Behind the Hymn: He Hideth My Soul

He Hideth My Soul was written by Fanny Crosby, a popular hymn writer. He Hideth My Soul may have been Crosby’s prayer throughout her life. While a renowned songwriter, her life was not easy. As an infant, Fanny Crosby lost her eyesight due to fever and poor ministrations in her care. She lived the rest of her life blind, but […]

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Lessons from King David: Rape of Tamar

The ramifications of David’s sin with Bathsheba had long reaching power. David had a daughter named Tamar. Her half-brother, Amnon, was so in love with her that he could not stop thinking about her. So, he devised a plan and pretended to be sick. Amnon asked David, his father, to send Tamar in to care for him. When she went […]

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Walking in Obedience

I was asked to call in a pastor for a woman on hospice. I made the necessary call and was informed the pastor would be there in a few hours. I continued to walk by and the Lord kept impressing on me to go speak to her. Walking in obedience isn’t easy Finally, I took a deep breath and followed […]

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Behind the Hymn: God Be With You

Dr. Jeremiah Rankin was the Pastor of First Congregational Church in Washington, D. C. He was looking for a farewell hymn to close the worship service. Nothing really worked and the closest possibility was Bless Be the Tie that Binds. But, Dr. Rankin wanted something less formal and more engaging. Unable to find the hymn he wanted, he decided to […]

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Lessons from King David: Caring for Others

David was king and Saul was long dead, but David had not forgotten him. “One day David asked, “Is there anyone left of Saul’s family? If so, I’d like to show him some kindness in honor of Jonathan.” {2 Samuel 9:1} David was reminded of Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth is described as “lame in both feet.” {2 Samuel 9:3} Mephibosheth […]

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Lessons from King David: Worshiping God

Once of the first recorded acts of King David was when he ” headed for Baalah to recover the Chest of God”. {2 Samuel 6:1} This chest of God was known as the Ark of the Covenant. Notice that this was not a solemn procession and occasion. “David and the whole company of Israel were in the parade, singing at […]

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Shelter in the Storm

When Hurricane Florence came through, we took in evacuees from a sister facility along the coast. This was an adjustment for all of us. After all, we had an additional forty residents and all their staff. Where do you turn during storms in your life? Two very different responses stand out in my mind. One lady crossed her arms, rolled […]

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Praying for Our Abuser

Have you prayed for your abuser?I know that’s easier said than done. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy, but I’ve been there. My prayer for him was much different after I left that while I was in the relationship.While in the relationship I prayed for peace and guidance. After the relationship, I began to pray for his heart and soul. This second […]

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Behind the Hymn: Be Still My Soul

Be Still, My Soul was a favorite of Eric Liddell, of Chariots of Fire fame. As he lay dying, this was the last song he requested. Katharina von Schlegel wrote the original lyrics in German. She was born in 1697. Little is known about her other than she was connected with a small court at Köthen, north of Halle, in […]

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Waiting for the Unknown

For months I have been waiting for something, I’ve just not known what. I still don’t know what. But as one change after another took place, I knew the Lord was moving and working up to something. When I begin to grow antsy and frustrated with how long the process takes, Mama reminds me to be patient. “Sometimes He has […]

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Faithful Heroes: David Livingstone

David Livingstone was considered a British heroes of the late Victorian era. He was born on March 19, 1813 in Blantyre, Scotland. He was the second of seven children born to Neil and Agnes Hunter Livingstone. At the age of ten, he went to work in the cotton meal, working twelve hour days. David learned to become an avid reader […]

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Behind the Hymn: We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes

We’ll Work till Jesus Comes was written by Elizabeth K. Mills. The song was originally published in 1829, under “Anonymous”. Some historians believe the song may be an American folk song. However, other books since then have attributed the song to Mrs. Mills. Elizabeth Mills was born in 1805 in Middlesex, England. She was the daughter of Philip King. She […]

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Being Honest with Ourselves

In time I was able to forgive my abuser, but forgiving myself wasn’t as easy. I had to dig deep and really ask myself some tough questions. I had to be honest with myself about the red flags I ignored and why. I had to figure out what the initial attraction was and why I stayed. I had to admit […]

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