Daily Devotional

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! 

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Daybreak: Matthew 19:27 through 20:16

March 21, 2021

“These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.” (Matthew 20:12)

“It’s my turn!” “How come they always get to be first?” “That’s no fair!” If you have ever lived in a household with children, phrases such as these were probably heard quite frequently. Even as adults, we can sometimes fall into the trap of wanting everything to be...

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Daybreak: Matthew 19:1-26

March 20, 2021

“Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6) 

At traditional Jewish wedding ceremonies, a glass is broken as part of the ceremony. At the conclusion of the blessings, after the couple drinks from the glass, the groom breaks it with his right foot. This act is a reminder to those present that even at the height of personal joy, they must...

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Daybreak: Matthew 18:21-35

March 19, 2021

“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)

Years ago, a grave injustice happened to me. I was a new Christian at the time, and this could have been a big hurdle for me. However, while I was vacuuming one day,...

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Daybreak: Matthew 17:22 through 18:20

March 18, 2021

“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)

My three-year-old granddaughter, wearing an ankle-length apron tied around her tiny frame, busily washed my measuring cups and spoons along with her toy dishes. She carefully placed them in her mini-version of my drain rack, which had been placed on a pullout shelf about two feet from the floor. She clearly...

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Daybreak: Matthew 16:27 through 17:21

March 17, 2021

“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” (Matthew 17:1-2)

As we huddled under our schoolroom tables, I specifically remember watching the windows — they looked as though vertical waves were traveling through them. Someone near me called out God’s name, and I...

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Daybreak: Matthew 16:13-26

March 16, 2021

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:25)

Do you know what it means to lose your life for the sake of Christ? Read this statement attributed to a young African pastor in Zimbabwe: 

 “I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple...

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