Daily Devotional

Facing the Music

December 13, 2017

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. – Hebrews 13:5

 A young boy who was bored with waiting for a concert to begin wandered away from his distracted mother and ventured onto the stage where the piano stood tantalizingly accessible. It was not long until the waiting crowd turned in astonishment toward the stage as a youthful rendition of “Chopsticks” penetrated the din of voices. People began to...

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Trusting in the Lord

December 12, 2017

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

Many winters ago, I was driving at night through the mountains of the Pacific Coast Range on a narrow, winding road. It was snowing those big, fluffy flakes that seem to catch your headlights and come straight toward you. Enough snow had fallen to obliterate the center line. To make matters worse, I...

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December 11, 2017

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant. – Matthew 25:21

When delivering newspapers as a boy, I felt a certain satisfaction in throwing the paper in the exact location preferred by homeowners. That place was near the front door, where they could open the door and simply reach for the latest news lying at their feet. Now, years later, I wondered why our...

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No Fear

December 10, 2017

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18

In the mid-1980s my mother wrote a poem she titled “Rout Fear.” The first verse reads:

There’s a giant we must conquer
And his name is Fear.
He’s standing between us and joy ...

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Our Father Cares

December 9, 2017

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. – Psalm 138:3

Our baby daughter was just weeks old when she was admitted to the hospital with a fever around 105 degrees and symptoms that had us scared. Though she had only been a part of our family for a short time, we loved her dearly, and were deeply...

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Christmas Lights

December 8, 2017

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. – John 1:9

The voices of my son and daughter counting interrupted the silence in the backseat. “Eight, nine . . . ten . . . eleven, twelve . . .” I was purposely driving the long way home from the store, past the houses with the most Christmas lights. The usually dark, quiet streets ...

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Where Do You Dwell?

December 7, 2017

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. – Psalm 90:1

Years ago, there was a dear, elderly woman in my congregation who lived in a tiny, unlovely house. I can still remember her sweet testimony—she had no complaints or self-pity. In praising the Lord for His blessings, her memorable words were, “I’m in the presence of Jesus.” It was simply put, but what...

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More than Enough

December 6, 2017

And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. – Mark 9:24

During my growing up years, it seemed our family was often on what my parents referred to as an “austerity program.” I had no idea what those big words meant, but I did catch on that they were somehow related to the size of my (very small) allowance....

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Someone to Turn To

December 5, 2017

For he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. – Matthew 5:45

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You must be living right”? This often seems to be spoken in reference to people who have just had something good happen to them unexpectedly. Yet, contrary to that line of reasoning, living right has nothing to do...

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The Straight Way

December 4, 2017

Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? – Ecclesiastes 7:13

Cultured evergreens were planted as far as the eye could see, seemingly waiting for someone to come by and choose them for Christmas trees. There were firs and gallant nobles on this tree farm our family visited several years ago. After looking through what felt like the whole...

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