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Fresh Start Devotionals

Harmony Paul gives us a key to getting along with others in Romans 12:16. I particularly like the New Living Translation rendering of the verse, “Live in harmony with each other. Don’t try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!” Paul didn’t tell us to live in melody with each other. Those singing the melody line of a piece of music follow the primary tune of the composition. Like strands of a cable, their voices blend together to form a strong, uniform sound. They sing the primary notes. The harmony adds depth to the melody. Some harmony is very tight, like a barber shop quartet, other is much looser like the sounds of Jazz. Though a dissonant harmony is difficult to perform, it adds a dimension to the piece that excites the discriminating listener. Paul told us to live in harmony with one another. Harmony is a sound that compliments the melody; it is not the same note, but a complimentary one. It is not a wrong note, just a di…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 28 WHEN THE ROLL IS CALLED UP YONDER Words and Music by James M. Black, 1856–1938 For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (1 Thessalonians 4:15) The calm assurance of a future heavenly home is one of the greatest blessings for every Christian. It has been said that only those with an absolute confidence in their hereafter truly know to live victoriously in this life. Having a personal relationship with Christ means that we need have no fear that we will not hear “the trumpet call of God,” whether we are still alive or asleep in Jesus. James M. Black was an active Methodist layman, a music teacher, and a composer and publisher of numerous gospel songs. He related this experience: While a teacher in the Sunday school and president of a young people’s society, I one day met a girl, 14 years old, poorly clad and a child of a drunkard. She acce…