Daily Devotional

Putting Christ in Christmas

December 7, 2016

Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. – 1 Chronicles 29:9

December calendars fill up faster than any other month of the year. Christmas programs, parties, and concerts along with the traditional family gatherings are slipped into the outlined squares as a reminder of when each seasonal activity takes place....

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Where Are Your Treasures?

December 6, 2016

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. – Matthew 6:20

My grandson needed some extra money, and someone convinced him that if he bought a certain car, he could resell it for a profit. He never mentioned to us what he paid for it, but on top of the initial purchase price, it had...

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Do You Really Appreciate What You Have?

December 5, 2016

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. – 1 Corinthians 11:24

In the early years of our marriage, our apartment had an interesting feature: the floor was wooden parquet (a checkerboard arrangement of wooden tiles) over a slab with radiant heat. For much of the time that we lived there,...

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All in God’s Hands

December 4, 2016

In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. – Psalm 56:11

For many years my mother-in-law had a hunger for God. She attended numerous churches and special services that were held in her area, and eventually gave her life to the Lord and was truly saved. She was a happy Christian and found it easy to smile and praise the Lord. ...

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Following the Directions

December 3, 2016

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. – James 1:5

My daughter got me started on Sudoku puzzles—the puzzles where you write numbers into a grid in a particular pattern. The grid is partially completed to begin with, so you use those numbers as clues to solve the rest of the pattern.

At...

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A Patient Spirit

December 2, 2016

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 3:5

 I can always tell how much patience I really have when I put Christmas lights on a tree. Several years ago, I offered to decorate my sister’s beautiful noble fir because she was knee-deep in Christmas baking. Before I started, I carefully took each strand of lights ...

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God’s Bookkeeping Methods

December 1, 2016

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened. – Revelation 20:12

Bookkeeping has never been my forte. During my high school years, I tried taking an accounting class, but soon realized I was better suited to spelling and English than to numbers. Still today, I do not enjoy balancing my checkbook, and am relieved when everything comes out as it...

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Open My Eyes

November 30, 2016

And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. – 2 Kings 6:17

 "I can't find it!” were my famous words as a child. When my mother would ask me to go get something for her, often I would ...

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The Covering of Grace

November 29, 2016

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

Recently, our Sunday school teacher referred to today’s focus verse during a class session. My attention was caught by the word “cover” and throughout the remainder of the day, my mind repeatedly drifted back to the verse and the meaning of that word.

I mused that “cover” has a good connotation...

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Ways to Watch

November 28, 2016

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. – Matthew 24:42

"Watch out!” What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? You probably think that something is about to happen, and you had better be alert. We shout this if someone is at risk of being seriously harmed, because we want that person to stop, look, and listen. It is an attempt to save him or...

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