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A Father's Day Prayer

Happy Father's Day
Please don't buy dad a tie or handkerchief; he wants an electronic gadget--these are modern times: iPad, iPod, smart phone, Kindle Fire, Nook, Android or a gaming system. Amen.

Fresh Start Devotionals

Partnership

We were quite a pair.

At my last church, there were five of us on staff, two full-time people, me and the secretary and three part-time ministers. One of the part-time pastors was Dr. McGuffin, a semi-retired pastor who’d spent the bulk of his ministry pastoring in New Mexico and California. He did some of the preaching and most of the ministry with the Senior Adults in the church. But his greatest contribution was the almost weekly trips he and I would take together to the Pecos River to hunt for ‘bows. To this day I miss fishing for rainbow trout in New Mexico. I still read the fishing reports for the area on the Internet several times a year.

Because we both loved the outdoors and enjoyed playing dominos, we spent a good bit of time together. One afternoon we decided to go to a drive-through burger stand for lunch. At the time, I hated drive-through windows because it was after I lost my voice to thyroid cancer, but before God restored it through the work of an innovat…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions; IN TIMES LIKE THESE

June 15

IN TIMES LIKE THESE

Words and Music by Ruth Caye Jones, 1902–1972
  Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)
Wars, earthquakes, famines, violence, drugs, child abuse, humanism, the occult, New Age …
When world events and ideologies like these seem ominous and unsettling to us or when personal sorrows or tragedies confront us, where can we go but to the Lord? How comforting it is to know that we can always flee to Him and rest securely on our “Solid Rock.” During the fearful days at the height of World War II, when the stress and strain of daily living seemed almost overwhelming, the comforting hymn “In Times Like These” was written. In the midst of a busy day as a housewife, Ruth Caye Jones felt a direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit. She stopped her work to quickly put down both words and music just as they were given to her by God.
Since that day the hymn has been a blessing to countless Christians at special ti…