devotionals (258)

 

by PamFord Davis  

 

 

Sometimes people or things are in plain sight; we see but choose to ignore them.

As a child, adolescent and teen, I lived in a two-story house along with my parents and siblings. Mom and Dad slept in a downstairs bedroom and our rooms were upstairs. With a family of 5 children, laundry was a routine chore for our mother.

Mom had reason to complain. She washed, dried and folded our clean clothes. Finished, she stacked them on bottom steps of the stairway to be carried u

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by Jerry Ousley  

 

Acts 28:1-6 – “Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta.  And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold.  But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.  So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, ‘No

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by PamFord Davis  

 

 

Ask the children; they know.

God is great.

God is good.

“My soul, praise Yahweh!
Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with majesty and splendor (Psalm 104:1 HCSB).

The children know.

“The blind and the lame came to Him in the temple complex, and He healed them. When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that He did and the children shouting in the temple complex, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ they were indignant and said to Him, ‘Do You hear w

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by PamFord Davis  

 

 

Think about it…

You won’t need a thing!

If you watch TV, you’ve seen commercials.  I’d guess that (like me) you’ve been enticed to buy their products and thought ‘I need that.’

Maybe you did; maybe not.

Capitalism is not evil; it helps us fill basic needs.

All of our needs are temporary. The adage is true; you really can’t take it with you.

It’s foolish to try. The LORD is preparing everything for the saved.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, belie

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by PamFord Davis  

 

 

My Mom was a whiz at word games; family and friends knew that she was usually a winner at bridal and baby showers.

I remember that she was an avid viewer of the Wheel of Fortune program and worked TV Guide and newspaper crossword puzzles.

I don’t recall her playing Scrabble but can’t help but wonder what words she would have formed from the letter z.

Personally (as a baby boomer) the first thing that comes to mind is ‘Z for Zorro!’

Maybe, instead of relying on memory
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by Jerry Ousley  

 

 

The Mind Gifts

 

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 – “. . . for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, di

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by Jerry Ousley  

 

 

The Power Gifts

 

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 – “. . . for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, d

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by PamFord Davis  
 

Different strokes for different folks…

Like ‘Green Acres’ Lisa Douglas, many choose life in a big city. In contrast, others identify with her husband Oliver; he had always dreamed of living on his own farm.

Some crave high priced restaurant cuisine; while most are satisfied with home cooked meals, pizza or burgers.

World travelers circle the globe with stops at popular tourist sites. Some would rather stay at home; prop up their feet and read about places near and far.

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Today’s topic is something really interesting but much more, it contains numerous lessons to be learned by everyone. This message isn’t something you should listen to with a divided attention or with partial focus, it requires your full attention. I’ll like to start with a very common scripture in the Bible , Jeremiah 29: 11;

 

plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Now, many believers know that God has a plan and a purpose for their lives, that God has a

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by Dale Buchanan 

 

 

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.” Psalm 63:1,2

It’s dark outside. No one else in the house is up and around. There are no distractions. Whether during the heat of summer or the cold of winter, early is a special time to seek the Lord.

Jesus prayed early in the morning. And in the morning

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by PamFord Davis  

 

 

It’s too good to be true.

That’s beyond my wildest dreams.

You’ve got to be kidding.

Are you putting me on?

Who do you think you’re trying to fool?

Are you serious?

We’ve all heard things that just seemed too good to be true. There were two good explanations; either what we were being told was an outright lie or there were string attached.

I trust the scriptures; God’s word is true.

Praise the LORD; He is ready, willing and able!

“Now to Him who is able to do far

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by PamFord Davis  

Jesus called Peter to discipleship.

“And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him (Matthew 4:18-22 NKJV).”

Jesus posed a serious question to His disciples. Who did they think He was?

“Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son

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At the beginning of time, the scriptures make us understand that God made man in His image and after His likeness. This statement a lot of times has been misconceived. Many have said God is flesh like the man He created since his creation is made in flesh and after His likeness. This misconception and many other misconceptions are why many people have not learned to live their lives after the order of God; after His directions and in the manner that He has predetermined for each man to live. Thi

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Daily Devotional: Got Your Back

by PamFord Davis  

 

 

He’s got your back.

“Then the angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them (Exodus 14:19 NASB).”

An old popular song comes to mind; ‘Someone to Watch Over Me.’

Ira Gershwin and Howard Dietz penned the lyrics to this 1926 standard. Isn’t that everyone’s desire?

We yearn for security and protection; we hope someone’s got our backs.

Trust God; He has!

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Leave everything in God’s hands and eventually, you’ll see God’s hand in everything. I have seen this truth work itself out over the years I have been in existence. Indeed, God fights for his children and he does it in the most amazing and surprising way ever. Sometimes, he would create a wall around you that nothing and nobody would be able to pierce through, and at other times, he would fight the battles through you, and at some other times, he would ask you to wait and watch while he does the

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by PamFord Davis  

 

 

Two men, different diagnosis…

 “Now He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector (Luke 18:9-10 NASB).”

First man: Chronic ‘I’ disease, prIde

“The Pharisee stood and began praying this in regard to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, crooked, adulterers, or even like

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by PamFord Davis  

 

 

Remember sitcom ‘Family Matters’ character Steve Urkle?

How could we forget?

Trouble was his middle name.

‘Did I do that?’

Most of us have asked ourselves that same question.

We don’t want to sin; yet, we are prone to repeat the same sins over and over.

Grumbling is my besetting sin. I might not complain out loud but discontent is in my mind.

‘Did I do that?’

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us la

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Now it would not be far-fetched if I said every woman wants to be beautiful or at the very least she wants to feel beautiful. Every woman appreciates attention and compliments. Ladies, we put so much time and effort into fixing our hair getting the right shade of makeup. Finding the perfect outfit that doesn't make us look too fat or doesn't scream I'm trying too hard. Yes, all women want to be beautiful.

 

All women want to feel beautiful, but here's the thing beauty isn't found at a cosmetics

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Daily Devotional: Perfect Example


by PamFord Davis  

 

 

(Yawn)…

Good morning!

What?

You say you’re not a morning person?

I understand. I used to sleep till noon; now I’m up before 4am.

I like early mornings.

Many find that morning is the best time of their day.

“In the morning, Lord, You will hear my voice;

In the morning I will present my prayer to You and be on the watch (Psalm 5:3 NASB).” 

JESUS set the perfect example.

“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary pl

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