Daily Devotional

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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It Really Matters

August 1, 2016

Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. – Exodus 33:11

As a boy, I helped my father do janitorial work at a local business. After more than fifty years, I still remember a little note posted on one of the desks there that read, “If you never do any more than what you are paid for, you will never get paid for any more...

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