Daily Devotional

Following the Shepherd

July 15, 2017

But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. – John 10:26-28

On a missionary trip to Romania, our group experienced what winter is like there. It was difficult—a lot of snow...

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Make Sure It Fits

July 14, 2017

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little. – Isaiah 28:10

My family loves to take short vacations to the beach every once in a while. One of the things we like to do there is to buy a puzzle and put it together. We have a process we always follow—first we turn all the pieces right-side-up,...

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Spilling Over

July 13, 2017

And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. – Luke 13:20-21

Someone gave me a sourdough starter about ten years ago. When you want a loaf of sourdough bread, you add several ingredients to the starter to make dough for baking. And you always save and maintain...

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Planted by the River

July 12, 2017

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy...

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The Power of Touch

July 11, 2017

When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. – Mark 5:27-28

Recently I was reading the book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, by Phillip Yancey and Paul Brand. It has some interesting things to say about touch. Apparently, the word touch has such a plethora of meanings that in many dictionaries,...

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Nothing Like It in the World

July 10, 2017

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. – Ephesians 2:18

After arriving home from a recent journey, I tried to recover from my jetlag by reading a book. It was written by Stephen Ambrose about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, and it had a very interesting title: Nothing Like It in the World. I thought, That is quite a declaration! I...

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The House that the Lord Built

July 9, 2017

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. – Psalm 127:1

For the last several years, I have been a gutter man by trade. I have had the opportunity to work on thousands of homes, and have seen some terrible workmanship along the way. On a few houses, the builders tried to make an imitation foundation—they just set up some...

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Ready Ahead of Time

July 8, 2017

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. – Matthew 25:10

Usually before I go hunting, my floor is covered with camping gear for days in advance. I do not want to forget anything, so I like to write everything down that I will need. On my list, I put things like ammunition,...

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July 7, 2017

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. – Hebrews 13:8

 A friend and I were recently discussing how words have changed over time. She works in a senior memory care facility and she told me the employees there are encouraged to use words the patients will remember from their own generation. Their goal is effective communication, not necessarily proper language usage.

We got to talking about...

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What’s Believable?

July 6, 2017

For I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. – Habakkuk 1:5

Have you ever heard a story that just seemed unbelievable? A while ago I read about a project undertaken by the British during World War II. They desperately needed aircraft carriers and were casting about for ideas as to how to make them effectively, quickly,...

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