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Fresh Start Devotionals - O-Ring

June 12


It was a defining moment. On January 28, 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded and killed all seven astronauts aboard. It was a major setback in NASA’s manned space flight program. But worse than what it did to NASA, something died in most Americans along with the astronauts.

Up until the explosion, Americans took a certain pride in the accomplishments of our space program. For some, there was a thrill in beating the Russians into space and being more advanced than they were, but there was more to it than “cold war” spite.

During prayer meetings, WIWAK (when I was a kid), I would often hear the adults marvel at the advancements of medical science. If someone had a disease without a cure, the people would pray that God would aid the scientists as they worked on the problem. Anymore, I hear more about pharmaceutical company’s profits, doctor’s mistakes and insurance corruption than praise for medical science. Has a bit of our hope died? Oh, I can’t prove there is a co…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions - THE NINETY AND NINE

June 12

Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1830–1869
  There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:7)
The Bible teaches that man does not seek after God, but that God initiates the search for lost man. “The Ninety and Nine,” based on the parable in Luke 15:3–7, presents a vivid picture of this scriptural truth.
Written for children by an invalid woman named Elizabeth Clephane in Melrose, Scotland, the text appeared in a newspaper and caught the attention of Ira Sankey, the well-known music associate of evangelist D. L. Moody. Since he was on the way to their next evangelistic meetings in Edinburgh, Scotland, Mr. Sankey simply tucked the poem in his vest pocket and thought no more of it. During the service that afternoon, Mr. Moody concluded his stirring message on the Good Shepherd and abruptly asked Ira to close with an appropriate solo. Startled, Sankey suddenly remembered the p…