Daily Devotional

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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Filled with Awe

June 15, 2017

O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. – Psalm 104:24

My wife and I have a toddler, and we also have a cat and a new puppy. It is amazing to me how intrigued our daughter is by these pets. She had never seen animals up close before, and when they play together she is...

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Never Alone

June 14, 2017

For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. – Hebrews 13:5

 A few years ago I had to go to Las Vegas, Nevada, on a business trip. It was not a place I wanted to be. I felt like several trials hit me at once—feeling alone, in the middle of “sin city” on a Friday night, wishing I could be at home with my family. ...

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No Time like the Present

June 13, 2017

And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the Lord hath promised: for we have sinned. And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the Lord? but it shall not prosper. – Numbers 14:40-41

Have you ever noticed that when people are told they...

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Important Speech

June 12, 2017

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. – John 6:63

On November 19, 1863, about fifteen thousand people gathered in a small town in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg. They were there to dedicate a piece of land where a battle had been fought four months before. About eight thousand American soldiers...

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The Well-Rounded Christian

June 11, 2017

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:13

Years ago, while looking through the Yellow Pages for a car-repair shop, I came across this rather astonishing claim: “We specialize in all makes of foreign and domestic cars.” I...

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Divine Protection

June 10, 2017

The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. – 2 Samuel 22:3

Recently I read a story about an American commander from Desert Storm. He had 130 brave men under him, and they were in Kuwait on the eve of the invasion into Iraq. Since he...

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Childish vs. Childlike

June 9, 2017

Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. – 1 Corinthians 14:20

My wife and I have the wonderful privilege of living with a toddler. The past couple years have been quite a learning experience—for all of us. Our daughter loves apple juice, so a little while back I tried to use it to teach her about saying please. She wanted ...

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