Hymn Story: I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Isaac Watts wrote I Sing the Mighty Power of God as a song for children. He originally titled the song “Praise for Creation and Providence”. As a teenager, Watts complained to his father about how boring the songs of the day were. His father challenged him to write something better. Hence, a hymn writer was born. He would write at […]

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Names of God: Judge

The Lord God is referred to as our judge.  God establishes right and wrong and is a God of vengeance and recompense, which is to make amends to someone who has suffered or been wronged. In Hebrew the word is much broader than in English. Similar names for God are the Righteous judge, Judge of the earth, Judge of Israel, […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Isaac

Isaac and Rebekah were married for almost twenty years before they had children. Both Isaac and Rebekah prayed fervently for offspring during this time. Rebecca was extremely uncomfortable during her pregnancy and sought the Lord. She was told she was carrying twins who were fighting in her womb and would fight all their lives.  She was told one would be […]

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Finding Gratitude

I have to admit, with my melancholy personality I struggle to be grateful at times.  This year, I decided to work on that and to search for gratitude and a spirit of gratefulness and thanksgiving. Overall, I noticed that my mind is beginning to change from the negative to the positive.  I still have a long way to go, but […]

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Faithful Heroes: John Bunyon

John Bunyan was an English writer and Puritan preacher. He is best remembered for his book The Pilgrim’s Progress. Bunyan was born in 1628 to Thomas and Margaret Bunyan in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England. As a child, he received some rudimentary schooling and learned his father’s trade of tinker. In the summer of 1644, both his mother and sister, Margaret, died. […]

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Hymn Story: Faith of Our Mothers

I am so thankful to have a mother who loves Jesus and taught me about him from a young age. Faith of our Mother’s was written for Mother’s Day around 1920.  The hymn was written by Rev. Arthur B. Patten and modelled after the popular and well known 19th Century hymn, Faith of Our Fathers. The hymn expresses a genuine […]

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Names of God: Jehovah

Jehovah is a Latinization of the Hebrew name for God, Yahweh.  Jehovah is one of the seven names of God in Judaism.  Yahweh is considered the holiest name of God and translates to “I am that I Am” or “I am the one who is”. The term Jehovah was popularized by English translations of the Bible, such as the Geneva […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Abraham

Abraham and the Lord made a covenant.  The Lord promised him that he would be the father of many nations and have sons more numerous than the stars.  However, there was a catch. Abraham had no children and his wife was well past her child bearing years. Sarai {Sarah} grew tired of waiting for a child and did not trust […]

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Understanding Our Season of Life

Have you ever wondered why I am in this season of life?  When is it going to end and move on? I think we all have at some point in time, especially when we are going through a difficult time or discontentment is reigning in our hearts.  There are often seasons we don’t understand why we have to go through […]

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Faithful Heroes: Joni Erickson Tada

Recently, Joni posted about some of her health struggles and even during this difficult time her faith and optimism were shining forth. Joni Eareckson was born on October 15, 1949 in Baltimore, Maryland. She was the youngest of four girls born to John Eareckson {for whom she was named} and his wife Lindy. Joni followed her parents example and led […]

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Hymn Story: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah was written by William Williams Pantycelyn. Williams was born in Carmarthenshire, Wales in 1717. He was the son of John and Dorothy Williams. His father was a prosperous farmer. He grew up as an Independent and Calvinist. He intended to be a doctor, but upon hearing Howell Harris preach he became a Christian.  He […]

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Names of God: Jah

Jah is a short form for the name Yahweh, which is the proper name of God in the Hebrew Bible. This short for of the name occurs 50 times in the text of the Hebrew Bible. Half of those references form part of the phrase “Hallelujah” which is a two-word phrase in Hebrew. In the King James Version, Jah is […]

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Book Review: Far Side of the Sea

During World War I, Lt. Colin Mabry receives a message from a woman who saved his life and he believed dead. When he arrived in war-torn France, instead of finding the woman he expected {Jewel}, he met someone claiming to be her half-sister, Johanna. Colin and Johanna set out to find Jewel, amidst intrigue, mystery and war. They travel throughout […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Adam and Eve

Last year we took a look at the Daughters in the Bible and before that the Mothers in the Bible. This year, let’s take a look at some of the sons in the Bible. The sons are very important because this is usually the who will inherit the father’s land or possessions.  In the Biblical genealogies it is through the […]

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Submitting to God

I have always been independent and head strong.  This has caused me to get in trouble on more than one occasion.  Ever since I rededicated my life to Christ over a decade ago, the Lord has had to break me at times.  This is not easy in the moment, but once I’m through the situation I see what he was […]

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Faithful Heroes: Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot was a Christian author and speaker. She was inspired by the missionary work of Amy Carmichael and her husband, Jim Elliot, was killed during the Auca Mission. Elisabeth Howard was born on December 21, 1926 in Brussels, Belgium. Her parents were missionaries and she had four brothers and a sister. The family returned to the United States when […]

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Hymn Story: Blessed Redeemer

Harry Dixon Loes, was a popular music teacher at the Moody Bible Institute for almost three decades in the early 20th Century.  Harry Loes was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on October 20, 1892. He served as music director at a variety of churches before becoming affiliated with Moody Bible Institute, which he joined in 1939.  He remained until his death […]

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Names of God: Immanuel

The name Immanuel is spelled both Immanuel and Emmanuel, meaning God is with us. The word derives from the Hebrew words עִם which means with and ל (‘el) which means God. The word describes the incarnation and God becoming flesh and dwelling among us. {John 1:14} The birth of Jesus by a virgin fulfilled the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14. “Therefore the […]

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John, after the Transfiguration

The book of Acts opens with the transfiguration and then the men return to the upper room to wait. John is mentioned along with the other disciples. While in the upper room the Holy Spirit comes upon them. “Many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.”  {Acts 2:43} John was with Peter, when his friend performed his first miracle.  […]

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