Guidelines For Living Devotional

Guidelines For Living Devotional

A 5-minute daily devotional to help you fully live the life God has designed for you.

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May 14, 2021 4 min

When Janette Aragon first answered the phone and a caller asked, "Can you tell me my future?" she thought that someone was playing a prank on her.  After all, she was the secretary of Missionary Enterprises, a Christian organization, and she had no experience with crystal balls or tarot cards.  But the man was dead serious.  "How did you get our phone number?" asked Janette.

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When Jo Shetler went to work among the Balangao people, a tribal group in Northern Luzon in the Philippines, she quickly learned that the way she did things was much different from the way they were done in the tribe.  She knew, of course, there were cultural differences.  But what she didn't understand was how great they were.  She soon learned that though the Balangaos didn't have the advancements of culture and civilizat...

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One of the most important things you can ever learn about God is that God is God!  That's not very profound, you may think, but it is, really!  Here's why!  Not knowing God, we assume that He is kind of a glorified human, and therefore try to understand Him just as you would another human being.  Now, to say that God is God isn't to say for a moment that He is not a person with intelligence, will and emotions!  He is th...

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"The trouble with being over the hill," quipped one pundit, "is that I can't remember ever being at the top."  A lot of folks can relate to that.  When that nebulous divider of life arrives‑‑about age 40‑‑they panic, thinking that from then on, they are on the downhill run. 

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"Middle age" has been described as that period of life that you never want to enter and you never want to leave.

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May 7, 2021 4 min

Some have called it the "acceptable sin of the saints" since almost everyone does it, and few really label it what it is--sin.  And what is this wrong which we label "acceptable"?  It's worry!  And we ignore and justify doing it.  "I just can't help it--it's my nature!"  Besides, we justify, there is a great deal of difference between anxiety--justified concern--and real worry.  Perhaps!  But, I ...

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A neighborhood bully about ten years of age was invited to go to a local Sunday School, and the boy went.  The teacher recognized the lad and thought to herself, "I better really pour it on because I may never get the chance again!"  So she talked about the devil and pictured him as an evil, ugly creature replete with pitchfork and tail spitting fire, ready to devour bad boys who were bullies thinking that she just might sc...

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An acquaintance tells about a businessman who called a friend and got the run-around.  "May I please speak with Mr. Jones?"  "Just a minute, sir, while I transfer you to his department."  Second try: "May I speak with Mr. Jones?"  "I'm sorry, I'll have to connect you with his division."  After two minutes on hold, a voice comes on the phone and asks, "Who did you want to talk with?"  ...

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May 4, 2021 4 min

How much is enough?  To be very candid with you, that is a question that I have struggled with personally for several years.  Oh, it isn't that I have so much or think I need so much that I have drawn a line and said to myself, "When I get there, I'll give the rest away."  The issue with me involves a lifestyle.  It is part of the fabric of my faith forced by my coming to grips with the needs of the world.

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Have you ever heard it said that three moves are as good as a fire?? What that means is that every time you move, you throw out things, good things too, which you would like to keep but there is no room to keep them.? Why didn't you toss it out a long time ago?? You kept it because you were sure it was too good to throw away, so you put it in the closet or stored it in your garage.? Eventually, you have to reckon with it.? If y...

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Scientists have clearly defined laws that govern our physical world‑‑laws that have been in operation since creation. Those laws are subject neither to the ideas or philosophies of humankind.  For example, Sir Isaac Newton articulated the law of gravitation, showing that the gravitational pull of something is inversely proportioned to the mass of the attracting object. The law of gravity has nothing to do with how I feel, or what I...

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Have you ever asked yourself what prompts a mom who leads her three grade school kids to the school bus to become a leader in a cultural battle?  Or an unremarkable seamstress in the back of the bus to defy the law of the land?  Quiet and unassuming people who become passionate for a cause, and to the great surprise of even themselves, often lead the fight for right.  How does that happen?  What makes some strong enough to lead the...

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April 28, 2021 4 min

You can afford to be ignorant of many things—you can hire an attorney to handle your legal stuff, an accountant to do your books, and a doctor to keep you healthy—but the individual who is ignorant of the Bible has an ignorance he can ill afford.

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April 27, 2021 4 min

Cultural battles are far more extensive than whether or not your child's teacher embraces gender fluidity or if parents should be notified when a teenager requests contraceptives from a clinic.

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Never has a generation wanted more from its culture that only Jesus Christ could provide than our present one.? Like what?? The comforts of prosperity including a home and car, happiness, and money in the bank.? When that is the driving force of a society, vast numbers of people buy into the God-will-deliver-the-goods mentality, expecting Him to be the great provider of our expectations.? This also explains why there are so many br...

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Any traveler to Rome today, making his way through the ruins of what was once the greatest city in the world, would have to admit, whatever they were short on, it was not temples.  Outdone only by the Athenians, the Romans had temples to the stars and to the gods, to the muses and to the politicians who thought they were gods.  There were plenty of them!

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Your brain may rule your head, but it is your heart which rules your emotions, and emotions are to life what pigment is to paint.  When your heart is committed, your world is together; but when it is divided, you are headed for trouble. 

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April 21, 2021 4 min

When Moses knew that time for him was running out, he gave a charge to Joshua, saying, "Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach" (Deuteronomy 30:11).  As a man who knew his days--possibly even his hours—were numbered, he gave it to him straight.  He said that obedience is a choice, a decision which you make.  And with obedience comes blessing; with disobedience comes difficulty.

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April 20, 2021 4 min

A five-year-old Australian girl was "doing very well" after a heart-lung transplant in London, but her father halfway around the world in Melbourne wasn't doing very well.  Robert Edward Matthews, then aged 39, was apprehended for robbing a McDonald's restaurant to help pay for the surgery which gave the promise of new life to his little girl.  "I did it for Brooke," said Matthews, "and I'd do it aga...

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"Dear Dr. Sala," writes an 8-year-old friend of Guidelines, "my name is Amy and I have a problem with my friends.  Missy won't like me if I like Aimee!  I like both of them but I don't understand!  I don't know what to do!  Could you tell me...?"  Signed, "Amy--your 8-year-old friend."

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