Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Mark 10:32-52

March 11, 2019

“And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.” (Mark 10:47-48)

Bartimaeus had a great need — he was blind — and he had faith that Jesus could restore his sight. Then the day arrived when Jesus...

Read More

Daybreak: Mark 10:13-31

March 10, 2019

“Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” (Mark 10:15)

A hairnet is such a little thing — if put on a postage scale it would not move the pointer to the first mark. If placed in an envelope, it would require only minimum postage. Even though years have passed, I still marvel that so small a thing could bring such weight to a...

Read More

Daybreak: Mark 10:1-12

March 9, 2019

“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.” (Mark 10:7-8)

My parents were married for twenty-seven years before the death of my father due to cancer. Sometime after my father’s passing, I reflected upon several of the incidents my mother had shared about their marriage and what had made it successful....

Read More

Daybreak: Mark 9:33-50

March 8, 2019

“Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.” (Mark 9:50)

A young woman was preparing a meal for several friends, when she realized that she had added much more salt to the meat dish than the recipe called for. Since she was not yet experienced in cooking, she decided to compensate by not putting any salt in the...

Read More

Daybreak: Mark 9:14-32

March 7, 2019

“And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)

Sometimes we find ourselves in a position where we are helpless and in desperate need of God’s power to deliver us. That happened to me not many winters ago, when I was driving alongside a river on a snow-covered, two-lane state highway. That day, I had traveled over one hundred miles when suddenly I...

Read More

Daybreak: Mark 9:1-13

March 6, 2019

“And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.” (Mark 9:7)

People “hear” God in different ways. Our pastor tells that when he was in college, a professor said the only way an encounter between God and man could be experienced was if God initiated it. A girl in that class objected, saying that she could initiate an encounter with the...

Read More

Daybreak: Mark 8:27-38

March 5, 2019

“And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.” (Mark 8:29)

Have you ever been exasperated with someone who was slow to pick up on a key point? After careful explanation, that person still just did not seem to grasp the concept. In the past year, I have gained a little perspective on this. After completing a difficult course which would have...

Read More

Daybreak: Mark 8:1-26

March 4, 2019

“Having eyes, see ye not? And having ears, hear ye not? And do ye not remember?” (Mark 8:18)

For six months I knew my job of seventeen years was going to terminate. Diligent searching for other employment produced nothing. Many times, I prayed that the Lord would provide me with employment according to His perfect will, hoping that He would not wait until I was unemployed!

The Lord gave me promises regarding a job and let me...

Read More

Daybreak: Mark 7:24-37

March 3, 2019

“But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.” (Mark 7:27)

When I was invited to church and heard about salvation for the first time, I was thirty-one years old. The Gospel message was completely foreign to me. Although at that time I thought I was living a good life and was not a bad person, I...

Read More

Daybreak: Mark 7:1-23

March 2, 2019

“For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.” (Mark 7:8)

“Tradition” is a word that has diverse meanings to different people. Some traditions, such as specific ways of celebrating holidays, or recipes that are handed down from one generation to the next, are a special aspect of being part of a family. 

Some traditions are humorous, such...

Read More