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Fresh Start Devotionals

Eternal Life How much would you pay for eternal life? The editors of WORTH MAGAZINE recently asked some of our country’s wealthiest citizens that very question. The rich young ruler asked Jesus a form of this very question when he asked: “Good teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17) Outwardly, this man had it all. He was young, wealthy and powerful, yet he wanted more. Inwardly, something was missing. He worried about his eternal destiny. Showing due respect, he knelt before Jesus and called Him “Good Teacher.” Before the man could continue, Jesus interrupted him and asked him why he called Him “good.” Jesus wasn’t being contentious, rather, He was leading the young man into spiritual introspection. Did he know Jesus was God? Is this why he called Him good, or was he just being polite? No doubt he was searching for an answer. His curiosity certainly motivated him. The question Jesus asked him went straight to the reason for the motivation. Did he think Je…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

January 30 TAKE THE NAME OF JESUS WITH YOU Lydia Baxter, 1809–1874 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:17) “What’s in a name?” This was the probing question asked by Romeo in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Christians have long realized that the whispered name “Jesus” can bring comfort and cheer to someone suffering or bereaved, and it can bring joyful hope to the fearful or depressed heart. The writer of this hymn text knew well the meaning of that special name “Jesus”. Although Lydia Baxter was a bed-ridden invalid much of her life, she remained continually cheerful and patient. “I have a very special armor,” she would tell her friends. “I have the name of Jesus. When the tempter tries to make me blue or despondent, I mention the name of Jesus, and he can’t get through to me anymore.” “Take the Name of Jesus With You” was written by Mrs. Baxter on her sick bed just …