Daily Devotional

Strength under Control

December 29, 2017

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5

The dictionary defines meek as, “patient, mild mannered, not inclined to anger or resentment.” It lists as a synonym the word humble. It is important to note that the dictionary does not list weak as a synonym for meek. Although weakness and meekness may look and sound similar, they are not the same. Weakness is...

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Preparing for Y2K

December 28, 2017

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? – Matthew 6:31

As the year 2000 approached, there was speculation that the world’s computers would recognize the year ‘00 as the year 1900 and then crash. Soon, nations were preparing for a presumed crisis that quickly became known as “Y2K.” Utility companies began giving daily updates as...

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A Prudent Man

December 27, 2017

The deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. – Acts 13:7

You might be surprised to learn that in addition to our focus verse, the word prudent occurs in at least twenty-one other places in the Bible. Today, we often think of prudent with regard to financial advisors. It is their...

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A Hiding Place

December 26, 2017

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. – Psalm 27:5

My favorite Douglas fir towered like a church steeple over all the others. Although its sturdy trunk was covered with pockets of pitch, it still sported dozens of perfect climbing branches for my young legs to tackle....

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His Perfect Gifts

December 25, 2017

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

Stepping back in time a bit, I remember the Christmas when I was eight years old. That year, work had been hard to find for my dad, who did odd jobs for people and worked, when needed, at the local cannery....

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God’s Unspeakable Gift

December 24, 2017

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. – 2 Corinthians 9:15

Christmas Day is almost here. Most of us have shopped, crafted, baked (or perhaps eaten), and wrapped many Christmas goodies, and now it is nearly time for the big day. The gifts we thoughtfully prepare are presented to our loved ones with lots of love, and we hope they are received in the same way.

Everyone...

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Christmas Balance

December 23, 2017

For mine eyes have seen thy salvation. – Luke 2:30

In the 1960s, the essence of a bountiful Christmas in my African village was a dish of chapatti (wheat-flour bread, similar to Mexican tortillas but softer and tastier). It was served with soup or meatless fried collard greens. People of my community could only afford the ingredients of this dish on Christmas; only the rich could have it...

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The Whosoever

December 22, 2017

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

While looking through a coloring book of Nativity scenes one Christmas, I was struck by the contrast in the lives of the people to whom God chose to announce the birth of His Son.

On...

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Your Place in God’s Creation

December 21, 2017

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him. – Psalm 8:3-4

Every Christmas, my husband designs a miniature village to display in our home. Past experience has taught me that I should be ready to provide miscellaneous paraphernalia for hills, ponds, barnyards,...

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What of This Day?

December 20, 2017

Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. – Mark 13:33

On August 5, 1960, I rose from sleep to meet a new day. I knelt beside my bed and prayed, “Lord, I commit this day into Thy hands.” Little did I realize that soon my world would change.

I went to wake my children and said, “Get up, we are going to do something...

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