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Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 26 GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN Stanzas by John W. Work, 1871–1925 You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” (Isaiah 40:9) For many people, another Christmas season is merely a rerun of the trivial and the sentimental. But for the devoted Christian, Christmas is much more than a once a year celebration. It is a fresh awareness that a Deliverer was sent from the ivory palaces of heaven to become personally involved in the redemption and affairs of the human race. The impact of this realization becomes a strong motivation to share the good news with needy and desperate people who need to know that there is an Emmanuel available who can meet their every need. Men everywhere must hear these glad tidings if they are to benefit from them. With absolute clarity they must hear the message, “Here is your God!” Negr…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Culture “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16 NIV) Much of the culture wars in our society, in my humble opinion represent misplaced energy. We lament that “the liberals have taken prayer and the bible out of our schools” when we should be repenting from the sin of unopened bibles and unbent knees in our own homes. Criticizing culture doesn’t advance the cause of the gospel. Other churches have reacted to the culture issue by becoming “culturally relevant.” If the venture doesn’t become an end in itself, I suppose there is nothing inherently wrong with being relevant. Not as long as we don’t lose sight of our primary goal. It is one thing for a church to be culturally relevant, but quite another to leverage culture for the gospel’s advantage. In a Leadership Journal article, Chad Hall, lead Pastor of Connection Church in Hickory, North Carolina wrote, “We be…