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Fresh Start Devotionals

Remaining Faithful It is HOT. I don’t mean warm or toasty, it is HOT! The weatherman says it is unseasonably HOT. We expect extreme heat in the summer, but not in the early spring. God designed the world to run in seasons or cycles. They are predictable movements of nature. Have you ever considered the cycles of your Christian life? God promised to give you seasonal strength if you will wait upon the Lord. (Isa 40:31) ECSTASY. “They shall mount up with wings as eagles.” An eagle spreads its wings and soars upon the wind. There is no strenuous effort involved, only a dependance upon the wind and an enjoyment of the journey. Christians experience seasons of inexpressible ecstasy, these are moments of deep worship and praise. ENERGY. “They shall run and not be weary.” The cheetah runs fast, but it does not run far because it grows tired. God promises you an inexhaustible source of energy. Christians experience seasons of energy, these are moments of ministry & service. ENDURANCE…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

February 4 LOVE DIVINE, ALL LOVES EXCELLING Charles Wesley, 1707–1788 This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. (1 John 4:9) We must never underestimate the power of love in our human relationships—whether marriages, family, business associations, or friendships. The divine love of God for man far excels all other forms of love. “Love Divine …” is another of the more than 6500 hymns by Charles Wesley, the “sweet bard of Methodism.” This fine text —written in 1747—touches various elements of Christian doctrine. It extols the love of God as expressed in the incarnation of Christ. Then it refers to the Wesleyan concept of entire sanctification—that any believer might live without consciously sinning and thereby find the promised “rest” mentioned in Hebrews 4:9. The “Alpha and Omega” of verse two (first and last letters of the Greek alphabet) also reflect this Wesleyan teaching, that the experiences of conversi…