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Fresh Start Devotionals

Heroes

Sometimes, when I study the heroes of the faith-when I see their faith and determination—I begin to feel like a spiritual midget. Take Noah, for example. He was willing to invest 120 years building an ark because God told him a flood was coming. He withstood the ridicule of others and navigated through his own self-doubt to complete his assignment. Amazing. Especially when I think about how a single word of criticism can paralyze me.

How would you have responded to Noah if you asked him what he was doing? Imagine the dialogue—”So, Noah, what ya doin?”

“I’m building an ark?”


“An ark, what in the world is an ark?” You’d ask.


“It’s a boat big enough to house at least a pair of all the earth’s species.”


“OK, but why are you building it.”


“Haven’t you heard? The flood is coming?” Noah replies.


“The flood. What’s a flood.”


“It’s when the waters rise because of an excessive amount of rain?”


“Rain,” you’d say, “what’s rain?”

After explaining the meteorological phenomena of rain to a person who…

Amazing Grace Devotionals

April 6


NEAR THE CROSS
Fanny J. Crosby, 1820–1915
  For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:19, 20)
The cross was a superb triumph over Satan, death, and hell. Never was Christ more a king than when He shouted from the cross—“It is finished.” Out of the hideous suffering of Calvary He has carved His victory and His kingdom. The victory of the cross assures us that we no longer need to be kept separate from God—either in this life or for eternity. Even now we can enter into His presence “with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). And the best is yet to come—“the golden strand just beyond the river.”
As God’s people, we should live daily with a sensitive awareness of Christ’s cross. We should review its scenes of suffering as well as revel in…