Daily Devotional

About Our Eyeballs

September 15, 2016

And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. – Matthew 5:29

 A few evenings ago, my wife and I visited a friend who had just had surgery on one of his eyes. Our friend’s problem was in the back of his...

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Heavenly Respect

September 14, 2016

And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. – Exodus 20:18

The black sky suddenly lit up, giving a soft purple glow to the eastern horizon as hot white bolts shot downward in jagged patterns. I was watching this amazing light show through my car window. The...

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The Casket that Would Not Open

September 13, 2016

The dead in Christ shall rise first. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16

 A noted evangelist was holding tent meetings in the community where we lived, so my son and I decided to attend. There, we heard an announcement that on the next night we could see a man “rise at the sound of the trumpet.” It was stated in a manner that implied someone was going to be raised from...

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God's Call

September 12, 2016

And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. – 1 Samuel 16:12

There is a minister in our church who testifies of how he was called to preach. He tells that he prayed for hours, wrestling with the decision, before he was finally willing to let...

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Support Fire

September 11, 2016

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2

Throughout the United States’ military effort in the Middle East, I have often been reminded of my own experience marching to the frontlines in the Korean War. Although we had plenty of support fire behind us as we pushed to the front, we also had more than an adequate supply of incoming fire....

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House for Sale

September 10, 2016

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. – 2 Corinthians 3:3

After deciding to sell our house without professional help, I spent a lot of time working to get our ad just right so it would attract potential buyers....

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No In-Between

September 9, 2016

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

 A while back, my daughter gave me a new watch for my birthday. It is a pretty watch with a snap band. I especially like the fact that its numbers are large because I am older and sometimes have trouble reading small print, and it also...

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A Time to Weep

September 8, 2016

A time to weep, and a time to laugh. – Ecclesiastes 3:4

Fresh from the donut shop, I was savoring my cup of coffee and treat early in the morning. I had some work to do on the roof of the church, so I set my breakfast on a landing at the top of the stairs and proceeded to carry my tools up to the roof. As I stepped out on ...

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Why Not Ask?

September 7, 2016

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. – Matthew 7:7

The knock on my door came on a frantic Sunday morning. I had put dinner in the oven for company, and was hurriedly trying to get myself ready for church. My husband had gone on ahead with my parents, who were visiting from out of town. “Is that...

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Magnetic Personality

September 6, 2016

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. – John 12:32

Early last spring, I transplanted a large peony from the side of our house to a flowerbed in our backyard. After a few days, I realized I had planted it in such a way that all of the leaves were facing away from the yard—when we walked outside, all we could see ...

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