Daily Devotional

Learning Skills

November 30, 2019

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15

Learning a new lesson usually takes hard work, and sometimes we may think the effort too much or unnecessary. When I was in high school, before the days of computers, we had a typing class with manual (non-electric) typewriters. We had to sit at attention...

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God’s Collection

November 29, 2019

And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels. – Malachi 3:17

Many people in our society like to collect items. Perhaps you have a collection of coins, or small figurines, or hats, or some other item. Maybe you keep your collection on a shelf, in a drawer, in a safe, or in your garage. People enjoy their...

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More than Enough

November 28, 2019

And they did all eat, and were filled. – Mark 6:42

The late November day dawned exceptionally mild for the upper Midwest. It was Thanksgiving Day! It was also the 1930s and the Great Depression was still not over. Times were tough, and work was hard to find. It meant that if one did not have enough money, food was also scarce.

My father, along with a distant...

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God Will Provide

November 27, 2019

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord. – Psalm 92:1

The last little bit of food in our house was on the table. Mother looked at the meager provision before us. We children looked toward her, our faces expectant. She bowed her head. In her quiet voice, she began to thank the Lord for the lunch, and ended with, “We also thank You,...

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Gifts from God

November 26, 2019

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. – James 1:17

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Those are the closing words of a song entitled, “Awake My Soul, and with the...

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A Fully Loaded Salvation

November 25, 2019

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. – Psalm 68:19

You have probably noticed how car dealerships often put large signs above their vehicles, with the words “Fully Loaded” printed in big, bold letters. Several years back I had an experience with a “fully loaded” vehicle. My wife was in the hospital because of a pregnancy, so I...

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The Importance of a Name

November 24, 2019

But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. – John 10:2-3

While I admit that my last name is uncommon, I do not think of it as difficult to pronounce. (Of course, you might say that is just because I have...

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He Is Stronger than Our Weakness

November 23, 2019

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Paul the Apostle was a man of great faith and an example and inspiration for all Christians. God used him to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles, to...

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Waiting

November 22, 2019

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. – Hebrews 12:1-2

There I went again—reaching to remove my seatbelt half a block before I arrived at my house. The many tasks that faced me were whirling around in my head, and I was impatient to tackle them. Reminding myself that I could not get out until I...

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Spiritual Growth

November 21, 2019

I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. – 1 Corinthians 3:2

Watching a mother with her newborn baby is one of life’s pleasures. I have three children myself, and they are now teenagers. They love to pull out their baby books to see how old they were when they did certain things....

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