Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Deuteronomy 34:1-12

January 31, 2021

“And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.” (Deuteronomy 34:10)

When I was applying for a job after graduating from college, I sifted through the letters of recommendations that my professors had written for me, and one letter especially caught my eye: this letter of recommendation was very flattering and praised my accomplishments at some length. As I eagerly scanned to the bottom of...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 32:1 through 33:29

January 30, 2021

“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.” (Deuteronomy 33:27)

Tragedy struck Chicago in the year 1871, as fire ravaged the city. Horatio Gates Spafford, a lawyer who had invested much of his money in downtown Chicago real estate, was one who lost a great deal to the fire. Adding to the trauma, his only son...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 31:1-30

January 29, 2021

“For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.” (Deuteronomy 31:20)

Get a picture in your mind of a mule. Let’s name him Frank. Frank was a stubborn mule. He was so stubborn that...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 29:1 through 30:20

January 28, 2021

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

The day had finally arrived when it was warm enough to plant flowers outside without fear of frost. I set out eagerly for the garden center, intent on purchasing the young plants that would transform the winter-weary flowerbeds surrounding...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 28:1-68

January 27, 2021

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)

I...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 27:1-26

January 26, 2021

“And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.” (Deuteronomy 27:8)

Recently, I had the opportunity to teach a group of people how to extend a greeting in my language, which is Yoruba (a language spoken in Southwest Africa). These people had never spoken a word of Yoruba before. My goal was that, by the time the class was over, they could greet others in this language. If they...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 25:1 through 26:19

January 25, 2021

“And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O Lord, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the Lord thy God, and worship before the Lord thy God.”(Deuteronomy 26:10)

Some of the laws recorded in today’s text concern the subject of giving. I have seen firsthand how the Lord blesses those who help others. The oldest child in our family, my brother Lem, was handicapped from birth. When...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 23:1 through 24:22

January 24, 2021

“For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.” (Deuteronomy 23:14)

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas produced by incomplete combustion. It is particularly dangerous because it cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. When a person inhales excessive amounts of smoke, automobile...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 21:1 through 22:30

January 23, 2021

“Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.” (Deuteronomy 22:1)

It was always funny to receive a phone call letting us know that our pigs were downtown. No, this was not a big city. Downtown consisted of a gas station, restaurant, general store, and a couple other businesses. I worked at a farm supply store...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 19:1 through 20:20

January 22, 2021

“As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbor to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of those cities, and live.” (Deuteronomy 19:5)

Have you ever felt like “fleeing” to a place of refuge? Perhaps life has been a little stressful and you...

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