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The Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson was supposed to be published on Wednesday, but, since those in the USA was celebrating a solemn holiday, I decided to publish The Sunday School Lesson  today.

Your Christian brother,
Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Fresh Start Devotionals

July 5

Pleasing God

One of Susan’s brothers recently told me about his journey back to faith. He was raised in a Christian home, but stopped having faith many years ago. After their father died, his spiritual interest was piqued again. He said to me, “I don’t feel like I have to prove that God exists to doubters for me to believe. If I want to love Jesus that’s my business, and I do love Jesus.” Faith is the proof, it is the substance of our hope. My brother-in-law is right, he doesn’t have to prove his faith in anybody’s test tube. If he wants to love Jesus, it is his business. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (KJV)

Ultimately, the greatest benefit of faith is: it is what God uses to save our souls. Acts 16:31 says, “And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.’ ” (NASB) Salvation comes through faith. It matters what you believe.

The gospel is the good news that Jesus was…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 5

Edward H. Bickersteth, 1825–1906
  I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
The quest for inner calm and peace has been a universal struggle for mankind throughout the ages. Even for those of us who profess to be followers of Christ, it is difficult to realize with consistency that “God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts.” It often becomes normal for us to make our own plans without consulting Him for His perfect will.
This comforting hymn, which reminds us that God’s perfect peace is found only in Christ Jesus, was written by an English minister of the Anglican church. Edward Bickersteth, Jr. served as the Bishop of Exeter, England, and became well-known for his many books of sermons, poetry, and hymns.
While vacationing in August, 1875, Bickersteth heard a sermon on Isaiah 26:3 and was deeply moved by the way t…