Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Proverbs 16:1-33

June 4, 2020

“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)

Edward was interested in photography, and when he was sixteen years old, he saved up enough money to buy his first camera. Excited about his purchase, he took fifty pictures on the very first day. To his great disappointment, only one shot — a portrait of his sister at the piano — really amounted to anything....

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Daybreak: Proverbs 15:1-33

June 3, 2020

“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.” (Proverbs 15:22)

As I stood nervously outside the door of our state assemblywoman’s office, the leader of my advocacy team nudged me and gave a last-minute reminder: “We’ve traveled all the way to our state capitol to have a few moments to speak with our elected representative about the importance of education. Don’t make her feel like you are wasting her...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 14:1-35

June 2, 2020

“He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.” (Proverbs 14:21)

Mike Adkins wanted to be a blessing and a witness to the world around him. One day, as he was outside his house, he noticed his next-door neighbor, Norman. The other people on the block considered Norman to be messy and rather weird. He was a loner, and the neighbors were happy to keep it that way....

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Daybreak: Proverbs 12:1 through 13:25

June 1, 2020

“In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.”  (Proverbs 12:28)

I work for a school bus company, and one of my roles is to teach new employees how to drive buses. Usually, people who have never driven a forty-foot vehicle are primarily concerned about backing up the bus or learning how to make right and left turns without jumping the curb or sideswiping other vehicles. Those of...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 10:1 through 11:31

May 31, 2020

“He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.” (Proverbs 10:17)

Our two-year-old daughter can be charming, sweet, and intelligent. And that’s not only a parent’s assessment — others comment from time to time that she seems like the perfect child. However, what most people are not aware of is that at home, our daughter can become a different girl altogether! While shy and quiet at church and around people she...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 8:1 through 9:18

May 30, 2020

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) 

Like many of my contemporaries, I attended college to obtain a degree. We live in an age where a good education is considered of paramount importance. People spend great sums of money and invest years of their lives to obtain diplomas certifying successful completion of a formal course of study.

Other individuals...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 7:1-27

May 29, 2020

“My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.” (Proverbs 7:1-2)

The value of God’s Word and His wisdom exceeds any other treasure. Don Wolfe, a long-time member of our Portland congregation, was taught that truth by his Christian father. He often testified about how he was taught the Scriptures when he was just a small child being raised by a...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 6:1-35

May 28, 2020

“Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:10-11)

Sleep is a precious commodity, especially for mothers of young children, but at times it can be dangerous. Recently I was trying to catch a few extra minutes of shut-eye after having been up several times in the night with my infant...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 4:1 through 5:23

May 27, 2020

“Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” (Proverbs 4:13) 

Vera Maksimova was born in Ukraine on January 1, 1930. When she was three years old, her mother abandoned her, so she was left with her father and grandmother. Ten years later, she and her grandmother received a notice that her father, who had been serving in the military, was missing in action and presumed dead. 

Although Vera...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 2:1 through 3:35

May 26, 2020

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.” (Proverbs 3:13-14)

In the mid-1800s, James Marshall was contracted to build Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. When the mill was nearly completed, it was found that the tailrace, which allowed the mill water to flow back into the South Fork of the American...

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