Daily Devotional

Profit and Loss

November 3, 2016

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? – Mark 8:36-37

One Saturday as I was driving along the freeway near our home, I saw a large billboard advertising a multi-state lottery. Knowing that gambling is wrong, I do not follow lottery prize amounts, but the sign had an...

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An Open Door

November 2, 2016

For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. – 1 Corinthians 16:9

Dreams are not often of any significance, but occasionally one stays in your mind and you wonder if God is trying to tell you something. Recently, I had one that is still stuck in my mind. In it, I squeezed through a door into an extremely confining space that was ...

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Getting Away With It

November 1, 2016

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. - Ecclesiastes 8:11

One of my responsibilities as an employee of a school bus company is to handle phone calls from irate parents. Last week, I received a fairly typical complaint from the mother of a middle school girl. The girl had been given a...

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Pruned or Preened?

October 31, 2016

Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. – John 6:37

My friend works for a local fruit company and has years of experience in pruning trees, so I asked him to help me trim two ornamental pear trees located in front of my house. Also, I had several chokecherry trees along my fence which needed to be topped out. It was a great...

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Tried and True

October 30, 2016

Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts. – Malachi 3:10

Not long ago, I decided to bake some cookies and took out my favorite cookie sheets. They are rather beat up, but I like them anyway because the cookies do not stick and the pans are quite large.

Looking at the cookie sheets, my mind went back to the early days of my marriage. One time when we visited my...

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God Has Control

October 29, 2016

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

 A number of years ago, our eighteen-year old son had a tragic skiing accident, and the Lord called him Home. I am thankful that he was a Christian, and I know that he is in Heaven, but we did not expect his life to...

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God's Will for a Nation

October 28, 2016

The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. – Proverbs 11:3

This is an election year, when we vote to fill the seats of governors, senators, judges, and even the president of our country. Political figures are in the headlines of every newspaper and news program, all claiming they would run our country much more effectively than those who are...

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Thirsty for God

October 27, 2016

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. – Psalm 42:1

Having anything but a “green thumb,” my plants have to be the type that do not require constant supervision or a master gardener’s touch. There are three plants in my home which meet this standard, and I really enjoy them. These three are perfect for me because, with just...

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Simple Evangelism

October 26, 2016

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. – 1 Corinthians 1:27

Recently, the Lord has opened opportunities for outreach in a vital mission field: my neighborhood. On one occasion, my neighbor from down the street came to our home wanting to borrow some carrots for a stew. I went to my crisper and found a couple of carrots, and then went...

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Eyes of Love and Compassion

October 25, 2016

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. – Matthew 9:36

What a thrill it was for my wife and me to visit Mount Rushmore in the summer of 2004, and to view the famous sculpted heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. One thing that...

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