Daily Devotional

The Price of Friendship

April 17, 2017

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly. – Proverbs 18:24

D.L. Moody, a nineteenth-century evangelist, often told the story about a gentleman who gave every new boy who came to town a new one-cent piece. Clearly, Moody had been impressed when a new penny was left in the palm of his hand. Likewise, I will never forget the moment when a man reached out to shake...

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My Substitute

April 16, 2017

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit. – 1 Peter 3:18

Generally speaking, the word “substitute” brings to my mind something inferior, like a second-string athlete brought in to relieve the starter, or someone who drives the school bus when the regular driver is sick—someone who...

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Easter Saturday

April 15, 2017

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. – Romans 8:25

To say the least, Easter was different for our family this year. One of our married sons was going through serious medical issues. At the same time, my wife was in a distant city, helping care for our daughter’s children while she was in the hospital. Not your happy-go-lucky ...

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Calling Out for Help

April 14, 2017

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

 A story is told of a father and his young son walking through the jungles of Peru. The father went ahead cutting a path through the overgrowth with his machete. All of a sudden, the father heard his son cry out for help. He...

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After the Foundation

April 13, 2017

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. – 1 Corinthians 3:12-13

 A good foundation is a critical component to building a home, but even if you have the best foundation, you ...

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Getting It Right

April 12, 2017

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure. – 2 Timothy 2:19

"Did you follow the formula?” Often this question is heard when something does not come out quite right. It is important to follow directions. There are mathematical equations that must be known and formulas to be followed if the desired end is to be reached.

For example, those in the building trades know that good concrete is measured by an exact...

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Speed Dial

April 11, 2017

The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. – Psalm 145:18

My cell phone has speed dial, which I use quite frequently. My husband, my mom, and my sister each can be called with just one number, rather than the usual seven digits plus area code. To tell the truth, I do not even remember some of their...

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Built on the Rock

April 10, 2017

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. – Luke 6:47-48

 A while back my construction company was working on...

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No Bad Notes

April 9, 2017

It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the...

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A Real Makeover

April 8, 2017

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

People are often dissatisfied with themselves. They wish they were taller, shorter, slimmer, or maybe that they could just gain a little weight. It can be easy to get caught up in thinking too much about ourselves, imagining how much better life would be...

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