Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Hosea 2:2 through 3:5

September 10, 2018

“For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.” (Hosea 2:8)

Have you ever been the recipient of a gift from an unidentified giver? 

Occasionally groups of women will choose to have “secret pals.” They draw names, and challenge themselves to give each other gifts without their “pals” finding out who gave them. At times, even handwriting is disguised or...

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Daybreak: Hosea 1:1 through 2:1

September 9, 2018

“Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.” (Hosea 1:9)

Before our first son was born, my wife and I searched through baby name books and held lengthy discussions about the perfect name for our boy. We had a hard time agreeing on what to call him, because we wanted it to be unique. If we thought...

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Daybreak: Amos 9:1-15

September 8, 2018

“Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down: And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them.” (Amos 9:2-3)

In my role as a school bus...

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Daybreak: Amos 8:1-14

September 7, 2018

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12)

When I was about...

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Daybreak: Amos 6:1 through 7:17

September 6, 2018

“Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand. And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more.” (Amos 7:7-8)

Have you ever seen a plumbline used? It is a...

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Daybreak: Amos 5:1-27

September 5, 2018

“Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.” (Amos 5:14)

A Salvation Army officer told of an old Maori woman who, prior to her conversion, had won the name of “Warrior Brown” because of her propensity to fight when she was enraged or had been drinking. A week after she was converted, she gave her testimony at an...

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Daybreak: Amos 3:1 through 4:13

September 4, 2018

“The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8)

During the spring, in the area where we live, it is not uncommon to hear wild turkeys gobbling. Their gobble is often out of fear — the male turkey will gobble at anything that startles him. Often, a car door slamming or the sound of a power tool from a job site is enough to elicit a gobble from...

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Daybreak: Amos 2:1-16

September 3, 2018

“Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.” (Amos 2:13)

One year, I was with my grandparents at harvest time. My grandfather, a very tall, hard-working individual, set out with his sons to harvest corn. This time he took my brother and me, too. However, we were told that we were expected to work and not distract the men from working. We assured our grandfather that we...

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Daybreak: Amos 1:1-15

September 2, 2018

“Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron.” (Amos 1:3)

For a number of years, a World War II veteran testified of God’s mercy to him. While in the service, he was a sailor and also a sinner. He said, “Once, we were standing on the deck when...

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Daybreak: Jonah 4:1-11

September 1, 2018

“And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.” (Jonah 4:2)

God is amazingly merciful! He will go to astounding measures to rescue one soul. Our focus verse indicates...

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