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Fresh Start Devotionals

Make it Happen “Above anything else, I hate to lose.” (Jackie Robinson) On April 15, 1947, Robinson made it to the “show.” He became the first black man to wear a Major League uniform, destroying the color barrier in professional sports. In his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he hit.297, sent 12 over the fence, and lead the league with 29 steals. He was also the National League Rookie of the year. Two years later they named him the National League’s Most Valuable Player and he won the batting title with a.342 average. 1949 was his first of six appearances in the All-Star game. During his ten years with the Dodgers, he helped them reach the World Series six times. Robinson had a career batting average of.311 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility. Did you also know that Jackie Robinson was court-martialed from the Army and that he dropped out of College? Failure need not be fatal. Great men accomplish great things even when they suff…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 23 THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING Daniel W. Whittle, 1840–1901 I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. (Ezekiel 34:26) How disheartening it is to see a once fertile field that has been rendered hardened and useless by a drought. Land that was intended to produce a rich harvest for its owner lies barren and lifeless. As Christians, God desires that our lives bear much fruit for Him. But the soil of our hearts must be right if we want the seeds of righteousness to grow. The parable of the sower in Matthew 13 teaches that it is possible to have four different kinds of soil in our lives: An unconcerned soil, a shallow soil, a polluted soil, and a good soil—one that responds and produces a bountiful harvest. At times many Christians feel as though they are in a spiritual drought. God seems removed. Spiritual activities are just routine business. Prayer and Bible reading become monotonous. Christian friends seem critical and irritating. We feel t…