Daily Devotional

The Bread that Satisfies

March 16, 2018

This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever. – John 6:50-51

My mother baked the most perfect and beautiful bread ever made. Every other day, she baked eight loaves and often made cinnamon rolls at the same time...

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The Fish and the Coin

March 15, 2018

Go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. – Matthew 17:27

Our little church had always seemed to do quite well financially, even though the congregation consisted of many children and young people and few adult...

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Use What You Have

March 14, 2018

And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. – Exodus 4:2

 A number of years ago, I was traveling with my uncle at night through the countryside. All of a sudden something happened to the car. Although we were driving over a rough gravel road, this jolt was different. The front ball joint had come apart, making it impossible ...

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The Faith of a Child

March 13, 2018

Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. – Mark 10:15

My third-grade Sunday school class had been studying the Wordless Book. Each Sunday, I told the children that Jesus could come into their hearts and take away all the sin and make them ready for Heaven, but that it was up to each one of them...

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Your Burden Bearer

March 12, 2018

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. – Psalm 55:22

Burden carrying is a fact of life, for we live in a world full of problems. Some people have to carry heavier burdens than others, and some seem to move from one difficult situation to the next, frustrated at every turn...

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Godly Affections

March 11, 2018

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. – Colossians 3:2

The air was dry and still that warm October morning in 1991. A faint smell of smoke drifted up from the valley below. The sun was already making the thermometers squirm in discomfort as the mercury continued to rise. Then a respite was thought to have come. The Santa Ana winds...

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Making a List

March 10, 2018

Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. – Isaiah 37:14

To help organize my time, I am in the habit of making lists. A grocery list starts when I see we are getting low on an item that is used often. I add the weekly specials,...

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Get Hungry and Be Filled

March 9, 2018

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. – Matthew 5:6

 I am not a very good cook, and because of the irregular schedule of my self-employment, I “eat to live” rather than “live to eat.” My meal times are seldom regular, so by the time I finally sit down to eat, I usually have a voracious hunger. With little time ...

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A Breath of Fresh Air

March 8, 2018

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. – Proverbs 30:5

 A few years ago, forest fires caused our valley in Southern Oregon to be blanketed with smoke nearly every day for over a month! Not only was it unpleasant to view, it was irritating to the throat and dangerous for people with breathing difficulties as well....

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Have Patience

March 7, 2018

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

She lives in the house next door, without so much as a fence dividing our properties, so I could see her heading toward our house. She was dressed in snow clothes and mittens, looking down at her three-year-old feet in their pink boots, crunching her first snow. She ...

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