Daily Devotional

Planted by the River

July 12, 2017

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy...

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The Power of Touch

July 11, 2017

When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. – Mark 5:27-28

Recently I was reading the book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, by Phillip Yancey and Paul Brand. It has some interesting things to say about touch. Apparently, the word touch has such a plethora of meanings that in many dictionaries,...

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Nothing Like It in the World

July 10, 2017

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. – Ephesians 2:18

After arriving home from a recent journey, I tried to recover from my jetlag by reading a book. It was written by Stephen Ambrose about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, and it had a very interesting title: Nothing Like It in the World. I thought, That is quite a declaration! I...

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The House that the Lord Built

July 9, 2017

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. – Psalm 127:1

For the last several years, I have been a gutter man by trade. I have had the opportunity to work on thousands of homes, and have seen some terrible workmanship along the way. On a few houses, the builders tried to make an imitation foundation—they just set up some...

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Ready Ahead of Time

July 8, 2017

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. – Matthew 25:10

Usually before I go hunting, my floor is covered with camping gear for days in advance. I do not want to forget anything, so I like to write everything down that I will need. On my list, I put things like ammunition,...

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Unchanging

July 7, 2017

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. – Hebrews 13:8

 A friend and I were recently discussing how words have changed over time. She works in a senior memory care facility and she told me the employees there are encouraged to use words the patients will remember from their own generation. Their goal is effective communication, not necessarily proper language usage.

We got to talking about...

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What’s Believable?

July 6, 2017

For I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. – Habakkuk 1:5

Have you ever heard a story that just seemed unbelievable? A while ago I read about a project undertaken by the British during World War II. They desperately needed aircraft carriers and were casting about for ideas as to how to make them effectively, quickly,...

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What Kind of Friend Are You?

July 5, 2017

There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24

When my husband was a young boy, a dog attacked him. The incident resulted in several scars on his face, and afterwards kids at school would laugh and call him names. He had a good friend, though, who he had grown up playing with. However, once they graduated to a larger school, the relationship changed....

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Banners

July 4, 2017

Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. – Psalm 60:4

For the past four years, I have noticed a large United States flag as I drive by a certain house. It is mounted on a tall pole, and usually flying in the breeze as I pass by. I feel a sense of pride when I...

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No Looking Back

July 3, 2017

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14

Although I have never been a farmer, I helped out on a farm in Kansas in 1945. My cousin had a large farm and we...

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