Daily Devotional

Childhood House

January 19, 2020

For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. – Hebrews 3:4

Although it was familiar, it also looked so different! That was my impression when I revisited the home I had been raised in. As the current owner gave me a tour, I noticed that the house was weathered by time and that many changes had occurred, but...

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Such As I Have

January 18, 2020

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee. – Acts 3:6

There is a lady in the home-school group I belong to whose name is Robin. Robin can do anything—and I mean anything! And she can do it better than the rest of us, too. For example, when Robin makes cookies, she makes the most intricate, time-consuming creations you ...

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Who Occupies Your Heart?

January 17, 2020

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7

An instructor at a Christian academy was well known for his peaceful, serene demeanor. Several of his students took notice of their instructor, and they determined to know the secret to his calmness. One day the students approached him and asked, “We are harassed by many ...

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The Pride Pit

January 16, 2020

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18

While setting up the game board, my eight-year-old grandnephew advised me that he was really good at this game and was going to beat me! I enjoyed his childish confidence and was more than willing for him to win. However, after he reminded me several more times of how good he was at...

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Living in Anticipation

January 15, 2020

Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. – Matthew 24:44

At a routine doctor’s appointment five weeks before our second child was to be born, my physician made a startling announcement. I needed to prepare for an imminent arrival—it looked like baby could be born at any moment!

The relaxed pace of...

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Where Are You?

January 14, 2020

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? – Genesis 3:9

Have you ever tried to find a specific store in a shopping mall? If you go to the mall’s map, the first step is to find the dot labeled, You Are Here. You have to know where you are before you can find out how to get...

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Sticking with It

January 13, 2020

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 15:58

It is not easy to learn to play the piano. And yes, I know whereof I speak! In our family, piano lessons began at age seven, and they did not stop when the...

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Looking Glass

January 12, 2020

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. – James 1:23-24

 A man dashed toward the door, glancing at himself in the mirror on his way out. His hair was not combed and his clothes were...

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Mark the Perfect Man

January 11, 2020

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. – Psalm 37:37

 A father recently asked me to write his son a letter for the boy’s thirteenth birthday. Perhaps he thought I would have some great wisdom to share because I am an older man. I procrastinated, but after a while, sat down to accomplish the task. Having just read the...

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In Step with God

January 10, 2020

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. – Psalm 37:23

When we moved into our apartment, we found that the builder had installed a four-foot light fixture in the kitchen ceiling that was trimmed in four-inch-deep hardwood. Consequently, when we opened the cupboard doors, they always banged into the light fixture. After much prevailing on my wife’s part and ...

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