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Heavenly Father, we thank You for your grace and mercy. Bless all peoples of the world no matter what their desire is Lord if it is a righteous pertition. In Jesus' name. Amen. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Fresh Start Devotionals

Diversity All of the active members of Timothy Urbany’s Sunday School Class at Eastborough Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, were white, middle class, and married with children. They were “birds of a feather that flocked together.” Urbany longed for his class to be more diverse, more accepting of others, so he invited a Christian friend from work to attend his class to help him evaluate their potential for growth. She was a single, young black woman. She arrived early, helped herself to a donut and some coffee. She participated in the discussion and did her best to make herself at home. No one spoke to her. The next week, Urbany explained to the class who the young lady was and reported to his class, her impressions of the class. They were stunned that none of the members of their loving class reached out to her to make her feel welcome and wanted. It was almost as if they didn’t even notice her. Really, the class’s reaction was predictable. Most people naturally tend to grav…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

January 18 SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY John W. Peterson, 1921– Alfred B. Smith, 1916– Answer me, O Lord, out of the goodness of Your love; in Your great mercy turn to me. (Psalm 69:16) Charles Haddon Spurgeon, known as the “Prince of Preachers” of the 19th century, labored for more than 20 years on his unrivaled commentary of the Psalms, a seven-volume work entitled The Treasury of David. “Only those who have meditated profoundly upon the Psalms,” wrote Spurgeon, “can have any adequate conception of the wealth they contain.” Meditate on this comment that Mr. Spurgeon made about the 23rd Psalm, the basis of this hymn: The sweetest word of the whole is that monosyllable, “my.” He does not say, “The Lord is the shepherd of the world at large, and leadeth forth the multitude as his flock.” If He is a shepherd to no one else, He is a shepherd to me. He cares for me, watches over me, and preserves me. The words are in the present tense. Whatever be the believer’s position, he is even no…