Daily Devotional

Getting Stirred

June 14, 2018

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee. – 2 Timothy 1:6

Minnesota winters are often fierce. When I was growing up, our little two-room cabin was heated with a wood-burning cook stove. Later, a tin stove, called an “airtight,” was set up in the middle of the living area, and when winter was at its...

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Better Things Ahead

June 13, 2018

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. – John 14:2

Two of my sisters and I moved from Portland, Oregon, to Los Angeles, California, in 1957. We were in our twenties, and although we were able to get jobs when we arrived there, we still did not have...

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Learning Lessons

June 12, 2018

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. – Psalm 143:10

During my senior year of high school, I traveled the freeway to school each day and became quite familiar with it. Frequently, I arrived at school just barely in time, as was the case for church services and other activities as...

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I See Faces

June 11, 2018

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. – 1 Corinthians 12:31

The year was 1952. The text was 1 Corinthians 12:31. The minister of the evening was George M. Hughes, who was preaching his last sermon in Portland, Oregon, before he left on a missionary trip to West Africa.

That night, Reverend Hughes...

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Real Faith Works

June 10, 2018

When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? – Luke 18:8

While visiting with my wife’s grandmother, she related to us an account of how faith in God brings wonderful results. When she was a young girl, her folks decided to attend the Apostolic Faith Church camp meeting in Portland, Oregon. Their desire was to grow closer to the Lord. Though...

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Closeness

June 9, 2018

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. – Genesis 1:31

It was an absolutely adorable sight! The dad, mom, and six baby quail went trouping across our backyard. They walked in a row as a family, all together. When there was danger, the babies would run fast and Dad would take his post of being on the lookout.

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A Glorious Liberty

June 8, 2018

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. – Romans 8:21

"If you go to church, there are so many things you cannot do,” a young man said to me shortly after I had been saved. At one point in time, I had believed the same thing. Since I have been saved,...

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Willing to Follow Where the Spirit Leads

June 7, 2018

Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. – Psalm 32:9

When Papa rode into the yard on Old Jim, a dapple-gray horse, we thought he had finally lost his mind. My father loved horses, and he had saved this one from the glue...

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Good Gifts

June 6, 2018

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? – Matthew 7:11

Have you ever experienced something that just blew you out of the water, something that was beyond your wildest dream, your wildest imagination? One evening, when I was about fifteen, my...

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For Such a Time as This

June 5, 2018

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? – James 2:15-16

While babysitting two of my granddaughters, I put them down for the night in their bunk beds and laid down beside the youngest in the bottom...

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