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Fresh Start Devotionals

July 31


As I look into my rear view mirror, my greatest memories of church life are times when the church was unified toward a common goal. When I was a child our small church in Edmonson, Texas had a revival I don’t mean a revival meeting, I mean a revival. We extended the meeting over a several week period because of the overwhelming response. So many people accepted Christ that during the final service all we did was baptize the new converts. Though I was only a young grade-schooler, I too was active sharing my faith with my friends and some of them came to faith in Christ through my efforts. In some ways the fire of that revival meeting are still burning, because that was the first time I heard God speaking to me about becoming a Pastor.

The movement of the spirit was amazing. I certainly remember that, but I also remember that we were doing this together everyone was participating.

When I was Pastoring in the Central Valley, our church had an annual Memorial Day Weekend Ca…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 31

  The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)
  Not merely in the words you say,
  Not merely in your deeds confessed,
  But in the most unconscious way
  Is Christ expressed.
  And from your eyes He beckons me,
  And from your heart His love is shed,
  Till I lose sight of you …
  And see Christ the Lord instead.
For the past month we have been considering the benefits and blessings of being a Christian—joy, peace, contentment … with rivers of living waters flowing out of such a life (John 7:38). Knowing Christ as personal Savior, experiencing the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit, and living with a glorious hope for eternity should produce a dramatic difference in the personality and lifestyle of every true believer. Christ’s redemptive work provides not only for our eternal glory, but also for a full and abundant life now (John 10:10). A professing Christian who is perceived by …