Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Mark 2:1-14

February 20, 2019

“But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.” (Mark 2:10-11)

Don Wolfe, a father in our Portland congregation, tells of a time when today’s text resolved a defining moment in his life. Don was attending a required psychology class in college. One...

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Daybreak: Mark 1:21-45

February 19, 2019

“And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.” (Mark 1:22)

Even wearing three-inch heels, Mrs. Smith was still a bit shy of five feet tall. However, despite being short of stature, she was a woman of authority. Fellow teachers noticed that her students learned well and her classes seemed well-disciplined. 

My husband’s classroom was next door to a habitually unruly fourth grade class, and...

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Daybreak: Mark 1:1-20

February 18, 2019

“And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.” (Mark 1:17-18)

Like many children, my siblings and I used to play “Follow the Leader” — the game where one child leads others around. When we were very young, this involved merely trailing behind the leader as he walked around chairs and the sofa or, when outside, around bushes and...

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Got GPS?

February 17, 2019

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. – Matthew 7:7

GPS (Global Positioning System) devices have become increasingly popular for aiding drivers in finding their way to their destinations. A while back, I purchased a smaller, hand-held model to keep me from getting lost while hiking in the mountains or driving on obscure mountain...

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Genuine Religion

February 16, 2019

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace. – Hebrews 13:9

For most genuine products that are crafted in the world today, an imitation is also made, and then sold for a cheaper price. For example, on the streets of many cities in Asia, you can purchase “genuine” Rolex watches, Nike running shoes, or Prada handbags...

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Don’t Rush Ahead

February 15, 2019

Wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee. – Proverbs 20:22

 I have not always understood God’s timetable when He required me to wait. One day, I left work and drove to what is called a “fast food” restaurant. I was in a hurry, as usual; even more so on that particular day because I had a four-and-a-half-hour drive ahead of me, and I wanted...

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Love of My Life

February 14, 2019

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. – Psalm 18:1

The tiny gift shop decorated in pink hearts and satin roses was buzzing with activity. Like bees to honey, the majority of the early afternoon customers were clustered around the rows of Valentine sentiments. The day set aside to express love to those who are special to us was just around the corner. With...

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Walking In the Light

February 13, 2019

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. – John 8:12

When I was young, we did a lot of hiking in the backcountry. One particular time, when I was twelve, my dad took a friend and me up the coast range about six miles and dropped us off by ourselves. It was early in...

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Packing the Right Things

February 12, 2019

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. – Isaiah 41:10

 I spent Tuesday afternoon packing a bag to take to the hospital. I was scheduled to have major surgery the next morning. I was not sure what to pack, because...

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Plan Ahead

February 11, 2019

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. – Matthew 6:20

My husband worked at one company for over thirty years. His employers operated the business with foresight and integrity, and we appreciated that. When our children were young, this company instituted a profit-sharing retirement program. We did not need to contribute to ...

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