Daily Devotional

Christmas Giving

December 12, 2016

It is more blessed to give than to receive. – Acts 20:35

As Christians, we understand that the true purpose and meaning of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus and what He means to us. As a family we have always done the traditional things at Christmas time, including giving gifts, decorating a Christmas tree, and so on. Then one year, I read about a Christian...

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He Will Not Depart from It

December 11, 2016

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

When I was young, I often sat in church with the same group of friends because we were all taken to church by our families. However, we did not always want to be there. Several of these boys were older than me, and whatever foolishness they got...

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Being Aware of Stalkers

December 10, 2016

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.– 1 Peter 5:8

Being followed by someone or something dangerous is a frightening experience. About a year ago, one of my sons who regularly rides his mountain bike in the Ashland, Oregon, watershed was stalked by a cougar. He did his best to frighten the animal away but had little success. ...

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Obedience Training

December 9, 2016

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. – Hebrews 5:8

We have a Golden Retriever named Annie. She weighs over seventy-five pounds and is very lovable, but she also has a mind of her own, which is why we paid for her to go through a four-week obedience training program. In addition to learning basic obedience, this type of schooling...

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God, Our Refuge

December 8, 2016

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. – Deuteronomy 33:27

I trust in God, wherever I may be,
Upon the land or on the rolling sea,
For come what may, from day to day,
My heavenly Father watches over me.
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These beautiful words written by W. C. Martin came over...

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Putting Christ in Christmas

December 7, 2016

Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. – 1 Chronicles 29:9

December calendars fill up faster than any other month of the year. Christmas programs, parties, and concerts along with the traditional family gatherings are slipped into the outlined squares as a reminder of when each seasonal activity takes place....

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Where Are Your Treasures?

December 6, 2016

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. – Matthew 6:20

My grandson needed some extra money, and someone convinced him that if he bought a certain car, he could resell it for a profit. He never mentioned to us what he paid for it, but on top of the initial purchase price, it had...

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Do You Really Appreciate What You Have?

December 5, 2016

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. – 1 Corinthians 11:24

In the early years of our marriage, our apartment had an interesting feature: the floor was wooden parquet (a checkerboard arrangement of wooden tiles) over a slab with radiant heat. For much of the time that we lived there,...

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All in God’s Hands

December 4, 2016

In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. – Psalm 56:11

For many years my mother-in-law had a hunger for God. She attended numerous churches and special services that were held in her area, and eventually gave her life to the Lord and was truly saved. She was a happy Christian and found it easy to smile and praise the Lord. ...

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Following the Directions

December 3, 2016

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. – James 1:5

My daughter got me started on Sudoku puzzles—the puzzles where you write numbers into a grid in a particular pattern. The grid is partially completed to begin with, so you use those numbers as clues to solve the rest of the pattern.

At...

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