Hymn Story: Comes As You Are

Come As You Are is a hymn written by Deirdre Brown. Brown is an Australian sister, composer, teacher and liturgist who wrote the hymn in a folk style. The hymn was released in 1986 by Spectrum Publications. The song has been published in several hymn books but now seems to be out of print. Australian Carmelite friar Paul Gurr OCarm […]

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Hymn Story: Wholly Yours

Wholly Yours is written by David Crowder. It shares the message found in Romans 8:39 “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord..” The song was published in 2005 by Capitol CMG Publishing.

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Patriotic Song: Over There

Over There was written by George M. Cohan in 1917, during the height of World War I.  The song became an instant hit. The song reflected Americans’ expectations that the war would be short.  It was a patriotic song designed to galvanize American young men to enlist in the army and fight the “Hun”. The song is best remembered for […]

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Names of God: Jehovah Rophe

Jehovah Rophe means the Lord who heals you Surely he took up our pain    and bore our suffering,yet we considered him punished by God,    stricken by him, and afflicted.  Isaiah 53:4 But he was pierced for our transgressions,    he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that brought us peace was on him,    and by his wounds we are healed.   Isaiah 53:5

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Hymn Story: Back to the Garden

Back to the Garden is a contemporary Christian song performed by Crowder. The official music video was released in June 2017. The song is on the album American Prodigal. David Wallace Crowder performs as Crowder and has a solo career since 2012. He was the lead vocalist of the David Crowder Band from 1996 until it dissolved in 2012.

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Hymn Story: My Faith Looks up to Thee

My Faith Looks up to Thee was written by Ray Palmer. He was born in Rhode Island in 1808 and is often considered to be one of America’s best nineteenth-century hymn. He was a popular preacher and author, writing original poetry and translating hymns. He wrote the hymn shortly after completing college while he was teaching in 1830. He said […]

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Names of God: Jehovah Rohi

Jehovah Rohi means the Lord my Shepherd The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  Psalm 23:1   Awake, sword, against my shepherd,    against the man who is close to me!”    declares the Lord Almighty.“Strike the shepherd,    and the sheep will be scattered,    and I will turn my hand against the little ones.   Zechariah 13:7 Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before […]

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Names of God: Jehovah Rapha

Jehovah Rapha means the Lord that heals He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals […]

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Hymn Story: What wondrous love is this?   

What wondrous love is this? Was published in 1811 and considered a Christian folk hymn. It was very popular during the Second Great Awakening. It was first published in the camp meeting songbook A General Selection of the Newest and Most Admired Hymns and Spiritual Songs Now in Use in Virginia. Most sources attribute the tune to “The Ballad of […]

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Names of God: Jehovah Raah

Jehovah Raah means the Lord my Shepherd Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.     Psalm 80:1 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the […]

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