Daily Devotional

Waiting on the Lord

August 8, 2017

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. – Psalm 40:1

There is a familiar pattern that we expect when we go to restaurants. Upon entering, we are greeted by a host, seated at a table, and given menus to peruse. After a few minutes a waiter comes by to take our order. Next, we must wait. Sometimes...

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Heed the Warnings

August 7, 2017

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before...

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Persevering Prayer

August 6, 2017

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. – 1 John 5:14-15

For several years, I had the privilege to pastor a church with a woman in the congregation who was over one hundred years ...

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Preventative Maintenance

August 5, 2017

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. – Proverbs 16:17

At my work, we have a Maintenance Department which makes sure all our machinery keeps running smoothly. The department practices “preventative maintenance,” attempting to catch problems before they can delay our work. We have many different types of equipment, and each piece has a maintenance schedule where...

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Working on a Building

August 4, 2017

He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?– Acts 19:2

About twenty-five years ago, I moved to a new city to start work on a building. It is difficult to describe this building the way it was when I first arrived—it was just a shell, really. It had no concrete and only part of a roof. It was in no shape to be used for ...

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Preparation

August 3, 2017

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. – John 14:3

Every year, my family goes to the annual camp meeting in Portland, Oregon, and I have gained a reputation for preparing our suitcases several weeks ahead. About a week or two before we go, my husband often starts getting frustrated...

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Trust Walk

August 2, 2017

Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. – Psalm 17:5

"Do you want to go on a ‘trust walk’?” I used to ask my childhood friend quite often. This usually brought a quick smile, and a ready assent. One of us would then close our eyes tightly as the other would lead the way, holding onto an arm. The leader would march the trusting ...

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Prayer Power

August 1, 2017

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. – James 5:16

It has been impressed upon me lately that many people who are not Christians have experienced the power of prayer firsthand, perhaps without even realizing it.

A while back, a plane was forced to make an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River. News reports said that many passengers onboard began praying to God for protection...

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Privilege Brings Responsibility

July 31, 2017

And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; but hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know:...

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Our Hope

July 30, 2017

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. – 1 John 3:2-3

When our family emigrated from the Ukraine to the United States, we had a...

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