Daily Devotional

A Patient Spirit

December 2, 2016

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 3:5

 I can always tell how much patience I really have when I put Christmas lights on a tree. Several years ago, I offered to decorate my sister’s beautiful noble fir because she was knee-deep in Christmas baking. Before I started, I carefully took each strand of lights ...

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God’s Bookkeeping Methods

December 1, 2016

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened. – Revelation 20:12

Bookkeeping has never been my forte. During my high school years, I tried taking an accounting class, but soon realized I was better suited to spelling and English than to numbers. Still today, I do not enjoy balancing my checkbook, and am relieved when everything comes out as it...

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Open My Eyes

November 30, 2016

And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. – 2 Kings 6:17

 "I can't find it!” were my famous words as a child. When my mother would ask me to go get something for her, often I would ...

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The Covering of Grace

November 29, 2016

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

Recently, our Sunday school teacher referred to today’s focus verse during a class session. My attention was caught by the word “cover” and throughout the remainder of the day, my mind repeatedly drifted back to the verse and the meaning of that word.

I mused that “cover” has a good connotation...

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Ways to Watch

November 28, 2016

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. – Matthew 24:42

"Watch out!” What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? You probably think that something is about to happen, and you had better be alert. We shout this if someone is at risk of being seriously harmed, because we want that person to stop, look, and listen. It is an attempt to save him or...

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The Whole Truth

November 27, 2016

What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. – Deuteronomy 12:32

 A root canal, a dental procedure which kills the root of a tooth while leaving the hard portion intact for chewing and aesthetics, is not something one chooses to do for fun. Certain procedures should follow a root canal to prevent infections, but for some reason they ...

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Great Joy!

November 26, 2016

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. – Matthew 2:10

The Christmas season will soon be upon us. It is a wonderful, exciting season, especially for the redeemed of the Lord. Before I gave my heart to Jesus, Christmas time did not really mean anything to me. I did not even look forward to it, because I did not have a relationship with the...

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Spiritual Exercise

November 25, 2016

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us. – Hebrews 12:1

 A round and around my nephew ran on his trusty stick horse. How cute he was—a little guy wearing his cowboy hat—running laps around the dining room table! He was not getting anywhere going in circles nonstop, but he certainly was getting exercise.

My “little” nephew is now nearly six feet tall. He is...

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Living On Top of Circumstances

November 24, 2016

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. – Philippians 4:11

One of my all-time greatest Thanksgiving Day memories took place many years ago when I was a college student, living with my mother and young sister. The house was a mess, for we had just moved to a different home and had not had time to unpack....

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Just Say Thanks

November 23, 2016

What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. – Psalm 116:12-13

 A number of years ago, I worked with a young man named Curt. I remember clearly something he once said to me: “You don’t take compliments very well.”

He had previously offered to me a simple compliment...

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