Daily Devotional

Showing Kindness

August 15, 2016

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. – Luke 6:31

Trout season on the Klamath River opened on the first of October, after being closed for the summer months. As soon as it opened, my brother went to the spot where we usually fished, but he was confronted by a fire warden there. The warden said it was necessary to have ...

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The Faithfulness of God

August 14, 2016

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. – Psalm 91:15

 A few months ago, I began having some distressing health issues, including high blood-sugar levels. My doctor told me that if my readings stayed at elevated levels, I would need to take medication. As I thought on this problem, I breathed a prayer to God...

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Childlike Faith

August 13, 2016

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3

One of my greatest pleasures is having my grandchildren come to visit for the day. When I am expecting them, I unlock all the doors so they can come right in. They know the way to my house and tell their parents which roads to...

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More than Dust

August 12, 2016

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. – Genesis 1:26

In college, I took an introductory psychology class, where I learned fascinating things about brain functions and body systems. We studied decision-making processes especially, including the theory of one prominent psychologist from the twentieth century who argues that individual decisions are the result of two factors: genetic make-up and environmental influences. He...

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A Scholarship to Heaven?

August 11, 2016

I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: but shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. – Acts 26:19-20

Soon after entering high school, we are reminded that even in basic education, academic achievements can have a lasting effect on our lives. Counselors,...

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God in Control

August 10, 2016

And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the LORD; come ye down, and fetch it up to you. – 1 Samuel 6:21

My father had a small dairy farm in Minnesota. Spring was the busiest time of year because the new calves were born and had to be cared for along with their mothers. Usually the calves were kept with...

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Always Ready

August 9, 2016

Be ready always to give an answer to every man. – 1 Peter 3:15

Because my father received salvation through the literature of the Apostolic Faith Church, I have always valued the effectiveness of printed material in witnessing to men and women. I try to carry a few tracts and other pieces of Gospel literature with me all of the time. Three instances from this past year particularly...

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August 8, 2016

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. – Isaiah 26:3

There are periods in all of our lives when peace in any form can scarcely be imagined. I experienced something like that on what threatened to be an extremely dark day in my life.

At the time, my son and his wife were planning to divorce. They...

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August 7, 2016

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. – Revelation 3:16

Have you ever had a cup of hot Dr. Pepper? It is surprisingly good! Many years ago, while at a friend’s house, we had the opportunity to try some. Dr. Pepper in a glass with ice is good, too. However, warm Dr. Pepper is pretty awful. Anyone who has...

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What Is a Testimony?

August 6, 2016

The testimony of the LORD is sure. – Psalm 19:7

To this day, I can still remember giving my first testimony. I was sixteen years of age, and that afternoon, I was attending a youth service at the same church where I had been saved just two weeks before. The leader of the meeting opened a time for personal testimonies, specifically asking for testimonies from those who had...

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