Behind the Hymn: Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus is a song of mystery. The author and origin of the song are unknown. The song seems to have originated as a folk song in Germany and other areas of Europe. Some historians believe the song may even date back to the 12th Century when it was sung by the German crusaders as the made their long, […]

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A Childlike Heart

I have a dear friend whose son has down syndrome. Although he is a grown man, he has the heart and mind of a child, which endears him to all who melt him. He also speaks in a very soft whisper, making it difficult to understand what is being said. My entire staff joined together for supper several weeks ago […]

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Behind the Hymn: One Day

One Day was written by John Wilbur Chapman. Chapman was born on June 17, 1859 and came to understand salvation from D. L. Moody. Moody later encouraged him to enter full-time evangelism. Chapman was elected Moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly in 1918 and considered a leader among the American Presbyterians. Charles Howard Marsh was a student of Dr. Chapman. […]

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Lessons from King David: Death of David

As David grows old and his days are numbered, his son Adonijah attempts to take his throne. Bathsheba goes before David to plead the case for her son, Solomon. “The king solemnly promised, “As God lives, the God who delivered me from every kind of trouble, I’ll do exactly what I promised in God’s name, the God of Israel: Your […]

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Lessons from King David: David, the Father

While David had numerous sons, there is little that we know about most of them. But, what we do know about his children tells us a lot about David as a father. David only has one daughter mentioned by name in scriptures. That daughter is Tamar. She was raped by her half-brother-Amnon. “King David heard the whole story and was […]

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Walking in the Wilderness

One of the teenagers I mentored, stopped in for a visit. I listened, softly offering a word of wisdom here and there. “But, you don’t understand—” She would stare at me. I felt the emotional slap go across my face. I was talking with myself twenty some years ago. I’d been just like this young girl, refusing to heed Godly […]

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Behind the Hymn: Living for Jesus

Despite his lack of formal education, Thomas Obadiah Chisholm became a teacher at the age of sixteen. By the age of twenty-one, he was associate editor for his hometown newspaper Franklin Advocate. He became a Christian in 1893, due to the ministry of Henry Clay Morrison, who founded Asbury College and Seminary in Kentucky. While ordained into the ministry, he […]

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Lessons from King David: A Revolt

Absalom killed his half brother, Amnon, for raping his sister, Tamar. For three years he lived in exile, before King David allowed him to return home. However, it was another two years before David agreed to see his son. Yet, the trouble with Absalom was far from over. Absalom decided that the time has come for him to become king. […]

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Take Heart, the Lord Is With Us

We recently gained a new administrator at work. Many of the staff was already familiar with this person, but I was not. I’ll admit to being anxious and unsure what to expect. This even led to a panic attack during a very stressful time. Life is full of twist and turns. We never know what a day may bring. Some […]

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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. Finally, I took a deep breath and followed his command.  I told her […]

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