Daily Devotional

More than Enough

December 25, 2016

Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. – 1 Samuel 12:24

In my family, I am the youngest of ten children, and my father died when I was four years old. He had acquired a lot of land during the Great Depression, but he was getting elderly by the time I was born and could...

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God’s Good Gifts

December 24, 2016

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. – James 1:17

A woman from my church took her Christmas catalog and studied it, trying to come up with gift ideas for her family. There were lots of choices, most beyond her budget, but she did see things that were appealing for each of...

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Fit for a King

December 23, 2016

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11

Another baby is about to arrive! Over the past several months, there have been a number of beautiful babies born, and to celebrate, a shower is given. I...

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Small Details

December 22, 2016

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5

For Christmas last year, I received a purse-size bottle of hand sanitizer. One push of the pump sprays a light anti-bacterial mist to get rid of the germs on your hands, and the convenient size allows you to take it anywhere. It seemed very practical, and I soon tossed it ...

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The Best Gift Ever

December 21, 2016

But covet earnestly the best gifts. – 1 Corinthians 12:31

Last year, I wanted to give the perfect Christmas gift to a special friend—one that would leave a lasting impression. I thought about the hand-dipped chocolates and fancy assortments of nuts that most people enjoy, but I really wanted something unique. As the days before Christmas vanished like melting snow, I could find no answer to my search....

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A Sure Hold

December 20, 2016

In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it. – Isaiah 22:25

People do many things for excitement. In Norway, where I live, we have many mountains, and people come from all over the world to climb...

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Sinking Sand or Solid Rock?

December 19, 2016

But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. – Luke 6:49

The ocean sparkled below the beautiful homes on the cape. The surf made a soothing melody as it touched the shore and rolled back into the sea. We...

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A True Friend

December 18, 2016

A friend loveth at all times. – Proverbs 17:17

The rain was coming down at a steady pace as my friend and I emerged from a Christmas musical program. I was so caught up thinking about the joy of Christmas portrayed in the production that the continual downpour did not faze me. However, as we began to walk on the flooded sidewalk, my friend brought to my attention...

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Restrained or Removed?

December 17, 2016

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. – Romans 6:6

Did you ever try to hold water in your hands? It is difficult! The water will find a way to seep out between your fingers, and as soon as you close off one leak, you realize another one has developed. You might be...

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Trees in the Desert

December 16, 2016

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. – Psalm 1:3

Traveling at high speed across the desert on an interstate freeway, you could regard the scenery as dull and uninteresting. If you give the desert a fair chance, however, you might change your mind. Look...

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