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Safe and Sound

It seems the word of the year has become the word, “safe.” The irony is that here on Earth, nothing is 100% safe. The hymn we’re discussing today assures us of sure safety, being in Christ. The chorus to this song exclaims, “I’ve anchored my soul in the haven of rest. I’ll sail the wide …

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A Big, Big Wall

Constantinople.  It is now known as Istanbul, Turkey, but in its ancient days, it held a lot of political weight in the known world. The city acted as a form of continental gateway as it sat as the geographical crux of Europe and Asia.  Its fall was to the infamous Ottoman Empire, but make no …

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To God be the Glory

The writer of this beloved hymn hardly needs an introduction. Fanny Crosby whose actual name was Frances Jane van Alstyne born March 24, 1820, and wrote more than 8,000 hymns. She lived a fascinating 94 years of life, that would be well worth your time to read about. But we are focusing on one hymn …

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Christ Arose

Robert Lowry (1826-1899) was a Philadelphia Baptist preacher and hymn writer. In 1874, he wrote the popular hymn “Christ Arose!” He also arranged the tune. While having devotions one evening, he was impressed with the events associated with Christ’s resurrection when he read Luke 24:6-7. We read in 1 Corinthians 15:4; 13-14, our hope lies …

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Finish the Story

It is not an uncommon occurrence among many people to be telling a story, and someone feels at liberty to interrupt and interject, only to find out that they did not hear the full story! Sometimes, that interrupter might just be you.  It is ok to admit! Most people do this at some point of …

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Sleeping on Gold

Have you ever heard of the Treaty of Tordesillas? If you have, you probably know that it is one of, if not the one, worst land deals of all time between two countries. This treaty also inaugurated the stark cultural differences between Brazil and the rest of South America.  In 1494, two years after Christopher …

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Romans Background & Introduction

Romans 16 chapters, 433 verses, 9422 words (KJV) Primary doctrinal book within the Bible, especially regarding the Gospel of salvation Longest and doctrinally most significant Pauline epistle Broad Outline: Salutation (1:1-7) Epistolary [Matters pertaining to the letter; Extended greeting] (1:8-16) Doctrinal Portion (1:17-8:39) Dispensational Discussion [Discussion of God’s current working in the Church] (9:1-11:36) Practical …

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