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The amazing grace of Christmas morn
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 12/27/2012 12:36:35 AM

The strip malls and the Main Streets fall silent. The ringing cash registers and the happy cries of children are but ghostly echoes across silent streets. But the Christ child born in a manger 2,000 years ago lives, liberating the hearts of sinners and transforming the lives of the wicked. The authentic story of the redeeming power of the Christmas message is nowhere more vividly illustrated than in the incredible life of an English slaver named John Newton. John Newton was born 300 years ago into a seafaring family in Liverpool. His mother was a godly woman whose faith gave her life meaning.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 12/27/2012 2:27:57 AM     (No. 9085209)

A Must Read... between sobs and tears... all next year...
No matter what our sin is... sin is still sin.

Christmas Morn... and every other morn... Thank you OP and Wes Pruden...

Amazing Grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: belwhatter, 12/27/2012 3:24:28 AM     (No. 9085218)

Amazing Grace is a beautiful hymn and once you know the story behind it,it becomes much more powerful in the emotional response it evokes.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Melody, 12/27/2012 3:41:37 AM     (No. 9085221)

Wintley Phipps sang Amazing Grace on one of Bill Gaither´s programs (I think it was at Carnegie Hall), and it was outstanding. He said he could picture Newton listening to a slave singing in his ship and later setting his poem Amazing Grace to that melody. At the Library of Congress, Phipps looked up the song. It said, ´´Words by John Newton. Melody by Unknown.´´ He went on to say that when he gets to Heaven, yes, he wants to meet Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; ´´but, Lord, I really want to meet that slave ´unknown.´ ´´ There are a lot of unknowns we´ll appreciate getting to know in Heaven.

Wes Pruden says of Newton, ´´He ... with repentance and belief was at last born again into the new life in Christ.´´ Christianity isn´t just a mental consent to a religious system. It is a supernatural rebirth. Jesus is waiting to give that wonderful gift to ´´whosoever´´ will come to Him.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 12/27/2012 6:25:33 AM     (No. 9085288)

cry every time I listen to Amazing Grace. I love to hear it played on bagpipes. It was moving to hear Andrea Bocelli sing it at the concert in the Park: "was blind, but now I see".

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/27/2012 8:48:33 AM     (No. 9085456)

Ironically, the hymn most associated with Christianity never once mentions the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

It´s a strange thing that I don´t care which "professional" sings it, it never sounds as good as when I sing it in my own head.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TheMom, 12/27/2012 3:13:25 PM     (No. 9086281)

@5, that´s because it´s the angels singing it to you, and you alone.

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