Daily Devotional

Childish vs. Childlike

June 9, 2017

Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. – 1 Corinthians 14:20

My wife and I have the wonderful privilege of living with a toddler. The past couple years have been quite a learning experience—for all of us. Our daughter loves apple juice, so a little while back I tried to use it to teach her about saying please. She wanted ...

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A Vapor

June 8, 2017

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. – James 4:14

By no means do I consider myself to be a master chef, or even an amateur cook for that matter. However, on occasion a situation arises when I have to prepare a meal. My specialty—a sandwich and Top...

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Agreement and Disagreement

June 7, 2017

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? – Amos 3:3

Most likely, we all have agreements and disagreements every day in one form or another. My wife and I started buying Entertainment Books a while ago, which has become a source of some disagreement. The books are full of coupons for dining out, usually offering a dollar amount off your ticket, and they have many restaurants that...

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When Jesus ''Takes Too Long''

June 6, 2017

Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. – John 11:21

When I was growing up in Africa, my parents had an unspoken policy of never spanking me in the presence of my grandparents. When I did something that would get me into trouble, I would sit next to my grandfather or grandmother and knew I would be safe as long as I...

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Pay Attention

June 5, 2017

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. – Ephesians 6:13

Both my husband and I celebrated birthdays recently, and we are getting more health conscious with each passing year. I have become a label watcher and will not buy a food product until I first check how many...

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Faith and Works: Cause and Effect

June 4, 2017

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. – James 2:17

 I acted in faith today.

My faith was in the weather report I read before work this morning; I chose strappy heels over closed-toe flats based on the sun icon and lack of rain predicted by those who study the weather. At other times, I have allowed extra time to...

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Who You Know

June 3, 2017

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. – Matthew 7:22-23

Several years ago, I was part of a team from our church that went to Romania. During that trip, we...

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The Unshakeable

June 2, 2017

He hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. – Hebrews 12:26

Some time back, I read a Brazilian fable translated by author Max Lucado. The story was about an older man who lived in poverty as a woodcutter. Though poor, he was envied by everyone, including the king, because of one possession: his beautiful white stallion. The people in his...

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Digging Wells

June 1, 2017

And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. – Genesis 26:18

My parents have a well on their property. It is close to two-hundred-feet deep, but they still do not get enough water out...

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Transformation

May 31, 2017

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 3:18

One of my privileges as an elementary school teacher was teaching a study unit using live butterflies. However, despite the name of the organism—“Painted Lady Butterflies”—they arrived in my classroom as small, furry...

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