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“I count all things loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8 NIV). C. S. Lewis said, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered […]

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“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit . . . You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last” (John 15:8, 16) The meaning of the Greek word for glory (“doxazo”) here is “to be revealed for […]

BattleGround

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‘“This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.’ Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 3:17-4:1 NIV) Here’s a biblical pattern; battleground follows holy ground. This is because God measures our maturity, not by our mountaintop experiences, but by our victories in […]

Making God’s Love Real

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By Darlene Franklin Zero percent variance. God’s love never changes. At all. If God pelts the earth with a meteor storm of His love, it doesn’t diminish. (Psalm 36:5 MSG) We don’t have the under or detour around His love. It fills every crook of the known and the unknown.  (Ephesians 3:19, Romans 8:39, NIV) […]

Reality

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“And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus . . .’ And Mary said, ‘Behold the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to […]

Blessed

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“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid! For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’” (Luke 2:10 BSB) A few years back my younger daughter, Heather, spent her Christmas break recovering from surgery to her left leg. She was in a lot of […]

Perfect

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“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” (Hebrews 10:14 NIV) My son had a hard time pronouncing “v’s” and “r’s” when he was young. He was in the fourth grade by the time he could say “very” instead of “wehwy.” At his sixth birthday party all his […]

Persevere

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“It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God.” (Act 14:22 HCSB) He had only imagined himself as a farmer. He loved the out of doors and the smell of dirt and livestock and hay. He played with toy trucks and tractors and watched with rapt attention when grown […]

Daybreak Devotions – Deposit

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“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” (1 John 3:17) Missionary and martyr, Jim Elliot said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” However, the thing […]
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