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Fresh Start Devotionals

Family Worship Last summer we sat on a balcony of a lodge overlooking Lake Barkley near my parent’s home in Kentucky. It was Sunday morning and we’d decided to have our own family worship service. We rocked back and forth in the medal chairs as my Uncle Bobby, the pastor of Praise Assembly in Pueblo Colorado led us in a song or two. I glanced around as we sang and looked at my aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews praise the Lord together. I felt deep peace and great pride. After we finished singing, my uncle said, “I think it would be nice to hear from the younger generation, Jimmy why don’t you preach to us.” Earlier in the morning when he suggested I bring a sermon, I’d told him that I thought it would be better for him to do it after all, he is one of the finest preachers in the nation and I’d much rather hear him speak than to have the stage myself. Besides, since my father was sick and couldn’t be there, he was the eldest preacher present, I felt it was his place to prea…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

JESUS, LOVER OF MY SOUL Charles Wesley, 1707–1788The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. (Nahum 1:7) The universal recognition of a personal dependence upon the infinite God has no doubt made this appealing hymn the best loved of the more than 6500 texts of Charles Wesley. Written shortly after Charles’ “heart-warming” experience at the Adlersgate Hall in London in 1738, this text has since brought comfort and inspiration to countless numbers during “the storms of life.” The simple yet vivid language of this hymn gives it a special quality. Some have called it the “finest heart-hymn in the English language.” Also the exaltation of Christ is truly noteworthy in such picturesque terms as “lover,” “healer,” “fountain,” “wing,” and “pilot.” But possibly the greatest appeal of these lines is the assurance they give of Christ’s consolation and protection through all of life and then for eternity. There is no authenticated information as to what p…