Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 1 Timothy 6:1-21

April 29, 2019

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)

The rest house which was to provide lodging on their journey had only holes for windows. There was a doorway but no door, the floor was made of dried mud, and there was not even a table or a chair. But Mary Slessor could be happy with nothing; she would have been satisfied with bare ground for a bed and the starry sky for a covering....

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Daybreak: 1 Timothy 5:17-25

April 28, 2019

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” (1 Timothy 5:17)

It has been a number of decades since the Sunday morning that I learned the principle of respecting and honoring the ministry. I was seven years old at the time, and had invited a school friend to attend church with me. When it was time for the service to begin, my mother,...

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Daybreak: 1 Timothy 5:1-16

April 27, 2019

“Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.” (1 Timothy 5:1-2)

Most of my childhood memories center around family. It was Dad who popped a big kettle of popcorn for our bedtime snack many nights. It was Mom who regularly set my hair in pink foam curlers and, the next morning, carefully brushed my hair into...

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Daybreak: 1 Timothy 4:1-16

April 26, 2019

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)

Years ago, the communist government in China commissioned a biography of Hudson Taylor with the purpose of distorting the facts and presenting him in a bad light. They wanted to discredit the name of this consecrated missionary of the Gospel. However, as the author was doing his...

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Daybreak: 1 Timothy 3:1-16

April 25, 2019

“And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.” (1 Timothy 3:10)

Brother Loyce Carver, who served for nearly twenty-nine years as leader of the Apostolic Faith organization, understood how important it was to be “found blameless” in terms of one’s Christian testimony. He often told of the blessing he found in making right a seemingly insignificant incident. 

Brother Carver would relate that in the South where...

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Daybreak: 1 Timothy 2:1-15

April 24, 2019

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” (1 Timothy 2:9-10)

I can still hear my mother telling me as a child, “Pretty is as pretty does.” She wanted me to understand that how I acted was more important than the way I looked, and this oft-repeated phrase was...

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Daybreak: 1 Timothy 1:1-20

April 23, 2019

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1:15)

Brother “Scotty” Clasper, one of our Gospel veterans, used to give this testimony: “Working in one of the largest explosive factories in the world, I saw men and women blown into eternity in a moment of time. Each time, God thundered out...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 13:1-14

April 22, 2019

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Some years back, I worked at a bank. One part of the employee training of those who would be in a cash-handling position involved how to detect a counterfeit bill. We would give employees instructions on the features of a genuine bill and show...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 12:1-21

April 21, 2019

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

In a split second on a hot July afternoon in 1967, a diving accident transformed the life of seventeen-year-old Joni forever. When she dove into shallow water, her head hit the bottom and snapped her...

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Daybreak: 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

April 20, 2019

“Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.” (2 Corinthians 11:23)

A man in our Portland congregation often told how he promised God early in his Christian walk that, if it were at all possible, he would never leave a church service without spending time at the altar of prayer. “I’ve kept that promise,” he would...

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