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The Duplication Factor

The Duplication Factor

The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon (Genesis 41:32).

Scripture: Genesis 41:25–36
Song: “Wonderful Words of Life” (by Philip P. Bliss)

After opening our ministerial meeting with prayer, the ministers in Dayton, Oregon, took five minutes to share about last month’s ministry. Five ministers were present that day, each one representing a different church denomination. As part of our reports, we shared the title and text of our previous Sunday’s sermon. To our amazement, we had all used the same Scripture text, and although our sermon titles were different, the messages we preached were much the same.

As we read our Bibles, we find that certain passages, stories, words, and prophetic dreams are purposely repeated. Many theologians believe something revealed or stated twice in Scripture is God’s way of drawing attention to it, like putting an exclamation point at the end of a sentence. The Bible contains numerous examples, including today’s passage. Pharaoh’s dream came in two forms: seven cows and seven heads of grain. Yet each version held the same warning of an approaching famine.

God still uses repetition to emphasize an important truth. This gives us an opportunity to change our ways and avert a catastrophe. God is merciful and wants us to know His plan for our lives. Besides being expedient, repetition gets our attention.

Father, I appreciate Your loving concern for my soul. Repetition of important truths helps me follow You closer. May I always be attentive. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“The Duplication Factor” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Sunday Devotionals

Every Sunday, which started in March and ends in May, my devotionals are featured in God’s Word For Today. I am the guest pastor for the 2018 spring quarter.


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May you find inspiration and encouragement,
Charles Earl Harrel

Word Becoming Flesh in the Life of a Writer

Another enlightening and encouraging post by Lynne Hartke in WordServe Water Cooler. Thank you, Lynne.

WordServe Water Cooler

 “The Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us….” John 1:14. (NIV)

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was called to carry the Word Made Flesh. Saying “yes” to that plan involved a huge surrender on Mary’s part. Obedience brought her under scrutiny and censure, not only in the public eye, but also–initially–with Joseph, whose opinion she must have valued.

“Don’t be afraid,” the angel told her, which was saying, in essence, “You are about to be shunned and ostracized in your hometown because you are going to get pregnant with God’s son and although you have never been touched by any man, nobody is going to believe your story and they are going to whisper and point at you when you walk by and call you harlot and whore and turn their backs when you enter a room.”

Sometimes the hardest part of being a Word carrier is believing the…

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Now I See

Now I See

Read Acts 9:13–19

Karen’s contact lens crumbled between her fingertips as she tried to clean it. The lens was just too brittle. For years, Karen had put off visiting her optometrist, now she had no choice. She needed replacements. Besides, her vision was already limited, especially when driving at night. The next day the doctor prescribed new contacts and Karen could see clearly again.

Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized (Acts 9:18).

Karen did not realize how cloudy her vision had become. Saul came to a similar revelation after receiving prayer from Ananias. Not only did his eyesight return, Saul’s spiritual perception improved too. The first thing he saw was his need for water baptism.

Water baptism is an open expression of our newfound faith in Christ. If we have passed from spiritual darkness into the light, then we should demonstrate that change to others. Baptism is a good start.

Thought for Today: There are two baptisms: The Holy Spirit imparts one; the church conducts the other.

—Charles Earl Harrel

God’s Word for Today © 2010 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.

P.S. Both baptisms are important.

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Whom Should You Follow?

Whom Should You Follow?

Read 1 Corinthians 1:10–17

After a two-week vacation with his family, Pastor Dave returned to the pulpit. It didn’t take long for negative reports to filter in. Some members stayed away from services because Pastor Dave was not preaching or they didn’t think his associate should perform the baptismal service during his absence.

Obviously, people have personal preferences and loyalties—there’s nothing wrong with such things—but following one person’s ministry exclusively while rejecting others can lead to divisions in the church.

What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:12, 13).

We are not saved in the name of a gifted evangelist, nor baptized in the name of our favorite pastor. Although church leaders are important, we should not center our attention upon them. Rather, we should focus on the Lord.

Challenge for Today: [Next Sunday] don’t dwell on the qualifications of the speaker, open your heart to receive from God.

—Charles Earl Harrel

Pray that God would give you a deeper understanding of the Bible.

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The Best Water of All

The Best Water of All

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (Revelation 7:17).

Scripture: Revelation 7:9–17

Song: “Springs of Living Water” (by John W. Peterson)

One afternoon, while hunting for a new camping spot in the Mammoth area of Central California, my father drove his truck into an alpine meadow. It was beautiful. The meadow offered the perfect place for pitching a tent, with level terrain and ponderosa pines to offer shade. However, one essential thing was missing—fresh water. After setting up our campsite, Dad hiked up the canyon to search for a mountain spring. In a few hours, he returned with a grin on his face, carrying a canteen of spring water.

With each new trip, the path to the springs became more established and easier to traverse. In a few years, others were following the trail my father had blazed. Many campers now enjoy this meadow because someone first led the way to water.

One day, Jesus will lead His sheep to a heavenly water source. Much like the tree of life in Revelation, these precious waters have eternal properties. The springs are pure, limitless, and spiritually refreshing. At the springs of living water, we will always find safety, peace, and contentment—no tears allowed.

God and Father, not only is Your Son my shepherd in this lifetime, He will shepherd me throughout all eternity. I can hardly wait to see Lord Christ in person and drink from the springs of living water. A long, satisfying drink will be worth the wait. I pray this prayer in the name of Jesus, my Savior and Lord. Amen.

“The Best Water of All” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2011 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference 2017

Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference 2017
Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach
Portland, Oregon

Theme: “Filled with His Wisdom”
August 15–18, 2017 – Tuesday 2 PM through Friday 12:30 PM

Keynote Speakers: Frank Peretti and Tessa Afshar


For more information or to sign up, go to OCW Summer Conference

Hope to see you there!