Daily Devotional

Am I Becoming a Mouse Potato?

August 18, 2016

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey? – Romans 6:16

Our nation loves the potato. Whether mashed, baked, browned, or French-fried, potatoes are a favorite. With the advent of the television, however, a new cliché came into being: “couch potato.” The phrase is somewhat comical, bringing to mind the picture of a round person lounging...

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Mining for Gold

August 17, 2016

Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. – Proverbs 2:3-5

As a young man, I worked in a pear orchard for a large corporation. It was my last year of high school and I was enjoying ...

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Don't Drop the Ball

August 16, 2016

I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me. – Ezekiel 6:9

"Standing on the promises of Christ my Lord, Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord . . .” As the words of this old hymn played through my mind, I pictured my soul wrapped securely with the strong cord of God’s love. Then a new picture formed in my mind: two friends...

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Showing Kindness

August 15, 2016

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. – Luke 6:31

Trout season on the Klamath River opened on the first of October, after being closed for the summer months. As soon as it opened, my brother went to the spot where we usually fished, but he was confronted by a fire warden there. The warden said it was necessary to have ...

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The Faithfulness of God

August 14, 2016

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. – Psalm 91:15

 A few months ago, I began having some distressing health issues, including high blood-sugar levels. My doctor told me that if my readings stayed at elevated levels, I would need to take medication. As I thought on this problem, I breathed a prayer to God...

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Childlike Faith

August 13, 2016

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3

One of my greatest pleasures is having my grandchildren come to visit for the day. When I am expecting them, I unlock all the doors so they can come right in. They know the way to my house and tell their parents which roads to...

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More than Dust

August 12, 2016

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. – Genesis 1:26

In college, I took an introductory psychology class, where I learned fascinating things about brain functions and body systems. We studied decision-making processes especially, including the theory of one prominent psychologist from the twentieth century who argues that individual decisions are the result of two factors: genetic make-up and environmental influences. He...

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A Scholarship to Heaven?

August 11, 2016

I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: but shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. – Acts 26:19-20

Soon after entering high school, we are reminded that even in basic education, academic achievements can have a lasting effect on our lives. Counselors,...

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God in Control

August 10, 2016

And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjath-jearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the LORD; come ye down, and fetch it up to you. – 1 Samuel 6:21

My father had a small dairy farm in Minnesota. Spring was the busiest time of year because the new calves were born and had to be cared for along with their mothers. Usually the calves were kept with...

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Always Ready

August 9, 2016

Be ready always to give an answer to every man. – 1 Peter 3:15

Because my father received salvation through the literature of the Apostolic Faith Church, I have always valued the effectiveness of printed material in witnessing to men and women. I try to carry a few tracts and other pieces of Gospel literature with me all of the time. Three instances from this past year particularly...

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