5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Christianity’s Most Prolific Hymn Writer

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Fanny Crosby wrote over 8,000 hymns over the course of her 95 years—perennial favorites “To God be the Glory,” “Blessed Assurance,” and “Rescue the Perishing” among them. But before she was a famous hymn writer (she didn’t publish her first until she was in her forties) Fanny penned fiercely political ballads, songs for minstrel shows, short stories, and nonreligious poetry.

To commemorate her death on this day 101 years ago, here are 5 other facts you probably didn’t know about Christianity’s most prolific songwriter.

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What Did Charles Spurgeon Sound Like? Probably This.

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On this day 124 years ago, Charles Spurgeon passed away. He is one of the most famous ministers in history,  but no one alive today truly knows what the great “Prince of Preachers” sounded like; no recordings of his more than 3,500 sermons exist. Nevertheless, an obscure project undertaken by a famous inventor may provide a clue.

Read on to learn more and listen to the recording for yourself.

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His Resting Place Shall Be Glorious: A Short Excerpt for Advent

His Resting Place Shall Be Glorious: A Short Advent Excerpt from Anticipating His Arrival

It’s now officially Christmas season. For many, this is also the time of Advent—the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas—and the arrival of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Advent is often a signal, or reminder, that Christmas is coming and that the season is about more than just giving and receiving presents. It’s a time to remember and reflect on what matters to us most; faith and family.

The following excerpt comes from today’s advent reading in Anticipating His Arrival: A Family Guide through Advent (included in Logos Cloud Premium and above).

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5 Biblical Quotations to Help You Overcome Life’s Toughest Temptations

5 Biblical Quotations to Help You Overcome Life’s Toughest Temptations

This is for the person who has fallen into temptation and can’t get out, for the husband who has neglected his wife, for the mother who left the store without paying, and for the college student who’s struggling to stay pure. This post is for you.

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The Ugly Truth About How Busyness Affects Your Faith

The Ugly Truth About How Busyness Affects Your Faith

Our culture is consumed with busy schedules and perennial exhaustion. This often happens when we book our schedules to create the perception of overload, to feel productive, or to boost our self-esteem.

Perhaps this is because of pressure to succeed, to become something, to prove ourselves. But as Christians, we should be asking ourselves why this is the case. Is busyness biblical? How does it affect our faith and worldview? And what does scripture say?

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You, a Successful Seminarian

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What’s in your seminary toolbox? Do you have the right study tools to help you succeed? What’s your chance of making it through?

When you dig into scripture but don’t feel like you have the right study tools, it can be frustrating. Sure, you can buy all the right books, run a dozen Google searches, or pull out your trusty commentary hoping to find the right information, but there has be a better way.

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An Entry-Level King

An Entry-Level King

Written by: Jeannine Seery

Do you remember your first job? Chances are, it was low paying, low prestige, and if anything like mine, you counted the minutes until quitting time. The best thing about my first job was that I knew it was temporary—I had no doubt that it was not part of my career path and I’d move on to bigger and better things.

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How to Kickstart Your Next Season of Deep Spiritual Growth

How to Kickstart Your Next Season of Deep Spiritual Growth

Look back at the times in your life when you’ve learned the most. What do they all have in common?

Maybe you had more time to learn. Maybe you had better access to teachers, resources, or tools. Maybe you started something new, like a job, a class, or a reading group.

For example, if you attended college, several hours of your day were probably devoted to applying new concepts and stretching your thinking. But when you don’t have hours everyday to devote to your education, how do you keep growing?

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3 Surprising Promises That God Never Made (but You Probably Wish He Did)

3 Surprising Promises That God Never Made (but You Probably Wish He Did)

In Scripture, God makes a lot of promises. He promised to bless Abraham in the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:2-3). He promised protection over his children as the vigilant watchman over all Israel (Psalm 121), and promised salvation to all who believe in his Son (Romans 1:16-17).

God has a plan and always keeps his promises (Numbers 23:19). He has promised to complete the transformative work that he’s begun in you and me (Philippians 1:6), a promise that implies that it might take some time.

God keeps all his promises, but there are a few things he never promised that might surprise you.

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6 Meaningful Ways to Bless Your Pastor This Month

6 6 Meaningful Ways to Bless Your Pastor This Month

The following article was curated from the Faithlife blog.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month—the month each year where we put a little extra focus on serving our pastors.

Your pastors do so much for you, your church, and your community. In fact, a pastor recently mentioned, “I work with so many young men and women, and it’s all so consumer-driven . . . I think they forget that they can bless me, too.” With the amount of time and energy they give, how can you show them that you appreciate their ministry?

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