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Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

November 30 TO GOD BE THE GLORY Fanny J. Crosby, 1820–1915 So that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:6) The aim and final reason for all music should be nothing else but the glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit. —J. S. Bach To give glory to God should be the greatest desire of every Christian. Not only should this be the supreme goal for our individual lives, but it should also be true whenever we gather in our local churches. “In the presence of the congregation I will sing Your praises” (Hebrews 2:12). We must always be alert in recognizing God’s leading in our midst and in acknowledging His hand of blessing upon our corporate endeavors—the “great things He hath taught us and the great things He hath done.” Without this sensitive awareness and gratitude, churches, like individuals, can easily lose the focus of their mission and develop a false sense of self-worth and sufficiency. This fine gospel hymn firs…

Fresh Start Devotionals

When You Can’t Pray We know that God will answers our prayers when we pray, but what about the times in our life when we are to numb to pray? Does God’s grace penetrate our darkness to answer prayers that would pray if we could? Have you ever hurt so much you couldn’t pray? In his book, When God Interrupts, M. Craig Barnes writes about a time his pain paralyzed his prayer life. After thirty-six hours of hard labor, his wife started hemorrhaging and the fetal monitor alarm went off. Doctors and nurses swarmed into the room and Craig was asked to leave. He resisted, but ultimately, he placed his family in the hands of medical professionals and he walked into a cold, lonely waiting room. Time stood still, and Craig knew he should pray, but he couldn’t. His fear was overwhelming it looked like he was about to lose his wife and his child. But even when he couldn’t pray, his fear turned to calm. Eventually the nurse walked in the room to tell him all was well. In the book, Barnes wrote,…