Daily Devotional

Getting Even

July 11, 2018

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. – Romans 12:19

When Sylas was about two years old, he loved horses, so for Christmas he got a rocking horse that neighed like a real one. He quickly caught on how to ride his new steed, and was soon rocking back and forth at a...

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A Resting Place

July 10, 2018

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27

One of my favorite Southern Gospel groups, the Cathedral Quartet, used to sing a song that says, “No news is good news when you’re reading your newspaper; no news is good news...

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A Refreshing Spirit

July 9, 2018

Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all. – 2 Corinthians 7:13

 A few summers ago, the heat of the day seeped into every inch of space my house had to offer. I watched through the window as the sun beat continually on the walls outside, raising the...

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Life in a Goldfish Bowl

July 8, 2018

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. – 2 Corinthians 3:2

At our school bus company, several of the senior drivers are authorized to train new applicants. This is a part-time role, which they carry out between runs of their regular student routes. One of these drivers, Ed by name, has gone beyond and qualified as a third-party tester....

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Buried Treasure

July 7, 2018

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. – Matthew 13:44

 I was twelve years old when World War II began. People started to do many things for the war effort. One was to plant what was commonly called a “victory ...

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Follow Me

July 6, 2018

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. – 1 Peter 2:21

After two brothers, she had hoped and prayed for a little sister. When Dad brought the blanket-wrapped bundle from the delivery room, she held her six-year-old breath. Hurrah! It was a little baby girl!

A few years...

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My Grandkids’ Pictures

July 5, 2018

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 3:18

 I have lots of pictures of my grandchildren on my desk. I accept formal portraits when they are given to me, but most of them are snapshots. When I have a new photo, I simply slip it in front of the old one in the appropriate frame.

Recently at a family dinner,...

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Stand Up for Jesus

July 4, 2018

A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time. – Isaiah 60:22

 I recently attended a band concert performed by children in middle school, grades six through eight. It was obvious that most of the members were just beginning to learn their instruments of choice. The eighth-grade band was reserved till last, because...

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One Step at a Time

July 3, 2018

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. – Philippians 4:11

We had moved recently, and I was having trouble getting settled in. The move was necessary, but we had expended considerable energy on the house where we had lived previously, decorating and putting in the yard. After we relocated, sometimes I just wanted to go “home.”

At...

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Power Steering

July 2, 2018

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. – Matthew 5:44

When I was a teenager, power steering was starting to be available in the larger, more expensive automobiles. In some cases, the early power steering had one big problem: It was too...

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