Daily Devotional

Be Ye Not Troubled

August 21, 2016

And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. – Mark 13:7

When the war in Iraq began, it seemed virtually impossible to escape the many images of warfare. For weeks, the news of “wars and rumors of wars” was broadcast twenty-four hours a day. Even after the intense news coverage ended,...

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Sharpened Tools

August 20, 2016

If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. – Ecclesiastes 10:10

It was a beautiful fall day, and my father and I were working on the construction of some farm buildings in southern Oregon. We usually had our saws sharpened in town, but this day a man came by and gave us an offer...

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Dead End Signs

August 19, 2016

I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. – Isaiah 48:17

Have you ever turned down a street in search of a certain address, only to see the words “Dead End” facing you? These signs announce to us that the road we are on will soon end with no outlet—no place for a car to go except back...

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Am I Becoming a Mouse Potato?

August 18, 2016

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey? – Romans 6:16

Our nation loves the potato. Whether mashed, baked, browned, or French-fried, potatoes are a favorite. With the advent of the television, however, a new cliché came into being: “couch potato.” The phrase is somewhat comical, bringing to mind the picture of a round person lounging...

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Mining for Gold

August 17, 2016

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. – Proverbs 2:3-5

As a young man, I worked in a pear orchard for a large corporation. It was my last year of high school and I was enjoying ...

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Don't Drop the Ball

August 16, 2016

I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me. – Ezekiel 6:9

"Standing on the promises of Christ my Lord, Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord . . .” As the words of this old hymn played through my mind, I pictured my soul wrapped securely with the strong cord of God’s love. Then a new picture formed in my mind: two friends...

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Showing Kindness

August 15, 2016

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. – Luke 6:31

Trout season on the Klamath River opened on the first of October, after being closed for the summer months. As soon as it opened, my brother went to the spot where we usually fished, but he was confronted by a fire warden there. The warden said it was necessary to have ...

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The Faithfulness of God

August 14, 2016

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. – Psalm 91:15

 A few months ago, I began having some distressing health issues, including high blood-sugar levels. My doctor told me that if my readings stayed at elevated levels, I would need to take medication. As I thought on this problem, I breathed a prayer to God...

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Childlike Faith

August 13, 2016

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3

One of my greatest pleasures is having my grandchildren come to visit for the day. When I am expecting them, I unlock all the doors so they can come right in. They know the way to my house and tell their parents which roads to...

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More than Dust

August 12, 2016

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. – Genesis 1:26

In college, I took an introductory psychology class, where I learned fascinating things about brain functions and body systems. We studied decision-making processes especially, including the theory of one prominent psychologist from the twentieth century who argues that individual decisions are the result of two factors: genetic make-up and environmental influences. He...

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