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Fresh Start Devotionals

Helping Hands Early in the morning on October 19, 2002, Gene Jones and his partner Jeremy Wieckhorst were making a routine run, hauling a load of oil when they saw a white van hit a light pole and roll over. By the time they got over to the wreck, Michael Myers, grain truck driver pulled over too. Jones extended his hand to the dark-haired man to see if he could feel a pulse. When he did, he told the man that help was coming and continued to hold his hand. The man gasped for air a couple of times, then he died. When the police arrived, the three truck drivers helped them roll the van off of the man and when they’d done all they could to help, got back into their rigs and headed out. Stella Galindo was grief-stricken, as I’m sure you can only imagine, when the police notified her that Juan, her son had died in a traffic accident. Her grief was multiplied by the thought that he died alone. She was haunted by the thought of her son dying in the cold, alone. A few weeks after his dea…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 22 NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD Words and Music by Robert Lowry, 1826–1899 “… without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22) The teaching of the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, is very clear regarding God’s forgiveness of man’s sin. Only a perfect blood sacrifice would satisfy the Father’s requirement of holiness. Throughout the Old Testament much is told about the blood atonements that the priests had to make on behalf of their people (Exodus 30:10; Leviticus 17:11). But the blood of bulls and goats could never satisfy God’s justice for man’s past, present and future sin. Only the shedding of divine blood would do. The Father’s gift of salvation to man required His Son’s life blood. Now when God looks at us, He sees Christ’s shed blood and declares us righteous for Jesus’ sake. Our acceptance with God the Father rests completely upon the merits of the blood of Jesus Christ. Not all the blood of beasts on Jewish altars slain Could give the gui…