Book Review: Kingdom Men Rising Devotional

Tony Evan’s Kingdom Men Rising Devotional provides insight and inspiration to walk as a man of faith, integrity, and in Biblical truths. This 90-day devotional would make a great present for the man in your life as he seeks to draw closer with the Lord. ***I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review

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Hymn Story: Earth and All Stars

Earth and All Stars was written by Herbert Brokering. He was born in 1926 and a Lutheran pastor, teacher, author of over 40 books, poet and hymn writer. He died in 2009. The tune to Earth and All Stars is the same tune used for Brokering’s other well-known hymns, “Alleluia! Christ Is Risen.”                         The tune was composed by David […]

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Names of God: Jehovah Magen

Jehovah Magen means the Lord my Shield or the Lord my protector. Blessed are you, Israel!    Who is like you,    a people saved by the Lord?He is your shield and helper    and your glorious sword.Your enemies will cower before you,    and you will tread on their heights.”  Deuteronomy 33:29 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abramin a vision: “Do not be […]

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Hymn Story: Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness

Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness was written by Johann Frank. He hymn is often sung for Holy Thursday. Frank was born in 1618 in Brandenburg, Germany.  He practiced law during the Thirty Year’s War and held several positions in civil service. He is described as a “significant poet, only to Paul Gerhardt in his day” and wrote 110 hymns. He […]

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Christmas Song Story: Star of the East

Star of the East was originally named “Stern über Bethlehem”. In 1883, composer Amanda Kennedy composed a melody “Star of the Sea”. George Cooper, a New York lyricists, wrote the lyrics in 1890. The song is not the same as the folk carol “Star in the East” or English carol “Star of the East”. Judy Garland recorded the song in 1941.

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Book Review: The Whole Bible Story

The Whole Bible Story breaks down the stories and scriptures in the Bible into bite size pieces. This book is great for children’s church or children’s Bible Study. I’m even going to read it to loved ones with dementia. The stories are short but meaningful and be read by section or chapter. Throughout the chapters are interesting highlights and at […]

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Christmas Song Story: Shepherds Arise

Shepherds Arise! Be Not Afraid is first recorded by a church in Dorset England. The carol dates back to the 19th century. The carol was first published in the 1926 A Collection of Dorset Carols.  The book was published by William Adair Pickard-Cambridge, a classics scholar and organists, who obtained several manuscripts from the early 19th Century. The author of Shepherd’s Arise in unknown and was […]

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Christmas Song Story: Once in Royal David’s City

The carol originally appeared as a poem written by Cecil Frances Alexander. The poem was first published in the 1848 Hymns for Little Children. The poem tells the story of the nativity and was combined in a collection with other well-known hymns such as “All Things Bright and Beautiful” and “There is a Green Hill Far Away”. The following year, Henry […]

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Names of God: Jehovah-M’Kaddesh

Jehovah-M’Kaddesh means the Lord who sanctifies Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy.  Leviticus 20:8  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.1 Corinthians 1:30

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Christmas Song Story: In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter is based on a poem by Christina Rossetti, an English poet. The poem was published in the January 1872 issue of Scribner’s Monthly under the title “A Christmas Carol”. The 1906 English Hymnal first published the poem set to music by Gustav Holst. In 1911, Harold Darke wrote a more complex anthem which is often used […]

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Christmas Song Story: Candlelight Carol

John Rutter, an English composer and conductor, wrote Candlelight Carol in 1984. He recorded the song with his own group, the Cambridge Singers. The group released the song on their 1987 album Christmas Night. The song was commissioned by a church in Pennsylvania celebrating the Virgin Mary. Rutter is said to draw inspiration from the Geertgen’s painting, Nativity at Night. […]

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