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Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

November 26 THANK YOU, LORD Words and Music by Seth Sykes, 1892–1950 and Bessie Sykes, 1905– Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15) The gift of salvation—a personal relationship with almighty God—what an indescribable gift! Yet how often do we sincerely thank our Lord for all that He has done in making this possible? Our lack of praise and thanksgiving for His gift of salvation can be likened to the response of the ten lepers after being miraculously healed by Christ (Luke 17:11–19). Only one returned to express gratitude. The interest of the other nine was centered more in what had happened to them personally than in remembering the One who had performed the miracle in their lives. Are we ever guilty of this same carelessness? It is interesting to imagine the life-long remorse that characterized these nine ungrateful lives: I meant to go back, but you may guess I was filled with amazement, I cannot express To think that after those horrible years, th…

Fresh Start Devotionals

The Bride of Christ “What keeps you awake at night?” We’d finished our breakfast and were nursing our coffee when our leader asked the question. My answer was reflex, “That the Bride of Christ isn’t a very good mother.” A couple of other people answered, then our leader pried deeper, “What do you mean that the church isn’t a good mother.” Before answering him, I thought about how restless the previous evening was. I didn’t sleep well because of two answers to a simple question. During casual conversation, “Brenda” mentioned that she’d had a tough year—her house burned to the ground. I didn’t even know if Brenda was involved in a church when I asked the question, “How did your church respond?” I saw it as a ground breaking question that could lead to a witnessing opportunity. “They didn’t do anything. My kid’s boy scout troop did more for us than they did. We’re looking for another church.” Later that afternoon, “Alex” shared with me the details of his painful marriage and inevitab…