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Fresh Start Devotionals

Depravity “You can keep your depravity of man,” my ethics professor said, “I don’t buy it.” He abruptly ended the discussion that afternoon, but he didn’t change my mind. You see, I wasn’t just a theology student studying at a respected seminary, I was also the father of a two-year-old at the time. Enough said? They come into the world kicking and screaming, and self absorbed. And we never once have to teach them to throw a fit. Why is that? They constantly yell “mine,” when nothing really belongs to them. We never have to tell them NOT to share—they pick that up on their own. When they’re not saying “mine,” they are yelling “NO!” Now throwing baby food across the room I understand—I wouldn’t eat that stuff either! But they also fight hot baths and squirm away from warm hugs, nothing can explain that. We spend months teaching them to go in the potty and years teaching them to read, and a lifetime teaching them to eat their veggies, but don’t have to spend a single second teaching…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

January 11 DAY BY DAY Lina Sandell Berg, 1832–1903 Translated by Andrew L. Skoog, 1856–1934 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9) It is a common tendency for people to look ahead. They wonder—what will happen next? That’s why the pseudo science of astrology is booming today as never before. Because we are apprehensive of the future, wondering when some health problem or perhaps a financial difficulty will surprise us, we long for a reassuring word of comfort. “Day by Day” was written by a young Swedish woman who learned early in life the all-important lesson of living each day with the conscious presence and strength of her Lord. Lina Sandell has often been called the “Fanny Crosby of Sweden” for her many contributions to gospel hymnody. From her pen flowed approximately 650 hymns which strongly influenced the waves of revival that swept the Scandinavian c…