Daily Devotional

Keeping the Pressure On

September 21, 2016

Keep yourselves in the love of God. – Jude 21

Several years ago, while using a hose to wash off our church parking lot, I was given an object lesson. As I hosed an upper area, I noticed that mucky water was streaming down and pooling against a curb on the lower part of the lot. The gravitational force on the water was not strong enough to pull...

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God Looks On the Heart

September 20, 2016

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7

Once I attended a church service in which the preacher came to the pulpit intending to speak about appearances. He looked well...

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Coney Island

September 19, 2016

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. – 2 Timothy 3:13

Many years ago when I was a boy, my parents used to take my siblings and me to a stream outside of the town where we lived. It was an annual event; we children usually picked blackberries and played in the water. We especially had fun playing on a certain rock that ...

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Spiritual Vision

September 18, 2016

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. – Proverbs 29:18

Sitting in the back of my eighth-grade classroom, I was listening to my teacher describing verbs and adverbs, a little embarrassed to tell her that I could not read the board. When my parents learned of my vision problem, they sent me to Dr. Freeburger. He said I had ...

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Slow Down

September 17, 2016

I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. – Psalm 16:7

My first childhood memory is of blue Concord grapes splattered all over some shellac phonograph records, which were haphazardly scattered across the back of an old Ford automobile.

No doubt this memory stuck in my mind because of the extraordinary circumstances which created the scene. Years later, I was told...

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Believing the Evidence

September 16, 2016

We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless... – Numbers 13:27-28

In 1954, I worked for a company that was hired to prepare a thirty-five-foot launch for conducting research on Crater Lake. The launch was located on Wizard Island, which is in the middle of the lake, and the research would determine if the...

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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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