Daily Devotional

Jesus, Our Best Friend

November 16, 2016

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. – Proverbs 17:17

In our everyday lives we have many types of friends. Some are closer than others, some we wish we could visit more often, and some we seldom see. We have these relationships because God created us as social beings who desire to have companionship and to share our lives with others. We...

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Our Father

November 15, 2016

I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. – 2 Corinthians 6:17-18

 A few Sundays ago as I was sitting in church, a small boy and his father were sitting in the pew ahead of me. The boy wanted to go sit with his Sunday school teacher and her children, so his father gave him permission. After...

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In His Shadow

November 14, 2016

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. – Psalm 91:1

There was a hedge of lilac bushes near the house where I grew up in Minnesota. I used to sit down in front of the bushes and soak up the sunshine, and usually a little dirt, too. It was one of my favorite spots to go when Mom would...

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Two Grateful Hearts

November 13, 2016

And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. – Acts 8:26

My wife and I live in a small town on the western edge of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. We were building a new home when my doctors discovered I had a very serious affliction. After attempting to get...

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Blindsided

November 12, 2016

But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel. – Philippians 1:12

Most of us have heard the term “blindsided.” It means being hit or confronted by something that comes from out of our line of vision, taking us by surprise. Often when we hear this word, we think of a auto accident in which one...

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A Prized Possession

November 11, 2016

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

 I had been saved for two years, and was still thought of as a “new Christian,” when I was drafted into the United States Army. It was not a surprise to me that my local church group gave me a going-away celebration, but I was surprised that almost one hundred percent of the congregation came. It was...

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God’s Cleanup

November 10, 2016

Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. – Ezekiel 36:33

The park was alive with laughter as the sun shined on the children playing on the swings, slide, and tunnel at the playground. The loveliness of this community recreational spot gave me, a local...

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How’s Your Grip?

November 9, 2016

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. – 1 Thessalonians 5:21

The word grip has various definitions in the dictionary, and it can be used as either a noun or a verb. In its noun form, there is a grip that we attach to fingers to help separate papers, and a grip can also refer to the rubber-like substance used on socks and other objects to...

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Approved Message

November 8, 2016

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. – Mark 16:15

Watching the commercials of political candidates, I am struck by the endorsements they give following their pitches: “I am John Doe, and I approve this message.” If you listen to “the message,” it either talks about how wonderful this candidate is and the fantastic things he or...

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Call Out to the Father

November 7, 2016

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Romans 10:13

 A story I once read told of a man who was on a trip in Jerusalem. He watched as a Jewish man and his family of girls were preparing to cross the road in front of him. The smallest girl fell down behind the rest of the family and then called out, “Abba, Abba!” The father ...

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