Daily Devotional

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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Citizenship

May 15, 2017

For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. – Hebrews 11:10

In 1983 our family got a letter inviting us to the American Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. About six years before that time, my parents had filled out an application to come to the United States. It did not take long for us to pack our belongings, and the next September ...

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In Praise of Christian Mothers

May 14, 2017

Her children arise up, and call her blessed. – Proverbs 31:28

The word “Mother” is a term of endearment for a special woman. She is that one who nurtures and cares for you. She is the one who teaches you manners and how to clean your room. A Christian mother is a wonderful beginning to a child’s heritage. My own mother brought me up to look to God...

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I Know Who Takes Care of Lives

May 13, 2017

Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee. – Deuteronomy 5:16

"My children, I would like to tell you what the doctors have said . . .” There was a very long pause, and then, “They can say anything, but I know Who takes care of lives.” That is how my mother told my wife and me the alarming news that she had...

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Only Young Once

May 12, 2017

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. – 1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was young, our school district had a speech therapist who came to all of the schools and gave an evaluation of each student’s vocalization needs. To make his assessment, each of us was asked...

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Misplaced Sheep

May 11, 2017

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. – Matthew 9:36

Looking out our kitchen window one afternoon, I was startled to see two big woolly sheep nibbling grass along the drainage ditch. On our country road, I knew of two neighbors who kept sheep, but never had I seen any of them wandering...

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