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In the mid 1700's a little bit before the time Kunta Kinte was said to have lived, a certain Englishman served under slavers and became a captain of a slave ship. One night in 1748 in a storm as the ship took on water, he felt the weight of his guilt chained to him. Faced with death, he came to realize how much he needed Jesus. How sweet the name of Jesus sounds! As his faith grew over the years, he left the slave trade and eventually studied for the ministry. He preached the faith he once long labored to destroy. He knew how amazing God's grace was to save a wretch like him. That man's name was John Newton. He wrote the last two hymns that we will sing today.

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