Behind the Hymn: Victory in Jesus

Eugene Monroe Bartlett, Sr. is considered to have made a major impact on the development of Southern Gospel Music. He was born on December 24, 1885 in Waynesville, Missouri.  At a young age he relocated to Sabastian County, Arkansas where he grew up.  He was educated as a music teacher at Hall-Moody Institute in Tennessee and William Jewell College in […]

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Behind the Story: He Touched Me

He Touched Me was the song that propelled Bill Gaither onto the national stage. Gaither had been writing songs for years, but nothing struck the chord with the American public the way He Touched Me did.  Gaither stated in an interview that he began writing in “1960” and this was “my fifty-fourth song.” Gaither was accompanying an “old preacher friend” […]

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Book Review: Colliding with Destiny

I had not heard of Sarah Jakes when I received her book Colliding with Destiny, and had no idea what to expect.  If her surname sounds familiar, it is because she is the daughter of Pastor T. D. Jakes.  Colliding with Destiny follows the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Bible and their struggles from bitterness and loss to […]

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Hymn Story: Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me was a joint effort of James Rowe and Howard E. Smith.  The two friends wrote the hymn together. James Rowe was born in Horrabridge, Devonshire, England in 1865.  He was the son of a copper miner.  James worked for the Irish government for four years, before immigrating to America.  He was 24 years old when he settled […]

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Movie Review: When the Game Stands Tall

    I just saw When the Game Stands Tall in the theaters and greatly enjoyed the movie. When the Game Stands Tall tells the true story of Coach Bob Ladouceur and the 151 winning streak he accomplished. The movie picks up near the end of the streak, with several challenging and life altering events that effect Coach Ladouceur and the […]

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Wellness Tuesday–5 Ways to Deal with Setbacks

Last week I talked about changing deeply ingrained thoughts and I mentioned the continuous setbacks I face. I’ve discovered if I struggle with something, I’m going to have setbacks. Here are a few ways I’ve dealt with setbacks: Accept Responsibility—accept my part in this setback, determine why and move forward from there.                 […]

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Behind the Hymn Sunday: Send the Light

Send the Light was written by Charles H. Gabriel. Charles Hutchinson Gabriel was born August 18, 1856 in Wilton Iowa and raised on a farm. As a boy, Gabriel taught himself to play a small reed organ.  He was following in his father’s footsteps and leading singing schools by the age of 16. One folklore of his youth, is that […]

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Behind the Song Sunday: All Things Bright and Beautiful

This beautiful song was written by Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander for the children in her Sunday School class.                The author was born Cecil Frances Humphreys in 1818 Dublin, Ireland.  She was the daughter of an Irish Major.  She began writing verse as a child. Young Fanny was very introverted, but showed interest in poetry and writing.  Her earliest work […]

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Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series—Pet Abuse

    The ASPCA reports that “one of the four most significant indicators of who is at greatest risk of becoming a domestic batterer. “  Children that have been abused, often begin to abuse by taking out their frustration and anger on the animals in the family. Pet abuse is cruelty, maltreatment and neglect to animals. We often hear of cases […]

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Hymn Story: O How I Love Jesus

The verse to O How I Love Jesus was written by Frederick Whitfield. Frederick Whitfield was born in Threapwood, Shropshire, England on Jan. 7, 1829.  After attending Trinity College in Dublin, he became an Anglican Church clergyman. In 1875, he reached the pinnacle of his carrer when he was appointed to St. Mary’s Church in Hastings. He is credited with […]

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