Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 1 Samuel 3:1-21

June 16, 2019

“And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.” (1 Samuel 3:10)

My two youngest daughters enjoy using the computer to talk online with their friends. Whenever a call comes on our phone line and my daughters are using the Internet, the name and number of who is calling pops up on the computer screen. They have the choice at this time to accept...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 2:1-36

June 15, 2019

“And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord, and also with men.” (1 Samuel 2:26)

The mighty oak tree stands tall as an example of strength and endurance. Few trees have a greater geographical range than the oak; its nearly 300 species grow all across Europe and northern America. The oak may reach heights of sixty to one hundred feet, and acquire a diameter of eight to ten feet. 

However, the single...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 1:1-28

June 14, 2019

“And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.” (1 Samuel 1:18)

During World War II, a dreaded message came to my mother-in-law — her son was missing in action! Later they would learn he was actually a prisoner of war. My father-in-law immediately thought the very worst — George would never come home! The family remembers,...

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Daybreak: Ruth 4:1-22

June 13, 2019

“And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.” (Ruth 4:14)

Some years ago, while spending time with some close friends, I heard the father ask his teenage daughter a question before she left with friends for the evening. “What is your name?” She dutifully responded with a wide smile and the word “Olson,” which was their...

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Daybreak: Ruth 3:1-18

June 12, 2019

“Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?” (Ruth 3:1)

All people desire rest for their souls. Many years ago, a young girl from a troubled home was longing for such rest. Then she heard about a camp meeting being held in a large tent. She said, “The minute I entered, I felt a calm come over me.” At...

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Daybreak: Ruth 2:1-23

June 11, 2019

“The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.” (Ruth 2:12)

A young woman (also named Ruth) faced a choice. She had been saved, sanctified, and baptized with the Holy Spirit, but she knew that God wanted her to consecrate more. She said, “I was afraid if I completely surrendered my life to the Lord, my own plans might never...

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Daybreak: Ruth 1:1-22

June 10, 2019

“And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” (Ruth 1:16)

Great wails accompanied my youngest daughter’s insistent clinging as I attempted to leave her at a friend’s house so I could spend a couple of hours doing...

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Daybreak: Judges 21:1-25

June 9, 2019

“In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)

Sometimes it takes simple honesty to recognize that our choices are from selfish motives. I remember when my wife wanted an automobile of her own. Our children were older, and she felt it was time for her to have more mobility and freedom. 

Since my wife didn’t know a great deal about automobiles, I decided...

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Daybreak: Judges 20:1-48

June 8, 2019

“Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the Lord, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.” (Judges 20:26)

One Saturday night, a few days after we moved into our new home in St. Louis, a power surge tripped our main circuit breaker, and the electrical supply to the house went...

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Daybreak: Judges 19:1-30

June 7, 2019

“And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.” (Judges 19:30)

We will not forget 9/11 — the shock, the horror that swept across our nation and the world. The Al Braca family remembers more vividly than most of us — Al worked...

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