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A Guest Post by Janell Wojtowicz: Hymns of wonder and grace through the ages

Please welcome Janell Wojtowicz to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. Janelle will be doing a giveaway of her ebook “Embracing Hope.” Leave a comment for a chance to win. Hymns of wonder and grace through the ages By Janell Butler Wojtowicz As I attempted to focus on the words on the screen hanging behind the pulpit in my church, my eyes drifted to the thick black hard-cover hymnal in the rack attached to the pew ahead of me. We’ll use it once—maybe twice—during the service. The words will also be on the screen and lighting will be dimmed so those of us with aging eyes won’t […]

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A guest post by Tina Pinson: Thanks… I guess

Please welcome Tina Pinson to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Gratitude Fridays Feature. Tina will be doing a giveaway of her ebook “Christmas in Shades of Gray.” Leave a comment for a chance to win. Thanks… I guess. By Tina Pinson In everything give ye thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – I Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) God, how could you take my mother? My friends? God, I don’t understand, why did you let them die? I prayed hard and they died. Don’t you hear me? Am I invisible? God, you’ve healed other people why not them? These are questions I’ve asked in […]

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A guest post by Darlene Franklin – Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Please welcome Darlene Franklin to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. Darlene will be doing a giveaway of her ebook “Mermaid’s Song.” Leave a comment for a chance to win. ROCK OF AGES, CLEFT FOR ME O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. – Psalm 95:1 During a bad thunderstorm, Anglican preacher Augustus Toplady dashed into a fissure in the rocks in Burrington Combe, England. While he waited for the storm to pass, the makings of a sermon came to him. “The rock of faith was a shelter from the storms of life.” Soon the words took […]

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Little Things

Welcome to the first installment of Gratitude Fridays. We’ll will have guest authors posting on most Fridays, but I thought I would start things off myself. About five years ago some of the ladies at our church put on a ladies tea. They had each of us bring a tiny item of great meaning with us. We each shared our items and told what they meant to us. My item was a little stone in the shape of a heart. My son had found it and brought it home to me when he was young. I treasure that little piece of rock. None of us had difficulty finding something small and meaningful. The purpose of […]

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Welcome to Musical Wednesdays!

Welcome to Faith in Writing’s new feature, Musical Wednesdays. Each Wednesday we will host an author who will discuss something relating to traditional Christian hymns and other musical topics. I’m looking forward to hosting new authors each week. Some of our upcoming guest bloggers include: Janell Butler Wojtowicz, Catherine Castle, Jenna Victoria, and Amber Schamel. They will be discussing some of our favorite hymns. I can hardly wait to see their posts.  Today, I will start off the feature with a post of my own.           The subject of prayer comes up often. We sing songs about it, including the one I’ve posted below, an absolutely beautiful rendition of a meaningful song. Matthew 11:28-30 […]

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Do we see our own reflection?

 This topic keeps coming up recently. First a friend discussed the possibility of preaching on the subject. Then I had a dream about it. Christians judging other Christians. Being Judgmental. We all know the verse everyone uses when they are upset about being judged. Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. Unfortunately for those people, there are plenty of other verses that talk about righteous judgment. And Matthew 7 goes on to say, that you will be judged by your own measure. So, if you are judging others, expect to be judged by that standard. Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, […]

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Is my light burning?

I had the privilege of signing “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy” also called “Let The Lower Lights Be Burning,” during Sunday morning service yesterday. I want to focus on why, after practicing several other songs, I asked Pastor Dave if I could sing this instead. A few months ago, while listening to Pandora, a rendition of this song came on that really touched me (not the one above, but I like that one too!), enough that I wrote down the name and planned to have the choir to sing it. Shortly after that, our choir went through some changes. We’ve been in limbo since. We are just starting to put the choir back together, so […]

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The Love of God

There are so many hymns that attempt to show the abundance of God’s love. Something about this particular song, touches me more than all the rest. It’s impossible to capture God’s love in a hymn or a poem. This song acknowledges that impossibility within it’s prose. Have you ever thought about the magnitude of God’s love? It’s not something we can truly fathom. Our ability to love seems great, but it isn’t even a drop in an the ocean compared to the infinite love of God. I know that I cannot imagine sacrificing my son for anyone. Yet, God did just that. Not only that, when your think about it, he sacrificed Himself. John 1:1 […]

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My Answer Is Yes! What’s yours?

A few days ago, I wrote a post on obedience. If I am going to write about it, I should live up to it, right? I thought I was being obedient. I attended choir practice when I didn’t want to. I continued my writing ministry. However, the Lord has made it clear to me that there are areas where my obedience remains lacking. This morning, I made some changes and had a talk with my Pastor to remedy that. I’ve had this feeling like God was telling me to do a couple of things, but I have been resistant. Why would I resist what I believe is the leading of the Holy Spirit? Let me count out the […]

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The Intent to Be Obedient

Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys. ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters The above quote makes me think. The Screwtape Letters are written from a devils perspective and when looked at with a biblical perspective, can really shed some light on the spiritual warfare going on around us. In order to fight in that war, we need to put on the whole Armour of God, which you can find in […]

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