Daily Devotional

Smaller Pieces

May 25, 2017

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. – Mark 11:24

While my wife was at choir practice a while back, I decided to do some work on our house. I wanted to take off the old wallpaper in our little bathroom, and I figured that with an hour or so of work I would be...

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A Peculiar Treasure

May 24, 2017

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine. – Exodus 19:5

When I was eleven years old, World War II had just started, and it seemed that everyone was planting “victory gardens.” Some of the produce was going to our military forces, so people dug up their backyards...

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Active Ingredient

May 23, 2017

The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. – Matthew 13:33

Many years ago, some friends served me fresh homemade bread, and it was very good. I learned that it was made in a bread machine, and the lady of the house explained that it was an extremely simple way to bake bread. Having had...

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No Shame

May 22, 2017

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2

Several years ago, I had a terribly embarrassing experience. My wife and I decided to go out for lunch at a restaurant. I cannot remember what my wife ordered, but...

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The Value of a Soul

May 21, 2017

And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? – Luke 12:19-20

My wife and I have become good negotiators when it comes to making certain decisions. Every now and then, she...

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Out of the Mire

May 20, 2017

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. – Psalm 40:2

Years ago, an uncle of mine who loved to hunt deer would drive a great distance to a certain location just to hunt. However, that area had a potentially dangerous kind of soil. When it would rain, the soil would begin to...

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Entry-Level Skills

May 19, 2017

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

My elementary school was called Jackson School, and we had typical summer breaks of about three months. Early on in my education, I came back to school one fall and had to ask a classmate, “How do you make a ‘d’?” I had forgotten over the summer how to write...

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Show the Love

May 18, 2017

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another – John 13:35

Last week I went into a grocery store to send a fax. While waiting at the counter, a man there was making phone calls. From the sound of his calls, I had no doubt that his intentions were not good. He was trying to get someone to come give him...

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Harvest Time

May 17, 2017

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.– Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

 A couple weeks after graduating from high school, I began working on a farm. I spent the summer tearing down an old barn and helping customers as needed. When the...

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A Good Hose

May 16, 2017

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. – Hebrews 12:28

There is a large yard around my house, and I have three water hoses to keep it watered and to do various other tasks. One hose is on the front of the house by the garage, which I use to wash the car and...

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