Daily Devotional

I Pray the Lord My Soul to Take

November 21, 2016

Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. – Proverbs 8:32

When my children were growing up, each night my wife and I would ask the same question: “Who do you want to pray with tonight, kids?” The answer was invariably “Mamma!” We did not know why, but they never asked for Daddy, always Mamma. Years later, we discovered the ...

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Preachers Needed

November 20, 2016

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? – Romans 10:14

Recently I read a selection of thoughts compiled by a local group of high school students. To my disappointment, the works these scholars had put together offered no hope of how personal pain and...

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The Lord Heals

November 19, 2016

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. – Matthew 9:35

Some years ago, a baby boy was born with serious medical problems. His bodily functions were not working correctly, and pediatricians gave his parents conflicting advice. The condition worsened for two years, and then he was taken to...

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The Significance of Tent Pins

November 18, 2016

And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites. – Numbers 7:6

Do you feel that you perpetually come in second place—or worse—in everything you try? Consider for a moment that God never intended for us to be “number one.” He is Number One, and in His great plan for the advancement of His Kingdom, He has far more supporting roles than...

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Misunderstood

November 17, 2016

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. – 1 Peter 2:19

The Old Testament story of Hannah is often used as an example of persevering in prayer, but this account also has a lesson about a gentle attitude. In 1 Samuel we read that Hannah was a loving wife who longed to also be a mother. In her society, it was a shame...

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Jesus, Our Best Friend

November 16, 2016

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. – Proverbs 17:17

In our everyday lives we have many types of friends. Some are closer than others, some we wish we could visit more often, and some we seldom see. We have these relationships because God created us as social beings who desire to have companionship and to share our lives with others. We...

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Our Father

November 15, 2016

I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. – 2 Corinthians 6:17-18

 A few Sundays ago as I was sitting in church, a small boy and his father were sitting in the pew ahead of me. The boy wanted to go sit with his Sunday school teacher and her children, so his father gave him permission. After...

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In His Shadow

November 14, 2016

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:1

There was a hedge of lilac bushes near the house where I grew up in Minnesota. I used to sit down in front of the bushes and soak up the sunshine, and usually a little dirt, too. It was one of my favorite spots to go when Mom would...

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Two Grateful Hearts

November 13, 2016

And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. – Acts 8:26

My wife and I live in a small town on the western edge of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. We were building a new home when my doctors discovered I had a very serious affliction. After attempting to get...

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Blindsided

November 12, 2016

But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel. – Philippians 1:12

Most of us have heard the term “blindsided.” It means being hit or confronted by something that comes from out of our line of vision, taking us by surprise. Often when we hear this word, we think of a auto accident in which one...

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