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Self Control

Self-Control He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city. —BIBLE, Proverbs 16:32 Inc Merriam-Webster, The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of Quotations. (Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1992). 377.

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 13 ANGELS, FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY James Montgomery, 1771–1854 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. (Luke 2:9) All my heart this night rejoices as I hear, far and near, Sweetest angel voices. “Christ is born” their choirs are singing, Till the air everywhere now with joy is ringing. —Paul Gerhardt “Angels, From the Realms of Glory” is considered by many students of hymnody to be one of our finest Christmas hymns. In a unique style it addresses first the angelic chorus in the first stanza, then the shepherds in the second stanza, the wise men in the third, and finally today’s believers—calling all to worship Christ our King. Worship is the very essence of the entire Christmas story. James Montgomery was known as a deeply devoted, noble person who made an important contribution to English hymnody through his many inspiring texts. At the age of 23 he was appointed editor of the weekly Sheffield Re…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Inner Circle I’ve never been comfortable with John’s self designation as the “Disciple whom Jesus loved.” As a child, my Sunday School teachers told me John was a humble man and used that designation to avoid using his name. They thought it was his way to avoid “name dropping.” I didn’t buy it. Oh, I knew better than to argue with them, but I didn’t buy it. Though it isn’t exactly what he said, to a child, the phrase smacked of “He loved me more than you.” Was John saying that Jesus loved him more than the others? Remember, it was his mother who asked Jesus if her boys could have a place of honor in the Kingdom (Matt. 20:20). Do you think John was being competitive? Not me. As a part of the “inner circle” John had a special relationship with Jesus. But I don’t think that explains the designation either. Then what does? He was there. The hymn writer described it like this, “Oh the love that drew salvation’s plan! Oh, the grace that brought it down to man! Oh, the mighty gulf that…