Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Ruth 4:1-22

September 21, 2017

“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

September 20, 2017

“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

September 19, 2017

“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

September 18, 2017

“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 some...

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Daybreak: Judges 21:1-25

September 17, 2017

“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

September 16, 2017

“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...

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Daybreak: Judges 19:1-30

September 15, 2017

“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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Daybreak: Judges 18:1-31

September 14, 2017

“And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish, unto a people that were at quiet and secure: and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.” (Judges 18:27)

As I surveyed the wall decorations in our daughter’s classroom on her first day of school as a sixth grader, I noticed an interesting poster. It pictured row after row...

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Daybreak: Judges 17:1-13

September 13, 2017

“In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6)

What confusion can result when a person turns away from the truth and chooses his own way instead! Some years back, a man gave a testimony that illustrates this fact. He told how he was saved, had obtained his deeper experiences, and was being used of the Lord in the Gospel work. However,...

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Daybreak: Judges 16:1-31

September 12, 2017

“And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.” (Judges 16:20)

In some ways, our son’s life reminds me of the life of Samson. Like Samson, our son started off with many advantages. We had a Christian home, and he was a cheerful, well-behaved...

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