Daily Devotional for September 01, 2006
Mark 6:30-32 (King James Version)
30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what
they had taught.
31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming
and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
"Are we almost there?" asked Brittany eagerly. She and her family were on their way to a cottage near Sunshine
Lake. "I can hardly wait to get there!" added Brittany. "We haven't been on a real vacation for ages!"
"I know." Mom nodded. "We've been so busy getting your dad's business started and redecorating the house.
Then with piano lessons, Little League games, housework, and homework, it's hard to find a time when we're all free to take
a vacation. I'm glad we're getting a few days together before school starts."
When they arrived at the cottage, Brittany and her brother Cameron helped Dad unpack the car. The smaller children played
on the swing set in the yard, and Mom swept and dusted inside the cottage.
"Who's hungry?" asked Mom when they had finished their work.
"I am!" exclaimed Cameron. "I'm starving!"
"Me, too," said Brittany.
Dad grinned. "'Starving' might be a slight exaggeration," he said, "but 'hungry' definitely is not."
Mom smiled and got out some barbecue and buns. She put the meat in a pan and turned on the burner. Then she plugged in
the coffeepot. "How about some macaroni and cheese with your barbecues?" she suggested as she turned on another
burner. Immediately, all the lights went off. "Oh, no! I must have blown a fuse," moaned Mom.
Dad, got up and went to find the fuse box. "Looks to me like there are too many things on one of the circuits,"
he reported when he came back. "We'll have to turn off a few lights when we want to use the stove."
"You know," said Mom thoughtfully after they had finished eating, "that overloaded fuse reminds me of our
family lately. I think we're overloaded, too. We've been so busy that we don't have much time to spend together anymore."
Dad nodded. "Let's take time during this vacation to evaluate our activities and see which ones we could cut out
of our schedules," he suggested. Dad turned to Cameron. "How about getting my Bible from the shelf over there, Son?
Let's have family devotions right now-that's one activity we should always take time for."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you been too busy lately? Make a list of things you do, and put the really important ones first. Be sure to put daily
devotions near the top, along with time spent with your family, proper rest, and wholesome meals. And don't forget your homework!
Make sure those things get done first. If there isn't time for everything on your list, decide which ones can be omitted or
done another time. Don't allow your schedule to get overloaded. Jesus recognized the need for "quiet time." We need
Don't get too busy
Daily Devotional for September 02, 2006
Galatians 6:7-10 (King James Version)
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the
Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Title: "It Came Up Squash"
"This meal looks delicious," said Mike's father, as the family began to eat. There was a twinkle in Dad's eye
as he added, "Please pass the watermelon, Mike."
Mike paused with his fork halfway to his mouth. "Watermelon?" he asked, looking around. "What watermelon?"
"Right there in that bowl in front of you," said Dad.
Mike looked at the bowl heaped full of golden squash. He was about to protest when he suddenly understood. "Oh, sure,
Dad. Here's the watermelon." Mike laughed as he passed the bowl of squash.
"I don't get it," Mike's sister Melanie said with a frown. "That's squash. Why are you calling it watermelon?"
Dad grinned and waited for Mike to explain, but Mike got busy eating and pretended to not hear the question. "Well
. . . ah . . ." he began when Melanie repeated the question, "well, I just made a little mistake when we were planting
the garden, that's all-but Dad won't let me forget it."
Melanie looked at her father. "What did he do?" she asked.
"Mike wanted to grow watermelons," explained Dad, "and I told him he was using squash seeds. But would
he believe me? Oh, no! He insisted they were watermelon seeds."
"It was a perfectly understandable mistake," murmured Mike. "They look a lot alike."
"Mike told me if I'd just be patient and wait until they grew, I'd see for myself," continued Dad. "I waited
. . . and here's the finished product." As Dad held up the bowl of squash, Mike laughed good-naturedly with the rest
of the family.
"Whatever a man sows," murmured Mom, "is what he'll also reap. That principle is true, both in a garden
and in life. We all need to be careful to sow the right kind of seeds."
"Especially in life," agreed Dad. "If we sow evil deeds, we can expect to reap evil and sorrow. If we sow
good things, we can expect to reap the joy and blessings that follow them."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
What are you sowing in your life? Are you sowing such things as selfishness, lies, and disrespect for authority? Or are
you sowing good "seeds" such as obedience, cheerful giving, and reverence for the things of God? The things you
do now-good or bad-may seem small and unimportant to you. But your actions are like seeds, and even little seeds grow. Whatever
you sow, you will reap. Make sure the things you're sowing now will bring you joy and happiness later.
