Hymn Story: Break Thou the Bread of Life

Breath Thou the Bread of Life was written by Mary A. Lathbury. Lathbury taught art and French in Vermont and New York schools. She also served as a poet in the summer programs at Chautauqua, New York. The expression bread of life refers to Jesus teaching where he referred to himself as the Living bread or bread of life. {John […]

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Hymn Story: Day is Dying in the West

Day is Dying in the West was written by Mary Artemesia Lathbury. She was born on August 10, 1841 in Ontario County, New York. Day is dying in the West was written at the request of Rev. John H. Vincent in the summer of 1880.  It was a “Vesper Song” used in the responsive services. The Vesper’s came from the […]

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Uncertain Times: Return of Jesus

When asked about his return, Jesus said “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  {Matthew 24:36} We’re not told when he will return, but we are given signs to look for.  Some of these signs are: Wars— “And you will hear of wars and rumors […]

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Song Story: We Shall Behold Him

This is a very special song, as Daddy and I often performed this together. In his memory, I played it at his memorial service. Hard to believe we just passed the twenty year mark. This song story is written in his memory. The song was written by Dottie Rambo. Rambo and a friend were driving to a revival when an […]

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Hope in the Bible: Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene had been possessed by seven demons.  She must have felt helpless and uncertain about her life, as total possession took over her.  Then she met Jesus who healed her and provided her with hope. Scripture does not tell use the account of her healing, only she was healed. {Luke 8:2} Jesus not only healed her but gave her […]

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Oh, What a Savior!

When I first heard “O What a Savior” it brought me to tears. Over a decade later, I still love to listen to and sing the song. It caused me to wonder about the origin of this beautiful song. I couldn’t find a lot of information, but did discover it was written by musician Marvin P. Dalton in 1948. Dalton […]

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Names of God: Elohim

Elohim means “My God” and means supreme one or mighty one. Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth.” Elohim appears over 2,750 times in the Old Testament Help me, O Yahweh my Elohim.    Save me because of your mercy (Psalm 109:26).

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Uncertain Times: Stephen is Stoned

Stephen is a follower of Jesus and the first to die for his faith after Jesus ascended to heaven. He is one of the seven chosen by the disciples to care for the widows and distributing of food. {Acts 6:1-7}  “They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.”  {Acts 6:5} Stephen performed many miracles and wonders […]

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Hymn Story: God Leads Us Along

God Leads Us Along is a beautiful hymn that is not as well known as many of other hymns.The hymn was written by George A. Young, an obscure preacher and carpenter. He often struggled to support his family on the meager amount he made. No exact date of birth is known but it is believed he was born sometime around […]

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Names of God: Eloah

Eloah is a Hebrew word meaning god. Elohim is the plural form of Eloah. And there he built an altar and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed himself to him when he fled from his brother. — Genesis 35:7, ESV

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Fathers of the Bible: Zacharias, the Righteous Father

Zacharias and Elisabeth are an older couple, who are childless. Their season of childbearing had passed by. We do learn something about their character.  “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”  {Luke 1:6} Elisabeth is from a priestly family and Zechariah is a priest, who has received the highest […]

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