Behind the Easter Hymn: They Could Not

They Could Not is an inspirational song sung by Sandi Patty, which reminds us they could not keep Jesus in the grave.The popular Easter song was written by Ron Harris and Claire Cloninger. The song was first published in 1981 by Ron Harris music.What a great reminder that the grave could not hold Jesus. For this reason, we have the […]

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Names of God: El Elyon

El Elyon means Most High or the Most High God. Deuteronomy 26:19 New International Version (NIV) 19 He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised. Psalm 18:13 New International Version (NIV) 13 The Lord thundered from heaven;    the voice of the Most High resounded. […]

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The Seven Deacons: Parmenas

Parmenas is listed as one of the Seven Deacons. The name Parmenas is Greek and means that abides or is permanent. He is believed to have preached the gospel in Asia Minor.  Parmenas was said to have settled down in Macedonia Christian tradition identifies him as the Bishop of Soli. Some historians  believe this is Soli, Cyprus, Greece while others believe […]

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Behind the Hymn: Beneath the Old Olive Tree

Neath the Old Olive Trees is a hymn I discovered only a few years ago, from a dear friend. The song was written by Baylus Benjamin {or B.B.} McKinney. The song was published in 1929 and renewed in 1957 by the Broadman Press. McKinney was born July 22, 1886 in Louisiana. He was an alumnus of Louisiana College in Pineville, […]

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The Seven Deacons: Timon

The name Timon is Greek and means to honour or to esteem. Timon is listed in Act 6:1-7 as one of the seven deacons. Timon was said to have been a Hellenized Jew who became a bishop in Greece or in Bosra, Syria. His preaching brought the ire of the local governor, who martyred him with fire. He is counted […]

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Behind the Song: Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa is a popular song, made popular by Sandi Patty. The song tells the story of Jesus journey carrying his cross down the Via Dolorosa to the hill of Golgotha, where he would hang on the cross and die.The song was written by Billy Sprague and Niles Borop. The song was first published in 1983 by Capitol CMG. […]

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Behind the Song: Ten Thousand Angels Cried

Ten Thousand Angels Cried is a popular song we hear around Easter. LeAnn Rimes released the song on her You Light Up My Life album. The inspirational album was released by Curb Records when Rimes was fifteen years old and her second album. Dave Patillo is accredited as the writer on her album.  Patillo’s website states “The David Patillo song […]

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Names of God: El Chuwl

El Chuwl means The God who gave you birth You deserted the Rock, who fathered you;     you forgot the God who gave you birth.   {Deuteronomy 32:18 NIV} Psalm 139:13-18 New International Version (NIV) 13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully […]

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The Seven Deacons: Prochorus

Prochorus is one of the Seven Deacons.   His name is Greek meaning leader of the dance. He was chosen to care for the poor of the Christian community in Jerusalem. {Acts 6:5} Tradition states he was the nephew of Stephen. He accompanied the Apostle Peter, who ordained him as the bishop to the cit of Nicomedia, which is an ancient […]

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Behind the Song: Worthy is the Lamb

From a young age Don Wyrtzen loved music, under the tutledge of his father, Dr. Jack Wyrtzen, who was the founder of Word of Life International. Don Wyrtzen wrote the praise chorus, Worthy is the Lamb. He recalled:“In 1970, I was in Mexico City assisting evangelist Luis Palau conduct a series of crusades. Because the messages were in Spanish, I […]

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