Daily Devotional

If Ye Ask

December 20, 2019

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. – John 14:13-14

One of the biggest events of our year, at our little cabin in Minnesota’s swampland, occurred in late November. It was the arrival of the big Christmas catalog! Its arrival was bigger than...

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Is Your Name Written in Heaven?

December 19, 2019

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. – Luke 10:20

The notice arrived wrinkled, but readable, as it tumbled out of my daughter’s backpack. I picked it up and glanced over the bold words: School Pictures Tomorrow! My daughter, eyeing what I was reading, shouted across the room, “Mom, you don’t have to buy the...

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The Fabric of Our Lives

December 18, 2019

Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. – Psalm 101:6

So many people touch our lives each day, yet are often unaware of the impact they have on us. Each person we encounter is like a thread woven into the fabric of our lives. Some threads are bright colors, some...

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From Riches to Rags

December 17, 2019

Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. – 2 Corinthians 8:9

This holiday season, my husband and I attended a Christmas drama at a local church. The play was about the homeless and how they celebrate Christmas. The point was that they had so little, but still appreciated what Jesus had given up to come to die for...

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Wondrous Light

December 16, 2019

Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. – John 12:35

Walking in the dark is not fun. When I was a child, the street we lived on had few lights and they were spaced far apart. If my mother asked me...

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A Proven Design

December 15, 2019

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Being involved in construction, I once noticed that a particular wall system was deemed acceptable by the building code without the typical documentation and approval for specific site conditions. I asked...

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Where Is Jesus?

December 14, 2019

We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. – Hebrews 8:1

"Where is Jesus?” Those were the words I heard several years ago as we were preparing for our Christmas Pageant. The church nativity scene that graced the front yard of the church each year had a life-sized figure representing Baby Jesus. During the year, the...

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Guaranteed Protection

December 13, 2019

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. – Psalm 121:7-8

 A couple of days ago, I chatted by phone with a friend who lives in Shanghai, China. Concern was evident in her voice as she told me that a typhoon was headed...

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A Reward Awaits

December 12, 2019

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. –...

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Don’t Be Ridiculous

December 11, 2019

Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

The week after I became a Christian, I heard a minister say, “We should pray without ceasing as the Bible says to do.” I had not prayed in years and initially found it difficult just to remember to pray over my food. However, I wanted to obey the Bible, so I asked God to help me to pray always and...

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