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Prayer

Lord help us as we pray for me and all to do even more in serving You. In Jesus' name is my prayer. Amen. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Fresh Start Devotionals

The Cross I’m surprised at how much my views about some things have changed as I’ve aged. Particularly, I’m amazed at how much tradition has come to mean to me. I’m not alone. For Christmas Dinner this year I suggested we get a Pizza, one of our family’s favorite foods, or if we wanted to cook at home, we could make enchiladas, something we rarely eat. But my youngest son wouldn’t have it, he thought we should have ham for dinner and homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast, a longstanding family tradition passed down from my Mom and Dad. Of course, we had cinnamon rolls for breakfast and Ham for dinner, just as he wanted. When I was a young preacher with plenty of fire in my belly, I began a personal crusade to replace the cross as the primary Christian symbol with the ancient symbol of the butterfly. The butterfly, an early Christian symbol of the resurrection, was more beautiful, in my opinion, and drew attention away from the suffering of Jesus to His greatest victory. Our living …

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

January 3 O GOD, OUR HELP IN AGES PAST Isaac Watts, 1674–1748 Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God. (Psalm 90:1, 2) It has been wisely said that no thinking person ever regarded the beginning of a new year with indifference. Each of us faces many concerns and questions as we stand on the threshold of the unknown future. The mystery of time is the subject of this hymn text, a paraphrase of Psalm 90. The hymn is considered by many to be one of the finest ever written and perhaps the best known of the 600 hymns by Isaac Watts, often called the “father of English hymnody.” At an early age Isaac displayed unusual talent in writing poetic verse. As a young man he became increasingly concerned with the congregational singing in the English speaking churches. Only ponderous metrical psalms were used until this time. To use any words other t…