Daily Devotional

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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June 19, 2017

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7

 A while ago I went over to a friend’s house to visit. While I was waiting for her to prepare some food, she told me to be sure and go to the other room so I could see the new jigsaw puzzle she was working on. As I stood in that room, I could not...

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We Love Him

June 18, 2017

We love him, because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19

Sometime back, I went into my home office to catch up on bill paying, budget adjustments, and other paperwork. I am one of those odd types who likes to tinker with numbers and details. As I worked at some personal banking, my two young sons discovered that daddy was in his office. Now, I love my...

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Be Strong in the Lord

June 17, 2017

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. – Romans 4:20

As most boys do, I believed my father was one of the strongest men who ever lived. He was a large man and had enough strength that if I described the feats he accomplished, you would probably think I was describing Superman.

In one incident, our family was traveling...

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Follow the Light

June 16, 2017

He said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. – Mark 8:34

It has been a few years ago now, but as a young man I served in the United States Air Force as an air police officer. For eighteen months I was at a base in Alaska. They had a runway three miles long...

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