Hymn Story: Jesus Loves Even Me

Philip Bliss attended a service where the hymn O How I Love Jesus was sung repeatedly. After the service, he remarked, “Have I not been singing enough about my poor love for Jesus and shall I not rather sing of His great love for me?” He sat down and quickly composed this hymn, which soon became a favorite of both […]

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Behind the Hymn: Man of Sorrows

We are in the Lent season and preparing for Easter Sunday.  However, before we can reach the light we must pass through the darkness. Philip P. Bliss wrote both the text and tune to the haunting hymn, Man of Sorrows.  The hymn is based on Isaiah 52-53.  In these scripture passages, the prophet Isaiah, depicts the suffering servant. Man of […]

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Behind the Song Sunday—It Is Well With My Soul

Imagine all of your children were dead?  Would you still be able to praise God?  That is just the beginning of the story behind It Is Well with my Soul. This was not the first, nor the last, tragedy endured by the author, Horatio Gates Spafford. The beginning of their suffering began in 1871.  In 1870, Horatio Spafford and his […]

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