Daily Devotional

A Family Resemblance

April 21, 2018

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. – Matthew 5:48

My first great-nephew was born last week. As family members and friends came to congratulate the parents and to welcome this precious new member of our clan, one conversational thread was repeated at nearly every visit: Who does the baby look like? My brother, the new (and first-time) grandfather, carried...

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Be Completely Turned

April 20, 2018

Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. – Hosea 7:8

One morning, Julie had many commitments to attend to. She prepared breakfast in a hurry and set it before some very hungry family members. Everyone was at the table ready to eat. Rose, her eight-year-old daughter, was particularly excited because this was her favorite meal. She even volunteered to say...

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Trust Me!

April 19, 2018

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

My granddaughter was excited to show us what she had purchased with her birthday money. As she pulled a new sleeping mask from her shopping bag, she proceeded to describe how beautiful it was—from the pink satin that...

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More than Conquerors

April 18, 2018

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. – Romans 8:37

When I was twenty years old, a virus attacked the central nervous system of my body leaving me paralyzed for a short time. Eventually, as I recovered, I was able to learn how to move, walk, feed myself, and breathe on my own once again. It was a difficult time in ...

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Right Spiritual Directions

April 17, 2018

Order my steps in thy word. – Psalm 119:133

While visiting a small town on the picturesque Southern Oregon coast, my wife and I agreed to travel a different road back over the mountains to our home. Though the rugged coastline offers many scenic vistas, the sight and fresh air in the high mountain country can also be very invigorating to anyone who enjoys the great outdoors....

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Love in Action

April 16, 2018

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. – John 13:34

 A difference of opinion arose between one of my grandsons and his little sister over some toy or choice of games to play. He was four years older than his little sister and was used to her being given the edge...

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Our Personal Best

April 15, 2018

For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. – 2 Corinthians 8:12

How fast can you run? If you are my age, then probably not very fast. Even as a young man, though I was blessed with good health, I never was a fast runner. The expression “slug slow” comes to mind. I...

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Good Neighbor

April 14, 2018

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. – Proverbs 16:7

 A few years ago, my husband and I decided to build a new house. We found a building lot in a nice neighborhood, and it did not take long for us to become the new owners of that piece of land. The lot had a great deal of...

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On My Mind

April 13, 2018

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. – Philippians 4:8

Songs that are used in advertising do not have a reputation for being musical masterpieces. These “jingles” have one goal—to get stuck in listeners’ heads! They...

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Freeways and Highways

April 12, 2018

Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. – Psalm 50:15

My fifteen-year-old daughter was given her learner’s permit and had been driving around town and on the freeways. She was doing very well, but she needed experience driving on two-lane highways. On a trip to the beach (along a two-lane highway), we decided to let her drive.


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