Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Judges 12:1-15

May 31, 2019

“And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? We will burn thine house upon thee with fire.” (Judges 12:1)

During the summer of 1986, two ships collided in the Black Sea, off the coast of Russia. Hundreds of innocent passengers were drowned in the icy waters as the two...

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Daybreak: Judges 11:1-40

May 30, 2019

“And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.” (Judges 11:30-31)

It is always touching when a brother in our congregation...

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Daybreak: Judges 10:1-18

May 29, 2019

“And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.” (Judges 10:10)

As a child, I loved to go to our boysenberry patch and feast on the berries. My mom had said I could only go there when she went with me. I also had to wear shoes, which was very hard for me to do in the summer. In...

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Daybreak: Judges 9:1-57

May 28, 2019

“Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.” (Judges 9:14-15)

Recently we needed some screening between our property and the neighbors, so we installed several trellises and planted some...

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Daybreak: Judges 8:1-35

May 27, 2019

“And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply.” (Judges 8:1)

When our daughter was quite young, she was extremely sensitive to raised voices. If we instructed her verbally with any increase in volume beyond a normal conversational tone, she would say quietly, “Please don’t yell at me!” While it would...

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Daybreak: Judges 7:1-25

May 26, 2019

“And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.” (Judges 7:15)

The paint was cracked and peeling, falling off with just a touch of my fingers; it was clear that I would have to paint the house this year. I asked my wife to...

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Daybreak: Judges 6:1-40

May 25, 2019

“And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” (Judges 6:15)

Gideon felt very insignificant. The least from a poor family, Gideon saw himself as a frightened man hiding from the enemy. However, God looked on his heart and saw a “mighty man of valor,” one He could use to deliver His people from their enemies.

In...

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Daybreak: Judges 5:1-31

May 24, 2019

“My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the Lord.” (Judges 5:9)

Challenge yourself! How many people can you think of who have “offered themselves willingly” in the Lord’s service? Having been blessed with a rich heritage in the Gospel, many examples come to my mind. 

There was a man whose responsibilities regularly caused him to be one of the last people to leave the church after the...

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Daybreak: Judges 4:1-24

May 23, 2019

“And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.” (Judges 4:14)

During the Second World War in Europe, a father, carrying his young son, rushed from a building that had just been bombed. Ahead, in their front yard, was a shell hole. Amid...

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Daybreak: Judges 3:1-31

May 22, 2019

“And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites: And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgat the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the groves.” (Judges 3:5-7)

The summer before the start of my third year of high...

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