Daily Devotional

True Vine

March 11, 2017

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. . . . Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit – John 15:1,8

 I love blueberries. When I learned that they were easy to grow in my area, it was not long until I had planted five bushes. Eagerly, I watched for blossoms and then fruit. It took a while, but by the third season, my spindly little...

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Overcoming Rejection

March 10, 2017

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. – Isaiah 53:3

In high school I played on the softball team for two years. As a freshman I was on the junior varsity (JV) team, and since I had already been in Little League for several years,...

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Property Lines

March 9, 2017

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?– 1 Corinthians 6:19

My parents remodeled a house last year, and they experienced some difficulty with the man who owned an adjacent house. The man did not live on his property, but he still did not want my parents’ new acquisition to...

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Assistance, Please!

March 8, 2017

Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever. – 2 Chronicles 30:8

Having just moved from a state that did not have a recycling program for bottles and cans, I was in for a learning session! With my bag of recyclables by my side, I gleaned what information I could from some young...

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March 7, 2017

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. – Revelation 19:7

There is a huge oak table in our basement that used to sit in the dining area of our kitchen. It belonged to my husband’s father and we used it when our children were small. When we built a new house about...

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Using What We Have

March 6, 2017

The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the Lord, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the Lord had commanded. – Exodus 35:29

An elderly widow, restricted in her activities, was eager to serve Christ. After praying about this, she realized that she could bring blessing to others by playing the piano. The next day...

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The Solid Rock

March 5, 2017

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. – Matthew 7:25

Over the past several years, various parts of the world have been hit by devastating hurricanes. Several states in the southern Gulf Coast region have been hit more than once. After each storm, we survey the damage through news reports...

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Watch Out for the Garbage Truck

March 4, 2017

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. – Psalm 101:3

Garbage is something that no one likes. We do not want to see it, touch it, or especially smell it. And in my mind at least, once something has been in the garbage, it is forever tainted. It does not come back out except...

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The Traffic Report

March 3, 2017

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. – Isaiah 46:9-10

 A traffic helicopter circled around and followed our car down the freeway as we approached a busy intersection. ...

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Practicing Grace

March 2, 2017

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 3:18

In our home there are three children, and when they were younger they took lessons on different musical instruments. It was not unusual to hear the sound of a flute coming from one room and the notes of a clarinet from another—and sometimes they both were drowned out by...

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