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Song Spotlight | Salvation Hymn

Though the Scripture is closed, the hymnal is not. It is continually growing with every generation as the Church writes new songs in order to give fresh expression to its praise. Though most songs will never be a "Rock of Ages" or "It Is Well"spanning centuries of usage in the Churchit is the joy and privilege of saints to write songs that give voice to our theology and ex...

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Glimpses of Church History: John Newton the Great Letter-Writer

Many if not most professing Christians are familiar the song "Amazing Grace." The hymn's author John Newton (1725-1807), however, is not as well known. In this brief article, I want acquaint you with Newton so that you might (1) praise God for His grace in the life of a sinner; and (2) learn from Newton's example in one specific area. A Debauched SailorNewton grew up with...

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Parenting 101 | Discipling Your Children is More Than Family Devotions

It was about two years ago when I was in the kitchen preparing lunch and caught a familiar tune wafting from the living room. My son was singing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" along with an interactive Christmas book. Particularly delightful was his substituting "morning" for "glory" and mumbling incoherently the "peace on earth" section. He didn't have any trouble with the...

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Song Spotlight | It is Well With My Soul

Few hymns in the history of the modern church have had as great an impact on the lives of saints as Horatio Spafford's, "It is Well with My Soul." The theological depth and richness of his lyrics have been revered for over a hundred years, but we can better appreciate their significance when we understand the circumstances that gave rise to them. A Presbyterian layman fro...

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