Daily Devotional

Overcoming Hindrances

November 30, 2018

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. – Galatians 5:1

My brother has a piece of property with a creek, and the creek had a good fishing hole. But one winter there was a flood. The water came down in such force that it filled the fishing hole with rocks and gravel. What a...

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Godly Humility

November 29, 2018

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. – Proverbs 3:7

Samuel Chadwick, a noted English preacher, tells how he started his ministry infatuated with his eloquence as a speaker. Taking a pastorate in a little Lancashire town, he fully expected his preaching to bring a revival to the church, but nothing happened. Week after week went by...

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’Tis the Season!

November 28, 2018

Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. – 2 Corinthians 9:10-11

The day-after-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy is already over. The radio is playing Christmas carols! The children are making their wish lists and may ...

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Powerful Memories

November 27, 2018

And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. – Deuteronomy 11:19

One day last fall as we were driving to Seattle, the leaves were vivid with color. They had not only turned yellow, but mixed in were brilliant hues of red, orange, and green. These trees...

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God Our Help

November 26, 2018

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. – Nahum 1:7

My parents were not Christians when they married, and consequently pursued worldly pleasures. However, Mom became concerned about their lifestyle and started looking for a way out of sin. She was saved through the encouragement of her brother, and then prayed for three years ...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 66:1-24

November 25, 2018

“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:13)

There is no one better at administering comfort than your mother. Just ask Nick Anderson. One fateful night in 1995, the Orlando Magic guard missed four free throws in the final seconds of his team’s NBA Final’s game against Houston. Those free throws could have sealed the win, but missing them put the game into...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 65:1-25

November 24, 2018

“And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” (Isaiah 65:19)

March of 2000 was a special time for members of my family — we took a trip to the Holy Land. One of the outstanding places we visited was the Jewish Holocaust Museum just outside of Jerusalem. We were deeply moved by what we viewed. I wandered off...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 64:1-12

November 23, 2018

“But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

Isobel Kuhn, missionary to the Lisu tribesmen of China, learned a priceless lesson about submission. In her book, In the Arena, she wrote about how, early in her preparation to become a missionary, a fellow Christian’s example of a submissive state of mind had impacted the whole course...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 63:1-19

November 22, 2018

“But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.” (Isaiah 63:10)

The importance of listening to God when His Spirit speaks to our hearts cannot be overstated. Jim Gilmon proved that. He said, “Rheumatic fever struck me when I was just a lad. The doctor told me I would not be healthy. I promised God my life if He would heal me, and...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 62:1-12

November 21, 2018

“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence.” (Isaiah 62:6)

A number of years ago, the London Missionary Society sent a group of missionaries to Tahiti. For fourteen years these missionaries faithfully preached the Gospel and prayed for the salvation of the people there. However, their efforts seemed like feathers blown against a brick wall — in...

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