Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Jeremiah 11:1-23

March 31, 2020

“For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.” (Jeremiah 11:7)

Do you take weather warnings seriously? Bob and Ann Dixson of Greensburg, Kansas, did so on May 4, 2007. They knew the weather service had been tracking a storm, and they had about twenty minutes of warning...

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Daybreak: Jeremiah 10:1-25

March 30, 2020

“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.” (Jeremiah 10:23-24)

I was blessed to grow up in a home where my siblings and I knew we were loved. My parents also wisely established boundaries and guidelines for our behavior. ...

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Daybreak: Jeremiah 9:2-26

March 29, 2020

“But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:24)

Fanny J. Crosby, who lived from 1820 to 1915, wrote more than eight thousand hymns. When she was just a baby, improper treatment of an eye infection left her...

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Daybreak: Jeremiah 8:4 through 9:1

March 28, 2020

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” (Jeremiah 8:20)

An incident from the American Revolutionary War illustrates how great tragedy can result from neglect. Colonel Rahl, the commander of the British garrison in Trenton, New Jersey, had been ordered to construct defense entrenchments around the town but had not troubled to do so. Few precautions were taken, and the cannons intended for the protection of the town were used...

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Daybreak: Jeremiah 7:1 through 8:3

March 27, 2020

“But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.” (Jeremiah 7:23)

Margaret Parker had drifted away from the faith of her childhood, and she was miserable. Though she attended various churches and prayed at times, she had no victory in her life. She...

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Daybreak: Jeremiah 6:1-30

March 26, 2020

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

Where I grew up in rural Minnesota, the schools were far apart, and each usually served eight grades. When I began first grade, the three-mile walk to ...

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Daybreak: Jeremiah 5:1-31

March 25, 2020

“Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not.” (Jeremiah 5:21)

As the photocopier demonstration became more and more technical, I could feel my eyes glazing over. “Oh, I see,” I said as one particular function was explained. That was followed by, “Mmm-hmm. That’s a nice feature . . .” While my ears were hearing precisely how our new piece of office equipment...

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Daybreak: Jeremiah 4:5-31

March 24, 2020

“Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.” (Jeremiah 4:13)

Whirlwinds are common and destructive in many parts of the world, but here in Portland, Oregon, where I live, they are less common. However, we do occasionally have severe windstorms. My mind goes back to the biggest storm I remember: the Columbus Day Storm of 1962....

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Daybreak: Jeremiah 3:6 through 4:4

March 23, 2020

“Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God.” (Jeremiah 3:22)

Don Danner was a man who spoke passionately of the wonderful power of God to restore the backslider. He would often begin his testimony in our church services by saying, “It was a happy day when Jesus washed my sins away!” His face would shine as...

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Daybreak: Jeremiah 2:1 through 3:5

March 22, 2020

“Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?” (Jeremiah 2:5)

When people choose to go away from the Lord and walk after “vanity,” it is tragic. Stan Frank told his story this way. “At one time my wife and I were saved, and bringing up our children to love the...

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