Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Luke 8:1-21

August 31, 2019

“But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” (Luke 8:15)

Harold and Sally Barrett loved to tell the testimony of Mool Ajumoni (or “water lady”), whose heart was like the good ground of our focus verse, being receptive to the Word of God. During the Barretts’ early years as missionaries to Korea in the late 1960s,...

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Daybreak: Luke 7:18-50

August 30, 2019

“There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.” (Luke 7:41-43)

Pete Friesen, a minister in the Apostolic Faith work, was...

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Daybreak: Luke 7:1-17

August 29, 2019

“When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.” (Luke 7:9-10)

Corrie ten Boom, who along with other family members helped many Jews escape the Nazi holocaust during World War II, has...

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Daybreak: Luke 6:12-49

August 28, 2019

“He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it...

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Daybreak: Luke 5:27 through 6:11

August 27, 2019

“And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.” (Luke 5:29)

Hospitality can be an evangelistic outreach. This was true in New Testament times, and it is true in our day too. A family in our congregation tells of the impact that Christian hospitality can make upon troubled individuals in need of God.

After five years of marriage,...

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Daybreak: Luke 5:1-26

August 26, 2019

“Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.” (Luke 5:23-24)

Florence Crawford, the founder of the Apostolic Faith Church, was born to pioneer parents in 1872....

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Daybreak: Luke 4:14-44

August 25, 2019

“And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.” (Luke 4:36)

I distinctly remember the first time I heard our newly hired professor perform. Alexander Tutunov had grown up as a child protégé under the Communist regime in Russia, and now he lived in the United States. Rumors had circulated that he was an amazing...

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Daybreak: Luke 3:1 through 4:13

August 24, 2019

“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” (Luke 4:1-2)

Located twenty miles from the Atlantic Coast in New Bern, North Carolina, the four-span Neuse River Bridge opened to traffic in the fall of 1999. Construction of the massive superstructure...

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Daybreak: Luke 2:21-52

August 23, 2019

“And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions . . . And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:45-46,49)

When we hear on...

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Daybreak: Luke 2:1-20

August 22, 2019

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” (Luke 2:10)

While looking through a coloring book of Nativity scenes one Christmas, I was struck by the contrast in the lives of the people God chose to receive the announcement of the birth of His Son. 

On one page were the shepherds dressed in plain robes, sleeping in a field next...

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