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Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

November 28 LET US WITH A GLADSOME MIND John Milton, 1608–1674 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love [mercy] endures forever. (Psalm 136:1) A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues. —Cicero A gladsome, joyous mind is the product of a grateful, praising heart. Gratefulness is the opposite of selfishness. The selfish person is boastful of his accomplishments. The grateful Christian, however, realizes that all achievements and blessings come only from God’s bountiful hand. This realization results in a life of praise. Far too often our prayer life consists only of a series of personal requests. God wants our requests, but He also desires to hear our praise for His eternal kindness and love in response to our daily needs. This hymn text of praise was written by John Milton in 1621 when he was only 15 years of age. It was based on verses 1, 2, 7, and 23 of Psalm 136, a psalm that refrains each of its 26 verses with the reminder …

Fresh Start Devotionals

Brutality How did it come to this? Why this brutal cruelty? What were the events that led to this great travesty of justice? Well, it all began with a conspiracy among religious leaders. (Matt 27:1–2) After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the religious leaders knew their days were numbered if they didn’t do something about Jesus (John 11:45–48). One meeting led to another and now their conspiracy was leading to firm plans—Plans that couldn’t even be stopped by the remorse of Judas. (Matt 27:3–6) Apathetic? Yes, they exercised great apathy to Judas’ remorse and his declaration that Jesus was innocent. But they still cared about their rules. They were willing to pay Judas (Matthew 26:14–15) for murder, but they weren’t willing to take the money back—that, in their view, would just be wrong. Hello? Conspiracy to do wrong led to an apathy toward the truth. Pilate sized this crowd up with a single four-letter word: envy (Matthew 27:17–18) I guess they’d gone to far to turn back no…