Daily Devotional

Of Wolves and Lambs

December 5, 2020

“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” —Isaiah 11:6 Theologians and preachers will debate the timing and meaning of this prophecy. Is it before or after Christ’s rule in the Millennium?…

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Who Gets the Prize?

December 4, 2020

“Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads…They lay their crowns before the throne and say: ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and…

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A Stone-Cold Fact

December 3, 2020

“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” —John 5:28-29 My God!” exclaimed the boutique owner, a tall, blond…

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Spiritual Leprosy

December 2, 2020

“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” —Hebrews 3:12-13 Looking back over the places I’ve visited over the years, Africa remains the most…

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Pearl of Great Price

December 1, 2020

“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” —Matthew 13:45-46 One day my father-in-law, Dad Tada, presented me with a family heirloom, a string of genuine pearls. He told me they had been…

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God’s Sovereignty

November 30, 2020

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” —Romans 11:33 God doesn’t say, “Into each life a little rain must fall” and then aim a hose in earth’s general direction to see who gets the wettest. Rather he screens the…

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A Taste of Heaven

November 29, 2020

“On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign…

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I’m Joy-Happy

November 28, 2020

“May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” —Psalm 68:3 We’re often taught to be careful of the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness, it is said, is an emotion that depends upon what “happens.” Joy, by contrast, is supposed to be enduring, stemming from deep within our…

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No Leftovers

November 27, 2020

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” —Psalm 34:8 I love the day after Thanksgiving. There’s nothing like turkey sandwiches with cold stuffing and cranberry sauce spread right on soft white bread. And day-old pumpkin pie? Yum. Yesterday, on Thanksgiving, Ken and I read through…

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“The Lord Told Me…”

November 26, 2020

“Yes,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The LORD declares.’…This is what each of you keeps on saying to his friend or relative: ‘What is the LORD’s answer?’ or ‘What has the LORD spoken?’ But you must not mention ‘the oracle of the LORD’ again,…

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