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Does Jesus Care?

Devotion for April 2021

On February 21st this year, Pastor sang the favorite hymn, “Does Jesus Care” by Pastor Frank E. Graeff (1860 – 1919)     which was written in 1900.  The story behind the hymn is as follows:

The Graeffs had a beautiful young girl.  As the custom of the day, ladies wore floor length  dresses.  Their home was heated with fireplaces or wood burning stoves.  Their daughter got too close to the fireplace and her long skirt caught on fire. The fire consumed her clothing rapidly; nothing could be done and she was burned to death.

Pastor Graeff was overcome with grief, as we can imagine.  His thoughts of turmoil and sadness reminded him of the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” written by J. Scriven 75 years earlier.  He found himself dropping to his knees. The Lord revived him and Pastor Graeff went on to be called the “Sunshine Minister” of the Philadelphia area.

Yes, Jesus Christ was his only hope and answer for eternity as He is ours also!

Chorus:  

Oh YES, He cares!  I know He cares.  His heart is touched

with my grief; When the days are weary, the long nights dreary; I know my savior cares.”

The information about Pastor Graeff was from the nickelnotesblogspot.com and the Family Bible Time –- you-tube.

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Who Was William Tyndale?

March, 2021, Devotions

Who was Wm. Tyndale?

 Wm. Tyndale was the first person to translate the Bible into the English language.  He also was the first to use the newly invented Gutenberg’s movable type press to print the scriptures.  You might ask the question, “Why is this fact important?”  Perhaps, we would not have had the early texts done at the important times in history for the great theologians.  Even King Henry the VIII who had opposed Tyndale published the Great Bible three years after his death in 1539.

While reading an article written by Tyndale, I was impressed with his zeal for his beliefs in God.  Do I have that kind of zeal for Jesus?  Do I worry too much about tomorrow?  The Bible says, “not to worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phillippians4:6,7)  That is a promise.

Wm. Tyndale believed in the desire for people to have that eternal confidence and so we should.  We will not be burned at the stake as he was for his faith.  Jesus died for our sins, rose again from the grave and yes, He’s coming again.  By faith let Him be your Savior for all eternity from today and always. 

God’s Word is Our Great Heritage And shall be ours forever; To spread its light from age to age Shall be our chief endeavor…. Throughout all generations.   ~Nikolai Grundtvig

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February Devotions ~ The Glass Beach

The Glass Beach            February 2021

There is a beach near Fort Bragg, California covered with smooth colored pieces of glass and pottery.  Between 1905 and 1967 it was an active dump for garbage.  In 1967 it was closed.  Pounding waves broke down the glass and pottery into small, smooth pieces that came back on shore often in jewelry quality – hence “Glass Beach.” 

Don’t you sometimes feel like that piece of glass on Glass Beach before it is refined?  You are broken and rough – not good for much of anything.  How can you be like that smooth, beautiful piece of glass and be at peace in your heart and soul?

You can’t do this yourself?  Prayerfully, turn your eyes on Jesus and look to God’s Son right now.  Put your faith in Him.  He loves you so much.  Jesus forgives all your sins.  Yes, He died for you on the old rugged cross – yes, He died for you and arose three days later to take away your sins.  As you yield to Jesus, He takes the sharp edges and shapes us all to be more like Him.

Just ask Him into your heart.  He will begin to smooth off the rough edges in your life, keep refining you, loving you and staying with you forever and ever.

Romans 10:9 NIV “If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord. And believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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2021, Happy New Year! January, Devotional, 2021

There is a simple New Year’s Resolution and one that you may find easy to keep.  Every morning ask Jesus to put a hymn or song of His into your heart and mind to begin the day.  He will do it.  Once in a while I wonder what the song is, but I just ask and one comes to mind!  Sometimes, there is more than one!

For example, songs or hymns like Jesus Loves Me, Sweet Hour of Prayer, Lord, You’re Beautiful, He Is Lord, In My Heart There Rings a Melody, or Hallelujah come to mind.  If you want, you can share your song and bless others  – don’t keep your light under a bushel!  Matthew 5:15*

So, what are you waiting for?  Don’t wait until tomorrow morning.  Start right now and ask the Lord for a song that honors Him.  Then, you will be ready for another hymn tomorrow!

*Matthew5:15 (KJV) Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

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