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Fresh Start Devotionals

Why are we Here?

I’ve had cancer and I’ve had insurance—cancer was easier. With disease, there are doctors, hospitals, nurses, friends and family to help you fight it. There are people in white coats searching for your cure. People send cards, make phone calls and pray for you. Their purpose is to minister to you.

Insurance companies, I am convinced, are in the business to sell policies, not pay claims. It is not that the people there are not caring people, they are somebody’s mother, brother or friend. The people working there are just trying to earn a living like everyone else, I have no personal animosity toward them, but their purpose is to collect premiums, not pay claims. Using their calm voice, they do everything they can to keep their company’s money at headquarters.

If it takes a rocket scientist to program a VCR, it, no doubt takes an attorney to understand the terminology in the insurance company’s explanation of benefits. Did you know that a family deductible of $400.00 do…

WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS

April 3

WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS
Isaac Watts, 1674–1748
  Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified Him. (John 19:17, 18)
While preparing for a communion service in 1707, Isaac Watts wrote this deeply moving and very personal expression of gratitude for the amazing love that the death of Christ on the cross revealed. It first appeared in print that same year in Watts’ outstanding collection, Hymns and Spiritual Songs. The hymn was originally titled “Crucifixion to the World by the Cross of Christ.” Noted theologian Matthew Arnold called this the greatest hymn in the English language. In Watts’ day, texts such as this, which were based only on personal feelings, were termed “hymns of human composure” and were very controversial, since almost all congregational singing at this time consisted of ponderous repetitions of the Psalms. The unique thoughts presented by Watts in these lines certainly must hav…