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Prayer

May the Lord bless you all as you begin a new week. Remember that you have been given only the moment that you read this prayer and the next moment is not promise to you, so, ... did you STOP TO PRAY THIS MORNING? If not, STOP TO PRAY. May the Lord watch between me and you in his precious Son Christ Jesus' name. Amen. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Fresh Start Devotionals

To The Penny

“Lord,” I’d pray, “we’re not making it. Everything we make is going to pay for Seminary and the new baby, we need more money.”

We weren’t economically challenged. We were flat broke. We were sharing a small apartment with several hundred cockroaches and often were only able to eat a partial meal each day. Times were tough.

The church I was pastoring was growing, but most of the new money was going into programs and for the new building we were planning. I took on some side jobs teaching Speech at a Christian school and substituting in the public school system to help ease the pressure, but we needed divine intervention. We were in over our heads.

When I prayed about our situation, I kept hearing God say the same thing—”increase your giving.” “You’ve got to be kidding,” I’d pray, “increase our giving? You don’t understand, we need more money, not less.”

We were already tithers, giving 10% of our income to the Lord, but now He was asking us to take a step of faith and incr…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (

June 25


O HAPPY DAY
Philip Doddridge, 1702–1751
  I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10)
It is always encouraging to share in a testimonial service by recalling with other believers the time we responded to God’s loving invitation for personal salvation. To remember what we were, how we were going, and where we could be today had not God encountered us is truly an important spiritual activity. But we must also be quick to note that the “happy day” of our new birth was never intended to be the final goal for our lives. Rather it was the starting point for developing a Christ-like life and an endless fellowship with our Lord.
Along with Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley, Philip Doddridge is generally ranked as one of England’s finest 18th century hymn writers. “O Happy Day,” a text which expresses so aptly the sense of joy in a personal relationship with God, is D…