Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Matthew 25:31-46

March 31, 2021

“When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?” (Matthew 25:38-39)

Emma Booth-Tucker was the daughter of the founders of the Salvation Army, and she was the one who planned and oversaw the first Christmas basket distributions. It was said of her, “She never saw or heard of sorrow without wanting to assuage it; never knew of trouble...

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Daybreak: Matthew 25:1-30

March 30, 2021

“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 25:13)

As school kids in the Midwest, the very word “Tornado!” was enough to send shivers through our bones. When there was a tornado watch in our area, we would keep a sharp lookout on the skies for any signs of severe weather. If the watch was upgraded to a warning advisory, we were ready to go...

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Daybreak: Matthew 24:27-51

March 29, 2021

“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:42)

Recently, my husband and I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of a young couple in our church family. Along with many other friends and family members, we gathered in the sanctuary late one Saturday afternoon to share in the joy of this special occasion. A string ensemble played soft, romantic music as we waited for the appointed hour to...

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Daybreak: Matthew 24:1-26

March 28, 2021

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:12-13)

Imagine being told you have ten days to stop being a Christian. How would you react? Dayaseel, a young man in India, went to minister in a remote village where the people had no knowledge of God. In just two years, he started a church where none had existed....

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Daybreak: Matthew 23:1-39

March 27, 2021

“Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” (Matthew 23:28)

I have a friend I call my “button buddy,” because we both collect buttons and often work together to organize and catalog our finds. As we sort our recently acquired buttons, we drop them into labeled boxes, categorizing them by the material they are made from. Is it glass, metal, ceramic, wood, bone, shell, horn,...

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Daybreak: Matthew 22:15-46

March 26, 2021

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Love will cause a person to do some strange things. When I began dating the young lady who later became my wife, we lived a six-hour drive apart, yet I went to visit her every weekend for about two years. Often I was working up to nineteen or...

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Daybreak: Matthew 22:1-14

March 25, 2021

“And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment.” (Matthew 22:11)

One morning, I received a phone call inviting me to a breakfast that was to take place one week later. There was a hitch: it was a “Come As You Are” breakfast, and I was to appear just as I was dressed at the moment I received the invitation! 

Needless to say,...

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Daybreak: Matthew 21:23-46

March 24, 2021

“And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” (Matthew 21:44)

As a teenage girl, I loved going places with my dad. He used to take me fishing in the middle of the forest where the streams came straight from the mountain — it was freezing cold glacier water. One summer afternoon, our outing became a bit competitive. His catch always turned out to...

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Daybreak: Matthew 21:1-22

March 23, 2021

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22)

Maddie, my friend’s two-year-old daughter, greets the day with vigor. When she awakes in the morning she calls out, “Mama, Dada!” Soon, her daddy is trudging down the hallway to her bedroom. As he opens the door to her room, her face lights up. She stands tall in her crib with her arms stretched toward him. Never for a moment...

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Daybreak: Matthew 20:17-34

March 22, 2021

“And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:27-28)

Jesus said the “chief among you” should be a servant. What does it mean to be a servant? We may have met many “servants” who are obeying that command without even realizing they are doing so! 

Teacher Vi...

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