“At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of Amazing Grace ever recorded. He says, ‘A lot of people don’t realize that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano. Probably the most famous on this slave scale was written by John Newton, who used to be the captain of a slave ship, and many believe he heard this melody that sounds very much like a West African sorrow chant.'”
I would like to thank Madge Franks for this very inspirational and instructive video.
Neat trivia bit (but, c’mon, KarmaTube?! 😉 )!
A few years ago, I read a biography on Newton. As the captain of that slave ship, he actually threw a newborn baby overboard! Makes my heart sick to contemplate, and then I am revived when I ponder God’s incomprehensible, amazing grace and his longsuffering toward each one of us; that He is not willing that any one should perish.
Also, just contrasting the B.C./A.D. in the life of Newton alone is a tremendous testimony to the reality of the Life of the Holy Spirit in the believer; a privilege each one of us who is sealed by His Spirit equally shares. Again, I say, Amazing Grace!
I didn’t even see the KarmaTube I.D. How did I miss it? Well, it’s kind of like the kitchen drawer. You know… the kitchen drawer that’s full of this and that. I don’t know how many times I’ve been looking for the toenail clippers and have stared into that drawer for 5 minutes before asking Kim if she knows where the clippers are. And guess what? The same thing has happened each time. She comes to the drawer, looks in, and pulls the clippers out before 10 seconds have expired.
I have heard a bit of Mr. Newton’s story, but I’d never heard that he threw a baby overboard. I wish the young ladies I speak to who are looking for an abortion clinic could view abortion just like that. If they could imagine a baby being thrown into the ocean instead of a procedure performed by “medical professionals” that “only removes some tissue,” lives would not be lost on such a large scale. To some degree I’m sure Mr. Newton was scarred by his action just as are those who allow their babies to be aborted.
Yet, I know ladies who have had abortions who have experienced exactly what you have referred to: “God’s incomprehensible, amazing grace and his longsuffering toward each one of us.”
I continue to try and comprehend such wonderful love. It is the greatest and most mysterious truth of all.
What else can change a man like Newton? Or me? Or you? Praise God for the reality of the life of the Holy Spirit in us. We are indeed privileged to know a God that is not willing that any should perish.
So good to hear from you.