Daily Devotional

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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Daybreak: Isaiah 46:1-13

November 6, 2018

“And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” (Isaiah 46:4) 

I have had the privilege of working side by side with a number of Gospel veterans over the years, and have been tremendously blessed by their dedication and godly example. Among these pioneers of the faith, one special gentleman stands out...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 45:1-25

November 5, 2018

“I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: that they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:5-6) 

“You’ll feel as if you are at the top of the world,” my husband promised. At times it was necessary...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 44:1-28

November 4, 2018

“For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.” (Isaiah 44:3)

A few years ago, my friend gave me a beautiful plant. I usually kept it in my kitchen where I could keep an eye on it. When it began to droop a bit, I would remember to water it. Unfortunately, when I was...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 43:1-28

November 3, 2018

“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” (Isaiah 43:2)

My grandfather used to tell how he proved the reality of today’s focus verse. Many years ago, he was taking a businessman from Port Townsend, Washington, to the San Juan Islands in his small boat....

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Daybreak: Isaiah 42:1-25

November 2, 2018

“Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 42:10)

Have you ever been in a church service when the song leader called a song you didn’t know? Maybe it was introduced as a “new song” for the congregation to learn. Remember how unsure you initially felt? Often as I have learned the words and the tune of a new song, it has “clicked” with me, and...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 41:1-29

November 1, 2018

“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.” (Isaiah 41:17-18)

On a number of occasions when I have mentioned to...

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