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Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

October 29 WHERE CROSS THE CROWDED WAYS OF LIFE Franklin Mason North, 1850–1935 Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:3, 4) Henry David Thoreau, noted American writer, philosopher, and naturalist of the past 19th century, once described the large city as “a place where people are lonely together.” This loneliness is not the result of an absence of people; rather, it is due to a lack of genuine caring relationships. If Thoreau’s observation was true in the past, it has become increasingly true in the present, and the prediction is that it will become alarmingly more so in the near future. In 1950 there were only seven cities in the world with more than five million people. Only two of these were in the Third World. Today there are 34 cities with more than five million people, 22 of which are in the Third World. And by the middle of the 21st century, t…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Why are we Here? I’ve had cancer and I’ve had insurance—cancer was easier. With disease, there are doctors, hospitals, nurses, friends and family to help you fight it. There are people in white coats searching for your cure. People send cards, make phone calls and pray for you. Their purpose is to minister to you. Insurance companies, I am convinced, are in the business to sell policies, not pay claims. It is not that the people there are not caring people, they are somebody’s mother, brother or friend. The people working there are just trying to earn a living like everyone else, I have no personal animosity toward them, but their purpose is to collect premiums, not pay claims. Using their calm voice, they do everything they can to keep their company’s money at headquarters. If it takes a rocket scientist to program a VCR, it, no doubt takes an attorney to understand the terminology in the insurance company’s explanation of benefits. Did you know that a family deductible of $400.00…