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Fresh Start Devotionals

Dreams The Koran mentions Jesus and gives enough information to pique a Muslim’s attention about Christ. Chapter 3:42–55 of the Koran is almost identical to Luke chapter 2. It mentions the Virgin Birth, that Jesus was righteous, and that He performed miracles—including raising the dead to life. At the end of the passage it says that God says to Jesus, “you will come to me and I will lift your followers above all people of the world.” A missionary to Bangladesh recently told me, “It doesn’t lift Jesus up to Savior status, but it does lift him above prophet status.” It provides enough information to give the dreams context. The missionary told me about a dream that led a Muslim Man to find Christ. In his dream, he saw a big crowd of people that was trying to get to a man in the middle of the crowd who had a veil over his face. He began to make his way through the crowd to touch the man, and he was able to get close enough to see him, but before he could touch him, he woke up. He could…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

January 19 BE STILL, MY SOUL Katharina von Schlegel, 1697–? English Translation-Jane L. Borthwick, 1813–1897 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. (Psalm 46:10) Spiritual revivals throughout history have always been accompanied by an outburst of new song. This was especially true of the 16th century reformation movement when, following centuries of dormancy during the Middle Ages, congregational singing was rediscovered. However, by the 17th century the church was once more cold and non-evangelistic. Again God lit the fires of revival in the latter half of that century with a movement known as the Pietistic Revival in Germany, which was similar to the Puritan and Wesleyan movements in England. The Pietistic movement also gave birth to many rich German hymns, one of which incorporates the contributions of three persons. Katharina von Schlegel was the outstanding woman of this revival movement. Little is known of her o…