Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 1 Samuel 19:1-17

June 30, 2019

“And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good.” (1 Samuel 19:4)

Have you ever had a situation when you needed an intercessor — a time when your explanation would not be heard or accepted, but you thought maybe the words of someone else would get...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 18:1-30

June 29, 2019

“David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him.” (1 Samuel 18:14)

Abraham Lincoln once stated, “Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” (1) Throughout his administration, Lincoln was a president under political fire, especially during the scarring years of the Civil War. Though he knew he would make errors while in office,...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 17:1-58

June 28, 2019

“And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.”(1 Samuel 17:47)

We know there are degrees of fear — it can range from anxious concern to sheer terror. Fear associated with the danger of imminent death is no doubt one of the most terrifying. 

My brother tells of an incident that occurred when he was in Vietnam. He was...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 16:1-23

June 27, 2019

“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”(1 Samuel 16:7)

The man was tall and gangling; most people said he was homely. His life was marked by numerous disappointments. In his early years, he lived in poverty, and had...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 15:1-35

June 26, 2019

“And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”(1 Samuel 15:22)

My father gave me a bit of advice when I embarked on my first experience as an employee, and his words illustrate the importance of heeding those in authority over us. He said, “You may not always...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 14:1-52

June 25, 2019

“And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after me: for the Lord hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.” (1 Samuel 14:12)

Agnes could sing — that was obvious from the time she was a child. When she was a young teenager, Agnes gave her heart to the Lord. As a young...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 13:1-23

June 24, 2019

“And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.” (1 Samuel 13:13)

Disobedience does not pay. That is a concept that we try to teach our children while they are still young. The discipline we give them is intended to help them understand just how foolish their disobedience...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 12:1-25

June 23, 2019

“Behold, here I am: witness against me before the Lord, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.” (1 Samuel 12:3)

As a mother, I am responsible for many different aspects of my children’s care: grooming, clothing, meals, and much...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 10:1 through 11:15

June 22, 2019

“And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, and by your thousands.” (1 Samuel 10:19)

My wife always has crafts for the little ones in her pre-school Sunday school class. She does her best to provide them with materials to make...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 9:1-27

June 21, 2019

“Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.” (1 Samuel 9:15-16)

George Washington...

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