Daily Devotional

Stand Still and See

December 18, 2017

Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. – Exodus 14:13

This Christmas season, my friend and I were sitting in the second row at church enjoying the Sunday School Christmas Program. Children from the Beginner, Primary, and Junior Departments chose terrific ways to unfold their message of the Good News. Each department took turns singing songs and narrating the account of...

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Regardless of Age

December 17, 2017

They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing. – Psalm 92:14

No doubt many of us have heard someone make a statement such as, “I can’t do anything.” This is obviously an exaggerated comment, yet to the elderly, it is likely a way of saying, “I can no longer do what I used to do.” As this over-seventy writer knows, some adjustments ...

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Mind the Checks

December 16, 2017

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. – Galatians 5:25

Just north of Lake Shasta in California, Interstate 5 is very curvy. Recently, the highway department put some warning devices along this stretch of highway. At one sharp curve there is a lighted sign that reads, “SHARP CURVE AHEAD, SPEED LIMIT 50 MILES AN HOUR—POLICE PATROLLED.” Just before entering the curve, there...

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Give What You Can

December 15, 2017

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. – Luke 2:7

Last summer I took my little sister on a short trip out of town. We went to a hotel where I always like to stay, but I had not made any reservations, and guess what? There was not a...

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What Is in Your Hand?

December 14, 2017

And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. – Exodus 4:2

The responsibility of owning a car settled in during the first few months as I looked at recommended maintenance, gas costs, insurance, and more. Despite those expenses, I was excited to think of the opportunities my new possession would bring. I decided that each time I...

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Facing the Music

December 13, 2017

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. – Hebrews 13:5

 A young boy who was bored with waiting for a concert to begin wandered away from his distracted mother and ventured onto the stage where the piano stood tantalizingly accessible. It was not long until the waiting crowd turned in astonishment toward the stage as a youthful rendition of “Chopsticks” penetrated the din of voices. People began to...

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Trusting in the Lord

December 12, 2017

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

Many winters ago, I was driving at night through the mountains of the Pacific Coast Range on a narrow, winding road. It was snowing those big, fluffy flakes that seem to catch your headlights and come straight toward you. Enough snow had fallen to obliterate the center line. To make matters worse, I...

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Faithfulness

December 11, 2017

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant. – Matthew 25:21

When delivering newspapers as a boy, I felt a certain satisfaction in throwing the paper in the exact location preferred by homeowners. That place was near the front door, where they could open the door and simply reach for the latest news lying at their feet. Now, years later, I wondered why our...

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No Fear

December 10, 2017

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18

In the mid-1980s my mother wrote a poem she titled “Rout Fear.” The first verse reads:

There’s a giant we must conquer
And his name is Fear.
He’s standing between us and joy ...

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Our Father Cares

December 9, 2017

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. – Psalm 138:3

Our baby daughter was just weeks old when she was admitted to the hospital with a fever around 105 degrees and symptoms that had us scared. Though she had only been a part of our family for a short time, we loved her dearly, and were deeply...

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