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Fresh Start Devotionals

Fellowship in the Fire Shadrach, Meshach and Abednago probably had to spell their name every time they wanted to make reservations at a restaurant or enroll in a class. I’m pretty lucky, my parents gave me a simple name and most people can already spell it. How do you think Shadrach, Meshach and Abednago became buddies? Maybe all the other kids teased them at school because of their names and they found solace with each other’s misery. The truth is, they had bigger problems than constantly having to spell their name. Things weren’t going too well for them. King Nebuchadnezzar-- (now there’s a name—can you imagine it on the back of a football uniform?)—made a golden statue of himself and demanded that everyone in Babylon worship the statue. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednago refused to worship the idol because of their faith in God. King Nebby got hot and decided Shad, Mesh and Abe should feel the fire of his wrath. He commanded his soldiers to throw them into a furnace that was seven t…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

February 16 MORE LOVE TO THEE Elizabeth Prentiss, 1818–1878 And this is my prayer: That your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9–11) To love Christ more is the deepest need, the constant cry of my soul … out in the woods, and on my bed, and out driving, when I am happy and busy, and when I am sad and idle, the whisper keeps going up for more love, more love, more love! These were the words of Elizabeth Prentiss, wife of a Presbyterian minister and author of this hymn text. She was often described by her many friends as “a very bright-eyed little woman with a keen sense of humor, who cared more to shine in her own happy household than in a wide circle of society.” Although Elizabeth was strong in spirit, she was frail in body. Throug…