Daily Devotional

Strength in Numbers

October 14, 2016

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is...

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A Simple Look

October 13, 2016

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. – Isaiah 45:22

On January 6, 1850, a snowstorm crippled the city of Colchester, England. Because of the inclement weather, a teenage boy was unable to make it to the church he regularly attended, so he went to a nearby Primitive Methodist church. The pastor of that church had...

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Lo, I Waited

October 12, 2016

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. – Psalm 27:14

Waiting is difficult. Several years ago, I went to visit my in-laws who live on Whidbey Island in Washington. I flew into Seattle and took a shuttle to the Mukilteo Ferry, where I boarded and crossed the lovely Puget Sound. My husband’s parents would be waiting to ...

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Oh Really?

October 11, 2016

Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. – Romans 14:13

When I had to backtrack and attempt to cancel a false rumor I had helped to spread, I felt a little embarrassed. Although it had come from a source that I considered reliable, I still should have recognized and dismissed...

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Remember the Day

October 10, 2016

And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place. – Exodus 13:3

The bumper sticker read, “I FOUND IT,” meaning someone had found salvation through Jesus Christ. For that sticker to apply to me, it would have to say, “HE FOUND ME.” I was lost,...

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God Knows Your Name

October 9, 2016

To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. – John 10:3

My father was an identical twin. Born in the San Juan Islands long before babies were fingerprinted, my grandparents were concerned about mixing the boys up. A blue ribbon was tied around the wrist of the firstborn twin, and the ribbon was never taken off...

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Avoiding Spiritual Shipwreck

October 8, 2016

Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck. – 1 Timothy 1:19

While reading the journal of a friend who had sailed around the world, I learned a great deal about ships. His writings indicated that when a ship is loaded too heavy in its lower part, it is called a “tight ship.” A tight ship will roll (rock from side to side)...

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You Can Overcome!

October 7, 2016

And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven. – Nehemiah 1:3-4

In 1880, the...

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My Children

October 6, 2016

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. – Luke 15:20

 A few years ago, in our daughter’s mailbox there was a letter addressed, “To the Parents of _______ [our daughter’s name],” so she dutifully gave it to us. It was information about a student loan....

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Sweeping in the Dark

October 5, 2016

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. – Psalm 119:105

 A few nights ago, I was cleaning house and had just about finished when I noticed the kitchen floor needed to be swept. Not a biggie, I thought. I can whip through that task in short order. The only problem—I had already turned out the light. Now, how much of an effort...

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