Daily Devotional

Not Looking Back

September 3, 2016

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. – Luke 9:62

When my children were small, one of their favorite stories was about a mischievous monkey named Curious George. Curious George lived in a zoo, but one day he got out of his cage and ran to the outside world. He was finally free and...

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Measured Success

September 2, 2016

They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. – Jeremiah 6:14

When I first heard the phrase, “measured success,” it seemed like an oxymoron. Success means “accomplishing a purpose,” so anything short of accomplishment is simply not success. This contradiction seemed especially obvious when someone said we had “measured success” in fixing a leak in...

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Difficulties or Opportunities?

September 1, 2016

Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. – James 5:20

Some years ago, my wife and I were in Portland for camp meeting when we were called home suddenly because our upstairs bathroom had sprung a leak and flooded much of our house. We found ourselves facing a huge clean-up...

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The Good Report

August 31, 2016

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? – Isaiah 53:1

When gold was discovered in the Klondike in Alaska, the news traveled around the world. Men traded everything they had for tools to dig out of the cold, hard ground the treasure they thought might be buried there. Others panned the frigid waters for a fortune that might be claimed....

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Expect and Be Ready

August 30, 2016

FOCUS Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. – Matthew 25:13

Having been a widow for more than seven years now, I often enjoy spending time with friends. On a recent occasion, I had a nice dinner at a restaurant with a good friend, and afterwards we went out into the rainy night toward my car. Suddenly, a man stepped out...

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Finding Morels

August 29, 2016

Thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant. – 1 Chronicles 17:26-27

Over fifty years ago, someone invited our family to go out into the woods of Southern Oregon and hunt for mushrooms. One mushroom in particular was the object of our search: the morel. It shows up in March and April around the valley,...

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What Will We Become?

August 28, 2016

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. – Hebrews 12:6

Annie had suffered a weak moment. In fact, she had several weak moments that morning!

Our dog, Annie, is a one-year-old golden retriever. She is beautiful, big, and loveable, but she also has a mischievous side that is as big as she is, and on one particular...

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Foot Surgery

August 27, 2016

God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. – 2 Samuel 22:33

Having surgery on both feet meant I was forced to slow down my usually fast gait. Initially I was in a wheelchair, dependant on my husband for my most basic needs, and then I faced a painful rehabilitation period. The support boots I was given would not have appealed to me before...

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Lost in Seattle

August 26, 2016

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. – John 14:6

Years ago, my wife and I were entertaining some friends from South Africa. We took them on a tour of Seattle, Washington, beginning with the Space Needle. Parking was scarce, so we ended up walking several blocks from our car to the Space Needle. From there, we decided to visit the Science...

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In Good Hands

August 25, 2016

And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost. – Genesis 33:2

Before I left home for a four-month trip out of the country, my dad was very nervous. In fact, from his reaction to my decision to leave, someone who did not know him well might have thought he was angry. Yet, I knew he was only concerned for...

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