Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 2 Samuel 18:1-33

October 31, 2017

“And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king’s servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.” (2 Samuel 18:29)

The story of Ahimaaz and Cushi reminds me of an embarrassing moment that I had years ago when I was in the army. We were in the final days of our grueling “first eight weeks,” and we were...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 17:1-29

October 30, 2017

“And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.” (2 Samuel 17:14)

When we face opposition, betrayal, or attack, it is important to remember that God is in complete control. One woman testified of a recent challenge at the school...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 16:1-23

October 29, 2017

“It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.” (2 Samuel 16:12)

A few days ago I visited with the skipper of a commercial fishing vessel, who is a Christian. Two of his brothers are on his crew. For a whole week their vessel had been equipped for them to go crabbing, but the strong winds prevented them from going the...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 15:1-37

October 28, 2017

“And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.” (2 Samuel 15:6)

Some years ago, we had a new neighbor move into a house near the river that ran by our house, and he seemed a social and generous man. He and his wife often invited several couples over for barbecued steaks or a wiener roast, and in cooler...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 14:1-33

October 27, 2017

“But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.” (2 Samuel 14:25)

One doesn’t have to look far in society to find examples where a beautiful exterior façade hides a soul steeped in immorality and wickedness. Television programs, magazines, and movies parade a seemingly endless stream of good-looking people...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 13:1-39

October 26, 2017

“And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her.”  (2 Samuel 13:2)

The job had finally become available! The career position I had wanted so badly was open, and testing was going to begin. I worked hard at studying and getting myself into condition to take the written and physical exams that were required for...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 12:1-31

October 25, 2017

“And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.” (2 Samuel 12:13)

One man tells how he lived for years without any understanding of what it meant to be a Christian. Then he was invited to church and began attending services. He heard people tell of salvation and of victory over sin. One night he knelt and...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 11:1-27

October 24, 2017

“And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. ” (2 Samuel 11:27)

As a young girl, my friend became a Christian, but in her teenage years, she let God’s love go from her heart. One night, when she was ready to enter her senior year of college, she was driving...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 10:1-19

October 23, 2017

“And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will come and help thee.” (2 Samuel 10:11)

We are in a spiritual warfare. We are not alone in the battle because the Lord is with us. We also stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of God around the world who have joined this great fray.

Many of the...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 8:1 through 9:13

October 22, 2017

“And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Samuel 9:1)

Many years ago, my grandparents moved their family of eight children to Portland, Oregon, so they could worship with the people of the Apostolic Faith Church. Not long after they arrived, one of their sons contracted diphtheria and passed away. During his illness, the entire family was quarantined, so...

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