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Horatio Spafford’s Encouragement: Part 2 of 2

If you read the blog last week, you know Horatio Spafford's declaration of great faith despite devastating personal loss. Now let's take a brief look at each verse to better understand this message of hope that Spafford penned. Verse 1: Spafford's opening focuses on the sovereignty of our holy God. Whether we are in a time of peace or turmoil, God is not only in control...

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Horatio Spafford’s Encouragement: Part 1 of 2

As I have written before, the great hymns of our faith have a way of bringing God's Word and promises to bear on my heart and mind in the timeliest ways. Because these songs are able to root so deeply into our psyche, our middle schoolers are using Sunday school to better understand their meaning, including where their lyrics are backed by scripture. From time to time, I...

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The Noble Art of Music

"Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits . . . A person who . . . does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God . . . does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs." - Martin Luth...

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