You reap what you sow
Daily Devotional for September 03, 2006
Revelation 20:11-15 (King James Version)
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there
was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which
is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they
were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Title: "The List of Names"
"Let's see . . . Mrs. Garcia ordered four boxes of chocolate chip cookies, Aunt Alice wants one box of oatmeal raisin
and one box of double chocolate delight, and Mrs. Jones ordered three boxes of sugar cookies," murmured Leslie. She was
taking part in a fund raiser for her school and had sold cookies to several families in her neighborhood. Leslie carefully
finished filling out her order form and took it to school the next day.
When the cookies arrived, Leslie double-checked the boxes with her list to make sure the orders were right. Then she went
to deliver the cookies to the people who had ordered them.
When Leslie stopped at the Garcias' home, Mrs. Garcia came to the door. "Here you are," said Leslie. "Four
boxes of chocolate chip cookies."
"Hooray! Cookies!" exclaimed the Garcias' little boy, Jorge. Mrs. Garcia handed him a cookie from a box she
had just opened.
Nathan, who lived next door, came running up as Leslie got back on her bike. "Oh-h-h!" he exclaimed when he
saw what she had. "I want cookies, too!"
Leslie knew the little boy well. Not only were they neighbors, but his family attended the same church as her family.
"I'm sorry, Nathan," said Leslie after checking her list, "but I don't see your parents' name here." She
smiled at him. "I'm still taking orders, so ask your mom or dad if they'd like to buy some cookies."
Nathan's dad was working in the yard, and he walked over. "I heard that, and we sure would like some, wouldn't we,
Nathan?" he said with a grin. Nathan nodded eagerly.
"All right!" said Leslie. "Then your name will be on my next list, Nathan, and you'll get cookies, too."
"Your list of names makes me think of Pastor Holt's message last Sunday morning," said Nathan's dad. "Do
you remember it? Pastor Holt reminded us that when we die and face God, He'll look to see if our names are written in heaven.
Our names need to be on God's list."
"And if they are, we get to go to heaven," said Leslie. She smiled at Nathan. "That's one list you want
to be sure your name is on!" she added.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Is your name on God's list? That's a very important question because only those whose names are written in heaven will
spend eternity there. The time to accept Christ is today-right now! Don't wait another minute. Admit your sin and trust in
Jesus, who took sin's punishment for you. Then your name will be written in the Book of Life in heaven. (See the ABC's of
salvation at the end of this book.)
Trust Jesus and be on God's list of names
Daily Devotional for September 04, 2006
Isaiah 43:1-7 (King James Version)
1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed
thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when
thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for
4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men
for thee, and people for thy life.
5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the
ends of the earth;
7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made
Eric eagerly tore open the envelope he had received in the mail. "Here's the pencil I ordered," he said. "See-it
has my name on it." Eric pointed to his name, stamped in gold, on the side of the pencil. His little sister Caryn, reached
for the pencil, but Eric pulled it back. "You can't use it," he said. "This pencil cost me money, and nobody
gets to use it but me."
"I can use it, too," insisted Caryn. "Can't I, Mommy?"
"Maybe Eric will let you use it later," said Mom, "but not right now. I'm sure he'll let you look at it
though, won't you, Eric?"
Reluctantly, Eric handed Caryn the pencil. "I want to write with it," she declared stubbornly.
"Well, you can't," said Eric, taking the pencil back.
Caryn pouted. "Can, too," she said. "I'll ask Daddy." And when their father came home, she did just
that. "Eric has to share with me, doesn't he?" she asked. "I can use the pencil, too, and I want to use it
Caryn was disappointed to see her father shaking his head. "It's Eric's pencil," said Dad. "He paid for
it and his name is on it, so he's in control. He has the right to say if or when you may use it."
"Hey, that's like my lesson last Sunday," said Eric. "Mr. Wyatt, my teacher, says God bought us and we
belong to Him. Our lives are in His hands."
"Good point," agreed Dad. He smiled at Eric. "This pencil can remind you of that. Just like you bought
the pencil, making it yours, God bought you, making you His. It cost you a little money to buy the pencil, but it cost the
blood of Jesus to purchase your salvation."
Mom nodded. "Your name is stamped on the pencil, marking it as your own," she said. "Since you're trusting
in Jesus as your Savior, the Holy Spirit lives within you, marking you as a Christian."
"Always remember that you belong to God," added Dad. "Think about what He would want you to do as you face
various situations each day, and give Him control of your life.."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? Then the Holy Spirit lives within you and marks you as a Christian-someone who
belongs to God. So don't allow the world to "use" you. Don't be guilty of the negative things listed in today's
Scripture reading. In short, don't do the things Satan wants you to do. He has no claim on you. You belong to God-allow Him
to guide you. Live to please Him by following the positive things in today's Scripture.
You belong to God
Daily Devotional for September 05, 2006
Joshua 22:4-6 (King James Version)
4 And now the LORD your God hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return ye, and get
you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side
5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love
the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with
all your heart and with all your soul.
