Praise The Savior, with Thomas Kelly

One of my all-time favorite hymns, “Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him,” was written by Thomas Kelly, an Irish minister who wrote nearly 800 hymns.  Kelly was a zealous evangelist, a socially gracious man, and a gifted musician and poet.  His best known hymn is “Look, Ye Saints, the Sight is Glorious.”  But “Praise […]

Three Women & Hard Work

I was impressed today in reading Romans 16:12, about three little-known biblical women who were commended for their hard work.  The verse says:  “Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord.  Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.” In my Bible, I underlined […]

A Daily Routine for Happiness

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” That’s true, and I’ve met quite a few people in the latter category. I want to be in the former group. We cannot always be happy, for some days are overshadowed with care. But we can be cheerful, not sour; and […]

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

There an old devotional book entitled “Daily Strength for Daily Needs,” which I’ve found a source of encouragement from time to time; but the best thing about it is the title. That’s what we need every 24 hours–daily strength for daily needs. Yesterday, for example, I was nervous going into the day because of its […]