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Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 10

Words and Music by John W. Peterson, 1921–
  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:15, 16)
Since World War II, the name John W. Peterson has become synonymous with fine gospel music. Over 1,000 gospel songs and hymns, as well as many other musical works such as cantatas, anthems, choral arrangements, and gospel film musicales, have been written by this gifted and dedicated composer. Mr. Peterson gave this account of “No One Understands Like Jesus,” written during the early years of his ministry:
  At one time I had a fairly responsible position with a well-known gospel ministry. One day a supervisory position opened up in my department. I was led to believe that I was to be promot…

Fresh Start Devotionals

July 10


“pray without ceasing;” 1 Thes. 5:17 KJV

I developed most of prayer disciplines when I was a young child. I began the morning by thanking God for my blessings, prayed whenever a worry or a problem came to mind and had times of extended prayer while I rode the bus to and from school. The last person I’d speak to every night was my Heavenly Father. Over the years, prayer has been almost like background music—I know it is there, but it is so woven into the fabric of my life that I don’t really notice that I’m praying most of the time. I’m not sure if that is what Paul meant when he wrote, “pray without ceasing,” but it has been the way I’ve practiced this scripture.

While there are moments that prayer is so much a part of my life that I hardly noticed it happening, there are other times when prayer becomes the primary focus of my spiritual existence. Today, my soul is throbbing. I have a friend, an ex staff member, whose cancer has reoccurred two years after the doctor pron…