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Fresh Start Devotionals

June 23


“Peace on Earth, good will toward men?” Not in the shopping malls in America. Christmas, it seems, is bringing out the worst in some people. “No matter how fast you go, it’s not fast enough for some people,” said Dee Stripp, a part-time clerk at the Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan. “People don’t seem to have common courtesy anymore.”

The holiday anger has a name “retail rage.” Shoppers feel mistreated, employees feel abused. “People are at the limit of their tolerance,” said Christopher McGoey, a professional security consultant.

The hostility isn’t just between employees and customers. Sometimes customers come to blows with one another. Two women got into a fight over the last $39.95 scooter at the Jackson, Mississippi Wal-Mart store the day after Thanksgiving. Both of the women and the security guard were injured in the incident.


How’s your retail rage? You doing OK?

I doubt that I’ll slug someone over a scoot…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

June 23

Mrs. Rhea F. Miller, 1894–1966
  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)
The inspiring and challenging words of this hymn, written by Mrs. Rhea Miller, so influenced 23–year-old George Beverly Shea that they determined the direction of his entire life. As he began to compose a melody for these moving lines, he decided to devote his singing talent to God’s glory alone.
Growing up with devoted Christian parents, Bev was encouraged to use his fine singing voice often in the services of the Wesleyan Methodist churches of which his father was a minister. Financial needs of the family made it necessary for him to leave college and work in an insurance office. However, he continued singing in churches and for Christian radio programs. Unexpectedly he was offered an audition for a secular singing position in New York City and passed the test. The opportunity for a substantial salary and wide recognition made Bev’s decision very difficul…