Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 1 Kings 13:1-34

November 18, 2017

“And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the Lord: therefore the Lord hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake unto him.” (1 Kings 13:26)

Do you remember trying to get your own way as a child by playing one...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 12:1-33

November 17, 2017

“And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?” (1 Kings 12:6)

I remember receiving my first big paycheck. How quickly my mind began assessing all of the things I could buy! Suddenly I had been given the ability to get what I wanted. Should I go out to lunch with my friends or buy...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 11:1-43

November 16, 2017

“And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.” (1 Kings 11:6)

As an owner of a construction business, sometimes I face the challenge of finding reliable employees. One young man approached me about work, and I agreed to give him a try. For a while, he did well. He had experience and a good understanding of what we were trying to accomplish....

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 10:1-29

November 15, 2017

“Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold.” (1 Kings 10:18)

Throughout our lives, most of us look for the best we can afford when we need something. We try to find the best home for a price that fits in our budget. When we go shopping, we may look for clothes that don’t wrinkle, but wear well. If we are in the market for a job, most...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 9:1-28

November 14, 2017

“And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments: then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.” (1 Kings 9:4-5)

As Christians, we...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 8:1-66

November 13, 2017

“Then spake Solomon, The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.” (1 Kings 8:12-13)

A number of years ago, my wife and I were building a house. We wanted it to be our dream home, so we spent a lot of time and energy trying to make it perfect. Although our funds were...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 7:1-51

November 12, 2017

“And King Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. He was a widow’s son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.” (1 Kings 7:13-14)

When I started my PhD course, I had no idea what to write my...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 5:1 through 6:38

November 11, 2017

“And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor ax nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.” (1 Kings 6:7)

Have you ever been on or near a building construction site? If so, you will likely agree it is a very noisy place. You may hear the crackling of fire as wood...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 4:1-34

November 10, 2017

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.” (1 Kings 4:29)

The heart is a tireless, never-ceasing pump. It begins beating way before an infant takes its first breath, and it continues to beat until the moment of death. Though surprisingly small, this cardiac muscle with life-sustaining power contracts and relaxes about 70 to 80 times per minute, and pumps about...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 3:1-28

November 9, 2017

“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” (1 Kings 3:9)

My childhood friends and I used to talk about wishes. We would ask, “What would you wish for if you had three wishes?” Sometimes we would even ask, “What would you ask for if you had only one wish?” It is amusing...

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