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Fresh Start Devotionals

July 18


“Don’t put that nickel in your mouth. Some n*gg*r may have touched it.”

Not exactly what you’d expect to hear from a teacher, but it is my earliest remembrance of Sunday School. Throughout the years, I’ve learned that most people struggle with racism—even Christians.

I know I do.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t consider myself a bigot, but there are times I prejudge people too.

Take the time Susan and I drove through Los Angeles after spending four days on a cruise ship. It was right after the Rodney King riots of 1992. The bustling “City of Angels” looked like a ghost town. People locked their doors and stayed at home. No one was on the freeways.

I was very conscious of the color of people’s skin as I drove through town. I couldn’t wait to get home to “my people.”

I was scared.

Even good Christian men and women struggle with prejudice. Simon Peter did. But after God dealt with him, he said: “I see very clearly that God doesn’t show partiality. [35] In every nation he acc…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 18

Words and Music by Edward Henry Joy, 1871–1941
  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:14)
  Upon the Lord your burden cast,
  To Him bring all your care;
  He will sustain and hold you fast,
  And give thee strength to bear.
Worry, anxiety, and depression have been the subjects of many discourses. The reason, of course, is that these conditions are so common to everyone. Many descriptions of these times have been given:
  Worry is nothing more than borrowed trouble.
  Worry is unbelief in disguise.
  Worry does not relieve tomorrow of its stress—it merely empties today of its strength.
  The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
—George Mueller
  Depression is the Devil’s tool in thwarting the joy of believers and in immobilizing them in the Lord’s service.
You cannot read the book of Psalms without sensing the deep cloud of emo…