Daily Devotion

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Our Daily Bread

Sixty-five million. That’s the number of refugees in our world today—people who have had to leave their homes due to conflict and persecution—and it’s higher than it’s ever been. The UN has petitioned leaders to work together in receiving refugees so that every child will get an education, every adult will find meaningful work, and every family will have a home.

The dream of making homes for refugees in crisis reminds me of a promise God made to the nation of Judah when ruthless Assyrian armies threatened their homes. The Lord commissioned the prophet Micah to warn the people that they would lose their temple and their beloved city of Jerusalem. But God also promised a beautiful future beyond the loss.

A day will come, said Micah, when God will call the peoples of the world to Himself. Violence will end. Weapons of war will become farming tools, and every person who answers God’s call will find a peaceful home and a productive life in His kingdom (4:3—4).

For many in the world today, and maybe for you, a safe home remains more a dream than a reality. But we can rely on God’s ancient promise of a home for people of all nations, even as we wait and work and pray for those peaceful homes to become a reality.

Daily Strength

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 13:00

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 13:00

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 13:00

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Monday, August 14, 2017 - 13:00

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Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 13:00

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Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 13:00

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Friday, August 11, 2017 - 13:00

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Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 13:00

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 13:00

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 13:00

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