Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Isaiah 61:1-11

November 20, 2018

“As the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” (Isaiah 61:11)

 “Spring” is such a wonderful, lively word. During the season of the year called Spring, we see dramatic changes in our gardens or fields as new growth “springs” up and mere sprouts begin developing into...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 60:1-22

November 19, 2018

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1-2)

Not long ago, our town suffered a major electrical blackout in the middle of the night. A portion of the power distribution station for the surrounding area exploded...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 59:1-21

November 18, 2018

“So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19)

Recently one of my friends had a rough week. On Tuesday, while she was at the neighborhood grocery store, her tire was deliberately slashed. The next morning the dryer quit working,...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 58:1-14

November 17, 2018

“And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” (Isaiah 58:11)

When I was in college, a fellow student shared with me how Jesus Christ died so painfully for my sins. At that moment God broke my heart. My friend prayed with me and the Lord saved me!

That...

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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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