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Don't give up on God, We leave Him when we can't get our way with him. It's God's will and not our will be done on earth. There is hope in Him. He never gives up on us. We give up on Him. Remember, He is only a prayer away to make contact. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

THE GOD OF ABRAHAM PRAISE Thomas Olivers, 1725–1799 Based on the revised Yigdal of Daniel ben Judah, 14th century You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor Him! (Psalm 22:23) The story of God’s dealing with Israel is an incredible one: the sovereign God preserving and directing throughout history the affairs of His chosen people. Beginning with Abraham, “the father of many nations,” the Jewish people have been persecuted frequently, yet never destroyed. From the Jews we have received the Ten Commandments and eventually our Messiah-Redeemer. “Salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22). Thomas Olivers, author of “The God of Abraham Praise,” was one of John Wesley’s 18th century evangelists. He traveled extensively throughout England and Ireland, fearlessly preaching the gospel but often encountering violent opposition. Olivers states that he wrote this hymn after listening to the preaching of a Jewish rabbi at the Duke’s Place Synagogue, Oldgate, London. Ther…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Three Women Every Easter I think about a sermon I heard my Dad preach when I was just a boy based upon the resurrection narrative in the gospel of Mark. In the sermon, he emphasized that the extraordinary events of life are usually enjoyed by those who are willing to give themselves to the ordinary tasks of devotion. The three ladies, Mary Magdalene, Mary and Salome came to Jesus’ tomb early on Sunday morning to anoint Jesus’ remains with spices. Jewish law prohibited them from performing these tasks immediately after his death, because of the prohibition against working on the Sabbath, so they delayed going to the tomb until the Sabbath was over. Where were his disciples? We know John was at the crucifixion, but we don’t know where the others were. Why wouldn’t those who were the closest to Him, and who would take the reigns of the church after His ascension, be there to take care of this unpleasant task? Why would they leave it to these women? Even if the duty was beneath their …