Daily Devotional

Small Details

December 22, 2016

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5

For Christmas last year, I received a purse-size bottle of hand sanitizer. One push of the pump sprays a light anti-bacterial mist to get rid of the germs on your hands, and the convenient size allows you to take it anywhere. It seemed very practical, and I soon tossed it ...

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The Best Gift Ever

December 21, 2016

But covet earnestly the best gifts. – 1 Corinthians 12:31

Last year, I wanted to give the perfect Christmas gift to a special friend—one that would leave a lasting impression. I thought about the hand-dipped chocolates and fancy assortments of nuts that most people enjoy, but I really wanted something unique. As the days before Christmas vanished like melting snow, I could find no answer to my search....

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A Sure Hold

December 20, 2016

In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it. – Isaiah 22:25

People do many things for excitement. In Norway, where I live, we have many mountains, and people come from all over the world to climb...

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Sinking Sand or Solid Rock?

December 19, 2016

But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. – Luke 6:49

The ocean sparkled below the beautiful homes on the cape. The surf made a soothing melody as it touched the shore and rolled back into the sea. We...

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A True Friend

December 18, 2016

A friend loveth at all times. – Proverbs 17:17

The rain was coming down at a steady pace as my friend and I emerged from a Christmas musical program. I was so caught up thinking about the joy of Christmas portrayed in the production that the continual downpour did not faze me. However, as we began to walk on the flooded sidewalk, my friend brought to my attention...

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Restrained or Removed?

December 17, 2016

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. – Romans 6:6

Did you ever try to hold water in your hands? It is difficult! The water will find a way to seep out between your fingers, and as soon as you close off one leak, you realize another one has developed. You might be...

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Trees in the Desert

December 16, 2016

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. – Psalm 1:3

Traveling at high speed across the desert on an interstate freeway, you could regard the scenery as dull and uninteresting. If you give the desert a fair chance, however, you might change your mind. Look...

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

December 15, 2016

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered. – John 15:6

In our family we like to have a green fir tree in the house for Christmas. We like the fragrance it gives. The price of fir trees has climbed high in the last few years, but we have grandchildren who would be disappointed if Gram and Papa did not put up...

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A Safe Place

December 14, 2016

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! – Matthew 23:37

When I was a child, spring was the time to go into town and buy a batch of baby chickens. We raised them for fryers and to produce fresh...

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The Love of Money

December 13, 2016

The love of money is the root of all evil. – 1 Timothy 6:10

A few years ago, a popular news outlet published a story about millionaires who lost everything they once had. One noteworthy anecdote in the article was about a stockbroker. This man was a high school dropout, but with a knack for predicting the stock market and some good luck, he climbed the Wall Street ladder...

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