Daily Devotional

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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Why Do Christians Suffer?

August 9, 2017

For this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. – 1 Timothy 1:16

Years ago, a family from our church went through an experience that would probably top most people’s list of biggest fears. While vacationing on the coast one summer, the only daughter of this family drowned at...

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Waiting on the Lord

August 8, 2017

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. – Psalm 40:1

There is a familiar pattern that we expect when we go to restaurants. Upon entering, we are greeted by a host, seated at a table, and given menus to peruse. After a few minutes a waiter comes by to take our order. Next, we must wait. Sometimes...

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Heed the Warnings

August 7, 2017

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before...

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Persevering Prayer

August 6, 2017

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. – 1 John 5:14-15

For several years, I had the privilege to pastor a church with a woman in the congregation who was over one hundred years ...

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Preventative Maintenance

August 5, 2017

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. – Proverbs 16:17

At my work, we have a Maintenance Department which makes sure all our machinery keeps running smoothly. The department practices “preventative maintenance,” attempting to catch problems before they can delay our work. We have many different types of equipment, and each piece has a maintenance schedule where...

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Working on a Building

August 4, 2017

He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?– Acts 19:2

About twenty-five years ago, I moved to a new city to start work on a building. It is difficult to describe this building the way it was when I first arrived—it was just a shell, really. It had no concrete and only part of a roof. It was in no shape to be used for ...

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Preparation

August 3, 2017

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. – John 14:3

Every year, my family goes to the annual camp meeting in Portland, Oregon, and I have gained a reputation for preparing our suitcases several weeks ahead. About a week or two before we go, my husband often starts getting frustrated...

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Trust Walk

August 2, 2017

Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. – Psalm 17:5

"Do you want to go on a ‘trust walk’?” I used to ask my childhood friend quite often. This usually brought a quick smile, and a ready assent. One of us would then close our eyes tightly as the other would lead the way, holding onto an arm. The leader would march the trusting ...

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