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Fresh Start Devotionals

Great Game Every now and then I still catch a few minutes of the Andy Griffith Show when I’m flipping through the channels looking for a Baseball Game. Andy had to be the best father in the whole world. From the opening frames that show father and son walking with their fishing poles, whistling as they go, to the closing credits, the whole Mayberry, Father/Son lifestyle appeals to me. But it also makes me feel just a little bit inadequate. I’m not sure I was that kind of son or am that kind a father. To be honest with you, the parent/child relationship, in both directions is among the hardest relationships I’ve ever had. I desperately want to be a good son, but don’t think I’ve always been. Just like I want to be a good father, but don’t always feel equipped to do the job. Oh I’ve read tons of books and have spent hours thinking the father/son relationship through, and I’ve tried to do well in both directions, but know I’ve fallen short of the Mayberry standard. But every now and t…

Fresh Start Devotionals

The Greatest Gift Matthew 2:11 NASB “And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Angie Flaute of Celina, Ohio made sure that her children knew the real meaning of Christmas by telling them the Biblical narrative of Jesus’ birth. She explained that after he was born, three wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the infant Jesus. Her six-year daughter thought about what she heard and responded, “a Wise-Woman would have brought diapers.” I think the little girl is right, diapers would have been a far more practical gift, but what they gave was far more worshipful. What is more fitting than gold? A present fit for a King! What about frankincense? Why did they give it to Jesus? Frankincense was the scent used in temple worship by the priests to cover the smell of the sacrifices. Jesus was the king of kings, but …

Fresh Start Devotionals

Grass “Dad, your grass needs mowing, let me do it for you.” Dan said. Dan just wanted to make his Dad’s life more comfortable in the final days of his life, but he wanted more than that, he wanted his father’s affirmation. “No son, I’ll hire someone to do it, you never did know how to mow a lawn.” Once again, his father’s words cut deep. Dan’s thoughts immediately transported him back to childhood. When he was a small boy, his father took the lawnmower out of the garage and showed him how to check the gas and oil and start the engine. Then the big moment came, he turned the lawnmower over to his son and went into the house to enjoy a glass of Ice Tea. Dan was proud. He was finally big enough to mow the lawn—his Dad trusted him. When he was done, he rolled the mower back into the garage, opened the screen door and flew into the living room to tell his Dad he was finished. “We’ll let’s see what kind of a yard man you are,” his father said as he walked outside with his son. Beaming, D…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 21 REDEEMED Fanny J. Crosby, 1820–1915 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this— (Psalm 107:1, 2) All my theology is reduced to this narrow compass—Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners. —Archibald Alexander The word redeemed implies the idea of a slave standing on the trader’s auction block being offered to the highest bidder. At last the price is paid by a compassionate new owner, who then gives the slave his unconditional freedom. But the freed slave, out of gratitude to his new owner, offers himself as a loving bond servant for life to his redeemer. Man has been separated from God by sin and has become a slave of Satan. But man has been redeemed. Because Christ paid the ransom we owed to divine justice, we have been freed from the shackles of sin’s bondage and God’s eternal wrath. Out of gratitude for this deliverance, we cling to our new master and lovingly determine to serve Him forever. A re…