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Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 7




SWEET PEACE, THE GIFT OF GOD’S LOVE
Words and Music by Peter P. Bilhorn, 1865–1936
  Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble. (Psalm 119:165)
The blessing of peace is the one prize that often eludes those who seem to have attained everything else in life. Yet peace is one of the choice gifts left to us by our departing Lord. Jesus’ mission was to bring God’s peace to man by bridging the way for us to enjoy eternal fellowship with our Creator.
Peter Bilhorn, author and composer of this hymn, began writing gospel songs shortly after his conversion at the age of 20. In all he wrote more than 2,000 songs while serving as the song leader for Billy Sunday and other leading evangelists.
One night he sang one of his most popular songs, “I Will Sing the Wondrous Story,” at a camp meeting. A friend jokingly remarked, “I wish you would write a song to suit my voice as well as that song suits yours.” Bilhorn responded, “What shall it be?” “Oh, any sweet pi…

Fresh Start Devotionals

July 7


What’s the Point?

When my favorite magazine, LEADERSHIP JOURNAL arrives on my desk every quarter, I usually stop whatever I’m doing and thumb through it. First, I read the cover to get a feel for the theme and see if any articles appeal to me. A split second later, I flip through the magazine-from back to front to read the cartoons. When I finally make it to the front, I read the expanded table of contents and make a mental note of what I will read immediately and what I will read later.

The Spring ’99 issue centered on worship. Following my normal routine, I found a cartoon that, as far as I’m concerned, summarized the modern culture of worship. A preacher was speaking to a prospect on the front lawn of the church and said, “Our church is so laid back that our early service doesn’t start ‘til noon.” Now that’s a new way to gauge the quality of worship!

In our consumer-driven society, Christians go “church shopping” hoping to find a church with just the right blend. Labels like …