Behind the Hymn: The Banner of the Cross

The Banner of the Cross was written by Daniel W. Whittle. Daniel Whittle served in the Civil War, obtaining the rank of major. He was known as Major Whittle the remainder of his life. After the war, he went to work for Elgin Watch Company. In 1873, he resigned his job and became a revival evanglist in the Dwight L. […]

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Behind the Patriotic Song: Some Gave All

The fourth of July is in just a few days, so I thought we would enjoy a Patriotic favorite. Some Gave All was written by Billy Ray Cyrus and debuted on his 1992 album of the same name. Billy Ray and his first wife, Cindy Smith, wrote the song together after talking with a Vietnam Vet. This occurred sometime during […]

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Song Story: Father’s Love

Happy Father’s Day!!! I wanted to share this Father’s Day song with you today. If your father is still here, cherish the time you have together. While I miss my earthly father, I am so thankful for a Heavenly Father who never leaves me and loves me regardless of my mistakes and mishaps.  He daily shows me His Kind of […]

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Behind the Song: The Family of God

The Family of God is a song that I grew up singing in church and is ingrained on my heart and soul. At one church, we gathered together and held hands as we sang this song. Even four decades later from the toddler I was at the time, this song remains deep in my soul and heart. The Family of […]

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Behind the Song: Let’s Just Praise the Lord

This month we will be exploring popular praise hymns from the last few decades. Let’s Just Praise the Lord was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. In their book Something Beautiful, Gloria shares that one evening at one of their concerts in 1972, the praise and applause moved from praising God to praising them. This led them to become very […]

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Behind the Hymn: Tell It Again

Mary Bridges Canedy Slade lived in Fall River, Massachusetts. This was the town made famous by the 1892 Lizzie Borden murder case, who was tried for the brutal murder of her father and step-mother. Mary Slade was a pastor’s wife and lived her entire life in Fall River. By the time of the Lizzie Borden tragedy she had died, but […]

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Behind the Song: Follow Me

In 1953, two young missionaries, Charles and Mary Greenaway attended the Grand Paririe conference in Texas . The couple shared their journey and experience as missionaries to Africa. They shared that they felt Africa was not for them in the beginning. They had gone their as medical missionaries, yet Mary was very sick in those early years. Poverty was so […]

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Behind the Song: Mansion over the Hilltop

Mansion Over the Hilltop was written by Ira F. Stanphill in 1949. He is described as a gifted musician, who had been playing the piano, organ and other instruments since he was ten years old. He was composing songs and singing by the age of seventeen. He went on to become a pastor and was known as a singing evangelists. […]

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Behind the Song: I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Ira Stanphill was an accomplished musician and minister. Ira served with 9 different organizations in the capacities of youth director, music director and pastor. He preached across America, and in 40 other countries. He wrote over 500 gospel songs, such as “Mansion Over The Hilltop”, “Jesus and Me”, “We’ll Talk It Over” and “Happiness is the Lord”. On April 23, […]

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Behind the Hymn: Footprints of Jesus

Mary Bridges Canedy was born on January 18, 1826 in Fall River, Massachusetts. She was the eleventh of thirteen children born to William and Susan Luther Canedy. As a young woman she married Albion King Slade and the couple had at least four children. She was a teacher and served as assistant editor of The New England Journal of Education […]

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Behind the Song: Room at the Cross for You

He was saved at the age of twelve. By the time he was seventeen he was composing and performing his own songs and began preaching by the time he graduated college at the age of twenty-two. He was ordained into the ministry on April 28, 1939. Stanphill served several churches and was known as a singing evangelist, singing and preaching […]

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Behind the Hymn: Hallelujah! Christ is Risen

Happy Easter!  Today we are taking a look at a lesser known Easter hymn. Christopher Wordsworth was the nephew of noted poet, William Wordsworth. Christopher was born on October 30, 1807. Both he and his brother, Charles, were distinguished athletes while in school. In both 1827 and 1828, he won the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for poetry. He became an Anglican […]

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Behind the Hymn: I Will Sing the Wondrous Story

  I Will Sing the Wondrous Story was written by Francis H. Rowley in 1886. Francis Harold Rowley was born in Hilton, New York on July 25, 1854. His father was a doctor. After graduating from Rochester University, Rowley attended Seminary and was ordained to the ministry in 1878. Rowley wrote, “I was minister of the First Baptist Church of […]

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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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