Daily Devotional

Listen and Learn

December 18, 2018

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. – James 1:19

 A few weeks ago, I asked a fellow pastor, “How do you learn things the easy way?” He replied, “Just listen.” I thought that was an extremely simple answer. But the more I meditated upon it, the more I realized he was right.

The Bible says, “For if there be first a...

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Snow at His Command

December 17, 2018

For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. – Job 37:6

Looking out of my car window in the church parking lot, I almost did not believe what I saw. It looked like a soft, white fog was gently descending through the night sky as the headlights of a truck...

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It Pays to Obey

December 16, 2018

But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. – Jeremiah 7:23

Obedience to God will come with a price tag. It will cost!

While preparing for the life of a missionary, Hudson Taylor purposed to live frugally and in dependence...

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Taste of the Best

December 15, 2018

O taste and see that the Lord is good. – Psalm 34:8

Eyes closed, I savored a bite of cinnamon bread topped with margarine. Wow, I thought, the margarine really has a distinct flavor that I had not noticed before. Next I tried a bite with butter. What a difference! The flavor was smooth and mild and enhanced the taste of the bread. I was...

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Don’t Stop!

December 14, 2018

And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. – Hebrews 6:15

World-renowned pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski was waiting backstage prior to a concert one evening. Out in the audience, an eager crowd was gathering in anticipation of a marvelous night of music. Among those present was a young boy whose mother had hope that the inspiration of a great performance might encourage the lad...

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Christmas Giving

December 13, 2018

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:10

 A full moon lingered high above the frosty haze, while the wind whipped with chilling force onto a group assembled in a school parking lot. Most people would probably not want to venture out on a night like this, but those gathered did not seem to...

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Watch the Clock

December 12, 2018

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. – Luke 21:28

When I was a young boy, we vacationed in California. We were in Los Angeles and planned to drive to Sea World in San Diego. My parents decided we were going to leave at 6:30 in the morning. My father put us all to bed by 10:00 p.m....

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Plunge In!

December 11, 2018

Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. – Ezekiel 47:5

 A few years ago, my wife and I lived in a house that had a 16- by 32-foot swimming pool. Sometimes we would invite friends over for a swim after work. ...

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The Right Voice

December 10, 2018

When he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. – John 10:4

 A few years ago a traveler went to Syria. There, he watched three shepherds bring their flocks to the waterfront for a drink. All the sheep intermingled, and the traveler couldn’t tell which sheep belonged to what shepherd. However,...

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Christmas Joy

December 9, 2018

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. – Luke 2:13-14

The joy of the holiday season is one that encompasses all of our senses. We can see it shining through beautiful colored-light displays and in the eyes of children as they view brightly wrapped gifts under...

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