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If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; … If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same … Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it. —RUDYARD KIPLING, “If—”

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 14 ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH Traditional French Carol Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests. (Luke 2:14) As vast numbers of angels swiftly descended toward earth through the star sprinkled sky, the leading angel halted them with a sign. They hovered with folded wings over a silent field near Bethlehem. “There they are,” said the leading angel, “the humble shepherds who have been chosen by God to receive our message. It will be the most wonderful news that mortal man has ever received. Are you ready with your great angelic chorus?” The leading angel drifted slightly downward so that he could be seen by the shepherds below. They were terrified! Each one of them covered his face in the brilliance of the light but earnestly listened with awe as the vision before them began to speak in their own language: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has bee…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Circumstances Why do you think you’ve been blessed with the talents, disposition and abilities that make you uniquely you? Why do you think you have the advantages you have? What about the tragedies in your life—why did you have to go through them? One evening in the Fall of 1981, I opened Concentric Circles of Concern, by Oscar Thompson to read a chapter or two. I finished the last page around four o’clock the next morning. I literally couldn’t put it down. That book radically changed my ministry, for me, it put the personal back into personal evangelism. I didn’t know what it was about that book that was so compelling. I didn’t know, that is, until I heard Jerry Sutton tell a group of students about Dr. Thompson’s last days. Dr. Thompson was a professor of Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Sutton was his grader/assistant. As Dr. Thompson’s cancer progressed, he turned his teaching responsibilities over to Sutton, but Dr. Thompson didn’t give his witness…