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Fresh Start Devotionals

June 29


Persecution

A few years ago at a Mission’s Conference at Glorieta, New Mexico I met one of our missionaries to China. She told me about a Christian friend of hers who was attending the “three self” church. Three self stands for Self governing, self supporting and self propagating-it is the official church, the government-controlled church in China. Unfortunately, the pastors of these churches are usually not Christians and are placed in the position so they can identify Christians in the congregation and report their activities to the government, resulting in persecution that includes getting fired from their jobs or even jail time.

According to the missionary, the pastor identified her friend as a true believer and was beginning to report her to the authorities. It looked like she was about to come under persecution, so they began to pray for God’s intervention. Soon after they began praying, the pastor was fired and then turned to the woman she was trying to destroy for help.…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

June 29


CHRIST LIVETH IN ME
Daniel W. Whittle, 1840–1901
  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ liveth in me. (Galatians 2:20)
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). One can almost hear the apostle Paul exhorting the carnal Christians at Corinth with these strong words. How important it is that believers realize with conviction that their earthly bodies are the residence of the living God! Such an awareness should cause us to have an earnest concern for the proper care of our bodies. It is also the motivation we need for Christ-like living—to allow His perfection to be demonstrated in our mortal flesh.
  Oh, to be saved from myself, dear Lord, Oh, to be lost in Thee;
  Oh, that it may be no more I, but Christ that lives in me.
—C. H. Forrest
The evidence of true conversion is the growing awareness of Christ within us as the Holy Spirit confirms this fact with our human spirit (Roman…