Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Colossians 2:4-15

May 10, 2021

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7)

The park was filled with dozens of huge old oak trees. According to the sign, the majestic trees had survived windstorms, floods, droughts, and all sorts of natural disasters through the years, yet now they were at risk. A small...

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Daybreak: Colossians 1:15 through 2:3

May 9, 2021

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

The nucleus of an atom consists of positively charged and neutral particles, called protons and neutrons respectively. That nucleus is surrounded by a cloud...

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Daybreak: Colossians 1:1-14

May 8, 2021

“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10)

Growing up in a rural area, roaming the ridge was natural. My brothers and sisters and I, along with some neighborhood kids who lived less than a mile away, would bicycle or walk all over the area looking for some adventure....

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Daybreak: Philippians 4:4-23

May 7, 2021

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

As I clicked the remote to the education channel, I immediately became interested in the program that appeared on the screen. It was a concert of folk music by musicians who...

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Daybreak: Philippians 3:1 through 4:3

May 6, 2021

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

When our daughter first learned to walk, she soon had a desire to climb up onto the couch. I watched her one day as she spent the better part of the hour attempting to do this. First, she tried swinging up one leg — but her legs were too short. Then, she tried reaching as far as she...

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Daybreak: Philippians 2:17-30

May 5, 2021

“Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.” (Philippians 2:17)

In 1956, five young missionary couples traveled to the jungles of Ecuador to give the Gospel to the Auca Indians who had never heard the Good News. One tragic day, after landing in a remote area to make their first personal contact, the five young husbands were slaughtered by the natives.

Though the wives...

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Daybreak: Philippians 2:1-16

May 4, 2021

“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” (Philippians 2:15)

Have you ever been caught in a blackout where it was so dark you could not see your hand in front of your face? I was at work one night when the maintenance personnel did their test of the emergency generator. I was...

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Daybreak: Philippians 1:12-30

May 3, 2021

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)

Joe was known to me from previous admissions to the hospital. He had a progressive life threatening illness: Pulmonary Cystic Fibrosis. Often our discussions ended with Joe talking about his childhood faith. He would say, “When I get stronger, I am going back to church to get saved.” I would gently remind him that he didn’t have to wait to go back...

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Daybreak: Philippians 1:1-11

May 2, 2021

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

Did you ever start a project that you had a hard time completing? Perhaps, after investing many hours in it, you got discouraged with your progress and laid it aside. A number of years ago, I decided to quilt a bedspread...

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Daybreak: Ephesians 6:10-24

May 1, 2021

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)

Perhaps you have seen the brand of potted ham that has a wrapper with a stylized image of the devil; depicting him as a rather cute little man in red, complete with pitchfork, horns, and a tail. Reality could not be further from this characterization. The devil is evil personified — a diabolical being responsible for...

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