Daily Devotional

Crossing Over

August 19, 2017

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. – Psalm 116:15

Five years ago, my father died. In the days, weeks, and months preceding his death, I had been filled with fear regarding the moment of his passing. I had been to many funerals and seen deceased people before, so that was not at all scary to me. It was the passing from ...

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Are You Connected?

August 18, 2017

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. – Matthew 28:18

The streets were completely black, with only my headlights illuminating the shadowy structures I passed. Even the moon was hidden behind a dark bank of clouds. There was total silence as I drove the last few blocks to my home, and it struck me that something felt different ...

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In His Time

August 17, 2017

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time. – Ecclesiastes 3:11

Microwaves today have many quick, one-step functions. With just the push of a button, you can have corn popped, potatoes baked, or leftovers warmed up. The time and temperature has already been preset into the oven’s design. In our fast and hurried society, these added features are much appreciated. We do not have to think—just read...

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Are You Eating Right?

August 16, 2017

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. – Psalm 5:3

When I was growing up on the farm, my mom would often rise before the sun began to shine over the rolling hills. She would silently take a bucket and meander along the drive to the old apple tree sagging under its...

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A Constant Presence

August 15, 2017

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. – John 14:18

In the first two years of life, children form emotional bonds with their parents or those who have the foremost responsibility for their well-being. To form a healthy emotional, social, and physical foundation, the feelings of safety, security, and love need to be assured, not threatened. For a while, the child equates security with...

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Unexpected

August 14, 2017

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. – Hebrews 9:27

Yesterday I was listening to a local radio program that tells about recent deaths, births, and birthdays in our area. One of the hosts gave the name of a person who had died, but what caught my attention was that he stated the death was “unexpected.” I know the phrase ...

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Magnanimity

August 13, 2017

He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. – 1 John 4:16

The word magnanimous refers to well-intentioned kindness or courteous consideration, given equally to everyone as a matter of principle. It is a big word. Just so is the size of the heart and spirit of the individual who possess this wonderful grace.

During World War II, a young man from our church was inducted into the...

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Rejoice with Me!

August 12, 2017

And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. – Luke 15:6

As a teenager, one Sunday morning at church, I was surprised to see a new face when I looked up on the platform. It was a man, probably in his mid-thirties, and he was playing a guitar throughout the meeting. When...

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Missing Some Joy?

August 11, 2017

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness. – Isaiah 61:10

Last weekend a friend and I decided to watch a DVD together. We went to my parents’ house to watch it because they have a better DVD player, but I was not...

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Calm Skies

August 10, 2017

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. – Mark 4:39

Recently, my wife and I went on a vacation to Hawaii. Neither of us likes flying, and we had flights from Portland to Honolulu, and then to Maui. Going into Maui, the ride got pretty choppy and I became nervous. My wife and...

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