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Devotionals by Dr. Jeff Schreve

BEAUTY FOR ASHES

To all who mourn in Israel, He will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning,praise instead of despair. 
Isaiah 61:3

Stephen preached his heart out in Acts 7.  His sermon was packed with power and anointing by the Holy Spirit.  He said exactly what the Lord wanted him to say... but the Jewish religious leaders did not like it.  They did not want to buy the sermon CD.  As a matter of fact, they screamed in protest, covered their ears, and stoned Stephen to death.

Don't you know that the Christians were at a loss to explain that situation?  I imagine they went home a little afraid and a little shell-shocked.  They had big hopes that the Lord would have used Stephen's message to convert the religious leaders... but that obviously did not happen.  Stephen was dead... and it must have seemed like life had dealt them a plate full of ashes. 

ASHES IN LIFE

Have you ever had things go terribly awry in your life?  Have you ever felt like your life that once held such promise has now been derailed?  Have you ever felt like your hopes and dreams have burned up and there is nothing left but ashes? 

Remember, God specializes in taking the ashes of life and transforming them to beauty... in taking the mourning and turning it to joy... in taking the despair and turning it to praise.  He is a miracle working God.  When we give Him the dregs of our situation, He can turn it to delight.

THE REST OF THE STORY

As bad as the stoning of Stephen was for the early church, God used it for good.  A young Pharisee named Saul of Tarsus watched Stephen die... and although he was "in hearty agreement to put him to death," the way in which Stephen died - full of faith and courage and love - undoubtedly struck a chord in Saul's heart.  As a result, Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor of the church, became Paul the Apostle, the greatest Christian who ever lived.   

Was the stoning of Stephen ashes?  Yes.  But God turned it around for good.  Just like He can and will do for you.

CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

In your difficulties today, change your perspective.  God is at work behind the scenes.  He is getting ready to take the lemons in your life and make lemonade.  Look to Him.  Give Him thanks for what is about to happen for you.  Remember, He delights in turning the tables on the devil and working all things together for good to those who love Him.  He is a good God and is worthy of our total and complete trust, regardless of the present circumstances! 

Love, 

Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries


Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 182 countries each week on TV, and is always available online.  Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to www.fromhisheart.org for more information.

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About From His Heart

From His Heart Ministries is the TV, Radio and Internet broadcast outreach of Dr. Jeff Schreve who believes that no matter how badly you have messed up in life, God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. We’re on mission to help a new generation discover their creator through the preaching of the compassionate, relevant, yet uncompromised truth of the Gospel. Pastor Jeff speaks the truth in love with clear biblical content combined with engaging, personal stories. His messages are filled with life-giving principles for everyday living and eternal assurance.

On Television: From His Heart is seen each week on Lightsource and also around the world on The Hillsong Channel, NRBTV, The Walk TV, and hundreds of TV stations across America and around the world. Go to Click Here to find the station near you.

On Radio: Click Here to listen to the daily radio broadcast available on OnePlace.com as well as 720+ outlets across America.

About Dr. Jeff Schreve

Jeff's life has been radically changed by Jesus Christ.
Growing up in a church-going home, Jeff learned a lot about God, but he did not know God. He believed in Jesus in the same way he believed in George Washington: he knew Jesus was real, but had not personally met Him. All this changed one night after a Young Life meeting when he was alone in his bedroom. There Jeff saw his need for Christ and His forgiveness and surrendered his life to Jesus.

As a student at the University of Texas, Jeff grew in his Christian life. He graduated with a degree in business and moved back home to Houston, Texas to start a career in business. There he met his future wife, Debbie, at a single's group meeting at Champion Forest Baptist Church. They were married in 1986 and have been blessed with a wonderful relationship and three awesome daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.

A New Direction
After spending 13 years as a chemical salesman, God called Dr. Schreve to preach. He left his secure position and moved his family to North Carolina to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was a scary and difficult move to make ... but it was one of the best decisions they have ever made. One year later, God called them to serve on staff at Champion Forest Baptist Church. In 2000, he completed his Master of Divinity degree graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2014 from Southeastern Seminary.

Jeff Schreve has been the senior Pastor of First Baptist Texarkana in 2003, a growing and exciting church with 4500+ members.

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