some than others, and a few were “instant friends.” One instant friend I met in a computer class. Neither of us was especially interested...

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A Powerful Weapon for God

July 27, 2017

David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. – 1 Samuel 17:37

After I was saved, God began to teach me about using my testimony as a spiritual weapon for Him. I used to...

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