6 So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away: and they went unto their tents.
Title: "Ownership" (Cont'd.)
"Are you ready for Bible club this afternoon?" asked Eric's mother one morning, "or should you learn your
memory verse before you go out to play?"
Eric looked at the ball and mitt in his hand, then at his mother. "I don't mind going to Bible club and church and
everything, but they sure take a lot of time every week," he grumbled. "Now I have to learn a verse, and tomorrow
I have junior choir practice. Why can't we just go to church on Sunday and be done with it? I hardly have time to play!"
"Eric, you had plenty of time to learn that verse last night," said Mom, "but you chose to play a game
on the computer. It's not like you never get to play." With a sigh, Eric headed toward his room.
A few moments later, Mom heard angry voices. "Give that to me, Caryn," demanded Eric. "It's mine."
Mom couldn't hear Caryn's reply, but she heard sounds of a scuffle. She hurried to see what was causing the problem.
"Caryn's got my pencil," explained Eric. His little sister looked guilty as she stared at him defiantly, hands
behind her back.
"Give me the pencil," ordered Mom, and Caryn reluctantly handed it over. Mom looked at Eric's name stamped on
it. "Well, Eric," she said, "suppose I break this in half and give you each a piece. Would that be all right
"Yeah!" said Caryn eagerly. "Do that, Mommy."
"No way!" Eric said quickly. "Breaking it in half would ruin it. The whole pencil is mine!"
"Eric is right," Mom agreed, handing the pencil to him. "It's his-the whole thing." She saw Eric's
Bible and Sunday school workbook on the floor. "The pencil belongs to you, Eric, and you belong to God. Not just half
of you-half of your talents, money, and time-but all of you. It wouldn't be right to give God only half. That's why just going
to church and Sunday school really isn't all we should do. I believe God wants us to get involved in activities that please
Slowly, Eric nodded his head. "Like church activities, right?" he asked. "And like learning my verse. Okay."
He picked up his Bible and workbook. Then Eric looked at the pencil. "And like being nice to my sister at home,"
he added with a grin. "Here, Caryn. You can use my pencil for a little while."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Could you be called a "Sunday Christian"? Do you want to do things your own way the rest of the week? Do you
want to go to heaven but serve the Lord only when it's convenient for you? If you're a Christian, you belong to God, and He
wants you to love and serve Him with your whole heart. Ask Him to help you do that each day.
Serve God all the time
Daily Devotional for September 06, 2006
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (King James Version)
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,
I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Title: "A Puzzling Situation"
"Amber!" exclaimed Travis. "You messed up our puzzle."
"I help," insisted Amber, stirring the pieces around.
"Tell you what," said Beth as she took an easy puzzle from a shelf. "You work this puzzle. Ours is too
hard for you." She helped three-year-old Amber get started on the easier puzzle.
Travis and Beth enjoyed watching their puzzle picture develop. Then trouble started again. "Amber, that piece belongs
in your puzzle, not in this one!" protested Beth as the little girl tried to fit a piece from her puzzle into the one
her brother and sister were doing.
"Here, Amber. Help me open these letters." Mom had just come in with the mail. While Amber struggled with one
envelope, Mom opened another. "Oh, dear," she said. "A wedding invitation. Your cousin Paula is getting married,
and in this case, I'm afraid it isn't good news. Dave, her fiance, isn't a Christian."
"No, but Paula told me he said he'd go to church with her after they're married," replied Beth. "She's
sure he'll be saved soon."
"Yeah, and he's really a nice guy," added Travis.
"Well, I hope and pray Dave will become a Christian," said Mom, "but they're starting out in disobedience
to God's command. He says Christians should not be 'unequally yoked' with unbelievers."
"Amber, don't do that!" exclaimed Travis as his little sister once again tried to fit a puzzle piece into the
Mom shook her head as she steered the little girl back to her own puzzle. "Pieces from two different puzzles don't
fit together," she said, "and a believer and an unbeliever don't fit well together, either. That's especially true
regarding marriage, which is a lifetime relationship, but it's also true regarding business and friendships."
"That's why you don't like me to spend too much time with Brett?" asked Travis.
Mom nodded. "You can be friends, but your best friends should be Christians. And when you're old enough to date,
all your dates should be Christians."
"Dates!" Josh pulled a face. "Forget it!"
Mom laughed. "That time will come before you know it," she said. "I hope you'll both firmly decide, even
now, that you'll follow God's plan in this matter."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are your best friends Christians? You should be friendly with all the kids, but those you spend the most time with should
share your beliefs and your values. When the time comes that you're old enough to go out on dates, don't allow yourself to
become interested in someone who's not a Christian. Make up your mind right now to avoid that danger and date only someone
who loves Jesus as you do. Be sure you don't disobey God on the very important issue of being "yoked" with believers.
Be "yoked" with Christians