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Success

"Yesterday's failures are today's seeds that must be diligently planted to be able to abundantly harvest tomorrow's successes." - Author Unknown Don't worry about yesterday, Yesterday is gone, never no more to come back. Give your life to Christ Jesus today while the blood is still running warm in your veins. Today, and all days will have your soul saved forever. That's success for the future eternally! - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

November 22 COME, YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME Henry Alford, 1810–1871 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O most high. (Psalm 92:1 KJV) Our early American leaders wisely realized the importance of having a special day each year in which people could recount their blessings and express gratitude to God for all of His goodness. The first thanksgiving was decreed by Governor Bradford in 1621 to commemorate the Pilgrims’ harvest. Later George Washington proclaimed November 26, 1789, as a national day of thanksgiving, but the holiday was not repeated on a national basis until Abraham Lincoln named it a national Harvest Festival on November 26, 1861. After that time, the holiday was proclaimed annually by the President and the governors of each state. Finally in 1941, Congress passed a bill naming the fourth Thursday of each November as Thanksgiving Day. The first stanza of this harvest hymn is an invitation and an exhortation to give thanks t…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Blessed Belief It was quiet in Elizabeth’s house. There were no sounds of children slamming doors, scuffling or laughing. Elizabeth was barren. Barren—the very word elicits sights of sand blowing across the desert, or the sounds of boots walking on parched earth. It got quieter. Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah were getting old and rickety. They were at the time of life when loud noises startled them and their ears didn’t work quite as well as before. Zechariah was tending to his work at the temple with the angel Gabriel suddenly appeared before him with news that Elizabeth was pregnant. Zechariah didn’t believe the angel so God took the ability to speak from him. Getting a preacher not to talk—now that’s a miracle! When she was six-months pregnant, Mary came to visit her. Mary was pregnant, but not married. If you agree that the aged Elizabeth’s pregnancy was a miracle, you will also agree that the virgin Mary’s pregnancy was a super-miracle. Elizabeth, showing great emotional…