In the late 18th century, in the small village of Olney, Buckinghamshire, a faithful pastor, John Newton, began to write simple yet profound lyrics for his parishioners. The most famous of Newton's contributions was, of course, Amazing Grace. Some of the lesser known lyrics which flowed from Newton’s pen have now been set to new music by Todd Murray, pastor of Family Ministries at Grace Immanuel Bible Church.
"Through the written page, Newton has become both a mentor and a friend. I have been spiritually helped not only by his hymns, but also by his powerful sermons and tender letters of spiritual counsel as well from this often over-looked man of God. I pray that you will be as deeply comforted and challenged by Newton’s thoughts as I have been!"
Newton Quote of the Day:"...[F]aith is of daily use as a preservative from a compliance with the corrupt customs and maxims of the world. The believer, though in the world, is not of it: by faith he triumphs over its smiles and enticements; he sees that all that is in the world, suited to gratify the desires of the flesh or the eye, is not only to be avoided as sinful, but as incompatible with his best pleasures."
Taken from Forty-one Letters on Religious Subjects: Letter 6
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Beyond Amazing Grace - The BookIn addition to Beyond Amazing Grace: The Forgotten Hymns of John Newton, Todd has authored a book entitled Beyond Amazing Grace: Timeless, Pastoral Wisdom from the letters, sermons and hymns of John Newton. In compiling this selection from Newton's writings, Todd has made Newton’s gentle pastoral wisdom available to a new generation of readers. Read what others are saying about Todd's new book.