Daily Devotional

One Thing

June 29, 2017

Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. – Luke 18:22

Every Saturday morning, I make German pancakes for my wife and myself. They are simple—just four ingredients: milk, flour, eggs, and salt. About two or three weeks ago,...

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Enjoy the Journey

June 28, 2017

And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. – Genesis 5:22-24

Recently as I was finishing a time of morning devotions, I began to reflect on some of the things I had just brought before the...

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Keep Building

June 27, 2017

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. – 1 Timothy 4:16

When I lived in Medford, Oregon, almost every day I drove by a home that someone started to build. I watched the progress as they put in the foundation and then framed up the walls and roof. They put on the sub-siding,...

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Disaster Aid

June 26, 2017

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

In the United States, when catastrophes such as earthquakes, flooding, or forest fires strike, I have noticed that those most affected usually clamor for the government to declare it a disaster. I used to wonder why this happened, but eventually I learned that a formal ...

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Ready for Guests

June 25, 2017

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23-24

With family soon arriving from out of town, I was busily preparing for my guests. Since we have several children, I had spent a great deal of time looking for areas that needed...

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Correcting a Mistake

June 24, 2017

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. – Matthew 5:23-24

Before I was married, I had a little red Daytona, and it had a bit of engine trouble. A friend and I set out to work ...

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Take a Good Look

June 23, 2017

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. – James 1:22-23

Years ago, when my wife and I would stay on the campground during Portland’s annual camp meeting, our cabin had a very old mirror that distorted everything ...

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God Answers Prayer

June 22, 2017

He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. – Isaiah 30:19

 A few weeks ago my wife and I visited a branch church for their special meetings. After a service, we went to the home of one of the families for a bite to eat, and we saw that there were three very sad children in that home—especially...

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His Design

June 21, 2017

He must increase, but I must decrease. – John 3:30

As an architect, I sometimes say that a building project is never better than the client allows it to be. Having a good architect is important, as is having sufficient resources, yet it is the client and his attitudes that actually determine the quality of the project.

Once, a colleague of mine was asked to design a home for a couple who...

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Walk and Don’t Walk

June 20, 2017

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind. – Ephesians 4:17

My daughter and I were out for a walk one day, and while we waited for a traffic light, we noticed a mother with her small son. She was kneeling down to his level, talking to him and pointing at something. The boy was...

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