Daily Devotional

Transformation

May 31, 2017

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 3:18

One of my privileges as an elementary school teacher was teaching a study unit using live butterflies. However, despite the name of the organism—“Painted Lady Butterflies”—they arrived in my classroom as small, furry...

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Is It True?

May 30, 2017

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. – 1 John 4:1

 A new kind of fishing line came out a few years ago, and it was supposed to be better than regular line. The premise was that fish would not be able to see it underwater. I read about it in an article in a...

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The Battle of Battles

May 29, 2017

He said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. – John 19:30

My son recently called and told me he had been watching a documentary about the World War II Navy air craft carrier USS Enterprise. Knowing that several men from our church had been on the Enterprise, he asked if I could find out any specifics about how they were saved.

I went to my...

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Gone Fishin’

May 28, 2017

Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. – John 21:5-6

As a young man, I went up to Canada for a camping trip with a family who had a cabin on...

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Seek the Healer

May 27, 2017

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

About fifteen years ago, my congregation had a wonderful experience with God’s healing power. I am the pastor of our church, and for some reason I had...

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Good Habits, Bad Habits

May 26, 2017

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall. – 2 Peter 1:10

Quite a few years back, my family was living in a small apartment. It was a little tight, but that was fine as long as it was just my wife, my son, and myself. Then my daughter came along, and as she got a...

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Smaller Pieces

May 25, 2017

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. – Mark 11:24

While my wife was at choir practice a while back, I decided to do some work on our house. I wanted to take off the old wallpaper in our little bathroom, and I figured that with an hour or so of work I would be...

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A Peculiar Treasure

May 24, 2017

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine. – Exodus 19:5

When I was eleven years old, World War II had just started, and it seemed that everyone was planting “victory gardens.” Some of the produce was going to our military forces, so people dug up their backyards...

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Active Ingredient

May 23, 2017

The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. – Matthew 13:33

Many years ago, some friends served me fresh homemade bread, and it was very good. I learned that it was made in a bread machine, and the lady of the house explained that it was an extremely simple way to bake bread. Having had...

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No Shame

May 22, 2017

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2

Several years ago, I had a terribly embarrassing experience. My wife and I decided to go out for lunch at a restaurant. I cannot remember what my wife ordered, but...

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