Daily Devotional

Keep Thy Heart with All Diligence

July 19, 2017

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. – Proverbs 4:23

While working in the yard, I noticed a cocoon attached to the bottom of our fence. I thought, What an opportunity to give my kids a lesson in nature! Placing the cocoon in a glass jar with a lid, I set it aside and explained to my children that we would watch one ...

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Setting Aside Nerves

July 18, 2017

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. – Acts 20:24

The first time I came to Portland camp meeting was in 1977. My mother called me during my trip and said, “Be sure to ...

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The Bottleneck

July 17, 2017

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

"Bottleneck” is a term we commonly use to describe points of congestion in roadways. It might be a place where two lanes of traffic merge into one, or where traffic on a major highway must slow to city speed limits as it passes through a small...

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Mold Infestation

July 16, 2017

And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he hath taken away the stones, and after he hath scraped the house, and after it is plaistered; then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house; it is unclean. And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof,...

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Following the Shepherd

July 15, 2017

But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. – John 10:26-28

On a missionary trip to Romania, our group experienced what winter is like there. It was difficult—a lot of snow...

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Make Sure It Fits

July 14, 2017

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little. – Isaiah 28:10

My family loves to take short vacations to the beach every once in a while. One of the things we like to do there is to buy a puzzle and put it together. We have a process we always follow—first we turn all the pieces right-side-up,...

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Spilling Over

July 13, 2017

And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. – Luke 13:20-21

Someone gave me a sourdough starter about ten years ago. When you want a loaf of sourdough bread, you add several ingredients to the starter to make dough for baking. And you always save and maintain...

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Planted by the River

July 12, 2017

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy...

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The Power of Touch

July 11, 2017

When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. – Mark 5:27-28

Recently I was reading the book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, by Phillip Yancey and Paul Brand. It has some interesting things to say about touch. Apparently, the word touch has such a plethora of meanings that in many dictionaries,...

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Nothing Like It in the World

July 10, 2017

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. – Ephesians 2:18

After arriving home from a recent journey, I tried to recover from my jetlag by reading a book. It was written by Stephen Ambrose about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, and it had a very interesting title: Nothing Like It in the World. I thought, That is quite a declaration! I...

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