Daily Devotional

What Will We Reap?

February 15, 2017

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. – Galatians 6:7

Just a short distance from where I live, there are several fields and orchards with tall corn stalks, various other vegetables, and fruit trees. While I find fresh produce to be tasty and enjoyable, I know that a lot of effort is put into producing a good crop.

To reap...

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Slow Down!

February 14, 2017

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. – Psalm 25:5

Just a short time ago, my wife and I went out on a date. When you have young children, it is not as easy as it once was to make time for these special moments. I am not complaining; I love my...

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Rose of Sharon

February 13, 2017

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. – Song of Solomon 2:1

Sharon is a rich tract of land lying between the hills of Judea and Samaria and the sea, holding some of the richest soil to be found in the world. The loveliness of the area is enhanced by beautiful flowers, mainly roses, tinting the entire hillside when viewed from ...

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This Man Was Born There

February 12, 2017

The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. – Psalm 87:6

My birthplace is Seattle, Washington. My birth certificate bears a picture of the large downtown hospital where I was born. Even though there have been additions to that building through the years, you could go to Seattle today and recognize it from the photograph.

Now I am a grandparent,...

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Letting Your Light Shine

February 11, 2017

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

Years ago, when I was in high school, I had a music teacher who sometimes gave us Christian songs to sing. At one concert, all the lights were turned off and the choir lined up in formation holding lit candles and singing “Pass It...

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Are You a Teacher?

February 10, 2017

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. – Deuteronomy 6:7

Sitting at the table, I watched my granddaughter struggling to eat something that she did not like. Eventually I spoke up and told her what I did when I...

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Be Found Faithful

February 9, 2017

It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. – 1 Corinthians 4:2

The choir had sung a stirring anthem, and its theme stuck with me for days. It stated that after we have stepped into eternity, the final assessment of our lives will be revealed in the things we leave behind, and we want to be found faithful. “Lord,” I prayed, “I want to...

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In God’s Time

February 8, 2017

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them. – Hebrews 11:13

After my brother-in-law became ill, he wanted to find a home for him and my sister to live in near their church. He became interested in a house that had not been occupied for a couple of years. Through much inquiry, he found out that...

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Bless Them

February 7, 2017

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. – Romans 12:14

The small, dark-haired lad standing on the corner shouted a curse word across the sidewalk at a tall middle-school-aged girl who stood quietly waiting for the school bus. Then he paused and said in a voice full of mockery, “Sorry Miss Christian! Hey Miss Christian, I burned a cross today!”

This verbal abuse went on...

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Good Directions

February 6, 2017

O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. – Jeremiah 10:23

Recently I moved to a new city, so I have been relying on my GPS to help me get around. One particular day I knew the general area where I needed to go, but not the location of the specific...

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