Daily Devotional

Here’s the Plan

January 4, 2017

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. – 1 Corinthians 3:10

Not too long after we were married, my wife gave me a radial arm saw for a gift. Some years later, my son and I decided that we were going to build a...

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The Best Value

January 3, 2017

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 6:23

Pondering a recent increase in gas prices, I remembered several years ago when there were gas-price wars. Often, several gas stations in a small suburb of Portland would advertise their low prices on local radio stations, and traffic congestion would result as people tried to...

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A Place to Cry

January 2, 2017

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. – Psalm 126:6

She was so tiny, but she cried great tears as though her heart was broken. This two-year-old needed some extra attention, but her parents were busy loading up the moving van—packing away many of the treasures that she wanted to play with—so she became upset. ...

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The Christian Clock

January 1, 2017

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. – Philippians 2:2

A few years ago, I was delighted with a gift I received from one of my sons and his wife. It was an Atomix brand clock that displays the day, date, and time down to the second, and corrects for daylight savings changes whenever they occur. However, this feat is...

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The Best of All There Is

December 31, 2016

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. – Isaiah 41:10

Reminiscing over the past year, several occasions stand out in my mind. I chuckle as I remember a surprise birthday party my sister threw for me, which really surprised me! My...

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Invisible Support

December 30, 2016

For he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. – Hebrews 11:27

One day when I was a young boy, my father and I were doing lawn maintenance at the home of a local attorney. His children and a friend had been swimming. After they pulled into the driveway, I noticed that the friend threw his swimming flippers over the car as he went into the house, and...

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Return from Failure

December 29, 2016

Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. – Jeremiah 3:22

On my brother’s sixteenth birthday, he was so excited. He had big plans to go to the DMV and get his driver’s license as soon as school was over, and then later on our family would go to one of his favorite places for dinner and watch a movie that he had been anticipating for...

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A Growing Garden

December 28, 2016

And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. – Mark 4:20

For the first time in my life, I planted a full garden this past spring. I included fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, melons, and strawberries. My favorite has been the tomatoes—whether you consider them...

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Continual Praise

December 27, 2016

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. – Psalm 34:1

The weekend retreat surpassed my expectations. The cottage I stayed in was only a few blocks from a shore scattered with seashells and other beachcomber’s treasures. The backyard was surrounded by firs and flowers of every color. Deer, small rabbits, and squirrels feasted right outside the floor-to-ceiling glass windows....

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Yours and Mine

December 26, 2016

And all that believed were together, and had all things common. – Acts 2:44

When my grandson was three, his attention was captured during a visit to the toy department by a bright yellow plastic chainsaw that made a sound just like a real one. He begged his mom to buy it for him, but there were two little boys in the family and it would have been...

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