Couples in the Bible: Amram and Jochebed

Jochebed was the daughter of Levi. {Numbers 26:59} She is the wife of Amram and also believed to be his aunt. {Exodus 6:20} Amram and Jochebed had three children Aaron, Miriam and Moses. The little we know about this couple comes from Moses birth story. Pharaoh decreed all baby boys thrown into the Nile. He feared the Jewish people would […]

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Hymn Story: Open my eyes that I may see

Open my eyes that I may see was written by Clara H. Scott. She was born in Elk Grove, Illinois on December 3, 1841. In 1856, Scott attended the first Music Institute held by C.M. Cady. She married in 1861 Henry Clay Scott. She wrote at least twenty hymns and published The Roy­al An­them Book in 1882, the first an­them […]

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Couples in the Bible: Jacob and Leah

Leah was the oldest daughter of Laban. However, by the time she met Jacob he was already in love with her sister, Rachel. Leah is described as having “weak” eyes. {Genesis 29:17} As the older daughter, she should have been married first. So, when it came time for Rachel to marry Jacob, Laban replaced the younger sister with older. Jacob […]

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Song Story: Crying in the Chapel

Crying in the Chapel was written by Artie Glenn for his son, Darrell, to sing. Darrell and Artie’s band, The Rhythm Riders, recorded the song in 1953. The song was rejected by a couple of publishers before being published by Valley Publishers. The original version was released in May 1953.  It became a local hit and soon spread throughout the […]

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Names of God: Jehovah Adon Kol Ha-arets

Jehovah Adon Kol Ha-arets means the Lord of all the earth. See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earthwill go into the Jordan ahead of you.  Joshua 3:11 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstreamwill be […]

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Couples in the Bible: Jacob and Rachel

When Jacob arrives at his Uncle Laban’s, the first person he meets is his cousin, Rachel.  {Genesis 29} Rachel is the younger of Laban’s two daughters. Rachel is described as “beautiful in form and appearance.” {Genesis 29:17} Jacob loved Rachel and agreed to work seven years for her. “But they seemed to him but a few days because of the […]

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Patriotic Song: In God We Still Trust

In God We Still Trust was written by Bill and Kim Nash with assistance from Rob LeClair, President of HolyBears, Inc. The idea came about as LeClair wanted a song that addressed God in America today for his animated Children’s video series. The country group Diamond Rio recorded the song and released it on their Greatest Hits II album, “In […]

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Couples in the Bible: Isaac and Rebekah

Abraham decided his son needed to marry but did not want him to choose among the women where they were living. So he sent a servant back to his {Abraham’s} kindred to find a wife. The servant went to the city of Nahor and prayed the woman who was meant to be would also offer to water the camels. Rebekah […]

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Song Story: Swing Down Sweet Chariot

Swing Down Sweet Chariot was recorded by Elvis Presley. It is a variation on the well-known “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” The songwriter is listed as traditional and it is unknown who altered the lyrics. The Golden Gate Quartet popularized the song in the 1940s. Elvis first recorded the song for his album His Hand in Mine and was backed up […]

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Couples in the Bible: Abraham and Sarah

Abram is ten generations from Noah. He is one of three sons to Terah and lived in Ur of the Chaldees. Abram married Sarai, his half-sister through his father. {Genesis 20:12} The Lord told Abram to go to the land he would show him and that he would make him a great nation. At this time Abram and Sarai had […]

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Song Story: His Hand in Mine

Elvis Presley is known for his love of gospel music and to often have hymn sings after his concerts. It is said he used it to “to rehearse and loosen up before concerts and at the beginning of recording sessions”. After the success of his single Peace in the Valley, Elvis was eager to record a full gospel album. His […]

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Couples in the Bible: Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve are the first couple in the Bible. They are included in the creation story. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”  {Genesis 1:27} They walked with God in paradise in the Garden of Eden until the serpent tempted Eve to eat the […]

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Hymn Story: Father Along

The chorus to Farther Along is one that is easy to get stuck in your heart and soul. Much of life we will only understand “farther along”. However, there are a lot of questions and uncertainty about the origins of this song. In 1911, Rev. W. A. Fletcher, an itinerant preacher, was struggling with his calling and family obligations. He […]

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Hymn Story: All People That on Earth Do Dwell

All People That on Earth Do Dwell was written by William Kethe. Kethe was born in Scotland and fled to the continent during Queen Mary’s persecution in the late 1550s. While living in Geneva he traveled to visit other English refugees. It is believed he was one of the translators of the Geneva Bible–which was favored by the Pilgrim fathers. […]

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Hymn Story: Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!

“Lying bedridden with a near fatal illness in 1866, William C. Dix found the hope to pen the words to the joyful hymn of victory, “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!” Inspired by the words of Revelation to sing a new song, this hymn calls us to lift our voices and praise the ascended Christ, who yet remains with us and intercedes […]

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12 Days of Easter

On the first day of Easter Jesus is betrayed with a kiss from a friend                                                                                                                       {Matthew 26:47-50} On the second day of Easter Jesus is arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane                                                                                                            {Mark 14:32-52} On the third day of Easter Jesus is mocked by the chief priest before being sent to Pilate                                                                                       {Mark 14:53-65} On the fourth […]

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