Daily Devotional

Spiritual Hunger

January 9, 2019

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

When you were growing up, perhaps your mother sometimes told you, “No, you cannot have a piece of cake (or cookie, or candy) right now. It will ruin your dinner.” When she said, “ruin your dinner,” did she mean that the dinner would burn or become soggy? No, what she ...

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Every Day of the Year

January 8, 2019

And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick. – Mark 4:21

Although Christmas had come and gone for another year, the little brown church in my neighborhood had not changed their sign-board message yet. I am sure they must have wanted those passing by to take in the thought-provoking words it...

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Willing to Serve

January 7, 2019

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25:40

As the mother of three children with quite varied personalities, I have noticed that the typical response I get from them sometimes determines whom I’m likely to call upon for help. While...

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Be Early

January 6, 2019

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. – Revelation 22:20

Never having learned to drive, someone has always been kind enough to pick me up in their car to go to appointments or gatherings. I always get ready early so I will not keep the person waiting. So I notice when our pastor announces special events, meetings, or choir practices and then adds, “If...

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Make the Right Choice

January 5, 2019

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. – Deuteronomy 30:19

As a high school band director, I sometimes help parents make decisions about purchasing instruments. I have found that parents generally fall into one of two categories. Some just want to purchase the...

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Complete in Him

January 4, 2019

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. – Colossians 2:10

This past Christmas, my wife and I sent a Christmas card to some family members who live quite far from us. When the card was opened, the song “Silent Night” could be heard being sung by a beautiful voice. The only problem was that the recording was a little short, ...

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Positive Possibilities

January 3, 2019

Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem. – Nehemiah 2:17

 I like the story of Nehemiah because he stayed encouraged even when his circumstances were discouraging. When Nehemiah asked about the state of the Children of Israel, he was told that the Israelites were under great affliction, and...

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Gain from our Pain

January 2, 2019

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. – 1 Peter 5:10

God’s intention, in every occasion of suffering, is to bring gain from our pain. More than one hundred years ago, on June 6, 1882, one man’s experience of heartbreak gave birth to a hymn that has...

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It’s Almost Time

January 1, 2019

Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching. – Luke 12:37

Finally, at four o’clock in the morning, my alarm clock began to ring. Even though I had known for sure that the alarm was set, I had not slept soundly. I had picked up the clock and checked it half a dozen times throughout the night, thinking it must be...

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New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, 2018

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself. – Daniel 1:8

As the new year dawns, it is common for ideas to start going through our minds of what we should resolve to change in the next calendar year. Maybe we want to lose weight, exercise more regularly, take more time for our children, read more, etc. For some people, these resolutions...

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