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Fresh Start Devotionals - One Nation Under God

June 9

One Nation Under God

In The Church of the Holy Trinity Vs. United States, the justices unanimously decided that America is a Christian Nation. They wrote, “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of The Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise, and in this sense, and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.” And later in the same document, they wrote, “These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.”

In 1892, the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States of America had no problem declaring America a Christian nation. Would anyone do the same a hundred years later?

Our coins say “In God we Trust,” yet the way most people live their lives it proves they really trust in money, not God. Prayer opens every session of Congress and the Supreme Court, but th…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions - THERE’S A WIDENESS IN GOD’S MERCY

June 9

Frederick W. Faber, 1814–1863
  But Thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. (Psalm 86:15 KJV)
A wealth of truth about the depth of God’s love and mercy is expressed simply but eloquently in this choice two-line hymn text written by Frederick William Faber in the middle of the 19th century. In addition to being known as a man with unusual personal charm, persuasive preaching ability, and excellent writing skills, Faber made his most lasting contribution with the 150 hymn texts he composed during his brief life of 49 years.
Frederick Faber had an unusual spiritual journey. Raised as a strict Calvinist, he strongly opposed the Roman Catholic Church. After education at Oxford, he became an ordained Anglican minister. Gradually, however, he was influenced by the Oxford Movement, which stressed that Anglican churches had become too evangelical—with too little emphasis on formal and litu…