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Prayer, Thought for Today

The Apostle Paul's prayer to the Philippians is also my prayer to you: 3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. 8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, whic…

Fresh Start Devotionals

God’s Voice In most relationships, formality tends to erode as familiarity grows. Recently, I called to pre-certify a hospital stay with our insurance company. The agent asked me for my doctor’s name, I replied, “Dr. Pinon.” “And what is his first name?” I didn’t know. Why would I know? We’re not exactly on a first name basis. He’s never been to my home, and I’ve never been to his. Our relationship is very formal, it is a doctor-patient relationship with defined boundaries. Out of respect, I always use his title when I talk to him. At Sul Ross University, students call my brother Dr. Wilson. He is an associate professor of Early Childhood development and a well-respected expert in his field. He travels all over South Texas leading seminars for Public School teachers. I never call him by his title. To me, he is Tim. He is my brother, not my professor. A few weeks ago, a room full of people called me Jimmy. No one ever calls me that anymore. To people in the Church, I’m Pastor Jim. T…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 12 I WOULD BE TRUE Howard A. Walter, 1883–1918 I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on Your laws. (Psalm 119:30) The yearning to achieve a trustworthy, strong, brave yet humble character is an unusual goal for a young person, especially in today’s self-seeking and materialistic society. The text for “I Would Be True,” however, was written by a young man in his early twenties in a poem that he titled “My Creed.” After graduating with honors from Princeton University in 1905, Howard Arnold Walter spent a year teaching the English language in Japan. While there he sent a copy of his “creed” to his mother back home in Connecticut. Mrs. Walter sent the poem to Harper’s Magazine, where it appeared in the May, 1907 issue. Returning to the United States, Howard Walter entered Hartford Seminary and upon graduation served as an assistant minister at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut. One day he showed his poem to an itinerant Methodist lay p…