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Fresh Start Devotionals

July 16


When Herod’s persecution broke out against the church, James was killed and Peter was thrown in jail in preparation to give him a fair trial before they killed him too. The night before Peter’s trial, he slept, chained between two guards, when the Angel of the Lord appeared and awoke Peter. When he awoke, Peter followed the angel’s instructions. Half awake and half asleep, he put on his robe and sandals and walked with the angel past two sets of guards, out of the prison. The angel escorted him to the city gates, the iron gates opened by themselves and Peter walked into the city, and when he did, the angel left him and Peter was left standing alone a free man.

Where do you think he went?

He went to where he knew people would be praying for him, he went to Mary’s house. Rhoda, the servant-girl, sat listening to the prayers of the church for Peter. When the knock came at the door, she ran to answer it. Who would it be? Another member of the church coming to pray? The Roman…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 16

Words and Music by Arthur A. Luther, 1891–1960
  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (Matthew 25:35)
  Just when my hopes have vanished, just when my friends forsake,
  Just when the fight is thickest, just when with fear I shake,
  Then comes a still small whisper, “Fear not my child, I’m near!”
  Jesus beings peace and comfort; I love His voice to hear.
—J. Bruce Evans
The Bible teaches that some of life’s richest lessons are learned only in the valley of tears. The psalmist declared: “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees” (Psalm 119:71). Difficult times should be the steppingstones in our spiritual growth and usefulness. This was the case with the author and composer of “Jesus Never Fails.” Arthur Luther, pastor and musician, relates the following story regarding the writing of his hymn:
  As a school boy Christian I had a burning desire to be a foreign missionary. That was not to be. Later I …