Daily Devotional

A Good Hose

May 16, 2017

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. – Hebrews 12:28

There is a large yard around my house, and I have three water hoses to keep it watered and to do various other tasks. One hose is on the front of the house by the garage, which I use to wash the car and...

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Citizenship

May 15, 2017

For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. – Hebrews 11:10

In 1983 our family got a letter inviting us to the American Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. About six years before that time, my parents had filled out an application to come to the United States. It did not take long for us to pack our belongings, and the next September ...

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In Praise of Christian Mothers

May 14, 2017

Her children arise up, and call her blessed. – Proverbs 31:28

The word “Mother” is a term of endearment for a special woman. She is that one who nurtures and cares for you. She is the one who teaches you manners and how to clean your room. A Christian mother is a wonderful beginning to a child’s heritage. My own mother brought me up to look to God...

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I Know Who Takes Care of Lives

May 13, 2017

Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee. – Deuteronomy 5:16

"My children, I would like to tell you what the doctors have said . . .” There was a very long pause, and then, “They can say anything, but I know Who takes care of lives.” That is how my mother told my wife and me the alarming news that she had...

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Only Young Once

May 12, 2017

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. – 1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was young, our school district had a speech therapist who came to all of the schools and gave an evaluation of each student’s vocalization needs. To make his assessment, each of us was asked...

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Misplaced Sheep

May 11, 2017

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. – Matthew 9:36

Looking out our kitchen window one afternoon, I was startled to see two big woolly sheep nibbling grass along the drainage ditch. On our country road, I knew of two neighbors who kept sheep, but never had I seen any of them wandering...

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Turn and Look Around

May 10, 2017

Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. – Psalm 62:8

My mother’s voice was steady as she spoke from the other end of the line in Kenya. I was making the call from Colorado, where my youngest sister had passed away the previous day. At the time of her passing, she was a twenty-year-old college student, studying half...

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Stating the Facts

May 9, 2017

For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. – Acts 4:20

On the internet, I watched the news of a jetliner that crash-landed onto the Hudson River. It was reported that the huge aircraft was safely put down, intact and right side up, with no lives lost. As four of the passengers were interviewed, they said that when it became clear the flight...

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Handfuls of Purpose

May 8, 2017

On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The LORD bless thee, and keep thee. – Numbers 6:23-24

Recently, as several of us were leaving the prayer room of our church before a service, I said to one of the gentlemen, “The Lord bless you.” His rejoinder was, “He will if I let Him.” I said, “What about the ‘handfuls of purpose’ mentioned in the Book...

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First Things First!

May 7, 2017

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear. – 1 Peter 1:17

 A few years ago, while writing my first book on folktales, I was invited to speak to my daughter’s school class. After my presentation, she said, “Thank you, Dad. See you tomorrow.” The teacher then inquired, “Is he not going to...

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