Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Psalms 124:1 through 129:8

August 17, 2020

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:8)

As Christians, part of our walk with God — and one of the ways we grow spiritually — is going through periods of trial. Some time ago, I faced a prolonged situation that not only caused emotional pain, but began to affect me physically as well. As it began to weigh me down, I turned to the ...

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Daybreak: Psalms 120:1 through 123:4

August 16, 2020

“In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.” (Psalm 120:1)

Occasionally a pleasant event is interrupted by bad news, and in just a matter of minutes we find ourselves feeling burdened and distressed instead of happy and excited. At such times, our instinct as Christians is to turn to God in prayer. 

I had that experience a couple of years ago when a friend and I were about to leave Florida on...

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Daybreak: Psalm 119:137-176

August 15, 2020

“Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.” (Psalm 119:157)

Ivan Moiseyev — or Vanya, as he was called by his friends — entered the Soviet Army in 1970 at the age of eighteen to fulfill his two-year term of required military service. Though he had been taught Communist philosophy and atheistic beliefs in school, Vanya’s parents were Christians, and in his teen years he had been wonderfully saved. From that point on,...

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Daybreak: Psalm 119:89-136

August 14, 2020

“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” (Psalm 119:130)

While visiting a small town on the picturesque Southern Oregon Coast, my wife and I decided to travel a different road back over the mountains to our home. Though the coastline offers many gorgeous scenic vistas, the high country has its own type of beauty, and enjoying the scenery and the fresh mountain air in that area seemed like a...

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Daybreak: Psalm 119:41-88

August 13, 2020

“Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word. So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.” (Psalm 119:41-42)

When we lean upon God and put our trust in His Word, He gives us courage to face those who “reproach” us for our faith. A brother in our Lagos church is one of the many who have experienced how...

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Daybreak: Psalm 119:1-40

August 12, 2020

“Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.” (Psalm 119:36)

Covetousness — a greedy, acquisitive, avaricious love of money — is an insidious evil. To many individuals who build their lives around acquiring and accumulating wealth, money represents success, power, and prestige; to others, it represents security. John G. Wendel and his sisters may have been in the latter category, although no one knows for sure. Whatever their reasons, they are considered to be among the most...

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Daybreak: Psalms 117:1 through 118:29

August 11, 2020

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

It was the day after Thanksgiving and I was tired. My head was throbbing, and adding to my woes, I discovered the drain for the kitchen sink had plugged, creating a pool of dirty water several feet wide in the basement. What a mess! It took way too many trips up and down stairs, three excursions...

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Daybreak: Psalms 115:1 through 116:19

August 10, 2020

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15)

John Clasper, known to many as “Brother Scotty,” was a beloved minister in the Apostolic Faith work. When he was about to pass into eternity, the nurse in attendance asked if she could do anything for him. He said, “Just roll back the roof, and let me go!” There was no fear in his heart as he approached the end...

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Daybreak: Psalms 110:1 through 114:8

August 9, 2020

“Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.” (Psalm 112:6)

My parents are buried in a lovely cemetery that is spread across rolling hills and surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. From time to time, my brother and I go there to honor and reminisce about our mom and dad. Recently we brought flowers they both had loved. As I laid the blooms across the names ...

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Daybreak: Psalms 108:1 through 109:31

August 8, 2020

“Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.” (Psalm 108:12-13)

During World War II, the compassionate and devout family of watchmaker Casper ten Boom provided refuge for people fleeing the Nazi secret police in Holland. A small secret area was created behind one wall of daughter Corrie’s tiny bedroom on the uppermost story of the family...

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