Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 13:1-14

April 22, 2019

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Some years back, I worked at a bank. One part of the employee training of those who would be in a cash-handling position involved how to detect a counterfeit bill. We would give employees instructions on the features of a genuine bill and show...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 12:1-21

April 21, 2019

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

In a split second on a hot July afternoon in 1967, a diving accident transformed the life of seventeen-year-old Joni forever. When she dove into shallow water, her head hit the bottom and snapped her...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

April 20, 2019

“Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.” (2 Corinthians 11:23)

A man in our Portland congregation often told how he promised God early in his Christian walk that, if it were at all possible, he would never leave a church service without spending time at the altar of prayer. “I’ve kept that promise,” he would...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

April 19, 2019

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Hoping to save his stranded wife and children, James Kim made a tragic decision: he left his car and ventured into the cold and unforgiving Oregon wilderness. It had been more than a week since Kim and his wife had begun their drive home after...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 10:1-18

April 18, 2019

“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.” (2 Corinthians 10:12-13)

Several years ago, I worked at the headquarters of a major...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15

April 17, 2019

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

About fifty years ago, when I was a boy, our pastor used the words of today’s focus verse as he asked us to save our pennies and nickels over the coming winter months. The purpose was to make donations to help with the construction of a church building at...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 8:1-24

April 16, 2019

“For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.” (2 Corinthians 8:3-4)

Lem was handicapped by cerebral palsy from birth and never had much income. He received a small check from Social Security and a small disability check from the government. When I became his...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 7:2-16

April 15, 2019

“Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; and not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.” (2 Corinthians 7:6-7)

A while back, my wife began experiencing pain. It became so severe that she had to be transported by ambulance to...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 6:1 through 7:1

April 14, 2019

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

For over thirty-five years I have never tired of hearing Lonnie Carlson testify about the childhood object lesson his father frequently gave to him and his siblings. His father would say, “Christianity and the world do not mix. Trying to combine the two is like mixing oil and water. They will...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 5:1-21

April 13, 2019

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

As I listened to my father’s testimony during my childhood, I often wondered how he could have been so different before he was saved. The way he lived in our home was nothing like the life he described before he had given his heart to God. He had been raised...

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