Daily Devotional

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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Thoughts

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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Hot

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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Focused

August 5, 2016

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. – 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Being a baseball fan, at times I cannot help but notice the determined look that comes across...

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The Long Campout

August 4, 2016

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. – Matthew 6:31-32

For several successive Octobers, we watched our daughter and her family prepare for a deer hunting expedition in central Oregon. For at least a month prior to each trip,...

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Default Setting

August 3, 2016

Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God. 1 Chronicles 22:19

Computer users regularly come across the term “default setting.” These are the settings that determine nearly every aspect of a computer’s operation. For example, in the document I am currently writing, the default setting for the font size is twelve, and the default font style is “Times New Roman.”...

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The Prayer of Faith Shall Save the Sick

August 2, 2016

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up. – James 5:14-15

When we arrived on the scene, my mother was lying on her couch, her right hand clutched to her heart, gasping heavily. She had always...

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