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Fresh Start Devotionals - On Mission

June 11

On Mission

After losing 90 pounds a few years ago, I had to go shopping. OK, those of you who know the whole story know that I probably took the whole shopping thing a bit too far and that I will probably never have to buy another suit, dress shirt, tie or pair of shoes for the rest of my life. Up until that time, like most men, I didn’t enjoy shopping. Every two or three years I’d order the same shirt in 3 or 4 different colors from a catalog and wear them until they were threadbare. Shopping, to me, was a necessary evil.

Some Christians find Church shopping just as tedious. They have a checklist of programs they want or styles and approaches they prefer and start the difficult process of screening churches and Pastors to find just the right church. Sometimes they are trying to find one just like an idealized memory; other times they are trying to avoid a past mistake.

In his book, An Unstoppable Force, Erwin McManus mentions the church shopping phenomenon when he writes, “ ‘W…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions - I HEARD THE VOICE OF JESUS SAY

June 11

Horatius Bonar, 1808–1889
  Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the water; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. (Isaiah 55:1)
  Thy grace first made me feel my sin; it taught me to believe. Then in believing, I found—and now I live, I live!
—Horatius Bonar
The heart of the Christian gospel is the gentle word “come.” From the moment of a person’s conversion until he or she is ushered into eternal glory, the Savior beckons with the gracious invitation “come.” This word appears more than 500 times throughout the Scriptures.
The beautiful lines of this hymn by Horatius Bonar fill us with peace and buoyant joy. They calm us as we contemplate walking in the divine light of life that is shed on our ways as we respond in personal faith to the voice of Jesus.
Horatius Bonar was one of Scotland’s most gifted and influential ministers and writers of the 19th century. He wrote more than 600 h…