Daily Devotional

Look Out for Potholes!

December 27, 2019

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. – Nahum 1:7

One of the roads in my neighborhood has some potholes. When I drive down that road, I carefully try to avoid them, but they are hard to see when it is dark outside. Consequently, periodically I drive over one, and the result is not pleasant....

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Spiritual Health Food

December 26, 2019

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. – John 6:51

 A while back I visited a health-food store and purchased some grains that are supposedly very good for the body. Lately, it seems like we hear...

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A Forever Gift

December 25, 2019

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son. – John 3:16

As a mom, I am always looking for gifts. On our eldest son’s last birthday, I had difficulty thinking of an appropriate gift for him—one that would let him know how much we love him. Another flannel hunting shirt? Another book? Some chocolates? He does not eat sweets… Slippers? I am...

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Hearing the Angels Sing

December 24, 2019

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. – Luke 2:13-14

“Joy to the World!” “Silent Night!” “The First Noel!” These are songs we sing at Christmastime, and their words are meant to bring love and warmth to the season, but what impact do carols really have...

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Christmas Contrast

December 23, 2019

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. – 1 Timothy 1:15

Whatever your home is like when you are growing up, you probably assumed for at least a while that every home was basically like yours. I grew up in a Christian home, and I thought this was the way all families lived. Christmas after Christmas, I remember hearing the story of Jesus’ birth. We listened...

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Recognizing God’s Will

December 22, 2019

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. – Luke 1:38

One of the more fascinating aspects of the account of Christmas is the willingness of Mary and Joseph to obey God. This willingness existed despite the fact that they did not fully understand what God was asking them to do or where God was actually leading...

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Jesus’ Birthday!

December 21, 2019

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. – Luke 2:20

Birthday party plans had been in the making for days. The house was beautifully decorated. The food was prepared. The gifts were carefully wrapped. Family and friends were all present, but where was the guest of honor? Oops! No one even gave him...

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If Ye Ask

December 20, 2019

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. – John 14:13-14

One of the biggest events of our year, at our little cabin in Minnesota’s swampland, occurred in late November. It was the arrival of the big Christmas catalog! Its arrival was bigger than...

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Is Your Name Written in Heaven?

December 19, 2019

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. – Luke 10:20

The notice arrived wrinkled, but readable, as it tumbled out of my daughter’s backpack. I picked it up and glanced over the bold words: School Pictures Tomorrow! My daughter, eyeing what I was reading, shouted across the room, “Mom, you don’t have to buy the...

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The Fabric of Our Lives

December 18, 2019

Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. – Psalm 101:6

So many people touch our lives each day, yet are often unaware of the impact they have on us. Each person we encounter is like a thread woven into the fabric of our lives. Some threads are bright colors, some...

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