Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 1 Corinthians 8:1 through 9:27

March 31, 2019

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)

The beautiful day was perfect for skiing downhill into a world of white. The snow pack was just right, making the slopes ideal for the magnificent skiing that would soon take place. Excitement mounted and hearts pounded as the contestants lined up at each event in the long-awaited Winter Olympics....

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Daybreak: 1 Corinthians 7:1-40

March 30, 2019

“Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.” (1 Corinthians 7:24)

More than a dozen years ago, my father-in-law planted some tulips in our backyard. My gardening book says that tulips like sun, but the corner of our yard where the tulips found a home is in deep shade about 97 percent of the time. The same book says tulips need good, fertile soil. I am not sure that my father-in-law knew...

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Daybreak: 1 Corinthians 6:1-20

March 29, 2019

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)

A while back, my mother began contemplating the purchase of a new serger to complement the sewing machine she already had. After doing some comparison-shopping to find the make and model that fit her parameters, she noted all the information and filed it away. Some time later, when I asked her when she...

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Daybreak: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13

March 28, 2019

“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.” (1 Corinthians 5:6-7)

Several years ago, I worked at the headquarters of a bank that had a large number of customers. The record of the customers’ banking transactions was maintained on a powerful central...

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Daybreak: 1 Corinthians 3:5 through 4:21

March 27, 2019

“Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11)

Anchor bolts, tie down brackets, strap ties, and shear nails are all terms that have become much more common in the construction industry in recent years. Building codes in many areas have been made more stringent to ensure that structures are as resistant as possible to storms and earthquakes. In their effort to meet these requirements, contractors sometimes have...

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Daybreak: 1 Corinthians 1:18 through 3:4

March 26, 2019

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

My last term in university, I was assigned to work with a group of several students, including one young man in particular. The assignment came as no surprise to me, for although I cannot explain exactly how, the first day I sat in that class, I knew I was...

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Daybreak: 1 Corinthians 1:1-17

March 25, 2019

“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)

Several years ago, I visited two small churches near Mexicali, Mexico. In addition to organizing Bible school activities for the children of the...

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Daybreak: Mark 16:1-20

March 24, 2019

“After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.” (Mark 16:12)

Try to place yourself in the situation of these two people. Their close friend had experienced a violent death just a few days earlier. Because their future plans had involved Him, they found themselves dealing with uncertainty as well as heart-breaking grief. Then, one of their acquaintances reported seeing their friend alive. How could that...

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Daybreak: Mark 15:21-47

March 23, 2019

“And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.” (Mark 15:33)

For many people, May 18, 1980, was just another Sunday, but for those who lived in Washington and Oregon states, something big was happening. Beneath Mount St. Helens in southwestern Washington, something was taking place that would affect the lives of many. The ground there began to tremble and shake. At 8:31 in the morning, the...

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Daybreak: Mark 15:1-20

March 22, 2019

“And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.” (Mark 15:15)

I am a substitute teacher. As such, I am called upon, sometimes with little notice, to go to a local junior or senior high school to replace a teacher who is unable to teach his or her regular classes. Sometimes this job is more difficult than at other times, but it...

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