Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Isaiah 57:1-21

November 16, 2018

“I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee. When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain.” (Isaiah 57:12-13)

For several years, we lived in a part of the United States known as “tornado alley.” Having never experienced a tornado, we...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 56:1-12

November 15, 2018

“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.” (Isaiah 56:7)

Children need kind and loving instruction about being respectful in church. Teaching them to reverence God’s House takes time, consistency, and patience. Over and over, a child should hear that...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 55:1-13

November 14, 2018

“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” (Isaiah 55:2)

Just after the turn of the twentieth century, a homeless man in the city of Baltimore found a gold coin lying on the street. He considered all the things that he could do with the...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 54:1-17

November 13, 2018

“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.” (Isaiah 54:2)

On May 31, 1792, William Carey preached a sermon that mission experts agree changed the world. Thousands have read or quoted two remarkable phrases from it: “Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God!” 

William Carey was led to Christ by English Christians who had separated themselves...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 52:13 through 53:12

November 12, 2018

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

During World War II, the SS Dorchester, carrying 903 servicemen, was headed over the Atlantic during the winter. One night a German torpedo hit the ship and the men realized it was going down. As men ran for lifeboats, a young GI came up to...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 52:1-12

November 11, 2018

“For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.” (Isaiah 52:3)

Bruce Archer, a man from our Portland congregation, used to testify: “My mother was a Christian, and she faithfully read the Bible and prayed with me. My father tried to bring me up to do the right thing, but I would not come under his rule. When I was fifteen years old, I left home...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 50:1 through 51:23

November 10, 2018

“For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.” (Isaiah 51:3)

The life of my grandmother was marked by tragedy. When she was eighteen years old, two of her sisters and her mother acquired tuberculosis. It fell on my grandma to take...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 49:1-26

November 9, 2018

“Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” (Isaiah 49:15)

When I was five years old, our family lived in a small town in Siberia. One Christmas, we received an interesting gift — two oranges. In Siberia, you do not usually see oranges in the winter, so this was a very special gift. Even if you...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 48:1-22

November 8, 2018

“Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” (Isaiah 48:17)

In about 1929, a man by the name of George Joli attended a revival meeting in a little church in New York and gave his heart to the Lord. From that time on, he and his wife went to church after...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 47:1-15

November 7, 2018

“As for our redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 47:4)

Prior to 1945, the country of Romania had approximately one thousand Communist party members. After the war, membership soared to over one million with engineered help from Moscow. One year later, King Michael of Romania was forced to abdicate as his queen mother was held at gunpoint. The period that followed was full of terror as prewar...

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