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Devotions for Daybreak – Reaching

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“Little children, let us not love in word only, neither with the tongue only, but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:18 NHEB) God sent Jesus into the world to be a sacrifice to atone for our sins (1Jn. 4:10). He sent His Son to atone for our sins so we could be at one […]

Devotions for Daybreak – Initiator

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“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 NIV) There is a basic difference in Christianity that separates it from nearly every other religion. The difference is this: most other religions are about what we must […]

Devotions for Daybreak – Qualified

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“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet . . .” (Matthew 1:22 NIV) I think that sometimes God just likes showing off. Rainbows, sunsets, hummingbirds . . . atoms – they’re all prime examples of God just showing off. Sometimes, God seems to purposely put Himself into inescapable […]

Pastors and Pietism: Key to Spiritual Renewal, Part 4

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Copyright © 2017 Roger Helland Are you “praying the price” for pastoral and church spiritual renewal? According to David Butts, president of Harvest Prayer Ministries, “Most surveys indicate that the average American Christian prays 3 minutes or less a day. Pastors average 6 minutes a day. The first place to look to see if a […]

Devotions for Daybreak – Rewarded

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“But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” (2 Peter 3:14 NIV)  My little brother and I were very close growing up. We both had vivid imaginations so we played together well – for the most part. There […]

Devotions for Daybreak – Touched

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“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (Mark 5:34 NIV) She had heard of this teacher who spoke with authority and healed with a touch. God knows she needed a healing touch. But would he touch her? Doubtful. She was unclean. Unclean. Such a demeaning description. But, […]

Devotions for Daybreak – Invited

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“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10 NIV) Rejection he understood. He was well acquainted with ridicule. He had been teased about being short ever since he could remember. Growing up, he was always the butt of the jokes, the last one picked, and at the back […]

Devotions for Daybreak – Truisms

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“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom . . .” (Colossians 3:16a) Truisms are little sayings that attempt to communicate what seems to be self-evident truth. For example: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The kernel of truth here is that […]

Devotions for Daybreak – Identity

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“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved . . .” (Colossians 3:12a NIV) Who you are has a direct bearing on how you behave. Who you think you are has even more bearing on how you behave. This is why the Apostle Paul labors to explain whom we are in Christ before he […]
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