Daily Devotional

What Example Do We Set?

March 19, 2017

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:2-3

 A number of years ago, my health was such that I needed to use a cane all the time. One day, when my granddaughter was at my house,...

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Decisions, Decisions

March 18, 2017

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

Some years ago, my attraction to pickup trucks drew me to consider buying one, in spite of the fact that I already had a functioning vehicle. After halfway making this decision on my own, the thought occurred to me...

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Do We Fit?

March 17, 2017

Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. – Ephesians 2:20-22

"They wouldn’t fit” . . . just three little words. On the construction site of a beautiful new church, two enormous laminated beams—costly material—were discarded and lay on the...

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Beyond the Lion’s Claws

March 16, 2017

David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. – 1 Samuel 17:37

What would you do if, before your proposal to marry was approved, you had to kill a lion? Could you search for and overcome a lion with only a spear and...

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Elbow Grease

March 15, 2017

For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. – 2 Corinthians 8:12

Within almost every home, you will find a number of products which are advertised to do wonders. And in no field is this more evident than in the area of house cleaning. Practically all of us own one of those fancy-name products,...

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God’s Bandage

March 14, 2017

For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord. – Jeremiah 30:17

When on a playground supervising children, one occasionally needs a bandage to cover a scrape after a tumble from a swing or merry-go-round. Daycares, pre-schools, grandmas, and moms usually have several boxes of these healing aids stored in their cupboards. Not only do bandages protect...

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Kindness

March 13, 2017

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. – Proverbs 31:26

During my grade school years, I was over at a friend’s house playing when something happened that left a lasting impression on me. Coming across a box of apples in his garage, I took one—without asking—and was in the process of eating it when his mother found me. She could...

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God’s Path

March 12, 2017

Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path. – Psalm 27:11

After living in a big city for around ten years, I moved back to my hometown. In the city I had grown accustomed to working for the Lord in several ways—as a Sunday school teacher, orchestra member, and also helping at the church office. It was such a privilege to ...

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True Vine

March 11, 2017

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. . . . Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit – John 15:1,8

 I love blueberries. When I learned that they were easy to grow in my area, it was not long until I had planted five bushes. Eagerly, I watched for blossoms and then fruit. It took a while, but by the third season, my spindly little...

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Overcoming Rejection

March 10, 2017

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. – Isaiah 53:3

In high school I played on the softball team for two years. As a freshman I was on the junior varsity (JV) team, and since I had already been in Little League for several years,...

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