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ArticleSilent Night! Holy Night
      Author --Joseph Mohr, 1792-1848 English Translation --John F. Young, 1820-1885 Composer --Franz Grueber, 1787-1863 Tune Name --"Stille Nacht" "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11 Joseph Mohr was born in the lovely city of Salzburg, Austria, in 1792. As a boy he was an active cho ...read
ArticleSing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
      Author --Johann J. Schuetz, 1640-1690 English Translation --Frances E. Cox, 1812-1897 Music --From the Bohemian Brethren's Hymnal Kirchengesaenge of 1566 Tune Name --"Mit Freuden Zart" ("With Great Personal Gladness") "The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.... The heavens declare his righteousne ...read
ArticleStand Up and Bless the Lord
      James Montgomery, 1771-1854 "Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting." (Nehemiah 9:5) Many excellent opportunities to witness for the Lord are lost each day simply because of our timidity. Or perhaps we are with a group of colleagues when the Lord's name is blasphemed, the gospel derided, the church's ...read
ArticleStand Up, Stand Up For Jesus
      "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love." - 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 "Tell them to stand up for Jesus." These were the final words of a twenty-nine-year-old Episcopalian minister, Dudley Tyng, as he spoke from his deathbed to a group of sorrowing friends and fellow ministers. A grea ...read
ArticleSweeter As the Years Go By
      "The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, 'The LORD is upright--he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him'" -Psalm 92:12-15 For ...read
ArticleThe Solid Rock
      Author --Edward Mote, 1797-1874 Composer --William B. Bradbury, 1816-1868 Tune Name --"Solid Rock" "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 3:11 Many of our gospel hymns are criticized by theologians as being too subjective and experiential, or for stating one's assurance of salva ...read
ArticleThere's a Wideness in God's Mercy
      Author --Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1863 Composer --Lizzie S. Tourjee, 1858-1913 Tune Name -- "Wellesley" "But Thou, 0 Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth." Psalm 86:15 Frederick William Faber was born on June 28, 1814, in Calverley, Yorkshire, England. He was raised as a strict Ca ...read
ArticleThis Is My Father's World
      Author --Maltbie D. Babcock, 1858-1901 Composer --Franklin L. Sheppard, 1852-1930 Tune Name --"Terra Beata" "He loveth righteousness and judgment: The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord." Psalm 33:5 This hymn is taken from a sixteen-verse poem written by the Rev. Maltbie D. Babcock and published posthumously in 1901. The first line o ...read
ArticleTurn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
      Author and Composer --Helen H. Lemmel, 1864-1961 "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2 The Scriptures abound in teachings concerning the importance of living our lives with ...read
ArticleWhat a Friend We Have in Jesus
      "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" -Philippians 4:6 Perhaps no other hymn has ministered so much comfort and consolation as this simple but meaningful message of hope and cheer. As with many of our hymns, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" was a result of m ...read
ArticleWhen We All Get to Heaven
      "After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words." --1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 Learning to sing praise to God now is an excellent way of preparing ourselves for heaven. The Scrip ...read
ArticleWhiter Than Snow
      James Nicholson, c. 1828-1876 "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7) God's people have been placed in their particular circle of influence so they can demonstrate purity and a concern for righteousness. If we do not fulfill this role, who will? It is easy, however, to become so a ...read

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