Hymn Stories: Silent Night

 
 

While most of us have sung the sweet carol “Silent Night” at our church in Sydney Mines, how many of us know the rich history of this song? This year celebrates the 200th anniversary since Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber composed it on Christmas Eve, 1818.

 

Here is the incredible story of the carol that, for a brief moment, stopped World War I.

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What Peter Teaches Us About God’s Grace

One of the early Church’s greatest leaders. Writer of two New Testament epistles. Disciple of Jesus Himself. Fisherman by trade.

 

Yet we could also describe this man as impetuous, quick-tempered, and cowardly. Under pressure, he caved and denied his Lord—not once, but three times. His name was Simon Peter, and we can learn much from his life.

Here’s what Peter teaches us about God’s grace.

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Missions History: Jonathan Goforth

 
Imagine this…a one-room schoolhouse at recess, when children rushed out the door to play in the warm sunshine. Yet one boy stayed behind. He loved to stand in front of the maps in the schoolroom. Studying each continent in each turn, he was fascinated with lands he had never seen. Was something stirring him, drawing him, to go “unto the uttermost parts of the earth” with the gospel of Christ? Time would tell.  
 

This boy’s name was Jonathan Goforth, and he would become one of the most influential Christian missionaries in twentieth-century China.