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Fresh Start Devotionals

Forsaken Joseph’s brothers ripped his robe off of him, soiled it with the blood of a goat and threw him into a pit. Joseph didn’t know what would happen to him. In the darkness he sat naked, wet and shivering in the cold. Hungry. Thirsty. Hopeless. Alone. Will his brothers leave him there to die? Will they return to kill him? Will a wild animal get him? What will he do? His fate, it seems is in his brother’s hands. Back home, Jacob holds his son’s garment of favoritism covered with a goat’s blood. Joseph’s brothers have quenched their thirst for revenge and acted on their jealousy. In this moment, Jacob is tormented by the loss of his favorite son. His favorite son sits and waits, not knowing what the future holds. Both men at a crossroads in their lives. Neither knowing that God would later use this very event to further His plan for their lives. What the brothers meant for evil; God would use for good. But now, they are in crisis, unable to see past their grief and fear to even…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

February 24 SAVIOR, TEACH ME, DAY BY DAY Jane E. Leeson, 1807–1882 If anyone loves Me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:23) It is wonderful to have experienced God’s gift of love in days past, but the real challenge of victorious Christian living is knowing God in a new and fresh way each day. This is what gives our lives zest and enables us to face any new challenge. But this daily learning about our Savior is more than merely pursuing theological knowledge. Biblical knowledge must always be joined with a loving relationship with Christ, since knowledge in itself can easily develop into a false spiritual pride. For many of us, our greatest need is simply to be reminded of what we already know and to translate our knowledge into loving action. Our love for God is not really genuine until we have learned to share it with others. There are numerous laws on the statute books of our land that attempt to teac…