Hall of Faith: Sarah, God Made her Laugh

For centuries, the entire purpose for women has been perceived as bearing children. Even today, not having children is difficult for some women. This is an area in which I’ve personally struggled greatly. However, imagine living during Biblical times when you don’t have a child. The taunts and jeers from those in your community. Then God tells your husband that […]

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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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Heroes of the Faith: Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards was a Puritan preacher and philosopher. He is considered by many to be America’s greatest theologian. He was born on October 5, 1703 in the Connecticut Colony. He was the fifth of eleven children born to Timothy and Esther Stoddard Edwards. He was also their only son. In 1716, he entered Yale College. He took a great interest […]

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Hymn Story: More Love to Thee

Elizabeth Prentiss, wife of a Presbyterian minister, spent much of her life as an invalid, “scarcely knowing a moment free of pain”.  She was described as friend as “a very bright-eyed little woman with a keen sense of humor, who cared more to shine in her own happy household than in a wide circle of society.” Elizabeth wrote this hymn […]

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Faithful Heroes: William and Catherine Booth

William and Catherine Booth founded The Salvation Army. William Booth was born on April 10, 1829 in Nottingham, England. He was the son of Samuel and Mary Moss Booth. William was fourteen years old when his father died and was already working as an pawnbroker’s apprentice to help support his family. He completed a six year apprenticeship as a pawnbroker […]

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Behind the Hymn: Jesus is All the World to Me

  Jesus is all the world to me was written by Will Lamartine Thompson. William Lamartine Thompson was born on November 7, 1847 in East Liverpool, Ohio. He was the youngest of seven children born to Josiah and Sarah Jackman Thompson. Thompson was composing songs by the time he was a teenager, including “My Home on the Old Ohio” and […]

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Faithful Heroes: Catherine Marshall

Catherine Marshall was the wife of Dr. Peter Marshall and author of the popular novel, Christy. Catherine Sarah Wood was born on September 27, 1914 in Johnson City, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Rev. John Ambrose and Leonora Whitaker Wood. The family served a church in Keyser, West Virginia from the time she was nine until after her high […]

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Faithful Heroes: Charles Wesley

If you enjoy reading my hymn stories, you will recognize the name Charles Wesley. He wrote hymns such as Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, Love Divine All Loves Excelling, O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, Jesus Lover of My Soul, And Can It Be that I Should Gain?, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus and Christ the Lord is Risen […]

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Faithful Heroes: Luther Rice, Southern Baptist founder

Luther Rice was a missionary who was vital in establishing the Southern Baptist Convention. Luther Rice was born on March 25, 1783 in Northborough, Massachusetts. He was the son of Amos and Sarah Graves Rice. While at Williams College, he became part of a group known as “the Brethern”. He sailed alongside missionary Adoniram Judson to Calcutta, India on February […]

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Behind the Song: There is a Redeemer

  There is a Redeemer was written by Melody Green in 1977. Melody had grown up in the Jewish faith of her forefathers, who survived persecution in tsarist Russia. Today Melody says, “My family history has played a large part in shaping my heart to absolutely disdain all types of persecution, prejudice, and injustice. Some things are just wrong. My […]

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Zacharias and Elisabeth: They Were Good

In our series eyewitness to Christmas, we viewed the events of Christ birth from the view point of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and his earthly father, Joseph. But, there were many others that witnessed and lived these events.  This group included an older, mature couple that was related to Mary.   This couple gave birth to the forerunner of Christ […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Elisabeth, Forebearer to Christ

The story of Elisabeth is very reminiscent of that of Sarah in the Old Testament. Elisabeth is married to Zacharias, a priest. Zacharias and Elisabeth are “ And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”  {Luke 1:6} The next verse says, “And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Hannah, Praised God

Hannah was another mother that longed for a child.  She was married to Elkanah.  Hannah is her husband’s first wife and his favorite, but when she did not provide children, he married Peninnah. One can imagine how Peninnah tormented Hannah over her inability to have children. Each year they travel to the temple to worship God.  We are told that […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Rachel, She Bargained

Jacob is fleeing from his brother, after he and his mother, Rebekah, deceive his father, Isaac.   Jacob is sent to his mother’s brother, Laban. So, as he arrives he probably thinks all of his troubles are over.   His troubles with his brother are for the time being, but a whole new set of issues is about to be stirred up. […]

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