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Fresh Start Devotionals

June 21


My mom made Susan a beautiful vest that displays several patriotic symbols. Susan asked me “do you think I can wear this anytime, or only in July.” I told her she should be proud to display patriotic symbols anytime. She wore it this morning as she left for work. What if Patriotism were limited to July 4th. Wouldn’t that be ridiculous?

I once served in a Church whose leadership looked more like a delegation of the United Nations than a Baptist committee. We had one Japanese American, a couple of Canadians, a couple of Californians and a British national. We were planning a picnic for the early part of July. I was feeling a bit precocious, so I asked the Brit if they had 4th of July in England. She gave me one of those what-are-you-talking-about-glances. You know, the way the school librarian looks at you when she tilts her head and looks over her reading glasses. “Of course we don’t have the 4th of July,” she said. “What do you do, skip from the 3rd to the 5th?” O.K.…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

June 21

Lidie H. Edmunds, 19th century
  I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day. (2 Timothy 1:12)
Saving faith is much more than a commitment to a creed, church, or a doctrinal system. It must be a commitment to a person—Jesus Christ. Doctrinal statements and creeds are important in defining and delineating truth, but they must never replace a personal relationship with “The Truth.” We can get so caught up in our creedal statements, interpretations and arguments, or church traditions that we lose the sense of simple, child-like trust in Christ and his written Word. This was the concern of the apostle Paul—“I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3). Again and again we must take inventory of ourselves and determine what is the real foundation of our sp…