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Fresh Start Devotionals

July 3


Exodus 7–12 records that God brought down 10 different plagues upon the people of Egypt because Pharaoh refused to release the children of Israel from their bondage. Each of these plagues would play a part in the ultimate exodus of God’s chosen people from their captivity into a forty-year journey into the promised land, but the tenth plague—the death of the first born son—would be the ultimate cause for Pharaoh authorizing the release of the people.

The tenth and final plague was the big one—the death of the first-born son. (11:1–10; 12:29–42). The death angel would pass through the land of Egypt and would kill the first-born son of every man, except for those who were covered by the blood of the lamb.

In preparation for the tenth plague, God instructed the children of Israel to put the blood of the Passover lamb on the two doorposts and on the lentil of the house. God made a covenant with the people: when the death angel saw the blood on the doorposts, it would “pass ov…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 3

Horatio G. Spafford, 1828–1888
  God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
Inner peace through an implicit trust in the love of God is the real evidence of a mature Christian faith. Only with this kind of confidence in his heavenly Father could Horatio Spafford experience such heart-rending tragedies as he did and yet be able to say, “It is well with my soul.”
Spafford had known peaceful and happy days as a successful attorney in Chicago. He was the father of four daughters, an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and a loyal friend and supporter of D. L. Moody and other evangelical leaders of his day. Then, a series of calamities began, starting with the great Chicago fire of 1871 which wiped out the family’s extensive real estate investments. When Mr. Moody and his music associate, Ira Sankey, left for Great Britain for an evangelistic campaign, Spafford decided to lift the spirits of his family by taking them on…