Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 2 Kings 1:1-18

February 17, 2020

“And he said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.” (2 Kings 1:16)

The other day in a department store, I...

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Running Your Own Race

February 16, 2020

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. – Hebrews 12:1

 A newscaster, interviewing a Canadian Olympic runner who had just won a gold medal, asked the runner, “How did you do it?” The runner responded, “I ...

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Encourage One Another

February 15, 2020

And David was greatly distressed . . . but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. – 1 Samuel 30:6

When my children were young, they loved a backyard campout. Armed with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cookies, and milk or lemonade to drink, they would spend the night in the “wild.”

Early in the evening, they would roast marshmallows around a small campfire. A few good friends...

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First Love

February 14, 2020

We love him, because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19

When I met Anne, a wonderful friendship began. Our families were friends and spent vacations together. On one of those vacations, while we were all enjoying the fantastic views of Canada, the San Juan Islands, and Mount Olympus, from Hurricane Ridge in the State of Washington, I slipped behind ...

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Let Your Light So Shine

February 13, 2020

Let your light so shine before men. – Matthew 5:16

Our church steeple has beautiful stained-glass panels depicting various religious symbols, which are illuminated at night by a 400-watt metal halide lamp. Changing that lamp is not an easy job! If it burns out, someone must put on a safety harness, climb into the steeple, attach himself to a safety cord, and then change the bulb. The...

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Daily Guidance

February 12, 2020

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. – Psalm 25:9

Sometimes we might wonder if God wants to be bothered with giving us guidance for our daily activities. When I was running a painting business, one Friday night I asked God, “Where shall I send my men to work on Monday?” Instantly the devil said to me, “God doesn’t care ...

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Someone Was Listening

February 11, 2020

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving. – Colossians 4:2

Growing up, my father always gave thanks for our meals at home. While his prayer was basically the same at every meal, he was teaching us a valuable lesson in how to pray and be thankful. Every mealtime, as we listened to Dad’s prayer, we were reminded of the Lord’s goodness to provide...

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Growing Old Gracefully

February 10, 2020

Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. – Psalm 71:18

Recently, I was given a book in which the author commented about an older person who seemed to have an opinion about everything. While that comment may have been made in jest, it stuck with...

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Packing Your Spiritual Suitcase

February 9, 2020

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. – 2 Peter 1:5-7

When making preparations for a trip, I do my best to pack my suitcase with the necessary items for that particular journey. The probable weather conditions, ...

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Lifetime Impact

February 8, 2020

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Romans 10:13

As I went to bed one night many years ago, I was the same unsaved person I had always been. Then, as my mind and my heart turned to the Lord in prayer, instantly I was a new creature in Christ Jesus. Finally, I knew what it meant to be...

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